The Ford Government will unveil its climate change plan today, months after it cancelled the province’s cap-and-trade system. Environment Minister Rod Phillips will lay out the plan, which he says will be clear and achievable, at an event in Nobleton. Premier Doug Ford’s Conservatives cancelled the cap-and-trade system brought in by the previous Liberal government in July. The Tories’ Fall Economic Statement, released last week, pegged the lost revenue due to the cancellation at $1.5-billion dollars.
Meanwhile, a new report from the prestigious Lancet medical journal on the health impacts of climate change says Canada’s failure to cut greenhouse-gas emissions isn’t just killing the planet, it’s killing Canadians. The report says chronic exposure to air pollution from greenhouse-gas-emitting activities is killing an estimated 7,142 Canadians a year, and 2.1-million people worldwide. It recommends simply tracking the number of heat-related illnesses and deaths in Canada, something that isn’t done in most provinces.
The Canadian Press
Photo Credit: Government of Ontario / Rod Phillips via Twitter
Ontario has made the single greatest contribution towards reducing Canada’s emissions. The people of our province have made significant sacrifices to do so. Tomorrow, I’ll announce our new Made-in-Ontario plan that will balance a healthy environment with a healthy economy. pic.twitter.com/jYeYlBroYu
— Rod Phillips (@RodPhillips01) November 29, 2018