Global: Wet’suwet’en solidarity demonstrators block Yonge and Dundas during evening commute

By Ryan Rocca Global News – Posted February 14, 2020 6:35 pm – Updated February 14, 2020 10:52 pm

Protesters are seen blocking off the intersection of Yonge and Dundas streets in downtown Toronto Friday evening.
Protesters are seen blocking off the intersection of Yonge and Dundas streets in downtown Toronto Friday evening. Global News

A group of demonstrators blocked off the intersection of Yonge and Dundas streets in downtown Toronto during the evening commute on Friday.

The demonstration was held in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Nation, many of whose members oppose the building of the Coastal GasLink liquefied natural gas (LNG) pipeline in northern British Columbia, which would pass through the nation’s unceded territory.

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Shortly before 5:30 p.m., Toronto police tweeted the protesters had blocked off the intersection and road closures were subsequently put in place.

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CityNews: OPG, Hydro One create Ivy electric vehicle charging network

by News Staff and The Canadian Press – Posted Feb 14, 2020 10:14 am EST – Last Updated Feb 14, 2020 at 11:31 am EST

A car is charged at a charge station for electric vehicles on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on May 1, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

TORONTO — Two of Ontario’s biggest utilities have formed a new company to create a province-wide fast-charger network for electric vehicles.

The Ivy Charging Network is scheduled to have 160 Level-3 fast-chargers at its 73 locations throughout southern, eastern and western Ontario.

The Ivy is a limited partnership owned equally by the government-owned Ontario Power Generation and Hydro One Ltd., a publicly-traded former Crown corporation that owns the province’s largest electric grid.

They say the Ivy network will be an unregulated business that can provide a new revenue stream for both companies without affecting Ontario electricity rates.

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TheSpec: Rebranded Ford government continues crusade against the environment

Where the government goes from here is an open question, but there is an old saying that if you find yourself at the bottom of a hole, the first thing you do is to stop digging, writes Mark Winfield.

Dec 26, 2019 Opinion by Mark Winfield (Professor of Environmental Studies at York University)

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Greg Rickford PC MPP, the Minister of Energy, Mines, Northern Development and Indigenous Affairs during question period in the Ontario Legislature. He is fond of quoting climate change denial media sources to support his government’s viewpoints. – Steve Russell,Toronto Star file photo

A defining feature of Ontario politics in the aftermath of the October federal election has been the emergence of a rebranded version of Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government.

The bombastic, aggressive tone of the government’s first year in office has, for now, been replaced by one of moderation.

But there’s been one notable exception to the Ford government’s supposed willingness to change direction. On environmental and energy issues, the government remains on the same path of disruption and destruction that defined its first piece of legislation that dismantled the previous government’s climate change strategy.

That point was highlighted again in the provincial auditor’s recent report. The report from the auditor, whose office has taken on the former environmental commissioner’s responsibilities, makes clear that there are major gaps in the government’s so-called made-in-Ontario environmental strategy tabled last year.

In addition to highlighting the gaping holes in the government’s climate change plans, the report highlighted a host of other environmental challenges facing Ontario, including ongoing urban sprawl, air pollution, water quality and biodiversity protection.

Rather than changing direction in response to the auditor’s report, the government’s assault on the environment seems to be continuing. Its most recent iteration is Bill 132, a massive omnibus bill ostensibly aimed at reducing “red tape” adopted last week. Buried in its details is an attempt to undo the previous Liberal government’s moratorium on neonicotinoid pesticides, widely identified as posing serious risks to pollinators.

Other provisions of the act weaken the rules around forestry operations, mining, water taking, gravel pits and quarries and pollution.

The government is moving forward with a parallel proposal that would dismantle the province’s regulatory framework for controlling industrial water pollution, first established in the early 1990s as the Municipal-Industrial Strategy for Abatement (MISA) program.

Read more at The Spectator …