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Mayoral candidates on environment: Two A’s and two F’s - National Post

13 October 2010
Peter Kuitenbrouwer
The National Post

The Toronto Environmental Alliance awarded both Joe Pantalone and George Smitherman an A+ in its Mayoral Candidate Environmental Report Card, and gave an F to candidates Rocco Rossi and Rob Ford, who both refused repeated attempts, TEA said, to fill in its questionnaire. Mr. Pantalone scored a 20 on 20 [sic], or A+; Mr. Smitherman scored 18 on 20 [sic], also qualifying him for an A+.

Mr. Pantalone, “if elected mayor, will continue to build on the past 10 years of environmental success by moving forward with the 2007 Transit City Plan, the Sustainable Energy Strategy and increasing waste diversion.” Mr. Smitherman scored high on creating local green jobs, but “stumbled on two important issues: he refused to rule out burning garbage and he refused to fully implement the City’s bike plan.”

Mr. Ford “clearly does not consider the environment an important issue;” while Mr. Rossi, by skipping the TEA report card as well as its debate (which Mr. Ford did attend, if briefly) is “sending voters the message that he does not care about the environment.”

As originally published here: http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/10/13/mayoral-candidates-two-as-and-two-fs/

 

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