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CouncilWatch - Preparing for a hotter city - new infrastructure and transit

February 1, 2013

City committee takes action on Toronto's future climate!

Last Monday, Toronto's Parks & Environment Committee discussed Toronto's Future Climate, a report outlining the severe weather we can expect in 2040 due to global warming. (See the staff presentation or our November Councilwatch).

TEA's Franz Hartmann urged the committee to take action to protect our health, environment and public infrastructure.Fortunately, the Committee took the report seriously and requested an update on Toronto's Climate Change Strategy, as well as an Adaptation Toolkit to ensure City decisions plan for future severe weather!

TEA will continue to monitor Council's commitment to climate change action.  Read the Committee's decision here and the media coverage here, including an interview with Franz Hartmann on CP24.

T.O.'s transportation future?

The City is seeking public input on Toronto's transportation future - including transit, roads, cycling and walking. The consultation will inform the City's long term transportation plan, including a transit plan and funding strategy.

Take action!

A healthy, green city needs a mix of transportation options that reach all parts of the city and serve all Torontonians, no matter where they live.

Metrolinx, the Provincial agency developing a transit plan for the GTHA is also seeking public in put on transit funding - read more on the TTCriders website.

Scarborough's Chemtura fined for chemical spill

It has taken two years to fine Chemtura, a chemical manufacturer in Scarborough for a release of sulfuric acid in 2010.

The incident received a lot of media attention as the spill occurred while nearby school children were recessed for lunch. The emergency community alarm to warn neighbours about spills did not go off for an hour. Read more.

Read a first-hand account of what happened to a local resident and her school-age daughter.

Learn more about how individuals are standing up against polluting companies in their communities on TEA's Good Neighbour Campaigns website.


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