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Environmental Report Card For Mayoral Candidates - Newstalk1010

Alanna Petroff
July 8, 2010

The Toronto Environmental Alliance is ranking Councillor Joe Pantalone as the most environmentally conscious mayoral candidate. But Councillor Rob Ford comes in at the bottom of the pack for environmental friendliness amongst the top five candidates running for Mayor of Toronto.

The Toronto Environmental Alliance came to this conclusion after grading the candidates on six environmental election priorities.

"Torontonians expect their new Mayor to be an environmental leader," said Franz Hartmann, Executive Director of the Toronto Environmental Alliance. "The results today show the candidates still have much work to do before they can claim this title."

"If the candidates were students, we would be telling them to spend the summer studying if they want to get good grades," said Hartmann. "Too many of them haven't done their environmental homework. For example, they want to throw out well-developed transit and bike plans and bring in new plans that aren't as effective at reducing smog and climate change gases. Others are simply not paying attention to the environment."

In the organization's "Mid-Campaign Mayoral Candidate Report Card" here is how the candidates scored:

  • Joe Pantalone: Progressing Steadily, Needs to Speak Up
  • George Smitherman: Shows Potential But Needs to Apply Himself
  • Sarah Thomson: Eager Participant; Misses Key Lessons
  • Rocco Rossi: Shows Lack of Understanding
  • Rob Ford: Shows Little Interest

As published here: http://www.newstalk1010.com/node/1167822