Advocacy in Action

Category: News
on 05 September 2018

At BurlingtonGreen, we want YOU to have your say when it comes to important environmental issues in Burlington. We are always seeking support for a number of different advocacy initiatives, which is why we have created this page to act as a 'one-stop' for all up-to-date advocacy-related information and calls to action to help you get involved and stay informed.

Here are some of the issues we are working on.....

1. A Step Backward for Climate Change ActionSolutions
BurlingtonGreen was disappointed with MPP Jane McKenna's recent piece in the Burlington Post on the cancellation of Cap and Trade. Read our response below:

" Contrary to MPP Jane McKenna’s description of cap-and-trade in her recent article, Cap-and-trade is a system requiring those who pollute to pay, creating a market incentive to develop low-carbon solutions and fuel innovation. Instead of continuing to reduce costs to citizens and businesses and accelerate creation of new green jobs, this government has pledged millions of dollars to conduct a doomed challenge to the federal government over carbon pricing, and will need to refund millions more to companies that have purchased carbon credits, all with no replacement plan or funding to deal with the most harrowing challenge facing us all – climate change". Click here to read the full letter.

2. LaSalle Park Marina Update
Swan takeoffThe City of Burlington's is hosting a public open house on September 18, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm to share plans for the LaSalle Park Marina Floating Wave Break Replacement.Council recently approved funding for the design and build of a new floating wave break at LaSalle Park Marina.

BurlingtonGreen calls for the preparation of a master plan (with public consultation) for LaSalle Park BEFORE determining if investment in the marina development best serves the residents of Burlington, while respecting the integrity of the environment, including the habitat of the over-wintering Trumpeter Swan population

Call to Action! Attend the upcoming public open house on the proposed LaSalle Park Marina Floating Wave Break Replacement. Voice your support for the protection of the winter habitat for the Trumpeter Swans and other species that live there.

3. A Win for the Environment 
In August, Canada’s Court of Appeals quashed the Federal government’s approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline due to inadequate consultation with First Nations and an insufficient environmental review. Since then, construction on the pipeline has officially come to a halt.

While we applaud the court’s decision, BurlingtonGreen urges the Federal government to prioritize the shift to 100% renewable energy. It’s time to move beyond tar sands and leave climate-wrecking projects like the Trans Mountain pipeline in the past.

Call to Action! Contact your MP and voice your concern over the Federal government’s decision to invest in fossil fuels. 

4. BurlingtonGreen launches #OurVoice18
On August 24, we launched #OurVoice18, a place where community members can ask municipal candidates their burning questions. If you have a question you’d like to ask the candidates, use the hashtag #OurVoice18 in a post or video.
This provides a terrific opportunity for candidates to share their positions on a range of issues. Use #OurVoice18 to participate in the online engagement. Let’s get started!

5. Mark the Date! Municipal Election All-Candidates Event on October 3, 2018OurVoice18 logo
BurlingtonGreen is pleased to be hosting an All-Candidates Event and Mayoral Candidates Debate in partnership with Nuvo Network ahead of the Municipal Election. The event will be held on Event Wednesday, October 3, 2018 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Nuvo Network, located at 1295 North Service Road, Burlington.

The format of the event is a Mayoral Candidates Debate with an opportunity for the balance of ward candidates to engage and interact with the crowd before the debate takes place. More information will be coming soon. Click here for a list of Municipal Election Candidates and here for a list of Regional Chair Candidates.

If there is a local environmental issue that concerns you that requires immediate attention, please let us know. Or, if you are someone with an interest in environmental issues who likes to follow local politics, we can use your help and invite you to learn more about our volunteer Advocacy Team here.

Learn more about our advocacy program by visiting our Greenprint for the Future and Advocacy pages.

Together we make a difference for a more sustainable future.