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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  'one-stop' page for advocacy-related information and calls to action.


We invite you to speak up today! Here are some helpful advocacy tips.

If you are someone with an interest in environmental issues who likes to follow local politics, we can use your help. Learn about how you can get involved with our Advocacy team here.


If there is a local environmental issue that concerns you that requires immediate attention, please let us know.

Learn more about the 
many issues we have advocated on thus far here.




“Believe in the power of your own voice. The more noise you make, the more accountability you demand from your leaders,
the more our world will change for the better”

              -AL GORE
                    Founder and Chairman, The Climate Reality Project



 


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pROTECT OUR CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES

Ontario's Conservation Authorities are at risk.  The provincial government recently tabled omnibus budget measures Bill 229, Schedule 6 of which proposes fundamental changes to the Conservation Authorities Act and to conservation authorities role in land use planning.

As currently proposed, the changes to the legislative framework will impede Ontario's crucially important goal of building climate resilience for our communities. We need a strong united voice letting our MPP's know that Burlingtonians care about protecting wetlands and forests and want Schedule 6 removed from Bill 229 (Ontario budget bill). See BG's letters to MPP McKenna here and MPP Effie J. Triantafilopoulos here

Make a difference. Speak up today!
 





 WE NEED A STRONG UNITED VOICE ON THIS. PLEASE CALL YOUR BURLINGTON MPP TODAY. 



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HALTON REGION - HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE


Halton Region conducts its
Official Plan review every 5 years and this review process is happening NOW.  

It's vital we have government policies and associated practices in place that are science-based, forward-thinking and that fully reflect what COVID-19 has reminded us - that human health, climate change, economy, and social/racial justice, are all inextricably linked. Effective policies, research, planning, investment, reporting and decision-making must act on this understanding, intentionally and consistently.

Click here to watch a recording of the November 18, 2020 Regional Council meeting and listen to the views and concerns of Halton residents about  the Regional Official Plan.


You can read BurlingtonGreen's high-level input to the Region here.




 TO LEARN MORE AND TO HAVE YOUR SAY



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the future of recycling in ontario is at risk - share your concerns

The provincial government has released proposed regulations that will shift the management of our blue box program over to the producers. The proposed regulations have left out non-residential buildings (the largest source of waste), set low targets for collection and recycling, and let producers off the hook for managing the most difficult-to-recycle materials. This marks a major shift in our current waste management structure, and a huge missed opportunity for robust, long-term change.
BurlingtonGreen joined 51 groups calling on the Ontario government to take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fix the Blue Box and eliminate packaging waste. Click here to read the joint statement.

The province is accepting public comments until December 3rd. Speak up for strong regulations that will put Ontario on track to a low-carbon, non-toxic circular economy. 





 TO SEND YOUR COMMENTS AND FEEDBACK TO THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT!

 


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NELSON QUARRY EXPANSION - ONCE IT'S GONE IT'S GONE

UPDATE: The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is NOW accepting objection letters from the public regarding Nelson Aggregate's quarry application.  The deadline to submit letters is December 14th, 2020 but we urge you to respond immediately. Easy step-by-step tips here.

If you had a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in your community, would you do everything you could to safeguard it?In fact, Burlington’s escarpment is part of the Province of Ontario’s Green Belt AND a Unesco World Biosphere Reserve. It is home to a diversity of species (including the at-risk Jefferson salamander), vital farmland, valuable parklands and conservation areas and important aquifers (water sources). Is this worth protecting? We think so, and if you do too, we ask you to stand with PERL, BurlingtonGreen and CORE Burlington, a  non-profit organization of volunteers opposed to the quarry expansion at Mt. Nemo area. Show your opposition by ordering a lawn sign from CORE, and please email or write to the Mayor and Burlington Council Members to speak up against the Nelson Aggregates quarry expansion application!

You can read BurlingtonGreen's position on this issue HERE and our letter to the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry HERE.  Click below for some helpful tips to support your own letter/email.


 TO LEARN  MORE & TO TAKE ACTION ON THIS ISSUE






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Support permanent transit funding

Transit agencies across Canada have suffered a massive drop in ridership during COVID, some are losing millions of dollars a week due to decreased ridership. The federal and provincial governments have stepped in to support transit services, we ask that this support be permanent. Transit support and a shift to low carbon transportation are integral to a green and just COVID recovery.

Click on the link below to ask the federal government to make transit funding a permanent part of the federal budget so our buses keep rolling.




  TO SIGN THE PETITION




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SIGN THE PETITION TO TELL ONTARIO YOU DON'T WANT THE DESTRUCTIVE HIGHWAY 413 

The Ontario government is trying to fast-track approval for a new mega-highway, Highway 413, that would pave over important farmland, forests, rivers, and a section of the Greenbelt in the GTHA. BurlingtonGreen is opposed to this proposed highway and you can learn more about this important issue here.






 TO SAY NO TO HIGHWAY 413 AND PRESERVE OUR GREENBELT!


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SAY NO TO MORE SPRAWL, LESS FARMLAND AND LESS NATURE

BurlingtonGreen teamed up with 84 organizations to speak up against the proposed amendments to the Growth Plan to allow aggregate extraction in threatened and endangered species habitat in the Natural Heritage System of the Greater Golden Horseshoe. You can read the letter to Minister Steve Clark, here.

Let the Ontario Government know that you oppose the proposed amendments to Ontario's Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Help protect local biodiversity, farmland, and our natural heritage sites. 




 TO SIGN THE PETITION TODAY!



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TELL THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO FUND THE GREEN & JUST RECOVERY!

Tell the federal government that you do not want billions and billions of dollars handed over to big polluters that will compromise our environment and accelerate climate change. Instead, demand that they invest in a Green Recovery, capable of shifting Canada towards a stronger, equitable, and more sustainable society.

                                                                      
 TO SIGN THE PETITION TODAY!



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SUPPORT OPEN GREEN SPACE IN BURLINGTON

Support the protection of green space, trees, habitat, and urban carbon sinks. Protecting 'pockets' of green space within urban environments is important. Particularly when converting more turf surfaces to naturalized areas, they serve as vital carbon sinks in our communities. We would love to see the area even further naturalized - add your voice if you agree!




 TO SIGN THE Millcroft Against Development PETITION TODAY!




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ACTION ON PLASTIC POLLUTION 

October 7, 2020 - "We congratulate the federal government for announcing its intention to regulate plastic production, use, and disposal using the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA). This is a critical next step in the government’s plans to address plastic pollution and is a justified response to the plastics crisis in Canada. Industry’s demand for a new plastics law is a blatant attempt to delay or block federal action, and we applaud the federal government’s refusal to bow to the chemical lobby.Tell the federal government to act now and end plastic pollution." ~ Environmental Defence Canada


According to Environmental Defence Canada, every year Canadians throw away over three million tonnes of plastic waste. By 2030 it will be $11 billion worth. And yes—the majority of that goes to landfills and incinerators, but up until 2018 (when China banned the import of trash from other countries), huge amounts of our recyclables went to China. As a matter of fact, Canada was one of the top 10 exporters of plastic waste to China, sending nearly 200,000 tonnes of the stuff in 2016.




TO DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE.





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BURLINGTON QUARRY EXPANSIONS - FIGHT FOR NATURE. SPEAK UP!

BurlingtonGreen recognizes the value of and need for aggregates to support our infrastructure, but we do not believe that the aggregate sector should take priority over the agricultural sector or the safeguards embedded in other legislation to conserve biodiversity, forest land, water sources and protected green spaces. We firmly believe that smart government can find a way to create a sustainable model for aggregate extraction without compromising natural environments that must be preserved if we are to address the current biodiversity crisis and support long-term sustainability for the people of Ontario.

Click here to read BG's submission to the Province regarding the aggregate industry.


MERIDIAN QUARRY EXPANSION - STOP THE CLEAR CUTTING

Support (TEC) Tyandaga Environmental Coalition's efforts to protect the estimated 9,000 mature trees that are threatened by the Meridian quarry expansion.

In 2018, BurlingtonGreen filed an Application for Review to the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) to review the Quarry license and take action to protect the sensitive ecosystems on site.  As a result of TEC's advocacy on this issue and support from the community, the Mayor is introducing several staff directions on this important issue. 







TO SIGN THEIR PETITION TODAY!



DECLARED
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Strengthen the Canadian Environmental Protection Act 

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act is 21 years old this month. In 2017, the House of Commons environment committee reviewed CEPA and made 87 recommendations for strengthening the act, including amendments to recognize the human right to a healthy environment and the need to protect vulnerable populations and better control toxic substances.

A lot has changed in the past two decades, but CEPA is stuck in the past. In the era of climate emergency and increasing toxic threats and now COVID-19, we need strong environmental laws. Tell Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson to fix CEPA.





TO SIGN THE PETITION TODAY!





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Let's change history together

BurlingtonGreen was honoured to welcome Dr. David Suzuki to the Burlington stage on November 21, 2017, for a very special dual-component "Connect the Dots" event to engage and inspire more than 1000 people to learn about how Canadians are coming together for the goal of breathing fresh air, drinking clean water, eating safe food and the legal right to enjoy a stable climate as part of the Suzuki Foundation's Blue Dot Movement.


We are joining the nation-wide efforts of our friends at the David Suzuki Foundation to seek to amend the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to include the right to a healthy environment so that we can join the 110 countries around the world that already have this right included in their constitutions.





 TO ASK YOUR MP TO SIGN THE PLEDGE! 





CALL TO ACTION
Why do we need planning and regulatory changes?

Sustainability doesn’t just happen. If we want our city’s direction to be towards a “greener” future, we have to have a roadmap in place to get there.

This is a crucial time for Burlington in planning for our future. Our city is in a time of transition as we face the conflicting challenges of build-out and population growth. Challenges of intensification, infill practices, habitat destruction, and effective transportation make sustainable planning a high priority.

A number of major city planning documents are currently under development such as Burlington’s Official Plan Review and Transportation Master Plan. It will be Burlington's Mayor and Council that directs, approves, and moves forward with the plans those documents lay out. Thus, it is vital that your valuable input is considered.

Impact tomorrow today. 





TO HAVE YOUR SAY!



You can see a list of issues we have advocated for to date here.