Friday, 30 September 2011
Wind Concerns Ontario is celebrating Hamilton City Council becoming the seventy-eighth and largest municipal government to date to successfully pass a motion of moratorium calling on the Government of Ontario to halt industrial wind development until proper health studies have been completed and local democracy is restored.
"Hamilton has joined a movement of municipal governments who recognize the deep flaws that plague Ontario's Green Energy Act and we're pleased to see a municipality with the size and clout of Hamilton join in this call for science and democracy to govern Ontario's energy future," said John Laforet, President of Wind Concerns Ontario.
Hamilton is home to NDP, Liberal and PC MPPs who are facing re-election six days from now. "PC Party Leader and Niagara West Glanbrook (which includes part of Hamilton) MPP Tim Hudak has been clear his party stands with Hamilton City Council and seventy seven other municipal councils who represent more than 2.5 million Ontarians, NDP Leader and Hamilton Centre MPP Andrea Horwath needs to be equally clear, as does Dalton McGuinty." Laforet added.
Wind Concerns Ontario has called on all parties to support a province-wide moratorium on further industrial wind development while independent health and environmental studies are completed to inform minimum setback regulations, for the restoration of local democratic planning authority, an end to the feed-in-tariff program and the cancellation of the Samsung deal.
Wind Concerns Ontario is a grassroots coalition of fifty eight community organizations in thirty five districts and counties in Ontario and has members residing in sixty-seven of Ontario's one-hundred and seven electoral districts. For further information: John Laforet President - Wind Concerns Ontario 647 724 0600 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, 29 September 2011
Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Thursday, 22 September 2011
On Tuesday 20th September, the HHEAT community meeting at the Clearview Church , Oakville was a success!
With people from diverse backgrounds from farm owners to church members, engineers and solar developers, they all came out to engage and participate in an evening of vibrant discussion and networking.
Thank you to all those who came out and we look forward to helping to provide you with the tools and resources to facilitate the formation of your community co-operative!
Please keep visiting the blog for more details and the latest updates on community meetings within your region.
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Analysis of Ontario political platforms
The Pembina Institute's detailed platform analysis compares the commitments the Ontario Liberal, NDP and Progressive Conservative parties have made on a range of sustainable energy priorities.
The analysis looks at where the parties stand on issues such as investing in renewable power generation, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, creating incentives for energy conservation and expanding transit systems. The results identify clear leaders in building the province's clean energy economy.
Sunday, 18 September 2011
Sunday, 11 September 2011
Saturday, 10 September 2011
The year 2012 is the INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF CO-OPERATIVES!
United Nations to launch the International Year of Cooperatives at the UN General Assembly Hall on Monday, 31 October 2011 in New York.
Welcome to the official website on the International Year of Cooperatives (IYC). Here you will find information on events planned throughout the year, as well as suggestions on how to get involved and participate.
The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives,highlighting the contribution of cooperatives to socio-economic development, in particular recognizing their impact on poverty reduction, employment generation and social integration.
The United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/64/136 encourages all member States, the United Nations and all relevant stakeholders to take advantage of the IYC to promote cooperatives and raise awareness of their contribution to social and economic development and promote the formation and growth of cooperatives. The resolution A/RES/64/136 - Proclamation of 2012 as International Year of Cooperatives is available in all UN six official languages: English | Français | Español | Русский | عربي | 汉语The United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/65/184 Invites all Member States to consider taking action towards establishing national mechanisms, such as national committees, to prepare for, observe andfollow up on the International Year of Cooperatives, in particular for the purpose of planning, stimulating and harmonizing the activities of the governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations concerned with the preparations for and observance of the Year.
Goals of the International Year of Cooperatives
- Increase public awareness about cooperatives and their contributions to socio-economic development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
- Promote the formation and growth of cooperatives
- Encourage Governments to establish policies, laws and regulations conducive to the formation, growth and stability of cooperatives
Monday, 5 September 2011
The Hamilton Halton Energy Awareness Team (HHEAT) answers your questions.
HHEAT works within Halton and Hamilton to raise awareness about the benefits of renewable energy. HHEAT also facilitates the formation of neighbourhood networks to explore the potential for local, community-owned, renewable energy co-operatives.
Follow this blog and get the latest updates on how you can be involved in the 'community power for all' movement.