Green Energy Act

Energy Rate Hikes Punish the Poor

Candice Malcolm | Posted 02.14.2014 | Canada Politics
Candice Malcolm

The increases to our energy bills alone over the next five years are greater than the amount of income tax paid by a minimum wage earner in Ontario. The Wynne government should think about the people who suffer the most from irresponsible government decisions.

We're Paying for Bad Energy Policies

Candice Malcolm | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Candice Malcolm

Tax policy and energy price adjustments just don't have the same appeal as a mayor smoking crack or secret cheques to cover fraudulent housing expenses.However, the boring stuff has far more impact on our lives than the circus that follows the eccentric and scandal-plagued leaders in our country.Not all scandals are equal.

Ontario's Head-in-the-Sand Green Energy Policy

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 07.01.2013 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

Earlier this month the Fraser Institute published a report sharply critical of one of the flagship policies of the Ontario government, namely the Ontario Green Energy Act (GEA). Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli dismissed it out of hand. What makes the Minister's response most disturbing is that it is so disconnected from reality.

Does Selling off Our Resources Make Us an Energy Superpower?

David Suzuki | Posted 05.27.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

The future of energy in Canada will determine the fate of our society. It must be widely discussed, nationally as well as provincially, beyond the boundaries of politics and economics. This is about the type of country we will leave to our children and grandchildren.

Are We Trading Away Our Rights and Environment?

David Suzuki | Posted 02.04.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

Because countries often have differing political and economic systems, agreements are needed to protect those invested in trade. Canada has signed numerous deals. Treaties, agreements and organizations to help settle disputes may be necessary, but they often favour the interests of business over citizens.

The Good, the Bad and the Costly: Evaluating the McGuinty Legacy

Steve Lafleur | Posted 12.17.2012 | Canada Politics
Steve Lafleur

After serving nine years as Premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty has stunned the country by announcing his intention to step down as Liberal leader. Regardless of one's opinion of the man, he has arguably had a bigger impact on the province than many of his predecessors. There may be much to criticize in his record, but there is also much to laud. Now is a good time to evaluate some of his bigger legislative initiatives -- good and bad.

The Man Coming Up With Sunny Solutions

David Dodge | Posted 12.16.2012 | Canada Business
David Dodge

When it comes to solar panel manufacturing the laws of supply and demand may as well be Heisenberg's uncertainty principle. Just ask the former president of one of the largest solar photo-voltaic module manufacturers in Canada. He's an affable, friendly guy who got started in the solar industry 24 years ago.

Solar Bonds are Heating up the Investment Market

David Dodge | Posted 12.01.2012 | Canada Business
David Dodge

It might actually be easier to fit a camel through the eye of a needle than to find investments that not only produce a healthy return but also contribute to a better society. Enter Solar Bonds from SolarShare in Ontario. The investment side is solid. A $1,000 bond has a return of five per cent for five years. The kicker? That money is invested in getting solar energy projects up and running in Ontario.

Don't Bring a Gun to a Wind Energy Debate

John Laforet | Posted 10.01.2012 | Canada Politics
John Laforet

I was saddened to read that Jeff Damen, a father of two and employee of a wind developer in rural Ontario, reported having a shotgun pulled on him while conducting field work on a project site in West Grey. While I am not known for expressing opinions remotely sympathetic to that of the wind industry or its employees, and certainly oppose the development of the project in question, guns and threats of violence have no place in any debate in our province.

In Ontario, Electricity Gets a Renewable Shock

Adam Scott | Posted 05.27.2012 | Canada
Adam Scott

With a host of new changes announced recently, Ontario's Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program is now on much firmer ground. Let's hope these changes will cool some of the overheated rhetoric, so we can all get on with fighting global warming and building a new green economy.

Politicians Vote on Wind Energy: Don't Blow it!

Karen Hunter | Posted 05.08.2012 | Canada Politics
Karen Hunter

On Thursday Ontario politicians have the chance to halt industrial wind turbines in the province. Wind energy is the opposite of green technology. Conservation -- Reduce, Re-use, Recycle -- is green, a frugal approach that makes sense. Wind energy -- Unreliable, Inefficient, Expensive -- is anti-green, a wasteful approach that makes no sense.

Open Letter to Premier McGuinty: Restore Local Democracy

John Laforet | Posted 01.29.2012 | Canada Politics
John Laforet

Premier McGuinty, your declaration that you are prepared to listen to Bill 10 is a positive step to address all that has happened since Feb. 11 2009 when you stated you would not hesitate to 'foist' renewable energy projects on communities, and lashed out at concerned citizens.

Did Green Energy Act Cost McGuinty Rural Votes?

John Laforet | Posted 12.12.2011 | Canada
John Laforet

The McGuinty government made a decision to ignore the motions against further industrial wind development, the protests, the rallies and the dominance of this issue at rural all candidates debates and their rural caucus paid for it with their jobs and cost his government their majority.

Green Jobs Are Not a Hoax

Keith Brooks | Posted 12.11.2011 | Canada
Keith Brooks

For decades, people have argued that we must choose between good work and a clean environment. But that argument just doesn't hold up anymore. We need a functioning economy with good jobs, and a clean environment, which is what is meant by the term green economy.

Dalton McGuinty Thinks Money Grows on Trees

David Frum | Posted 12.08.2011 | Canada
David Frum

The McGuinty version of fiscal austerity includes green-jobs boondoggles. Ontarians must overpay twice for energy: once in the form of huge overpayments to uncompetitive solar and wind producers, and then again in the form of subsidies to companies that manufacture the components for solar and wind.

Green Energy Act Sufferers Seeing Red

John Laforet | Posted 12.03.2011 | Canada
John Laforet

Dalton McGuinty's Green Energy Act has failed to provide the thousands of high value jobs he has spent the last two years claiming it would and Canada's reputation as a free trader is being challenged by important members of the global community. But sadly, it's Ontarians who will clean up the mess.

McGuinty's Energy Policy Favours a Double Standard

John Laforet | Posted 11.29.2011 | Canada
John Laforet

If McGuinty's support of democracy and compelling arguments is legitimate, a moratorium, proper independent health study on impacts from wind turbines and restoration of planning control should be forthcoming for rural municipalities.

Ontario's Ballot Box Question: Future of the Green Energy Act

John Laforet | Posted 11.23.2011 | Canada
John Laforet

The Green Energy Act is an issue that has been festering in rural Ontario communities for years. The Liberals are campaigning in defence of their Green Energy Act, while the opposition has centred around three key issues: health and environmental impacts, process issues around decision making and the economics of the feed-in-tariff program.

Ontario Downplayed Wind Farm Health Risks: Documents

CBC | Posted 11.22.2011 | Canada Politics

Ontario's Ministry of the Environment is logging hundreds of health complaints over the province's 900 wind turbines but has downplayed t...

Long-Term Thinking Needed in the Fight for Ontario's Green Energy Future

Andrew Reeves | Posted 10.05.2011 | Canada
Andrew Reeves

Why are we shouting at Dalton McGuinty for our hydro bills being slightly higher when his overall objective is to create valuable jobs here in Ontario? All the while, this policy is reducing our share of the planet's destruction. People need to be better educated as to what, exactly, as it stake here.

Green Jobs: Difficult to Assess, but a Pathway to Success

Keith Brooks | Posted 10.05.2011 | Canada
Keith Brooks

The challenge with tracking the green economy stems from the fact that this sector is, well, not a sector. There are no occupational classifications dedicated to green jobs, and no industry codes either. How can we tell whether or to what extent the green economy has been successful?

John Podesta Urges Ontario to Keep the Green Energy Act

Adam Scott | Posted 09.19.2011 | Canada Politics
Adam Scott

Countries that have embraced a green economy have been among the most successful in recent years, weathering the economic downturn and attracting investment and jobs. This is not an opportunity that we can afford to miss.

Ontario's Green Energy Backlash

The Huffington Post | Ian Harvey | Posted 07.27.2011 | Canada Business

Canadian politicians know well enough to avoid hot buttons like religion or tax hikes. So why then is Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Huda...