Citizen Action Monitor

Clean air victory for concerned St. Catharine residents.

No 41 Posted by fw, August 10, 2010

It’s so encouraging to see a case where citizen action makes a difference. Here’s one recent example that can be entered in the clean air win column for the Ontario Clean Air Alliance (OCAA) and environmentally concerned residents of St. Catharines.

OCAA’s call to action

On Monday, August 9, this call to action went out to people on the OCAA’s mailing list:

St. Catharines staff oppose coal phase-out

A City of St. Catharines staff report is recommending that the Mayor and City Councillors not support the Ontario Clean Air Alliance’s motion calling for Ontario’s dirty coal plants to be put on standby reserve and only be operated if there are no cleaner options to keep the lights on. Council will consider this report on the evening of Mon. Aug. 9th.

According to the OCAA, the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario and the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, a virtually complete coal phase-out now can prevent up to 1,100 deaths and up to 550,000 asthma attacks. The OCAA motion has been endorsed by the Cities of Hamilton, Kitchener and Guelph and the City of Toronto’s Board of Health.

Please email Mayor McMullan of St. Catharines today (and bcc me) and ask him to vote in favour of putting our dirty coal plants on standby reserve, only operating them if they are absolutely needed to keep the lights on.  Please remind him that St. Catharines is downwind of the Nanticoke Generating Station – the largest coal plant in North America.

Thank you, your emails make a difference!

Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
402-625 Church St, Toronto M4Y 2G1
Phone: 416-926-1907 ext. 246

Citizens respond

Today, Tuesday, August 10, just one day later, this note of congratulations from the OCAA went out to responsive citizens of St. Catharines and area:

St. Catharines says end coal use now!

In response to a flurry of calls and letters from concerned residents, St. Catharines’ city council has unanimously supported the OCAA’s call for an early end to burning coal. St. Catharines has now joined the cities of Hamilton, Kitchener and Guelph and Toronto’s Board of Health in calling on the province to only use its coal plants in the event of a true power emergency.

This was a real victory for the people of St. Catharines and area who called and emailed the Mayor and Councillors urging them to support our resolution. Thank you to everyone who took the time to speak out on this important issue.  Let’s keep the pressure on for cleaner air, a healthier climate and fewer illnesses and asthma attacks through an early coal phase out!

Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
402-625 Church St, Toronto M4Y 2G1
Phone: 416-926-1907 ext. 246

Is there a reason Windsor isn’t on the list of cities lobbying the province?

As a Windsor resident, I look forward to the day when our Mayor and Councillors will be as equally responsive to local citizens who speak out for action on important environmental issues. Incidentally, I don’t see Windsor on the list of cities calling on the province to only use its coal plants in the event of a true power emergency.

 

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