climate change

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Petition to John Tory, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Paul Ainslie, Ana Bailao, Jon Burnside, Gary Crawford, Frank Di Giorgio, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Kevin Vuong

Let’s help Vertical Communities weather the storm!

On August 7th, Toronto experienced its worst flooding since 2013. We were subsequently hit with more flooding on August 17th and 21st. Insurers have already paid out over $800 million in Ontario in extreme weather insurance claims this year. While many were affected in the most recent floods, the largest impact has been in the downtown core, specifically vertical communities and condominiums. Many buildings were affected by flooding, pipe damage, roof damage, and damage to parking facilities and vehicles. Currently, the City of Toronto has programs in place to assist with flooding, resilience and extreme weather events but all of these are focused on single family dwellings, townhomes and vertical communities older than 1985. This leaves the vast majority of downtown core residents unprotected. This is UNACCEPTABLE. As the Chair of the Southcore Residents Association, former Condo Board President, and a Torontonian who proudly calls downtown Toronto home, I’m calling for ACTION and for CHANGE. Below is the petition to Mayor John Tory and Toronto City Council that calls for specific measures to help vertical communities cope with, and manage, increasingly severe extreme weather events. I hope I can count on you to help me push this action forward. Please add your name if you believe that we must act now to protect our communities! Join me in demanding that City Hall stop ignoring vertical communities, and the needs of downtown Toronto residents as it relates to protecting us from the impacts of flooding and extreme weather events. Thank you,Kevin Vuong ------- When you sign the Petition, the below letter will be sent! "Let’s help Vertical Communities weather the storm! Toronto is growing at an unprecedented pace, not just in population but also in height. As an example, since 2000, over 210,000 condo units have been added to the city with many of them in the downtown core (Globe and Mail). Along with this growth in population and height is the growing risk of the impacts of extreme weather events. Toronto is seeing an increase in the number and intensity of extreme weather events. Buildings constructed to older standards, or standards that do not adequately protect them from extreme weather events are at particular risk. When city officials discuss extreme weather events, flooding, and wind damage, they often only discuss this in terms of single and semi-detached homes or townhomes. Rarely, if ever, vertical communities like ours are considered. It is time for this to stop. The August 7th flood had a disproportionate impact on downtown vertical communities, causing flooding, damage to garages and vehicles, confusion over insurance claims, and even more elevator failures. These impacts, while severe for any resident, are disproportionately severe for residents of vertical communities. If only 2 of 5 elevators are working this puts lives in jeopardy if emergency services need to access upper floors. If there is confusion over liability between the owner and the condo corporation, followed by denials of insurance claims, the financial hardship can be crushing. It is time for attention to be paid to vertical communities. It’s time the city helps us weather the storms of the impacts of extreme weather to protect our homes and communities. As such, I am calling for the city to immediately implement the following actions: 1)     EXPAND CITY HOME RESILIENCE PROGRAM TO VERTICAL COMMUNITIES The Toronto Home Resilience Program is an emergency preparedness and flood risk reduction service that provides homeowners with emergency management resources and a confidential Home Flood Protection Assessment to help residents reduce the risk of flooding. Currently there are only 200 registrations available to owners of fully-detached, semi-detached, and townhomes in the City of Toronto for a subsidized fee of $95 from July -September 2018. We need to ask City Council to work with their partners, including the Insurance Bureau of Canada, to extend this program to vertical communities. 2)     EXPAND THE CITY’S HOME ENERGY LOAN PROGRAM TO VERTICAL COMMUNITIES AND INCLUDE FLOOD AND EXTREME WEATHER PROTECTION RETROFITS This program provides homeowners with loans of up to $75,000, at rates as low as 2% with up to 15 years to repay the loan for home renovations focused on energy efficiency. The loan is tied to the property and is repaid via property tax, meaning the homeowner doesn’t need to spend any of their own capital. We need to augment this program to apply to vertical communities and make activities that flood and weatherproof vertical communities eligible for loans. 3)     ACCELERATE THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE TORONTO URBAN FLOODING FRAMEWORK The Urban Flooding Framework is expected to be completed in the coming years under the city’s Urban Resilience plan. However, given the frequency and severity of extreme weather events and their effect on vertical communities, it is time to accelerate this Framework so that all vertical residents and corporation managers have a guidebooks to help us prepare for what we are experiencing. 4)     MANDATE THAT ALL VERTICAL COMMUNITIES HAVE OVERLAND FLOOD INSURANCE Overland flood insurance is still extremely rare in Canada and many insurers do not offer it. The ones who do, offer it as an ‘add-on’ to standard insurance clauses and at a premium price. We are asking the City to work with condominium corporations, the province and the federal government to ensure that adequate overland flood insurance is available to vertical communities to secure their safety, financial security, and peace of mind.   5)     IMPLEMENT THE 2017 PROPOSED TORONTO STORMWATER LEVY TO HELP ENSURE THE FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE TO HELP COPE WITH INCREASED FLOODING AND EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS. In 2017, Toronto City Council, led by Mayor John Tory, voted down a measure to create a dedicated stormwater management levy to better cope with, and manage, stormwater overflows during extreme weather and flooding events. As a consequence, the damage done by the August 7th flood was certainly made more severe and more expensive to remediate. As such, we are demanding an immediate reconsideration of the 2017 vote. We are demanding the implementation of a dedicated stormwater management levy, charged based on a scale of how much a property’s surface area contributes to overland flooding during extreme weather events. The funds collected should be used 50% to fund improvements to Toronto’s stormwater infrastructure and 50% directed into a fund that can be drawn on to provide financial compensation to affected homes and residences including condominiums."

Kevin Vuong
11 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Lawrence MacAulay

End food waste in Canada!

French | English Every year, $31 billion of food ends up in a landfill in Canada alone. This isn't just stale bread and mouldy produce. This is good to eat food of all sorts. Produce, dairy, grain, protein, and everything outside of those. Yet, nearly one million Canadians rely on food banks each month, and about four million Canadians are "food insecure", of which 1.5 million are children. In 2015, the French government passed a law forbidding supermarkets from wasting and deliberately destroying food that can still be eaten. Instead, supermarkets have since been required to donate all unsold food products to charity such as food banks. A similar anti-food waste law can and should be implemented in Canada, nationwide. As it is, Quebec is now requiring that all supermarkets give unused food to foodbanks. Doing the same on a federal scale is not inconceivable. It is doable, and it is already being done in communities worldwide. In addition to the people who would be positively affected, food waste contributes greatly to climate change. Reducing food waste would benefit our environment. This petition urges the Govenment of Canada through the Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture, to create a federal program to combat food waste. The program will: Bar supermarkets from intentionally destroying and wasting unsold, still edible food Require Canadian supermarkets to give unsold, still edible food to Canadian food banks Require Canadian supermarkets to give wrongfully packaged or damaged, still edible food to Canadian food banks The law passed in France began with a simple petition not much different from this, on this very website. That petition received over 200,000 signatures. Our goal is to obtain 100,000 and to gain national attention to this very real issue. With your support, we can make a difference, and we can show our government what matters to us.  We need you. We need your voice. We need your support. Please sign and share this petition to bring change and to bring this law into Canada! Use the #WhyWasteFood and #FoodDeservesBetter when sharing or discussing this campaign on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! -- Learn more: A $31B problem: How Canada sucks at reducing food waste Man who forced French supermarkets to donate food wants to take law global Help the environment, reduce food waste

Justin Kulik
100,017 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to City of Richmond BC - Mayor and Councillors

Limit House Sizes on Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) in Richmond, B.C.

It’s time to look beyond the aisles of the local supermarket and recognize that farmers are vital for food security and are the heart of Canadian industry and life. Canadian farmers are the top global producers of flaxseed, durum wheat, lentils, canola, pulses, peas, and mustard seeds. Last year, Canadian fruit and vegetable farmers added $1.8 billion dollars to the economy and employed over 2 million Canadians. Moreover, Canada is the 5th largest exporter of food in the world. Undoubtedly, Canadian farmers are remarkable and contribute in countless ways to Canada’s economy. They ensure that we have access to quality food. We owe a great deal to the hard work of those farmers who toil every day to put food on our tables. It is for this reason that swift action must be taken to prevent people from taking advantage of farming incentives meant for people who are actually contributing to the farming industry. Richmond is facing challenging issues concerning illicit property uses on land reserved for agriculture. Because of a controversial city council decision (with the exception of councillors Carol Day and Harold Steves) it is now possible for buyers – who, if we are honest, are speculators – to build extravagant estates on farmland. In doing so, they are gaining two benefits at the expense of local farmers: bypassing residential lot guidelines and pricing policies, and avoiding British Columbia’s new foreign-buyer 15 percent residential tax. To put the problem into perspective, the City of Richmond allows 10,794 square feet (1,000 square metres) mega-mansions on land designated as farmland. This is twice the maximum size recommended by the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture. To suggest that a nearly 10,794 square foot dwelling, with a ten-car garage, a twenty-five-seat theatre, tennis court, swimming pool, and 15 bedrooms or more is a “farmhouse” is absurd. Based on our respect for local farmers and their outstanding work, we should be advocating that the provincial 5,382 square feet (500 square metres) maximum farmhouse guidelines are upheld and formalized into law.  Special exemptions should be rare, only made for legitimate farmers, and issued on a case-by-case basis. It is time for us to act, now, and preserve our precious farmlands and hold our City Council to account. Richmond has some of the best farmlands in all of British Columbia, and we must do everything in our power to protect the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and ensure our future residents’ food security. ~ Jack Trovato THEREFORE: We, the undersigned, citizens of the City of Richmond, are concerned about the threat to our Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). The recent decision of Richmond City Council to allow mega-mansions to build up to 10,794 square feet (1,000 square metres) is double the provincial recommended maximum size, and nearly triple the maximum recommended size per City staff recommendations. Provincial guidelines specifically state that house sizes on ALR lots should be sized appropriately to divert development to city lots. As the current bylaws stand, large home development is diverted onto farmland. We petition the City of Richmond to: □   Implement a moratorium on new applications to build on ALR lots until; □   A maximum house size of 5,382 square feet (500 square metres) is expediently adopted as bylaw.

Richmond Citizens' Association (RCA)
6,169 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Doug Ford, Jeff Yurek, MPP

Save the Ontario Tree Seed Facility

There are no forests without seed. After 94 years of invaluable contribution to reforestation and for the public good, the Ontario Tree Seed Facility is scheduled to close in September 2018.The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry proposes that tree seed collection, processing and storage be left to the private sector. This decision was made internally by the OMNRF with no public consultation and came as a shock to municipal officials, forestry stakeholders, the community and environmental organizations. Both public and private sector experts have vehemently disagreed with the internal government decision and have expressed their concern: "This decision takes Ontario in a direction opposite to jurisdictions who recognize tree seed processing and banking as an essential social service to help adapt to climate change." "We had hoped that [the OTSF] would not only continue, but be enhanced, in service to Ontario's forests, which face the triple threats of overdevelopment, invasive alien species and climate change." (Forest Gene Conservation Association)  AWARE Essa and the Friends of Utopia Mill and Park respectfully request that Premier Doug Ford and Minister Jeff Yurek: Put on hold any actions on the closure of the Ontario Tree Seed Facility. Begin a comprehensive public review to explore innovative ways to revitalize the OTSF. This review should include: expert analysis of the real value of the Tree Seed facility and the vital service it provides in seed collection, processing and storage. Tracking seeds by seed zones gives native trees a genetic link to local conditions that improves forest resiliency an assessment of the  key role that OTSF plays in mitigating and adapting to climate change and increasing habitat to promote biodiversity   recognition that the private sector alone cannot meet the challenges of ensuring the resilience of Ontario's forests acknowledgment of the unique expertise of Ontario Tree Seed Facility staff in tracking seed source and processing tree seeds recognition of the significance of the Ontario Tree Seed Plant and its founders in Ontario's history For more information: Two Billion Trees and Counting: The Legacy of Edmund Zavitz, John Bacher, Dundurn, 2011      

AWARE Essa and Friends of Utopia Mill and Park
12,425 supporters