CONFERENCE: A Climate For Change - Un climat de changement


During Federal Environment Week 2016, thirty one Citizens’ Climate Lobbyists went to Parliament Hill for the 10th time since 2011 to lobby as a collective.

Sunday, June 5, 2016:  1:00 pm – 9:00 pm, educate, empower, prepare to lobby and finalize lobbying schedule. Note well that the location is the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in the Byward Market. There are several Marriott Hotels in the National Capital Region- thus make sure you get to the one in the Byward Market. Address: 350 Dalhousie St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7E9

Monday, June 6, 2016: lobby all day and dinner together in the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in the Byward Market. Address: 350 Dalhousie St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7E9

Tuesday, June 7, 2016: lobby all day. Parliament Reception at 1 Wellington St room C-180, 5:30 to 7:30 pm,  cohosted by MP Paul Lefebvre (Sudbury) and CCL Canada.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016: lobby in the morning – only if needed.


  • 31 Citizens’ Climate Lobbyists which included two Americans and 29 Canadians representing five of the 10 Canadian Provinces and from coast to coast including British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia
  • They lobbied 36 MPs and two aides to Conservatives Members of Parliament.
  • 21 Liberals, 9 Conservatives (+2 aides), 5 New Democrats and 1 Green Member of Parliament
  • We cohosted a reception with MP Paul Lefebvre: 14 politicians, including the Speaker of the House (the Honourable Geoff Regan, Halifax) and five aides to MPs attended the reception. Additionally, this is the first time we cohosted an event on the Hill where both the New Democrats and Liberals attended.

Watch MP Paul Lefebvre (Sudbury) talk about Citizens’ Climate Lobby in the House of Commons on June 7, 2016.

Check out our photo album on Facebook too

Thank you to all the volunteers who, on their own dime and time, have gone to Ottawa to lobby for a liveable world over the years. Merci MP Paul Lefebvre and his team for cohosting a reception with us and to all the guests who joined us. For the first time media covered our lobbying efforts as it was happening. The Lobby Monitor (The Hill Times publishing) interviewed our National Manager, took photos of us on the Hill on Monday morning and published an article about us while we were on Parliament Hill.

A very special thanks to all of our funders because lobbying events such as these cost much more to run than what we raise in revenue from registration fees. We have immense gratitude to Marshall Saunders, CCL’s president and founder, for opening his organization to Canadians in 2010. Finally, thanks to the people who have donated ten-thousand-plus hours of volunteer time since September 2010, to keep us on track and working as a team nationally.


Dr. David Robinson’s  Presentation (pdf)
Dr. Renee Lertzmann’s Presentation (mp3 audio). During the workshop there are times of silences.


CCL Canada on the Hill


May 31, 2016

From Marshall Saunders,
President and founder of Citizens’ Climate Lobby

When I started CCL in 2007 I did so because I believed the US passing legislation was important not just for the US but for the rest of the world. What we are seeing happen in Canada will very likely become part of the motivation that gets the United States to finally act.

Thank you, Canada. 

Love, Marshall

May 31, 2016

From Cathy Orlando,
National Manager, Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada

In 2017, Canada will have a price on carbon. Will Canada have a climate policy that finally shifts the economy? I don’t know. But I do know that by officially documenting our great facts on the government website and building political will across Canada one riding at a time, we can give the government the courage to do the right thing and we can hold their feet to fire if they fail us.

Together we might make 2017 a year where not only celebrate Canada’s 150th and 100 years since Vimy Ridge but also when we finally start shifting some of PM Borden’s “temporary income tax of 1917” towards pollution taxes.

Thank you for taking part in history and securing a healthy climate for us in our old age and for generations to come.

Love, Cathy

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danger opportunity

The Chinese symbol for crisis is a combination of the symbol of danger and opportunity.

Opportunity is knocking.  Canada is in the midst of determining our national climate plan. Our current GHG targets are inadequate and there are scant details on how we plan to achieve those goals. Political leadership matters. Politicians cannot do much unless the grassroots create political will. We are here to help. We are for carbon fee and dividend and have been holding that flag since September 2010.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada volunteers  are going to Ottawa to lobby for carbon fee and dividend again June 5-8, 2016. This will be the 10th time since November 2011, Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada volunteers have made the trek onto Parliament Hill to create the political will for a liveable world.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is an action-oriented group. We believe politicians don’t create political will – they respond to it. We know that the climate crisis poses a huge threat to civilization yet there is still time, but not much now, to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Most people care about this issue and want to do something. At Citizens’ Climate Lobby, we empower people to act on the crisis.

Our national manager, Cathy Orlando  in 2009 said, “The nightmare of climate change denial is over. The dream has begun … Jai Ho means victory in Hindi. It’s done. We’re going to have victory. We’re going to have a better world.” And she has been dancing the Jai Ho victory dance with CCLers and others since 2009.

Let that last comment be a hint to you that we are not a-death-by-power-point, belly-aching and finger-pointing group. We are for carbon fee and dividend. We get things done and have a lot fun at the same time.

We have all the solutions we need to solve the climate crisis except political will. Enacting a nationally integrated carbon fee and dividend policy  is an important first step. We are laser-focused, highly organized and motivated to carry out this mission of lobbying for carbon fee and dividend in Canada.

There is a climate for change in Ottawa right now. History is converging and June’s lobbying event has the real potential to be transformational for individuals, Canada and the world.

Cohosted by MP Paul Lefebvre (Sudbury) and Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada
Tuesday, June 7, 2016, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
1 Wellington Street Room

1 Wellington is NOT the Wellington Building on Sparks St. It is the building beside the Chateau Laurier on Wellington St. It is marked as 1 Wellington on the Map below.
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1 Wellington St is adjacent to the Chateau Laurier.
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The venue for the conference is the Courtyard Marriott in the Byward Market Ottawa. Address: 350 Dalhousie St, Ottawa, ON K1N 7E9. There are only  15 rooms reserved for CCL at the hotel. By May 16, 2016, phone directly to the hotel and say you are with Citizens’ Climate Lobby:
613-241-1000 or 1-800-341-2210.
courtyard Marriott

Other accommodations:

  • The Ottawa Jail Hostel is popular with CCLers and is a 10 minute walk to the Courtyard Marriott.
  • In the summer months, the University of Ottawa Residences are a fine place to stay. You can share an apartment and cook your own food. They are only a 15 minute walk to the Courtyard Marriott.

Please secure appointments with your MPs and update and create MP Bios. This will help and it includes the template for the MP Bio : Getting-Started-on-Lobbying-Your-MP.


  •  Please do not book an appointment with an MP or senator that is not your own Parliamentarian without connecting with us first.
  • Email confirmed appointments to Remember to put the MP name, MP riding, MP party,  room number, building, time, date, names of any constituents, the CCLer that booked the meeting and contact information of the MP staffer  (name, email and phone).
  • Unless, there are too many lobbying appointments,  we will finalize the lobbying schedule together at the conference on the afternoon of June 5, 2016,  as we did last year in Ottawa in June 2015, Toronto in October 2015 and Ottawa in March 2016.
  • Please also note there is a reception for all Parliamentarians on Tuesday, June 7, 2016

If you book an appointment with your MP please make sure you update/make an MP Bio by May 23, 2016 and send it to , otherwise it will not get photocopied by us for the conference.

MAY 23, DEADLINES: MP Bios and all photocopying
The national CCL Canada office will send everything we have (MP bios, booklets and leave behinds) to the photocopiers on May 25 so that we can focus our workflow on things that cannot be done beforehand – such as scheduling last minute lobbying sessions.

If you have not sent your MP bio, by May 23, 2016 to  you will be responsible for photocopying the MP bio for your lobbying team.

Yes, there is a business centre at our conference hotel. Last year, the printer was broken much of the day on the Sunday of our lobbying event in June in Ottawa. There are no business centres open near the hotel on Sundays in Ottawa that we know of. You might be able to go to the library. You will need an Ottawa Library Card to use the photocopiers and printers. The nearest Ottawa library is a 20 minute walk from the hotel.

Join the Facebook event for this conference updates here
Join the CCL Community page for this event. It is really important that the persons booking lobbying appointments join this event so they can keep everyone up to date on who we are lobbying and any changes in the schedule.
Fill in the Doodler – THIS IS NOT A REGISTRATION PAGE – this is just so CCL volunteers can keep track of who is coming.