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|NOVA SCOTIA: The Nova Scotia Tax and Regulatory Review of November 2014, “Charting a Path for Growth” by Laurel Broten, officially introduced the possibility of a carbon tax to Nova Scotia’s finance minister, Diana Whalen. In January 2015, the government of Nova Scotia began a series of public input sessions called “Let’s Talk Taxes”. At the Halifax session, a consistent “yes” to carbon pricing was tabulated from the group's chart paper. CCL Halifax members are attending the roundtable discussions across Nova Scotia, distributing Nova Scotian Dividend Cheques and CCL Cartoons about Carbon-Fee-and-Dividend and Cap-and-Trade. Joanne, their intrepid group leader, also wrote and distributed a Media Packet specific to Nova Scotia on Carbon-Fee-and-Dividend.|
|ONTARIO: In October, CCL Toronto members lobbied Ontario's Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray. At that meeting Minister Murray divulged that Ontario would be announcing climate change plans soon and asked CCL Toronto members to assist inviting environmental groups to a roundtable discussion in December with the Minister. In January, CCL Toronto members in partnership with For Our Grandchildren and The University of Toronto School of the Environment, conducted a highly successful Carbon Pricing Forum and wrote a media packet specific for Ontario. On Thursday, February 12, 2015, Citizens' Climate Lobby took part in the official unveiling of the Province of Ontario's plans for greening the economy which includes public engagement. Here is our media release.|
|MP BRUCE HYER: Many CCLers have been working with MP Hyer since the Spring of 2010, which was before CCL existed in Canada. Unbeknownst to MP Hyer in 2011 and 2012, CCL members serendipitously sat beside him on airplanes and lobbied him at other events too. In June 2012, Bruce quietly announced to us that he was interested in championing Carbon-Fee-and-Dividend. We held that news under our hats for over a year, until he debated Carbon-Fee-and-Dividend in the House of Commons on November 19, 2013. MP Hyer went on to debate the merits of CCL's policy numerous times in the House of Commons, most recently on Tuesday, February 3. Bruce truly cares for the future we will leave the next generation. We are grateful he is in Ottawa.|
|SUDBURY: A by-election in Sudbury provided us with insights on how to raise the discussion on carbon pricing during an election. CCL Sudbury members attended all three candidate's debates and filled the question boxes with carbon pricing questions. Additionally, they asked the candidates to attend "World Changing Conversations" to discuss their thoughts on carbon pricing one-on-one with a facilitator and broadcast online. If you hold an event, be prepared to repeatedly ask candidates to participate in person in their campaign office and if candidate cannot attend, insist on written answers to be read out loud at your event . Keep track of all the responses. Instead of endorsing, we suggest writing a blog, letter to the editor or article highlighting the position of each candidate on carbon pricing as was done here.|
|CCL MEMBERS CREATING POLITICAL WILL WITH AMAZING PROJECTS IN 2015: You may have noticed on the message board on the right hand side of the home page of our website a series of new buttons that links to some great projects initiated by Citizen Climate Lobbyists. So many CCL groups and people were involved in these projects, that we dare not to try to even mention who they are for lack of space in this little box. January 2015 will be remembered as time when it was truly felt that we were becoming too connnected to fail.|
|PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE THE CARE2 PETITION: A man's concern for the climate crisis began when a child of family member cried himself to sleep after watching a television documentary. We are grateful to Keith and Care2 for their intergenerational responsibility. This petition has secured over 27,000 signatures. Please ask your friends to sign this petition.|
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