CCL Canada Spring Rendez-Vous 2020

Confirmed. Our conference will be online.

Our volunteers and guest speakers all wanted us to flip our conference on Monday, May 11 to a virtual conference.

Now, we just need to attend to the technical aspects of the refunds for the in-person conference. Two persons must sign in person at the bank for this financial transaction, bank hours are reduced, and one of our financial people was in isolation. It is should be done by Friday, April 3, 2020.

Thank you for your patience.

Outline of Event (tentative schedule)

The exact timing is yet to be determined.

CCL Canada’s Climate Action Training  / Lobby Preparation

This CCL workshop is for newbies to veterans. A lot of updates have been made – especially post-2019 election and from all that we have learned from CCL leaders in 57 countries around the world. We are highly focused on protecting and improving Canada’s carbon pricing policy while recognizing many other policies must also be enacted.

Look for an upcoming document with CCL’s new Carbon Pricing Guidelines and our CCL Canada 2020 Lobbying Ask to understand how we balance supporting the many things that must be done to transition our economy, while focusing our lobbying on carbon pricing.

The usual opening comments and orientation.

Climate Choices
Jason Dion: 20-30 minutes presentation followed by 10-15 minutes of questions

Climate and Finance
Céline Bak: 20-30 minutes presentation followed by 10-15 minutes of questions

Legal Panel
Dr. Dianne Saxe – grand overview of the legal climate cases globally 10-15 minutes…/…/…/…/…/

Danielle Gallant – The Ontario Targets Case 10-15 minutes

Alex Neufeldt and Sophia Mathur each get 5 minutes to say why they are suing the Ontario government. Alex and Sophia are GenClimateAction Youth and CCL Canada Members

Time for audience questions.

Carbon pricing around the world
Andres Jimenez – USA developments
Cathy Orlando – A quick global overview of what is going on in 58 countries with CCL chapters globally
African developments – maybe
European developments – maybe
Joseph Robertson – COP 26 & other international developments.
Facilitated by Princella Talley

Re-registration and reimbursements coming soon

We need to attend to the technical aspects of the refunds for the in-person conference. Two persons must sign in person at the bank for this financial transaction, bank hours are reduced, and one of our financial people was in isolation because of COVID19 (and is thankfully safe). It is should be completed by Friday, April 3, 2020.

Thank you for your patience.


Registration fees:
You will have to register to get access to the live online event.
The online event will be free, with a recommended $10 donation or more.
Registration will open by April 3.
Registration closes May 1, 2020 or when we exceed 200 registrants. Thereafter you will be put on a waiting list.


Donations Welcome to help fund our next conference:

We are raising money specifically to fund our next conference in Ottawa. We hope to celebrate together our 10 year anniversary in 2020 in Ottawa but will have to await what happens with the COVID19 pandemic.

Happily, we can conduct an online conference in May 2020 because our exceptional volunteers have the technical savvy to conduct such events. We have been live broadcasting our major events since 2014 – before CCL USA began to do so.  CCL Canada really does have the best volunteers on the planet.

We rely on donations to run our conferences. Every year, conferences fees have only covered less than a quarter of the cost of our national conferences. Financial contributions have also allowed us over the years to reduce or waive fees for people who would otherwise not be able to attend.

Conference costs included: the venue, refreshments at the conference, artists, evening socials for the volunteers, travel costs for presenters, audio-visual equipment rental, conference swag, gifts for presenters, translations of documents, and photocopying. Conference costs do not include the travel costs of conference organizers nor the hundreds of hours of volunteer work that go into the conference.

Your donation will free us up to focus even more on building political will for carbon pricing during this very critical time in history.

NOTE: our conference budget is pre-approved by our board. All expenses and original receipts are submitted to the board and two people must sign to withdraw money from the bank account.

Keynotes, Panelists and Guest Speakers

Confirmed Speakers and Guests

Jason Dion: Mitigation Research Director
Canadian Institute for Climate Choices

Céline Bak: Founder and President of Analytica Advisors
Analytica Advisors

Dr. Dianne Saxe – President
Saxe Facts

Danielle Gallant – Lawyer
Ontario Targets Case – Ecojustice Canada

Alex Neufeldt and Sophia Mathur
Primary Plaintiffs in the Ontario Targets Case #GenClimateAction Youth
CCL Canada Members

Andres Jimenez – Senior Director
Citizens’ Climate Education

Cathy Orlando – Canadian Director and International Outreach Manager
Citizens’ Climate Education

Joseph Robertson  – Global Strategy Director
Citizens’ Climate Education

African developments – maybe
European developments – maybe

Facilitated by
Princella Talley – Development Associate / Diversity Outreach Coordinator
Citizens’ Climate Education




PENDING Angie Nussey: Singer and Song Writer
There is a Whisper in the Air, change is coming.

Important Deadlines

  1. NOW if you asked your MP to attend the reception please ask them . Look in the January 2020 Action Sheets for instructions.
  2. April 3 first day to register
  3. May 1 last day to register or when we exceed 200 registrations. Register early.
  4.  Send your MP Bios to Here is the outline in Word. Any MP bios sent after that time may or may not be photocopied or formatted in time for the conference by us. We will still accept even at the conference and lobbying days but we can’t be responsible for making copes for your lobbying team.

Never Lobbied Before?

Never lobbied before? Don’t worry, we have been lobbying for carbon fee and dividend for since 2010 in Canada. You will be officially trained beforehand on either live videoconference or recorded call. And by the end of the conference on the Monday you will be empowered to speak for millions.

Canada is one of the top-ranked democracies in the  world. We must be the change agents that catalyze the transformation the world so desperately needs.

We will  send registered attendees a series of short emails after April 1 to orient everyone to the event. One of the emails will include a package of  updated and most relevant “Laser Talks” with instructions as well as our 2020 Lobbying Ask. Also there will be an invitation to partake in an online training or watch a video recording.

Online, you are going to be hanging out with some of the most interesting and talented climate volunteers on the planet and we like to have fun. Getting out of our comfort zone is our modus operandi.

Most  of our MP’s will be relieved to know that there is someone in her/his riding that supports a national and rising price on carbon pollution.

We have one  over-arching rule: treat politicians with respect and admiration for their service.

Here are the key strategies we use.


Lobbying Tool Kit

Over the next few weeks we will be posting updated resources in here.

  • CCL Canada LASER Talks Booklet – August 19, 2019 version (It will most likely be updated for the conference but do bear in mind that we are all volunteers and an action team with a leader will have to spend about 10-20 hours doing the work to update it.
  • LEAVE BEHIND: Our ask of the Federal Government – May 2019  We have an Action Team currently working on this lobbying ask and then we will run it by our volunteers in early May on our regularly scheduled CCL Canada calls as well as get it translated. It will be based on the CCL Canada Carbon Pricing Guidelines document our exceptionally talented volunteers have put together – coming soon.
  • Getting started on lobbying your MP: Updated version to be posted by May 1
    Once you have secured an appointment send the following information by filling in this form.
    Send the MP bio to by May 3 for our files. Here is the outline in Word.



About Citizens' Climate Lobby Canada


Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on harmonizing Canada’s carbon pricing policies nationally. Our consistently respectful, nonpartisan approach to climate education is designed to create a broad, sustainable foundation for carbon pricing not just in Canada but in 58 CCL countries globally and across all political inclinations.

Since its inception in September 2010, CCL Canada has lobbied relentlessly for Canada to adopt Carbon Fee and Dividend as our national carbon pricing policy. Spanning almost 10 years, we have recorded over 1000 meetings with parliamentarians and appeared over  three thousand on the editorial pages of Canadian newspapers.

On October 13,  2018, Citizens Climate Lobby was on Parliament Hill for the 13th time.

Thirteenth time lucky is what the foray onto Parliament Hill will be remembered as. While on the hill, there were indications that Carbon Fee and Dividend was going to be announced as the official backstop policy for pricing carbon pollution in Canada.  Additionally, at that time the senator for Edmonton, AB Senator Grant Mitchell said:

“You are one of the most successful lobbying groups I have worked with because you are about to get what you lobbied for.”

Subsequently, three MPs and an Environment Minister in a Canada province have confirmed that CCL’s relentless focus was helpful in Canada’s carbon pricing policy.

Our work is far from over, in fact it feel like we have only just begun. As all seasoned environmental and social justice advocates know, gains made must then be defended.  As well, given that Canada’s current carbon pricing policy needs a lot of improvements, that we have a minority government, and that we are in a global emergency, CCL Canada is doubling down on our efforts to build political will for effective carbon pricing nationally. We will be using an updated version of the Canadian Carbon Pricing Guidelines document to guide us.

We are action-oriented, highly focused and we are not guessing.  Most of all we like to have fun. In less than 10 hours a month, guided by our core values, especially our super power, focus, our volunteers are continuing to create the political will for nationally harmonized carbon pricing policy in Canada.

At Citizens’ Climate Lobby, we’re committed to building the political will for a liveable world. As empowered citizens, we talk with neighbors, friends, and local officials about how national climate action can help ensure a healthy future while strengthening the Canadian economy.

FullSizeRenderOur volunteers include high school students and concerned grandparents,  health care workers and many other walks of life. Some are PhD’s who have spent careers researching the intricacies of climate change; others are concerned citizens who just want to know how to help. Whatever our  backgrounds, we’re all united by a commitment to making our voices heard as we call for a healthy climate future.

CCL is a non-partisan international organization of over 185,000 supporters in 55 countries including 37 active chapters in Canada. Members of CCL’s International’s advisory board include: George P. Shultz, former US secretary of state; Dr. James Hansen, retired Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies; Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Canadian Climate Scientist at Texas Tech University; and others.

CCL believes politicians don’t create political will, they respond to it.

CCL believes citizens who are well trained, organized by ridings and with a good system of support can influence the political process.

Guided be our core values, our volunteers are helping Canada lead the fight to avert global climate breakdown, and they want to help politicians achieve this noble goal.

We are winning and going to win because of our incredible volunteers. They are truly some of the best volunteers on the planet. Please consider joining us at our May 2020 so that you can meet them.

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Coming in late April

Canadian Civics 101


For the benefit of our American Guests

OVERVIEW: The USA is a democratic republic whereas Canada is a constitutional monarchy. The President is the elected head of state in the USA. Queen Elizabeth II is our head of state and she is represented in Canada by our Governor General, Julie Payette, a former NASA astronaut. Our head of state is also called “the Crown”. Canada has a bicameral system, just like the USA, with lower and upper houses.

EXECUTIVE BRANCH: In Canada, the political party with the most seats in the House of Commons forms the government and the leader of that party becomes the Prime Minister (PM). The executive branch of the Canadian government is led by the PM and he/she appoints senior Members of Parliament to the executive in a cabinet adhering to the principle of cabinet collective responsibility. The Privy Council is the non-partisan, public service support to the PM and Cabinet and its decision-making structures.

HOUSE OF COMMMONS: Our lower house is called the House of Commons and it is the Canadian equivalent of the US House of Representatives. Our federal representatives are elected in electoral districts which we call ridings. We have 338 electoral districts for 35 million people.  Our federal representatives are called Members of Parliament or MPs. Until 2009, governments could call an election at any time within five years of being elected. Since 2009, we have legislated set election dates every four years, unless there is a non-confidence vote in the House of Commons which defeats the government and forces an election. This usually happens when we have minority governments.

MINORITY GOVERNMENTS A minority government happens when the ruling party does not have a majority of the seats in Parliament. Currently, we again have a minority government under the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau (and yes, we add “u’s” to a lot of words up here).

These recent governments were all minority governments as well: 2004-2006, 2006-2008 and 2008-2011. Canada is predisposed to minority governments because we have three major political parties and compared to the USA, a significant Green Party which garners about 5% of the popular vote and a regional party: the Bloc Québécois which currently holds 32 seats with all of the seats in Quebec. Like in the USA and Britain, Canadian MPs are among the last representatives elected using a first-past-the-post ballot which many Canadians hope will change to some form of proportional representation.

THE CANADIAN SENATE: The Canadian Senate, unlike in the USA, is not elected. It is an appointed senate. Most senators hold their seat until the mandatory age of retirement. There are three types of senators in Canada: Independents, Liberals and Conservatives. Currently, Independents and Liberals combined in the Senate are in a majority. The Canadian senate is undergoing a reformation currently. The Senate is divided equally amongst four geographic regions: 24 for Ontario, 24 for Quebec, 24 for the Maritimes (10 for Nova Scotia, 10 for New Brunswick, and four for Prince Edward Island), and 24 for the Western provinces (six each for Manitoba, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Alberta). Newfoundland and Labrador, which became a Canadian province in 1949, is represented by six senators. Further, Canada’s three territories—the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut—are allocated one senator each. An additional four or eight senators may be temporarily appointed by the governor general, provided the approval of the Queen is secured, and the four divisions are equally represented, thus putting the maximum possible number of senators at 113.

THE DOMINATE BRANCH: The House of Commons is the dominant branch of parliament with the Senate and the Crown rarely opposing its will. The Senate is meant to take a second sober look at bills before they pass into law. The Senate reviews legislation from a less partisan standpoint and the Governor General provides the necessary Royal Assent to make bills into law.

The Canadian Prime Minister in a majority government has powers that a US president could only dream of because she/he has complete control over the executive and the House of Commons for four years (we don’t have mid-term elections in Canada) and they are rarely opposed by the senate or the Governor General. Canada had a majority government from 2016-2020.


Watch it on Zoom

The link to the Zoom Room will only be given to those who register for this conference.