Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada’s 2017 National Conference and Lobby Days

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Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada’s  2017 National Conference and Lobby Days #CCCL2017

From Saturday, October 21 to Tuesday, October 24, 2017, everyday citizens will gather together in Ottawa and deepen our understanding of the climate crisis, carbon pricing, and related issues. Then we will lobby Parliamentarians for improvements to our national carbon pricing policy that will lead Canada and the world towards a low carbon and prosperous future for everyone.

The reality is Canada’s current GHG targets are woefully inadequate  and our national carbon pricing plan needs improvements and more details. With the uncertainty of what will happen with climate action in the USA, there is a risk of slipping backwards. We must step up and lead Canada.

Here is just some of the recent news that is concerning us:

CCL continues to hold that stand-alone legislation passing carbon fee and dividend is the best approach to the climate problem. However we are thrilled that carbon pricing is part of the discussion in our provinces, territories and nationally as it facilitates more voices supporting carbon fees or taxes. At the end of the day we will scrutinize any proposed carbon pricing policy to determine if it is large enough to match the size of the problem and protects the poor and middle class.

We have been creating political will since September 2010 in Canada.  CCL Canada has some of the best and bravest volunteers on the planet. And we have fun.

Election 2019 is just over two years away. Two days after the Election 2015 a Canadian Senator sent our national director  an email with the following message, You have done so much “ground work” that can now start to really pay off. I feel that the prospects for climate action are exceptional.” Now is the time to build political will in a non-partisan way in your riding to make sure your community sends climate-friendly politicians back to Ottawa in 2019.

To help promote our  2017 multi-day national conference and lobbying days here are a trifold brochure in pdf and Word, one page poster and postcard image. And please don’t forget the Twitter hashtag: #CCCL2017

Registration opens June 1, 2017. Please bookmark this page.

Frequently Asked Questions and Schedule

Outline of Conference - Saturday and Sunday

SCHEDULE STILL SUBJECT TO CHANGE – First draft May 4.

CCL LOBBY PREP DAY
Saturday, October 21,  2017, noon to 5:30 pm
Venue: Marriott Residence Inn, 161 Laurier W, Sir Guy Room, 2nd Floor

Details coming in June

EDUCATIONAL DAY
Sunday, October 22  2017, noon to 5:30 pm
Venue: Marriott Residence Inn, 161 Laurier W, Sir Guy Room, 2nd Floor

Details coming in June

LOBBYING Day 1 and GROUP PHOTO
Monday, October 23, 2017, all day
Venue: 
Parliament Hill
NOTE THE  TIME FOR OUR GROUP PHOTO ON PARLIAMENT HILL
Arrive at 2:15 at the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill for a 2:30 SHARP GROUP PHOTO.

Registered guests at Marriott Residence can use the 2nd floor of the hotel as a meeting area or even your suites for pre-lobbying preparation. That is why we chose this venue. It near Parliament Hill.

EVENING RECEPTION
Monday, October 23, 2017
Venue:
Marriott Residence Inn, 161 Laurier W, Sir Guy Room, 2nd Floor

LOBBYING Day 2
Tuesday,  October 24, 2017, all day
Venue: 
Parliament Hill
Registered guests at Marriott Residence can use the 2nd floor of the hotel as a meeting area or even your suites for pre-lobbying preparation. That is why we chose this venue. It near Parliament Hill.

For those of you who would like to receive updates on Facebook, we have set up an event page .

Media Release: from our last big conference

 

Karelo is handling the registrations again:
Coming in June

Thus billing on your credit card will show up as Karelo not Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

Registration for the four day conference and lobbying days is $100 and it includes light refreshments on the Saturday and Sunday, a reception on the Monday and some CCL swag.

Registration for Sunday only is $30 but you must register.

Note we can accept 15o registered guests.

Registration will close October 1, 2017.

Keynotes, Panelists and Guest Speakers

Confirmed Speakers:

 

 

Coming soon

Never Lobbied Before?

Never lobbied before? Don’t worry, we have been lobbying for carbon fee and dividend for six years now in Canada. You will be officially trained on the Saturday with our proven methodology. By the end of the session on Saturday you will begin to feel comfortable. And by the end of the educational day on Sunday, you will be empowered to speak for millions. Everything is connected.

Canada potentially could lead the world out of the climate crisis and we just might be the change agents that helps catalyze the transformation the world so desperately needs.

We will  send registered attendees a series of short emails after October 11 to orient everyone to the weekend. One of the emails will include a package of  updated and most relevant “Laser Talks” with instructions.

At the conference, 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.

Canada is going to price carbon and 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.
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Lobbying Tool Kit

IMPORTANT

  • Photo ID is required to get into all buildings on Parliament Hill.
  • Allow at least 15 minutes to get through the airport-like security on Parliament Hill.
  • Don’t wear and bring anything that looks remotely political such as flags and CCL swag (Climate Lobby are trigger words it seems) because it may be put in storage while you lobby in the building.
  • If your meeting is in Centre Block go through the “Business Door” on the left and not the “Tourist Door” on the right. We will review this at the conference.
  • If by chance you get invited to the Parliamentary Dining Hall, men must wear a tie in the Dining Hall.  No Jeans allowed.

Map of Parliament Hill which will be included in your conference booklet

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

  •  Getting started on lobbying your MP: A Word document that gives suggested dialogue to use when you phone and then email your MP to book an appointment while we are lobbying in Ottawa. Please only book appointments with your MP. If you are brand new to Citizens’ Climate Lobby and do not have a connection with your local CCL group, check with us to make sure someone has not already started booking the appointment.
  • Once you have secured an appointment send the following information to canada@citizensclimatelobby.org
    – The name of the MP, their Party and any special roles they may have in Parliament.
    – The day, date and time of the appointment
    – The location including the building and address and room number if possible
    – The staff contact person and their contact information
    – Who was the CCL scheduler
    – Names of constituents (even if they are not attending the conference)
    – Who you would like to have lobby with you (primarily constituents in the MP’s riding will get priority but other special circumstances may be considered. There are no guarantees)

Suggested visuals to bring when lobbying

The Final Lobbying Schedule

After registration closes on October 11,  the Lobbying Schedule Committee will meet to determine the lobbying schedule. Great care will go into balancing the following elements: putting constituents in the room, past lobbying participants, weighing the skills of the different people, giving everyone approximately the same number of appointments, considering the the lobby-lead requests and avoiding schedule conflicts.

That all being said, we have to be nimble. About 15-20% of lobbying meetings change at the last minute because we lobby mostly face-to-face. Thus, it is especially critical you do not change your lobbying schedule on  your own. Everyone will get their lobbying schedules by Saturday, November 26 at the conference.

 

About Citizens' Climate Lobby Canada

Since 2010, CCL Canada has been lobbying parliamentarians for carbon fee and dividend. We have had over 1500 letters to the editor, articles and opinion pieces published in newspapers by or about us since 2010. In 2016, CCL Canada volunteers recorded 168 face-to-face meetings with MPs and a total of 199 meetings with staffers, provincial parliamentarians, and federal parliamentarians.

At Citizens’ Climate Lobby, we’re committed to building the political will for the climate solutions we all need. 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, a Canadian NASA rocket scientist living in Pasadena, health care workers from across Canada 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. 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. Our volunteers want Canada to lead the fight to save the global climate, and they want to help politicians achieve this noble goal.

Hotel and Accomodations

Our Saturday and Sunday conference venue , our conference hotel and Monday night reception venue is the Marriott Residence Inn, 161 Laurier Avenue West.

 THE HOTEL LOCATION: There are many Marriott Hotels in Ottawa. Please note the location of the Marriott Residence Inn. It is near the corner of Elgin St and Laurier Ave. This Ottawa Marriott Residence Inn is close to Parliament building and Ottawa City Hall.

DEADLINE: All suites must be booked by September 22. There are a limited number of rooms blocked off for us too. It is peak season in Ottawa at that time. There is a hockey tournament that weekend and it is Canada’s 150th Celebrations. Thus, it could sell out beforehand. Please book now.

BOOK NOW: To book a suite, call the hotel directly and say you are with Citizens’ Climate Lobby: 613-231-2020 … Yes suites!  The cost of double Queen room with a separate kitchen, sitting area and foldout couch is $169 night (double occupancy).  Smaller rooms are available.

GUEST AMENITIES
Complimentary hot buffet breakfast served daily
RIMix Monday to Wednesday for complimentary light fares
Free hi-speed internet access in every suite
Complimentary local phone calls
Laundry facilities
Fitness centre (open 24 hours) with indoor swimming pool
Underground parking
On-site Tim Horton’s: Mon-Fri 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Sat-Sun 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM *
Marriott Rewards Program
And a great sitting area for pre-lobby sessions.

ABOUT THE SUITES
Studio, one and two bedroom suites with separate living areas with fully equipped kitchen and foldout couch.
At least 50% larger than standard hotel rooms
Working desks with ergonomic chairs
Voice mail
Electronic Key Card System

 

JAIL HOSTEL: Looking for the alternate CCL Hostel: The OTTAWA Jail Hostel is only a 15 minute walk to the hotel our conference venue: http://www.hihostels.ca/Ontario/1166/hi-ottawa-jail.hostel

Media Release: from our last big conference

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Everything is Connected: Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada’s National Conference and Lobby Days

Media Release: Friday, October 28, 2016
Contact: Cathy Orlando, cathy@citizensclimatelobby.org 705-929-4043

SUDBURY ON: From Saturday, November 26 to Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada will be conducting our Third National Conference and Lobbying Days in Ottawa. Since September 2010, Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) Canada members have been lobbying their federal parliamentarians for carbon fee and dividend: an upstream, national and incrementally rising revenue neutral carbon tax where 100 percent of the revenue collected by the government is returned to citizens on an equitable basis in a cheque.

Our volunteers across Canada have been communicating about climate change and carbon pricing with their local leaders, media and at outreach events for over six years. Since 2010, we have had 1333 letters to the editor, articles and opinion pieces published in newspapers by or about us. In 2016, across Canada, currently we have lobbied our federal MPs 111 times in face-to-face meetings for carbon fee and dividend. After all this communicating it is impossible to ignore how everything is connected. And that is the theme of Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada’s Third National Conference and Lobbying Days: Everything is Connected.

On October 3rd, 2016, Prime Minister Trudeau announced Canada will have a national price on carbon. This is a significant step in the fight against climate change and we applaud the 42ndParliament’s commitment to secure a healthy climate for us and future generations. We are heartened by the fact that the carbon price is national in scope, revenue neutral federally and it rises at $10 per year, starting at $10 per tonne in 2018 rising to $50 per tonne in 2022.

A price of $50 per tonne won’t be enough to meet Canada’s goal of reducing emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. As well, this goal is woefully inadequate.  If every country adopted Canada’s targets this would not keep warming below 2oC, let alone the 1.5oC nations promised to pursue in Paris. In short, the proposed national carbon price is a good starting point, but it isn’t enough.  We must do better. Citizens’ Climate Lobby volunteers will be urging the Canadian government to improve upon on the currently proposed carbon pricing policy.

We have an exciting line-up of speakers including: Glen Hodgson, newly appointed Senior Fellow and former Vice President and Chief Economist at the Conference Board of Canada and Renee Lertzman, author of Environmental Melancholia: Psychoanalytic Dimensions of Engagement. Ottawa City Councillor David Chernushenko is our venue sponsor and he will give opening comments on the Sunday.  For complete details explore the conference webpage HERE.

CCL is a non-partisan international organization. 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. Our volunteers want Canada to lead the fight to save the global climate, and they want to help politicians achieve this noble goal.

Registration for the conference closes Friday, November 11, 2016.

Important Deadlines and Instructions

 THANK YOU, MERCI AND MIIGWECH FOR YOUR ATTENTION TO DETAILS
  1. FRIDAY, October 6:  MP Bios to canada@citizensclimatelobby.org. Any MP bios sent after that time may or may not be photocopied or formatted in time for the conference by us. You will be responsible.
  2. FRIDAY, October 6: Please get us your lobbying appointments as soon as you get them to canada@citizensclimatelobby.org. We will still accept lobbying appointments made after October 18 – even at the conference and lobbying days. We will make it work. However, they will not be included in the master list of lobbying appointments.
  3. MONDAY, October 16:  All photocopying will be sent to the printers
  4. TUESDAY, October 17:  CCL CANADA EDUCATION CALL – SPECIAL TIME:  1 pm PT / 2 pm MT/ 3 pm CT/ 4 pm ET/ 5 pm AT. GUEST: Adam Scott of Oil Change International will present to us the facts of how much fossil fuels can be taken out of the ground before we blow the 1.5 C and 2 C limit.
  5. WEDNESDAY, October 18  – FRIDAY October 20 days of travel and rest for the conference team. Thus, we will have limited contact via the internet and our workflow will be only what is absolutely necessary.

WHERE TO SEND: Please lobbying appointments in proper format and MP bios to the email box for CCL Canada: canada@citizensclimatelobby.org .

PROPER FORMAT FOR LOBBYING APPOINTMENTS:
NAME: The name of the MP, their Party and any special roles they may have in Parliament.
TIME: The day of the week, date and time
LOCATION: Including the building and address and room number if possible
STAFF CONTACT: The staff contact person and their contact information
CONSTITUENTS: Names of constituents (even if they are not attending the conference)
MEETING SCHEDULED BY: Who was the CCL scheduler
ALSO WANTS TO ATTEND: Who you would like to have lobby with you. Constituents in the MP’s riding will get top priority. Other circumstances may be considered but there are no guarantees.

Watch it on You Tube

We will post the conference to Youtube hopefully

https://www.youtube.com/user/CCLCan

 

Canadian Civics 101

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, David Johnson. 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 have a majority 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: 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 10 seats. 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.

POWERS OF A MAJORITY GOVERNMENT:
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.