Ontario Lobby Preparations and Breakfast with our MPPs

Important: Photo I.D. required at Queen’s Park and arrive at Queen’s Park by 7:00 a.m. to get through security.

The Earth just passed through the hottest three months on record. Canada is experiencing the most severe wildfire season on record. We are in a climate emergency. The Ontario government is preparing investments for electricity supply for the long term. Now is the time for citizens to engage with decision-makers and advocate for energy and climate plans that create a sustainable future.


Agendas & Locations

Lobby Preparations
Friend’s House
60 Lowther Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1C7
Monday, September 25, 2023
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Healthy snacks provided
6:00 pm to 6:30 pm – Socializing
6:30 pm to 7:15 pm – Lobby training
7:15 pm to 7:30 pm – Finalize lobby groups
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm – Groups prepare to lobby
8:30 pm to 9:00 pm – help clean up

Breakfast in the Dining Hall at Queen’s Park
Photo I.D. required to get into Queen’s Park
Arrive at Queen’s Park by 7:00 a.m. to get through security.
Tuesday, September 26, 2023
7:30 am to 9:00 am
Land Acknowledgement
Welcome from MPP Jamie West
Welcomes from organizers
Youth Guest – Zoe Keary-Matzner
Guest Speaker – Dr. Mili Roy: CAPE  Ontario and OCEC
Conference Facilitator: Vanessa Fiore

These agenda are subject to slight changes.

Registration for Lobbyists

Registration closed.

Registration Fee: $20 cash or cheque to Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada to be paid at the event.  It includes healthy snacks on Monday night, and breakfast Tuesday morning.  This fee does not cover the cost per person. We are grateful to donors who have made this possible. It is really important to attend if you register. There are limited spaces, there is set cost per person and we don’t want to waste food.

Cancellation: Please email canada@citizensclimatelobby.org if you have to cancel.


Inviting your own MPPs

First phone and then follow up with an email or appoint someone in your group to phone and email your own MPP using the following outline:

Outline for phone script:

1. Ask for the full name and spelling of the person to whom you’re speaking with.
2. Write down their name.
3. Indicate that you will follow up the call with an email.
4. Identify that you are a constituent in your MPP’s riding.
5. Express appreciation for your MPP’s service. Be specific about something they did lately.
6. Indicate that you belong to a coalition of civil society groups that are hosting a breakfast at Queen’s Park in the dining room on Tuesday, September 26 regarding the Ontario electricity sector, and you are hoping your MPP can join the breakfast.
7. Tell them briefly about your group but also consider mentioning that the Canadian Association for Physicians for the Environment is one of the civil society groups.
8. Ask for the best email to send the email to.
9. Please ask them to fill in the registration form in the invitation and also email you if the MPP can or cannot attend.
10. Indicate that you will follow up with a phone call in a week if you have not heard back from them.


Here is the outline of the email. Please personalize it.

You are cordially invited to attend a breakfast co-hosted by  MPP Jamie West, the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Climate Fast, For Our Grandchildren, and the Ontario Climate Emergency Campaign.

Transforming Ontario’s Electricity Sector
Tuesday, September 26, 2023
7:30 am to 9:00 am
Queen’s Park Dining Room
Youth Guest – Zoe Keary-Matzner
Guest speaker – Dr. Mili Roy: CAPE and OCEC
Please RSVP by noon Thursday, September 21, 2023 here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScmisluW6e6fZCKzXdmfXEb3FPcygu-mMmiGwNeufk1xYLhrA/viewform 
For more information go here: https://canada.citizensclimatelobby.org/ontario-lobby-preparations-and-breakfast-with-our-mpps/ 


Vous êtes cordialement invités à participer à un petit-déjeuner organisé par le député Jamie West , l’Association canadienne des médecins pour l’environnement, Lobby Climatique des Citoyens, Climate Fast, For Our Grandchildren,
et Ontario Climate Emergency Campaign.

Transformer le secteur de l’électricité de l’Ontario
Mardi 26 septembre 2023
7h30 à 9h00
Salle à manger de Queen’s Park
Jeune invitée – Zoe Keary-Matzner
Conférencier invité – Dr. Mili Roy : CAPE et OCEC
RSVP avant midi le jeudi 21 septembre 2023 ici https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScmisluW6e6fZCKzXdmfXEb3FPcygu-mMmiGwNeufk1xYLhrA/viewform
Pour plus d’informations, cliquez ici : https://canada.citizensclimatelobby.org/ontario-lobby-preparations-and-breakfast-with-our-mpps/

Our Lobbying Ask

  1. Accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gases in Ontario in order to reduce the harmful health effects of climate change which include increased respiratory and cardiovascular disease, injuries and premature deaths from extreme weather events, and the spread of Lyme and other infectious diseases.
  2. In light of recent reports by the RBC Climate Action Institute, Dunsky Energy + Climate Advisors, and the Sustainability Solutions Group, pause the expansion of methane-fired electricity generation and evaluate the role of renewable energy and storage, conservation, distributed energy resources, and municipal net-zero plans in meeting Ontario’s electricity needs.


Pre-Event Check-Ins (Optional) Thursday, September 14 & 21

Do you have questions about the breakfast at Queen’s Park? We have provided four optional check-ins on Zoom.

30 minutes
1. Welcome
2. Inviting your own MPPs
3. Focus is key
3. The Lobbying Ask
4. The Laser Talks
5. How the lobbying teams will be determined
6. Your questions


Conference Booklet with Laser Talks


You don’t have to be an expert to lobby. Your power is that you are a constituent. You are concerned about the climate crisis and the financial risks of investments in more fossil fuel infrastructure. You are doing exactly what you should be doing. You will not be lobbying alone. You will be trained. To help you we have made a conference booklet with Laser Talks.

Conference Booklet: Transforming Ontario’s Electricity Sector

A Laser Talk is a structured way to communicate a message succinctly and powerfully – highly focused, targeted, and effective like a laser. They are evidence-based and include sources.

You need not memorize the contents of the Laser Talks. They are not meant to be monologues either. They are there for reference. Printed copies will be made available at the training sessions on the Monday night. It is OK to bring them with you when you lobby for reference.

Possible Lodging at Friends House

Are you coming from out of town and looking for a place to stay on Monday, September 25, 2023?
Our training venue, Friend’s House, 60 Lowther Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1C7 has lodging available.

Please contact lyn.adamson9@gmail.com for how to get connected and indicate you are registering for this event.