Upward and Onward: Carbon Pricing Conference and Lobby Day, Citizens’ Climate Lobby Ontario

 

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Friend’s House, 60 Lowther, Toronto, ON M5R 1C7, (416) 921-0368
Queen’s Park in downtown Toronto
Online Registration opens Wednesday, February 17 and closes Wednesday, March 22,  2017
The registration fee for dinner, speaker (s) and lobbying: $20.
The registration fee for speaker (s) only: Free
You can donate money if you wish.

CCL Ontario is going back to Queen’s Park for the third time with an appreciation for carbon pricing in Ontario and to empower their MPPs to keep hiking the carbon price past 2022 and to keep coordinating the price nationally so that Canada can enact border tax adjustments.

Our work has only just begun. Yes, we finally have a national carbon price policy in Canada. However, we are currently in somewhat of a carbon pricing quagmire, albeit pointed in the right direction with positive momentum.

What people may not know is that with all the climate policies in play in Canada, federally and provincially, Canada’s GHG emissions targets are ranked much lower than the U.S. by Climate Action Tracker. Canada has an “inadequate” ranking whereas the U.S. has a “medium” ranking.

We plan to lobby our provincial representatives to keep hiking the carbon price past 2022 and ensuring that Ontario’s carbon pricing policy will easily lend itself to national and international coordination.

Help us make sure Ontario and Canada’s carbon price goes onward and upward.

Monday, March 27, 2017  – Conference

Friend’s House, 60 Lowther, Toronto, ON M5R 1C7, (416) 921-0368
4:00 pm
– doors open, get lobbying assignments
4:30 to 5:30 pm –  CCL Group Start* and others socialize and strategize over lobbying assignments
5:30 to 6:15 pm – Dinner
6:15 to 6:30 pm – Official Welcome
6:30 to 8:30 pm – Guest speaker(s)
8:30 to 9:00 pm – going over our official  ask of the MPPs and lobbying logistics

STILL IN DEVELOPMENT AND THUS THIS SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
* You cannot lobby with us unless you have had the CCL Group Start training

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 –  Lobby Day

Queen’s Park in downtown Toronto

Want to lobby in your home riding?
Please wait until after this event to do so – preferably until May because in April CCLers focus on outreach and letters to the editor. Carbon pricing, the current political landscape and the volatility of the fossil fuel market are all moving targets.  Thus, we will be using the most up-to-date talking points to draft our Ontario carbon pricing leave behind and it won’t be ready until the week before this event.

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Register Online

Registration is open until Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

Karelo is handling the registrations again: http://www.karelo.com/register.php?BID=600&BT=10&Ev=16937

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

Registration for the 1.5 regional conference and lobbying days is $20 and it includes a vegan dinner on Monday.

Fees Schedule:
Sunday Guest Speakers only (free) – you must register to be assured a seat.
Lobbying Only (free) – you must register to get a lobbying schedule
Guest Speaker and Vegan Dinner ($20)
Guest Speaker and Lobby ($20)
Vegan Dinner, Speaker, and Lobbying ($20)

 

Important Deadlines and Instructions

For those of you planning to lobby in your home ridings, please wait until after this event to do so – preferably until May. We will be using the most up-to-date talking points to draft our Ontario carbon pricing leave behind and it won’t be ready until the week before.
  1. Tuesday,  March 21, 2017, 7 pm, ET:  CCL CANADA EDUCATION CALL – on the uberline in preparation for this event (see emails).
  2. Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Online registration closes. MPP  Bios must be sent to canada@citizensclimatelobby.org. Any MPP bios sent after that time may or may not be photocopied or formatted in time for the conference by us. You will be responsible.
  3. Wednesday, March 22, 2017: Please get us your lobbying appointments as soon as you get them to canada@citizensclimatelobby.org. We will still accept lobbying appointments made after March 22 – even at the conference and lobbying day. We will make it work. However, they will not be included in the master list of lobbying appointments.
  4. Thursday, March 23, 2017:  All photocopying will be sent to the printers.
  5. Friday, March 24, 2017: Final CCL Ontario Leave Behind posted online
  6. Thursday, March 30, 2017: CCL CANADA  post-lobbying debrief call.

 

WHERE TO SEND: Please lobbying appointments in proper format and MPP  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.

The Final Lobbying Schedule

After registration closes on March 22, 2017,  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 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 secure your appointments as soon as you can so that we can collectively be as organized as possible well in advance.

This will be our 14th time lobbying together (11 times in Ottawa and 3 times in Toronto). Our veteran lobbyists should know the drill by now.

Thank you in advance for creating order.

Order is the shape upon which beauty depends. – Pearl S. Buck

Beauty will save the world.Fyodor Dostoyesky

 

Lobbying Tool Kit

IMPORTANT

  • Photo ID is required to get into all buildings at Queen’s Park
  • Allow at least 15 minutes to get through the airport-like security at Queen’s Park
  • To the CCL volunteers who make the appointment with their MPPs, please send all lobbying information to canada@citizensclimatelobby.org in the format given  below so that we can avoid email flurries.
  • Please get all appointments and MPP bios to us by March 22.

Getting started on lobbying your MP/MPP: A Word document that gives suggested dialogue to use when you phone and then email your MPP to book an appointment. Please only book appointments with your MPP. 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 MPP, their Party and any special roles they may have at Queen’s Park
– The day, date and time of the appointment
– The location including the building name (where applicable) and the street address and room number
– 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)

RESOURCES:

Suggested visuals to bring when lobbying

The Final Lobbying Schedule

After registration closes on March 22, 2017,  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 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 secure your appointments as soon as you can so that we can collectively be as organized as possible well in advance. Be sure to send all information in the correct format above and to canada@citizensclimatelobby.org by March 22.

This will be our 14th time lobbying together (11 times in Ottawa and 3 times in Toronto). Our veteran lobbyists should know the drill by now.

Thank you in advance for creating order.

Order is the shape upon which beauty depends. – Pearl S. Buck

Beauty will save the world.Fyodor Dostoyesky

 

 

Never Lobbied Before?

Never lobbied before? Don’t worry, we have been lobbying for carbon fee and dividend since 2010. You will be officially trained on the Monday with our proven methodology. By the end of the session you will be empowered to speak for millions.

Canada potentially could lead the world out of the climate crisis. The provinces must work together and we are going help make sure Ontario’s carbon pricing policy goes onwards and upwards.

We will send registered attendees a series of short emails after March 22 to orient everyone to the event. 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.

Ontario has a carbon price and most of our MPP’s will be relieved to know that there is someone in their 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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About Citizens' Climate Lobby Canada

Since 2010, CCL Canada has been lobbying parliamentarians for carbon fee and dividend.  In 2016, across Canada, our volunteers lobbied their federal MPs 168 times in face-to-face meetings for carbon fee and dividend. In the first half of 2017, we are turning our attention provincially.

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.

Connecting in Social Media Beforehand

Facebook : For those wishing to use Facebook to connect with each other beforehand, a Facebook Event has been set-up. However, there is no privacy in Facebook.

CCL Community: For those wishing to discuss”delicate” planning items in a social media platform, please join the CCL Ontario Action Group in the CCL Community.  For example our final leave behind for this lobbying effort will be discussed beforehand in the CCL Community.

CCL Community is our members’ website, offering many resources and many options for connecting with other CCL volunteers. Go to http://community.citizensclimatelobby.org/register to register.

Note: new members should fill out our complete volunteer form first at:  http://citizensclimatelobby.org/join-citizens-climate-lobby/

If you would like to learn about navigating Community, you can watch the “Getting Started with Community” video tutorial at the top of the FAQs page at the Search and Support tab. New volunteers can check out our New Volunteer Toolkit here. Everyone can check out our Resources Section here.

Citizens’ Climate University (CCU) offers tutorials on many aspects of CCL’s work. You can connect to both live and recorded programs here.

If you’re looking for something on Community and are unable to find it, contact Ask Sandy, at sandy.simon@citizensclimatelobby.org. She’ll help you find what you’re looking for!