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CCL Canada Newsletter
February 2019
   
 
   
 

 

 

Table of Contents:
Exciting Income Tax Form!
CCL Ontario - Breakfast with MPPs 
CCL's recommendations for CUSMA
French Radio Interview 
Laser Talk: Recent Polling Data  
Fridays For Future - May 3 
Featured Letter to the Editor 
Exciting Income Tax Form!
 
Starting on April 1, 2019, the Federal carbon pollution fee will be in effect for Nunavut, Yukon,  Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. And, starting with this year’s tax season, a Climate Action Incentive is payable to people in those territories and provinces.  The climate action incentive returns 90% of the carbon pollution fee to citizens, with the other 10% going to public institutions. The vast majority of citizens will have a larger climate action incentive than what they will pay in carbon pollution fees.  It is expected by economists to reduce pollution, while stimulating the economy to produce more carbon free energy.
 
On Twitter, CCL Canada recently thanked Minister McKenna for the Climate Action Incentive Payments. If you have a Twitter account, please take a moment to thank Minister McKenna too by retweeting the tweet.
 

 

 

 
CCL Ontario To Have Breakfast with their MPPs 
 
CCL Ontario members are going to Queen’s Park for an all-party breakfast at Queen’s Park and lobbying on Tuesday, March 26. They will be gathering for dinner and education the night before at Friend’s House on Lowther Avenue in Toronto.
 
Registration is limited to 60 people and closes March 19.
 
All are welcome.
 

 

 
CCL’s recommendations for CUSMA
 
In a submission to the CUSMA (new NAFTA) Initial Environmental Assessment, Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s Joseph Robertson and Cathy Orlando recommended that harmonization of carbon pricing and climate resilience among Canada, the USA and Mexico be considered.

Citing the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, negotiated and implemented in parallel to NAFTA, the submission lays out a persuasive argument to reduce carbon emissions.

Joe and Cathy called for a plan, similar to Canada’s carbon pricing plan to be extended across North America.
 
CCL Mexico members are now working on their submission for environmental assessments under CUSMA in Mexico using Joe and Cathy’s letter as a model.

The details of the CUSMA submission can be found here.
 
ICYMI: Interviews de la radio française avec les CCLers
 
Le 19 janvier 2019, la radio Le Loup de Sudbury a interviewé Sophia Mathur au sujet de “Fridays For Future Strikes”. Une semaine plus tard, Le Loup a interrogé Carole Lavallée sur la tarification du carbone.
 
 
 
 
RECENT CANADIAN VIEWS ON CARBON PRICING
 
Every month, since September 2010, our volunteers receive 1 or 2 talking points in what are called Laser Talks.
 
The March 2019 Laser Talk includes all the polling data since Trudeau enacted a carbon fee and dividend-like policy in October.
 
The polling data includes an Angus-Reid poll, an Ipsos-Reid Poll, the Ikea-Globecan Study, a Pew Study and an Abacus Poll.

 

 
NATIONWIDE FRIDAYS FOR FUTURE STRIKE, FRIDAY MAY 3 
 
In March 2019, at least 21 Canadian cities will have youth strikers: Victoria, Vancouver, Nelson, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Sudbury, Vaughan, Belleville, Peterborough, Toronto, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Kingston, Ottawa, Perth, Fredericton, Montreal, & Halifax. Please regularly check the map that CCL volunteers created to track and connect the Canadian FFF strikers.
 
 
Youth across Canada want adults to recognize that the climate crisis is an emergency. As of February 22, 2019in Canada, 288 councils (including 1 regional authority, the Capital Region District in Victoria), and total of 7,174,318 persons now live in communities that have declared a climate emergency. It looks like Kingston might become the first municipality in Ontario to declare an emergency.
 
Their goal is that on Friday, May 3, thousands of youth in Canada will be striking from coast to coast to coast with a common message about Climate Change.  This message they will have crafted will appeal to a broad base and will be one that adults cannot ignore.
 
Let's get too connected to fail Canada.
 
If you know of youth that want to join the Fridays For Future strikes nationally, please register here:

Finding Common Ground on the Pipeline Debate
 
At our 2018 National Conference we received 4 hours of motivational interviewing training from Environmentum’s Vince Schutt.  Vince coached volunteers as they prepared for their lobbying assignments.
 
What is motivational interviewing (MI)? By using “extreme observation”, and carefully crafted and sincere questioning, you seek common ground with another person and new perspectives. MI is powerful stuff.
Canada is at a crossroads. Pipeline dreams are smashing into climate realities. How do we find common ground? Well, this imaginary colloquial conversation between an oil patch worker and a climate change citizen written by CCL Nelson’s Judy O’Leary is an example of motivational interviewing and is showing us the way forward together.

“Images of pro- and anti- pipeline demonstrators are front and centre in the news these days. These highly emotionally-charged demonstrations reflect the broader conversation, and conflict, about climate change and how, or even if, to respond. Literally and figuratively we see two groups of citizens shouting across the road at each other. If we were to imagine a hypothetical but plausible “conversation” between two demonstrators, it might look like this:”
 
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