The Commissioner's climate report, Looking for Leadership, calls especially
for urgent action on greenhouse gases from transportation, mainly
cars and trucks, the biggest source of GHG emissions in the
province. According to Commissioner Miller, "The 2007 Action
Plan said the government would reduce transportation emissions by
19 megatonnes (Mt) by 2020. That goal, unfortunately, has now been
cut by almost 80%. I have been given no reason why, and no
explanation about what the Ontario government plans to do
The report also emphasizes the increasing threat that climate
change poses to the insurability of vulnerable properties,
infrastructure and homes, and the devastating financial
consequences that would occur if insurance becomes unavailable or
"Insured costs of the July 2013 flood in Toronto were
$940 million –the province's most expensive natural
disaster to date. Year-end losses in 2013 due to catastrophic
weather totaled $3.2 billion across Canada (p.20).
Experts predict that insurance rates will go up, that some
types of liabilities,such as flooded basements, will not
be covered and that, in some locations, homes may not be
insurable at all (p.71).
Key Ontario ministries have not yet stepped up to
their responsibilities regarding the management of
stormwater risks (p.80)."
Having just spent a year as Minister of Infrastructure and of
Transportation, and given his background as Chair of the late,
lamented National Round Table on Environment and Economy, Minister
Murray is well placed to provide the climate leadership the
Commissioner is calling for. It's about time...
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