Radio Ads Begin in Southern Ontario
TORONTO, Feb. 28 /CNW/ - Environmental groups announced a new initiative
today designed to hit back at the confusing anti-environmental rhetoric
coming from Ontario's elected officials. Radio ads, community
organizing, and online work including a new website - comeclean.ca - are elements of the push.
"Ontarians want more clean energy jobs, cleaner air, protected
greenspace, and safe water without toxic cosmetic pesticides," said Dr.
Rick Smith, Executive Director of Environmental Defence. "But our
elected officials keep saying different things, creating confusion for
citizens who are rightly alarmed at the prospect of losing these
Comeclean.ca will help ordinary Ontarians get involved by asking their own questions
to elected officials and demanding clear answers. It will track what
elected officials are saying.
"An informed citizenry is the basis of a sound democracy," said Gideon
Foreman, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Physicians
for the Environment. "And if elected officials won't come clean by
themselves, citizens will make them. Especially on issues of human
health like dirty coal plants and toxic, cosmetic pesticides."
A major confusion centres on renewable energy. This month, Ontario
cracked 25,000 applications for clean energy installations like solar,
and thousands of jobs have already been created. It is unclear whether
elected officials are proposing to take these things away.
"Ontarians deserve to know whether the jobs that clean energy creates
will go, and whether farm income from solar power will vanish," said
Kristopher Stevens, Executive Director of the Ontario Sustainable
Energy Association. "If elected officials want fewer new jobs and more
dirty coal, they should come clean and say so."
Radio ads will focus on clean energy jobs, burning dirty coal, clean
water and pesticides and the Greenbelt.
"From the far north to the Greenbelt, people deserve to know where
elected officials stand on wilderness and greenspace protection," said
Janet Sumner, Executive Director of CPAWS Wildlands League. "If they
want more sprawl in the Greenbelt, they should come clean."
So far, Environmental Defence, Canadian Association of Physicians for
the Environment, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, Sierra Club
Ontario and CPAWS Wildlands League are partners in comeclean.ca.
But its ultimate success will depend on ordinary Ontarians, eager for a
real debate about the province's future.
SOURCE Environmental Defence
For further information:
or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Stephanie Kohls, Environmental Defence, 416-323-9521 ext. 232; 647-280-9521 (cell); firstname.lastname@example.org
Gideon Forman, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, (416) 306-2273, email@example.com
Kristopher Stevens, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, (416) 977-4441 ext. 42, firstname.lastname@example.org
Janet Sumner, CPAWS Wildlands League, (416) 971-9453 ext. 39, email@example.com
Dan McDermott, Sierra Club Ontario, (416) 960-6075, firstname.lastname@example.org