TORONTO, June 4 /CNW/ - The Good Jobs for All Coalition is hosting a
press conference at Toronto City Hall to launch the Green Jobs for All
at Hydro campaign at 1.30pm on Monday, June 7, two days after World
Environment Day. The campaign calls on Toronto Hydro to expand its role
to fill the new potential for green energy, including solar panels on
public buildings across the city, while helping to create jobs for
youth, new immigrants, and people of colour.
Press conference speakers include:
Nigel Barriffe, Rexdale resident, member of Communities Organizing for
Responsible Development (CORD), and co-chair of the Green Economy for
All committee of the Good Jobs for All Coalition.
Rosemarie Powell, member of the Jane Finch Green Jobs Coalition and
lead representative for the Green Change Collaborative.
Chris Williamson, a pre-apprentice electrician who recently graduated
from the Hammer Heads program. A project of the Central Ontario
Building Trades Council, the Hammer Heads program mentors, trains and
places priority youth into trade apprenticeships , giving them a
chance to move into decently-paid, meaningful careers.
Amanda Ehrke, a licensed electrician trained to install solar panels,
a mother of two young children, and an International Brotherhood of
Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 353 member.
John Camilleri, President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees
(CUPE) Local 1, which represents Toronto Hydro workers.
The conference will be moderated by Carolyn Egan, president of the
Steelworker Toronto Area Council.
The press conference will be in Committee Room 4, Toronto City Hall, 100
Queen Street W.
A demonstration solar panel will be on display at the press conference.
The launch will be attended by representatives from the 41
environmental, community groups, and unions affiliated with the Good
Jobs for All Coalition, and high resolution photos of solar panel
installations will be available.
"Rexdale has the highest jobless rate in Toronto," says Nigel Barriffe,
Rexdale resident, member of Communities Organizing for Responsible
Development (CORD), and co-chair of the Green Economy for All committee
of the Good Jobs for All Coalition. "Creating good green jobs is the
lynchpin that will turn our community around. Toronto Hydro must work
with us to create real green job-creation solutions now."
"Toronto Hydro can lead the way in greening our grid and providing hope
and job opportunities to our youth." says Winnie Ng, co-chair of the
Good Jobs for All Coalition. "Our energy utility can tackle poverty by
helping people secure jobs installing solar panels on our schools,
hospitals, and community centres. It's win-win."
"The green energy boom is finally coming to Ontario, but the rewards
must be reaped by all," says Carolyn Egan, from the Steelworker Toronto
Area Council. "We lost nearly 60,000 manufacturing jobs in Toronto over
the past decade. Toronto Hydro must work with us so we can together
rebuild our manufacturing sector and revitalize our city."
Under the Green Energy and Green Economy Act 2009, renewable energy
companies, utilities and homeowners can receive provincial subsidies -
through the feed-in tariff program - provided they meet domestic content
rules, which require 40 to 60% of the goods and services used originate
The Good Jobs for All Coalition is calling on Toronto Hydro to:
Plan for an aggressive expansion of Toronto Hydro's role in renewable
energy generation in partnership with other public institutions, such
as the city, school boards, colleges, universities and hospitals;
Make local procurement of green products a priority in all activities;
Use Toronto Hydro's buying power to attract green manufacturers to
Toronto and/or assist existing manufacturers to retool; and
Work with local training organizations and Toronto's Social
Development Office to ensure equitable access and inclusion of workers
of colour and youth from marginalized communities in new job
opportunities in the sector.
SOURCE Good Jobs For All Coalition
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Good Jobs for All Coalition
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Good Jobs for All Coalition
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