Media Advisory - Budget falls short on climate action

    TORONTO, March 22 /CNW/ - According to WWF-Canada, spending to address
climate change got only a small boost in today's Ontario budget leaving the
province far short of meeting its share of Canada's Kyoto commitment. This
means there is still much to be addressed in next month's anticipated climate
change plan announcement.
    The Ontario government dedicated no additional funding beyond the
$586 million provided by the federal government. This is not appropriately
ambitious to address climate change. Nor is it a good sign that spending on
highway expansions dwarfed transit funding.
    In addition to the government budget, Ontario has other tools available
to fight climate change. For example, funding for climate change initiatives
can come directly from fees generated from utilities. Furthermore, huge
greenhouse gas reductions can be achieved through strict regulations rather
than spending.
    These tools must be addressed in next month's anticipated climate change


    1.  A Credible Climate Plan for Ontario by Dr. Keith Stewart as printed
        in the Toronto Star:

    2.  Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change: A Five-Point Framework for Action
        in Ontario:

For further information:

For further information: Keith Stewart, Ph.D., Manager, Climate Change
Campaign, WWF-Canada, Cell: (416) 985-5936,; Julia
Langer, Director, Global Threats, WWF-Canada, Cell: (647) 400-9579,

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