Media Advisory - FCM releases report on municipal role in fighting climate

OTTAWA, Dec. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - In the lead up to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) will release a report on the municipal role in fighting climate change. The report will be launched near the beginning of the COP15 negotiations, taking place in Denmark from December 7 to 18, 2009.

FCM 2nd Vice-President Berry Vrbanovic, municipal councillor for Kitchener, Ont., will release the report during a conference call briefing December 8, 2009. Vice-President Vrbanovic will be joined at the report launch by FCM CEO Brock Carlton, FCM Policy & Research Director Michael Buda, and one of the report's authors, Dave Sawyer of EnviroEconomics.

Both Vice-President Vrbanovic and FCM CEO Carlton will be in Copenhagen for the UN conference.

Media from across Canada can participate in the briefing by conference call.

An embargoed version of the report will be posted on FCM's website at 10:00 a.m. (EST). The final report will be posted to our website at 11:00 a.m. (EST)

    WHAT:   Release and briefing on FCM's report on the municipal role in
            greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions via conference call

    WHEN:   Report to be posted on FCM website, - December 8,
            2009, 10:00 a.m. (EST)

            Technical briefing - December 8, 2009, 11:00 a.m. (EST)

            News conference  - December 8, 2009, 11:30 a.m. (EST)

    WHO:    Comment: FCM Vice-President Berry Vrbanovic, municipal
            councillor, Kitchener, Ont.; FCM CEO Brock Carlton
            Technical Briefing - Michael Buda, FCM Policy & Research
            Director; Dave Sawyer, report author

    WHERE:  Call 1-866-250-5144 (in Toronto and from overseas, 416-849-6163),
            then ask to join the FCM teleconference on the launch of the
            report on municipal greenhouse gas emission reductions.

            NOTE: This is a listen-only, operator-assisted call during the
            briefing. The operator will then advise media to press * (star
            key) then 1 on their telephone number pad to ask a question and
            will un-mute reporters one-by-one, in order of who pressed first,
            until all questions are answered.

            Please do not call in and put the line on hold. If you wish to
            leave the call, please terminate the connection.

    Following the briefing, Vice-President Vrbanovic and CEO Carlton will be
    available for interviews.

About the Federation of Canadian Municipalities

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has been the national voice of municipal government since 1901. With 1,796 members, FCM represents the interests of municipalities on policy and program matters that fall within federal jurisdiction. Members include Canada's largest cities, small urban and rural communities, and 18 provincial and territorial municipal associations.

SOURCE Federation of Canadian Municipalities

For further information: For further information: Maurice Gingues, (613) 907-6395 or

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