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Pressure builds on city hall to fund climate plan

By David Rider 
Published in Toronto Star 

More than three dozen non-profits, unions, businesses and others are urging Mayor John Tory to fully adopt and implement city staff’s ambitious plan to slash Toronto’s greenhouse gas emissions.

But some are wondering if Tory’s austerity-minded administration will endorse the spending of millions of dollars a year to help protect residents from extreme weather, including flooding and unusual heat, even with the promise of big benefits in terms of jobs and public health.

“The adoption of the TransformTO plan would send a clear signal to the Ontario and federal governments that Toronto is ready to receive and invest climate action funds in ways that will reap maximum benefits . . . ,” states the letter sent to Tory and city councillors Friday by the Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA).

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Signatories include leaders of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, Building Owners and Managers Association of Greater Toronto Area, CivicAction, CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals, Unifor, Ontario Clean Alliance, the director of the U of T’s School of the Environment and former mayor David Crombie.

The blueprint aims to get Toronto greenhouse gas emissions to 80 per cent below 1990 levels by the year 2050.

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