Ask for green infrastructure so your community can get ahead of future storms

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Ontario has faced some seriously wacky weather this past year. The never-ending polar vortex, dramatic ice storms and flash flooding have left many of us with busted pipes, soggy basements and frayed nerves.

Ice storms and floods are unsettling reminders that our communities are vulnerable to Mother Nature’s whims. As our climate changes, extreme storms formerly referred to as “once in a century” are becoming disturbingly common.

In response to the December ice storm that downed thousands of trees and left millions of residents without power for days, the Government of Ontario recently announced a plan to spend $190 million to help municipalities recover.

While municipalities welcomed the province picking up a portion of the tab, the funds will not pay to replace trees or to prepare us for future extreme weather events.

The Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition recently asked the Ontario government to create a multi-stakeholder advisory committee to review and make recommendations on how Ontario can bring its infrastructure policies in line with the new climate reality we’re facing.

But we haven’t heard back.

That’s why we are asking you to send an email to Ontario’s new Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Bill Mauro.

Let him know you want the province to support efforts to spur the creation of living, green infrastructure in our cities. Ask him to help Ontario get ahead of the storm by bringing nature home.

 

If devastating storms are the new norm, new infrastructure will be needed. And if we're going to build, let's build green. Write to Minister Linda Jeffery today. Let her know you want Ontario to get ahead of the storm by bringing nature home to our communities.

 

So far 1352 messages have been sent. Let's get to 1500!

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"Minister Bill Mauro" <minister.mah@ontario.ca>
Let’s get ahead of the storm. Bring nature home to my city.
Dear Minister Mauro, Congratulations on your new position as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Earlier this month your government committed $190 million in new provincial funding to help municipalities recover from the dramatic December ice storm. Thank you for helping pick up the tab for the cleanup. But I also want you to take action now to protect our communities from future storms. As the old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. To safeguard our communities, we need your government to invest in green infrastructure. The Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition has written to your government, asking for a formal review of how Ontario can bring its infrastructure policies in line with the new climate reality we’re facing. If devastating storms are the new norm, new infrastructure will be needed. And if we're going to build, let's build green. Green infrastructure will not only help protect our homes and businesses from the effects of extreme weather, it will reduce costs associated with recovery and create greener, healthier communities in our province. Thank you.
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