Town Hall on Climate Change

The federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Hon. Catherine McKenna, issued a call to action to Canadians earlier this year: help shape Canada’s policy on climate change. Since then, Members of Parliament from across the country have conducted Town Halls and consultations in their ridings to ask for feedback from Canadians. On August 22nd, over 150 participants came to Queen Elizabeth Park Cultural and Community Centre for Oakville’s Town Hall on Climate Change, hosted by John Oliver, Member of Parliament for Oakville and moderated by Rob Lister, CEO of Oakville Hydro.


How we did it

Participants were asked to answer two questions on chart paper to address ten sub-topics: 1. What are your big ideas about this topic? 2. What are your top recommendations to the government on this topic? At the end of the discussions, participants were given time to share their thoughts on climate change with the entire room. For those who were unable to attend the Town Hall in person, the Town Hall was streamed live on Facebook.

Setup

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What we talked about

In order to hear the perspectives of Oakville residents on this broad topic, we focused on ten sub-topics:

  1. Food and Agriculture
  2. Town Planning
  3. Habitat and Greenspace Preservation
  4. Infrastructure and Building Practices
  5. Renewable Energy
  6. Mitigation of Emissions
  7. International Cooperation and Commitments
  8. Environmental Adaptation and Innovation
  9. Carbon Pricing
  10. Environmental Assessments and Consultations with Indigenous People


How it went

Participants brought a wide variety of perspectives, backgrounds and expertise to the discussion, and as a result, Oakville’s dialogue on climate change was a productive expression of the riding’s concerns and recommendations to the federal government. Common themes included tackling food waste, ensuring habitat preservation, and promoting inter-provincial cooperation on environmental issues.

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The contents of this website, including the feedback sheets from each topic, notes from that evening, and the open-mic discussion have been included in the report to Minister McKenna. But the discussion doesn't end there. You can still contribute your best ideas to help shape Canada's climate policy. Send your ideas to John directly, or make a submission to the Environment and Climate Change Canada website. Be sure to follow John on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date.

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