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Take Action to make sure muncipal candidates work to build a green Toronto!

  1. Tell candidates to make the priorities a part of their platforms.
  2. Encourage your candidate to fill in our municipal election survey.
  3. Add your name to our list of Municipal Election Priorities supporters
  4. Read more about the priorities, download the background document here [pdf]
  5. Talk to your neighbours - print the Environmental Election Priorities brochure here and distribute it in your neighbourhood (email us to let us know if you do)
  6. Add your organization to our list of endorsers (email us)
  7. Contact us if you'd like to volunteer, help spread the word, or if you would like to present these priorities to your organization  


 

Take Action below to make sure the environment remains a priority & that we continue to build a green Toronto.

For 10 years Toronto has worked hard to solve key environmental problems facing the city.

Over the coming months, Mayor and Council candidates will be speaking to Torontonians about their vision of the City. While there may be disagreements on other issues, everyone should agree we must continue to build on Toronto's environmental successes.

Below are 6 priority actions (read them in detail here or download the brochure here) , in no particular order, that will build on 10 years of environmental success. Investments in each action won't just improve our environment, they will lead to better health and save us money as we avoid some of the huge financial costs associated with traffic congestion, waste disposal, climate change, and illnesses due to pollution.

The 6 Priority Actions

  1. Build Transit City & Fund It
  2. Achieve 70% Waste Diversion by 2012
  3. Buy & Support Locally-Produced Green Products
  4. Build Transportation Infrastructure Everyone Can Use
  5. Implement the City's Sustainable Energy Strategy
  6. Provide Tools to Prevent Pollution   

1. Tell candidates to make the priorities a part of their platforms

It is still early in this election and many candidates have not registered. For the time being we ask that you have a look at the list provided by the City of Toronto (updated as candidates register) to find the relevant contact information for council candidates. Contact information for the top five mayoral candidates can be found below.

To find registered candidates and contact information (if they have made it available), click here to see a table with all canadidate information, or see the City website here.

 Mayoral Candidate  Phone  Email  Twitter
Rob Ford  (416)628-8576  rob@robfordformayor.ca  @robfordteam
Joe Pantalone  (416)534-2611  info@mayorjoe.ca  @jpantalone
Rocco Rossi  (416)848-6005  rocco@roccorossi.com  @roccothevoteTO
George Smitherman  (416)342-9674  info@georgesmitherman.ca  @teamsmitherman
Sarah Thomson  (416)964-5850  sarah@sarahthomson.ca  @thomsonTO

Please CC/BCC tea@torontoenvironment.org & on twitter: @TOenviro
or let us know you called: 416 596 0660

 

Sample Text for your email: 

"Dear ______,

I am writing to ask you to commit to working on 6 environmental priorities for the City of Toronto if you are elected. I am also asking that you speak about these issues over the coming months as you campaign in the election.

Over the last 10 years successive Councils & Mayors (including both Mayor Mel Lastman and Mayor David Miller) have had many environmental successes and it is important that we continue to build a greener Toronto.The 6 priorities include:

  1. Build Transit City and fund it
  2. Achieve 70% waste diversion by 2012
  3. Buy and support locally-produced green products
  4. Build transportation infrastructure everyone can use
  5. Implement the City's Sustainable Energy Strategy
  6. Provide tools to prevent pollution

To see these in greater detail visit: http://torontoenvironment.org/voteto 

Implementing these priorities will not only improve our environment, it will lead to better health and save us money as we avoid some of the huge financial costs associated with traffic congestion, waste disposal, climate change, and illnesses due to pollution.

Sincerely,

[First & last name]
[Address including postal code]"

 

2. Encourage your candidate to fill in our municipal election survey.

Since 1997 the Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) has evaluated mayoral and councillor candidates on their environmental commitments through our elections surveys and subsequent report cards. These report cards have received significant attention from the media, and have helped the public decide who are the most environmentally conscious candidates. This year’s survey consists of a series of yes or no questions related to our six Municipal Election Environmental Priorities. The results of the survey will be converted into a report card with letter grades assigned to every respondent. The completed report card will be made public in early October. A list of those candidates who fail to return a completed survey will also be made public.

Candidates must submit their survey results by August 19th, at 5pm. Please send them an email with the sample text below - encouraging them to complete our survey.

Contact information for the top five mayoral candidates can be found below.

To find registered candidates and contact information (if they have made it available), click here to see a table with all canadidate information, or see the City website here.

Mayoral Candidate Phone Email Twitter
Rob Ford (416)628-8576 rob@robfordformayor.ca @robfordteam
Joe Pantalone (416)534-2611 info@mayorjoe.ca @jpantalone
Rocco Rossi (416)848-6005 rocco@roccorossi.com @roccothevoteTO
George Smitherman (416)342-9674 info@georgesmitherman.ca @teamsmitherman
Sarah Thomson (416)964-5850 sarah@sarahthomson.ca @thomsonTO

Please CC/BCC tea@torontoenvironment.org & on twitter: @TOenviro
or let us know you called: 416 596 0660

 

Sample Text for your email:

"Dear ______,

I am writing to encourage you to complete the Toronto Environmental Alliance's (TEA) Municipal Election Survey by August 19th at 5pm. Someone from TEA should have emailed you about this survey, but if you need a copy please email elections@torontoenvironment.org.

TEA is evaluating candidates with a series of yes or no questions related to their 6 environmental priorities for Toronto:

  1. Build Transit City and fund it
  2. Achieve 70% waste diversion by 2012
  3. Buy and support locally-produced green products
  4. Build transportation infrastructure everyone can use
  5. Implement the City's Sustainable Energy Strategy
  6. Provide tools to prevent pollution

To see these in greater detail visit: http://torontoenvironment.org/voteto

Implementing these priorities will not only improve our environment, it will lead to better health and save us money as we avoid some of the huge financial costs associated with traffic congestion, waste disposal, climate change, and illnesses due to pollution.

Sincerely,

[First & last name]
[Address including postal code]"

3. Add your name to our list of Municipal Election Priorities supporters

By filling in the form below, you are adding your name to a growing list of Torontonians who know that the environment is a priority. You are declaring your support for the 6 priorities that we have put forward for this municipal election. You can see those priorities here