HALTON HILLS, ON – The Town is the latest municipality to pass a resolution addressing climate change – a move that has been adopted by over 27 municipalities across Canada.
“We are known as a sustainable community, so this should come as no surprise,” said Mayor Rick Bonnette.
The Town’s resolution championed by Councillor Jane Fogal (well-regarded for her cycling advocacy), references “Canada’s Changing Climate Report 2019” which notes that ‘There is overwhelming evidence that the Earth has warmed during the Industrial Era and that the main cause of this warming is human influence.’
“Climate change is real, it is happening now and we all have a responsibility to do what we can,” said Councillor Fogal. “It is incumbent upon us as leaders in the community to enact change via policies and practices to lower our carbon emissions. Quite frankly, the Climate Change Report is alarming and this should be a wakeup call for all of us.”
Mayor Bonnette concurred. “The challenge we are facing now is not whether or not addressing climate change is a good thing to do – we know it is. The challenge is balancing all of our needs in a time of unpredictability. Everyone knows I am a sustainability champion but I am also a pragmatist and we will set reasonable and realistic targets that consider the financial impacts. That’s the information I expect staff to come back to us with.”
A staff report detailing the costs for the proposed climate change initiatives is anticipated to come forward in June.
About the Town of Halton Hills
The Town of Halton Hills, with a population of approximately 60,000, consists of two urban centres, Georgetown and Acton, the Halton Hills Premier Gateway employment area, three hamlets – Glen Williams, Stewarttown and Norval – and several smaller settlements. Halton Hills has long been recognized for its natural beauty, active agricultural community, high quality of life and proximity to major centres, including Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto. The Town is ranked as one of the top small communities in Canada by a national magazine.