Journalist Greg McMillan of TheGreenHub.ca scours the internet for up-to-the-minute green stories that are important to you. His compilation of news items from around The Green Hub plus quirky tidbits and trends makes sure you are in the loop …. without doing the time-consuming legwork.
IT’S NOT usually referred to as the Silly Season, but that doesn’t mean that tag couldn’t be applied during elections. Case in point, this time around, in the Ontario election. As the days wind down to October 6, 2011, it seems the politicians are ramping up their comments even more, in headline-grabbing tradition, trying to turn the heads of voters one last time.
And it’s not just the actual participating politicians who are into it. This week, in The Green Hub, for example, Haldimand Mayor Ken Hewitt found himself in the hot seat,
standing by his decision to negotiate a community vibrancy fund with green energy companies that plan to establish a presence in the county. It’s a sweet deal, worth $2 million a year over the 20-year life of the agreement.
And in Brant, candidates were actually talking about a green economy, a far cry from earlier on in the campaign. And all this just before the provincial vote, when there could be a major economic rethink needed regarding green energy if the Liberals lose their foothold in the province.
(Editor’s note / a sidebar: Thanks to Liberal Dave Levac for drawing comparisons between The Green Hub and Silicon Valley. Back in the early days of TheGreenHub.ca, we actually expanded on that idea, in a June 2010 article entitled Silicon Valley / A template for the Green Hub?)
Brantford Mayor Chris Friel also got into the act recently, and compared notes with Brant Mayor Ron Eddy, whose ‘green’ economic initiatives in his municipality are light years ahead of Brantford’s.
And, in case you missed it: Candidates from The Green Hub area were asked to take part in the 10-part TheGreenHub.ca Election Challenge.
Through it all, it’s perhaps telling to see all the renewed attention placed on the green economy, and it’s also a bit amusing to notice the subtle flip flops and so-called ‘misquotes’ that seem to be slipping into the electioneering and campaigning.
Silly Season? Not that much of a stretch, really.
Elsewhere around The Green Hub: What mayors say about renewable energy initiatives in Brant, Brantford … How scenic Norfolk countryside will be on display in cycling tour … Why it’s crunch time for Misner Dam and Silver Lake in Port Dover … Why staged hunting under fire from Waterford councillor … How a retired doctor is going to bat for an old maple tree … When there’s a sneak preview for Norfolk’s new public transit system … How Duck Day at Turkey Point took flight in a big way … How a science educator is going to birds and liking it … Why biomass hopes for Norfolk farmers are running out of gas …
Last but not least: Wondering how you can cast your vote for the environment in the upcoming Ontario election? Check out the following … Who leads in green promises? … What do environment groups say? Priorities and platforms … Who matches your values?
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