Que­bec and On­tario towns sign cli­mate change agree­ment

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Vic­to­ria Vanier

The mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of On­tario and Que­bec are join­ing to­gether in the fight against cli­mate change. Gary McNa­mara, the pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion of On­tario Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties (AOM) and Suzanne Roy, the pres­i­dent of the Union des mu­nic­i­palites du Que­bec (UMQ) signed an agree­ment last week to pro­mote the mu­nic­i­pal fight against cli­mate change. Ev­ery­one knows that ex­treme weather con­di­tions have an im­pact on our lo­cal economies, on the en­vi­ron­ment and on the qual­ity of life in our com­mu­ni­ties. As own­ers of most of the in­fras­truc­tures in Canada, mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties be­lieve that in­vest­ing in lo­cal sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment projects will con­trib­ute to at­tain­ing the provin­cial emis­sion ob­jec­tives while pro­tect­ing res­i­dents and economies from the ef­fects of cli­mate change. “The UMQ is proud to sign this long-term part­ner­ship with the AOM to pro­mote the un­de­ni­able role of mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the fight against cli­mate change. We have only one planet to live on and, as gov­ern­ments of prox­im­ity, it is es­sen­tial that we pro­tect it and act lo­cally for the well-be­ing of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” said Suzanne Roy, the pres­i­dent of the Union des mu­nic­i­palites du Que­bec. Cli­mate change is a world-wide prob­lem that re­quires lo­cal so­lu­tions. The mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties are there­fore most im­por­tant in this fight and they have the ca­pac­ity to make a dif­fer­ence.

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