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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Candidates Climate Debate In Owen Sound

Owen Sound | by Dave Carr  

Five of the riding's six federal election candidates are expected to take part.

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Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound federal election candidates will debate climate issues at the Harmony Centre in Owen Sound tonight.

Debate co-organizer and Walter's Falls area resident Bill Jones says the meeting is being put together by "concerned citizens" who want to know what each party or candidate's plans are to address climate change.

Jones says the meeting will address Canada's Green New Deal movement.

It involves individuals, organizations and communities voluntarily joining a 'pact' to come up with a plan for social and economic changes to drastically cut emissions.

The idea of a Green New Deal originated in the United States decades ago and calls for efforts to be made to limit climate change, in the way Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 'New Deal' made large-scale changes during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

There are similar, more recent Green movements and coalitions in the United Kingdom and Australia.

This past May, a Canadian grassroots Green New Deal movement launched with a series of Town Hall meetings nationwide to discuss what to do about climate change.

The movement in Canada has a website that describes the Green New Deal as non partisan, for the time being.

The meeting is scheduled to take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Harmony Centre at 840 9th Avenue East. Doors open at 6:30.

Jones says the candidates who have said they will attend are Conservative Candidate Alex Ruff, New Democratic Party Candidate Chris Stephen, Liberal Candidate Michael Den Tandt, Green Candidate Danielle Valiquette and People's Party of Canada Candidate William Townsend. Libertarian Candidate Dan Little is reportedly not attending due to his work schedule.

The meeting will include candidates opening remarks and a public question and answer period moderated by Michael McLuhan.

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