Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ontario-Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Ontario-Update

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(Ont-Ford-Kenney)

Premier Doug Ford says he's looking forward to having another ally in the fight against the federal carbon tax following today's Alberta election.

Ford says he hopes United Conservative leader Jason Kenney is elected premier.

He says that will leave five provinces opposed to the tax -- which he says does nothing at all for the environment.

Ford told reporters at an event to tout last week's provincial budget that it's just a tax with the word carbon in front of it.

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(Ont-Carbon-Tax-Challenge)

A lawyer for the federal government says there is no merit to Ontario's claim that carbon tax legislation gives Ottawa vast new powers.

Sharlene Telles-Langdon has told the Ontario Court of Appeal that the only aim of the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act is to curb dangerous climate-changing emissions.

A provincial lawyer argued yesterday that the act is unconstitutional because it strays far into provincial powers and would allow the federal government to tell people when to drive or where to live.

But Telles-Langdon says that argument is alarmist and Ottawa's only aim is to curb carbon emissions that do not respect provincial boundaries. (The Canadian Press)

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(Climate-Change-Rally)

About 200 people attended a rally in Ottawa this morning calling on the city to declare a climate emergency.

The rally was organized by the group Ecology Ottawa, which says the United Nations has made it clear the world has just 11 years to avoid catastrophic impacts to the world's species and ecosystems.

It says the city has already felt the impact of climate change with record floods in 2017, tornadoes last year and erratic freeze-thaw cycles in the winter followed by extreme heat in the summer.

Six Canadian cities have already declared a climate emergency including Kingston and Hamilton and Ecology Ottawa hopes the nation's capital will follow suit. …

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