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January 21, 2008
Media Advisory - Climate change adaptation experts to speak at special meeting of Parks and Environment Committee
  
To help inform the development of a comprehensive climate change adaptation strategy for the City of Toronto, the Parks and Environment Committee has invited six climate change adaptation experts to speak at a special meeting tomorrow. To accommodate the large number of the public and staff expected to attend, the meeting will be held in the Council Chamber rather than Committee Room 1 as originally planned.

Date: Tuesday, January 22
Time: 9:30 a.m. to noon
Location: Council Chamber, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

Each of the experts will make a brief presentation about the impacts of climate change on Toronto and the recommended priority adaptation measures, with a specific emphasis on their area of expertise. The presentations will be followed by questions and comments from the committee members.

The speakers are:

  • Dr. David Pearson, Co-Chair Ontario Expert Panel on Climate Adaptation and professor, Laurentian University, will provide an overview of the major impacts of climate change and the potential implications for Toronto. Pearson will also discuss the activities of the Ontario Expert Panel on Climate Adaptation as it relates to Toronto.

  • Darrel Danyluk, P. Eng., Chair, Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee, Engineers Canada, will discuss the impacts of climate change as it relates to infrastructure. Danyluk chairs a national committee that is developing engineering protocols to assess infrastructure vulnerability to climate change.

  • Don Haley, P. Eng., Water Management Technical Advisor, Climate Change, Watershed Management Division, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), will discuss the impacts of climate change on ecosystems and will describe the TRCA’s work in predicting and preventing the flooding associated with severe weather.

  • Mark Yakabuski, President, Insurance Bureau of Canada, will provide the insurance industry’s perspective on extreme weather events.

  • Don MacIver, Adaptation and Impacts Research Group, Environment Canada, will outline the latest scientific research on the environmental, social, and economic risks of climate change in the Greater Toronto Area.

  • Dr. Monica Campbell, Manager, Toronto Public Health, will discuss the anticipated effects of climate change on the health of Torontonians, and further actions to be considered to protect public health.

    “The first phase of Toronto’s Climate Change Action Plan was about making serious commitments to deal with the causes of climate change because we’re seeing it can wreak havoc,” said Councillor Paula Fletcher, Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee. “Now we are gathering some of the brightest minds in their fields to discuss how climate change will affect our city and our everyday lives, and what we can do to deal with its effects.”

    Further engagement with stakeholders, including the public, business and industry is schedule to take place in March.

    The City’s Climate Change, Clean Air and Sustainable Energy Action Plan is available at www.toronto.ca/changeisintheair/index.htm.

    Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.


    Media contact:

    Councillor Paula Fletcher, Chair, Parks and Environment Committee, 416-392-4060 (office), 416-200-5810 (cell), councillor_fletcher@toronto.ca



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