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Kingston event to discuss proposed Green Energy Act

Monday, January 26th 2009 11:10:12am

Media Advisory

Kingston event to discuss legislation that would make renewable energy a provincial priority

Frustration is growing in parts of rural Ontario where farmers, municipalities, First Nations, and local owners of green energy projects are unable to fully contribute to the future of Ontario’s green electricity.

To show how ordinary people have become power generators in Europe, SWITCH is hosting a free screening of The Suzuki Diaries, a documentary of Dr. David Suzuki’s recent trip to Germany, Denmark and Spain to witness first hand the energy revolution underway.

The screening will be followed by a short presentation on the Green Energy Act that would enable all Ontario residents to become power generators. The legislation is being proposed by an alliance of agricultural, labour, industrial and environmental organizations is based on similar legislation in Europe that has proven to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, eliminate smog and create thousand of good green jobs.

WHAT:
A free screening of The Suzuki Diaries and presentation on the Green Energy Act proposal

WHO:
SWITCH – Kingston’s Alternative Energy Cluster
The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, member of the Green Energy Act Alliance

WHEN:
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
7:00-9:00 pm

WHERE:
Large Lecture Hall, St. Lawrence College
100 Portsmouth Ave, Kingston, ON K7M 1A1

Free Admission

For more information, contact:
SWITCH, 613-547-6700 x-129 or email info@switchkingston.ca

To schedule interviews, contact:
Jane Story, Manager Policy and Communications, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association
416-977-4441, ex 222

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SWITCH is a network of businesses, research and educational institutions, public sector participants, and community-minded volunteers working together with a common mission: to position the Kingston region as a leading centre for sustainable energy.

OSEA works to initiate, facilitate and support the work of local sustainable energy organizations through membership services, province wide capacity building and non-partisan policy work. They work to catalyze the efforts of community organizers and raise awareness of the benefits of community power and renewable energy through various communication channels and by offering a variety of workshops and guidebooks on topics.