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Ralph Torrie is Director of Research for Corporate Knights, a Toronto-based research and publishing company focused on the role of business in the sustainability transition. He has 45 years of experience in the energy and environment space and has been actively involved in the climate change issue since 1988. He grew up and lives in Cobourg and was a candidate for the Northumberland and Quinte West Green Party in the federal elections of 2008 and 2011. 


In July 2023, the Ford government released “Powering Ontario’s Growth”. The ‘plan’ locks Ontario into a costly and climate-wrecking, energy future. Out of step with much of the world, the Ontario government has decided to push renewable energy to the sidelines as it commits to more fossil gas, more dirty hydrogen and more costly nuclear.

You can see the plan at this link:

This webinar is part of a series of events in September in which public engagement is needed to fight back against an anti-climate agenda in Ontario. Register now.


Other events include:


Lobby breakfast at Queen's Park

Tuesday September 26, 2023, 7:30am - 9am
Queen’s Park, Toronto ON


Training session: Monday September 25, 7 - 9 pm, Friends House, 60 Lowther Ave.

Overnight billeting can be arranged for those from out of town.

One way to fight for a renewable energy future!  Please join in our lobby day, this will involve sending an invitation to your MPP and attending the breakfast, or arranging another meeting time with your MPP. Coordinated by CCL, OCEC, OCAA and ClimateFast, this day of lobbying will address Ontario's energy future with a specific focus on fighting the planned expansion of gas plants in Ontario.  Lobbying can be very effective and the more ridings we represent that day, the better.  One of our speakers will be Zoe Keary-Matzner, who is a litigant in the youth climate suit. Register now.


Check out the media coverage so far - more to come!

Nov 25, 2022: Halt Bill 23: Indigenous groups and Ontarians call on Province to halt ‘More Homes BuiltFaster’ act


Aug 27, 2022, Queen's Park Launch: Press Conference Click to view full video

Apr 27, 2022, OCEC Launch Day Clips  Click to view

​​​​​​Aug 2022 Talking Radical Radio Interview OCEC + Ontario Clean Air Alliance

May 30, 2022 Toronto Star Op Ed:  A vote for climate is a vote for the future

Apr 27, 2022 CBC TV Local News (Evening & Late News, English & French - lead story on Tele-Journal) (starts at 9:28 English)

Apr 27, 2022 CBC News (print)

Apr 27, 2022 CBC Radio: Interview on Here and Now @5PM

Apr 27, 2022 The Energy Mix

Apr 27, 2022 Global news

Apr 27, 2022 CHCH

Climate Inspiration: 12 Points to move us forward


Informational public webinar exploring the excellent renewable energy solution alternatives to expensive polluting gas-fired electricity with an international expert and local Ontario expert panel.

Excellent how-to guide to advocacy and lobbying elected officials packed with practical tips and valuable information.

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Speakers Phil Pothen and Maude Barlow explore the big climate impacts of local decision making and the importance of municipal elections

Join the Ontario Climate Emergency Campaign (OCEC: and co-host Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, Ontario Chapter ( ) for this timely pre-municipal election webinar to learn about the high level impacts of local level decision making and the power of municipal elections to secure your future amidst a climate emergency.

Our two remarkable speakers will discuss how the October 24, 2022 Ontario municipal election is our greatest immediate opportunity to push back for climate action. Phil Pothen, lawyer with Environmental Defence, will discuss his extensive work to curb urban sprawl, its devastating impacts on our environment, health and food supply, and the massive climate impacts of municipal level decision making. Maude Barlow, celebrated activist and author, will speak about the power of hopeful collective action.

October 24, 2022 we have another chance to use our democratic voice for effective climate action.

May 1, 2022 Rally Day of Action for a Better Ontario


The OCEC Team at May 1 Rally

     OCEC Speaker at Grange Park Rally May 1, 2022 Lyn Adamson, Co-chair OCEC

OCEC Launch at Queen's Park


Left to Right: Deena Ladd (Workers Action Centre); Lana Goldberg (Environmental Defence); Mili Roy (Cdn Assn of Physicians for the Environment, CAPE-ON);

Andre Forsythe (Climate Challenge & School for Climate) and Samantha Green (CAPE-ON)

May 14 Rally for Climate, Communities and Nature at Queen's Park

This spring we have a chance to choose another path - one that prioritizes people and the planet.  In the lead up to the provincial election, let’s come together and make it clear that we want a government that will take immediate action to bring down emissions, protect biodiversity, and build sustainable communities.  You’ll also hear a range of inspiring speakers and performers!  Family friendly accessible event.

Hosted by: Environmental Defence; Climate Voice; David Suzuki Foundation; Ontario Climate Emergency Campaign; Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) - Ontario; Climate Fast; Seniors For Climate Action Now!; Music Declares Emergency Canada.

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September 2023 "Doorways"

This Holiday Monday non-profit The School For Climate (@theschoolforclimate) collaborated with the Ontario Climate Emergency Campaign and “youth” artists in an alleyway beside CSI Spadina to make their voices and visions for our future heard.  

An inspirational vision for our future is based on the connection between climate justice, affordability, a resilient healthcare system, indigenous sovereignty, equitable representation, and a conscious economy propelled by hope, not paralyzed by fear.

Each artist painted on both sides of their canvases to show the two doorways we can choose to walk through. A doorway to embrace change and thrive. A doorway to desperately cling to doing the same.

Which doorway will you choose?

How will you vote for & with youth?

September 2023 Global March to end Fossil Fuels


This September, while the United Nations holds a summit on the future of fossil fuels, people around the world took to the streets to demand a transition away from oil and gas that is ‘fast, fair and forever’. The flagship march was held in New York City, and other events were organized around the world. Learn more about this event at

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