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 Earth Day was first celebrated on 22 April 1970 and over the years, it has become the largest participatory environmental movement on the planet. As Canadians, we are fortunate to have breathtaking forests, majestic mountains, and scenic lakes, one of which our community of Etobicoke- Lakeshore enjoys right in our backyard. Just as these gifts inspire us, they come with a tremendous responsibility to pro- tect them. From preserving nature to fighting climate change and delivering clean air, we will continue to lead the way to a better future for everyone.
One of the ways we are tackling climate change is by investing in clean technology. Canadian cleantech entrepreneurs are making huge strides on solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges, including technology for energy-efficient buildings, advances in sustainable agricul- ture and innovation in water security. And they deliver back. Clean technology busi- nesses contributed more than $28.2 billion to the Canadian economy in 2021 and exported $9.2 billion in goods and ser- vices. In 2021, the cleantech sector employed more than 188,000 Canadians in rewarding, well-paying jobs and women accounted for 41% of all jobs in the sector.
Monday, April 17th at 7p.m. I will be hosting a Facebook Live conversation with Dr. Andrew J. Weaver, who has authored and coauthored over 200 peer- reviewed papers in climate, meteorology, oceanography, earth science, policy, edu- cation and anthropology journals. He was a Lead Author in the United Nations Inter- governmental Panel on Climate Change 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th scientific assessments,
and part of the team that shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with Al Gore.
We will be discussing clean technolo- gies and other climate action issues. If you are interested in tuning in, email me at and I will provide the link.
It is that time of year again and I am always grateful to everyone who takes time out of their busy lives to volunteer and give back. Canada’s Volunteer Awards recognize that contribution and highlight the many ways that volunteering strengthens our com- munity. Nominees can be:
• individuals or groups
• businesses
• social enterprises
• not-for-profit organizations
Community Leader
This category is open to individuals or groups of individuals who:
• volunteer either on their own
or as a group
• give their time to an organization
or a cause
• take a lead role in solving social issues
Emerging Leader
This category is open to individuals between the ages of 18 and 30 who:
• show leadership through volunteering • help strengthen their community
through volunteering
Business Leader
This category is open to businesses or social enterprises that:
• practice corporate social responsibility
• promote and support volunteering at local, regional, and/or national levels
• create positive social, cultural or environmental impacts in their communities
Social Innovator
This category is open to not-for-profit organizations, social enterprises or reg- istered charities that:
• address social challenges in their
• use innovative ways to serve and
strengthen communities
You can submit nominations until April 26, 2023 to Employment and Social Development Canada. I would be happy to provide you with details on how to do that. Email me at and I will get in touch. HH
James Maloney is the Member of Parliament for Etobicoke-Lakeshore and has been a resi- dent in the constituency for over 42 years. Prior to becoming an MP, Mr. Maloney served as the city council for Ward 5 and practiced law full time. CONTACT INFO: Ph. 416-251-5510 E-mail:

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