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City gets C+ on smog report

<p>Toronto earned a C+ on the annual Smog Report Card, a grade that would have been higher had the city’s fiscal crisis not stalled clean-air initiatives, says the Toronto Environmental Alliance.</p>

Budget crisis crippled Toronto’s green initiatives


Toronto earned a C+ on the annual Smog Report Card, a grade that would have been higher had the city’s fiscal crisis not stalled clean-air initiatives, says the Toronto Environmental Alliance.



The city, which received a C- rating from the group last year, was on track to get a B or B+ this year, largely on the strength of Mayor David Miller’s "Change is in the Air" plan to combat smog and climate change.



The $84-million report, released in June, calls for a 20 per cent reduction in locally generated smog pollutants by 2012, based on 2004 levels.



But the city’s financial crisis and subsequent cost-cutting "sucked the life" out of the plan, said the alliance’s executive director, Franz Hartmann.




















bylaw falling behind




  • The plan, for instance, calls for a new "community-right-to-know" bylaw, requiring businesses to report their emissions. But cost-cutting measures restricted hiring experts to develop the bylaw.


 
 
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