Thursday, February 26, 2009

Green jobs meeting...

I had an opportunity to participate in a very interesting discussion about green jobs in the Toronto area. The meeting was organized by Labour Council President John Cartwright. While there are many potential areas for growth in this area - both in terms of jobs and UNION jobs - the main focus of the discussion was on the rezoning and redevelopment of the Kodak lands, the city's light rail transit plan and the  Mayor Miller's energy retrofits of 1,000 apartment buildings which is being provided expertise by the Clinton Climate Initiative

A recurring theme in each of these areas of interest - aside from the issue of construction and other support jobs - was the issue of procurement of parts and other materials. Where will they be made? Who will make them? How do we get industries to locate their green businesses in Toronto area jurisdictions? 

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