Today's letters: Time for a leaders' debate on climate change

By Lia Walsh, Ottawa Citizen Letter to the Editor, August 9, 2019

We need a federal leaders’ debate on climate change

Over the past five years, Ottawa-Gatineau has seen increasingly alarming weather patterns. For the first time in my 15 years of growing my own food, I had a completely failed spring crop from changes happening to season onset dates, the extremity of heat and cold and the flooding that ravaged the region this spring. Within the past year, three tornadoes have raged through Ottawa-Gatineau. The climate is changing rapidly and not for the better. We are in a climate emergency.

With the federal election approaching, it is imperative that our political candidates show leadership on climate change. However, during the last election, climate change was only given 15 minutes of airtime during leaders’ debates. Canadians must be able to make informed decisions about which candidates are willing to make these kinds of commitments.

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