Recent climate changes result in unusually cold, snowy winters in Southwestern BC, below normal temperatures dominating across Central Canada, and significantly larger swings in temperatures in Atlantic Canada;
Cold weather brings a lot of hardship to the people;
With climate change more severe winters should be anticipated and preparedness is a must; and
Carbon tax collection is constantly growing in Canada.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Dedicate at least 20% of money collected in the form of carbon tax to implement government grants for better preparation to severe winters, including snow removal means and emergency relief funds, warm shelters for the homeless suffering most from severe winters and winter tires for public transport vehicles;
2. Attach clear penalty mechanisms, ensuring grant money is used wisely and efficiently on related activities like snow removal from streets, sidewalks, back lanes and bicycle lanes, to ensure that commuters can reach public transport on foot and bicycle to workplaces, keeping the carbon footprint low, building and servicing warm shelters for the homeless, and installing winter tires on public transit vehicles to ensure safety and uninterrupted functioning of those, thus reducing the use of personal vehicles and the carbon footprint;
3. Implement penalty mechanisms in the form of fines which grant recipients are obliged to pay in case of failure to timely remove snow and ice from the streets, sidewalks and all lanes, accommodate homeless and keep public transit functioning regardless of the weather.
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