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Keith Brooks

Programs Director

Keith was born in the ‘burbs just outside Toronto, but his passion for the environment was born in a canoe on the rivers and lakes of Northern Ontario. Keith pursued a Bachelor of Environmental Sciences from the University of Guelph and then worked for a number of years in the environmental consulting field, before enrolling at York University where he earned a Master of Environmental Studies. The move from scientist and consultant to advocate was provoked by the recognition that more science cannot solve the environmental challenge on its own. Our challenge lies not in knowing what must be done, but in doing it. We cannot choose between the environment and the economy. We can and must have both. It is this outlook which ultimately led Keith to his current role as the Programs Director at Environmental Defence.

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May 19, 2022

Ontario is failing on climate change

What has Ontario done about climate change the last 4 years? Not much. Once upon…

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May 11, 2022

Rally with us on May 14 – for climate, communities and nature!

This spring, Ontarians have an important choice in front of them. Will we elect a…

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Mar 15, 2022

No, Big Oil, the Russian invasion of Ukraine is not a reason to extract more oil and build pipelines

You’ve likely seen the claims made by the oil and gas industry that the Russian…

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Feb 11, 2022

Ontario LOVES Gas! But That’s Bad for our Climate and Communities

The UN has declared “code red” for humanity, highlighting the severity of the climate crisis….

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Sep 21, 2021

I went to the government’s meeting on Highway 413 – so you don’t have to 

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation is hosting a Community Engagement Webinar on September 29th about…

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Jun 17, 2021

Car Wars: SUVs vs EVs (A new hope?)

If you’re someone who gets charged up about electric vehicles (EVs), it’s an exciting time….

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Apr 12, 2021

Say NO to another hole in the Niagara Escarpment!

The Niagara Escarpment, that cliff-like face that runs through Ontario from Niagara Falls up through…

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Mar 26, 2021

A big victory on climate – but we’re far from done

This week, Canadians won an important victory on the climate front when the Supreme Court…

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Nov 20, 2020

Three ways the oil industry has been gaslighting you this week

The oil industry has been working hard lately to appear as though they really care…

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