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Fewer take part in Earth Hour in Barrie; Green Party members collects e-waste 0

Barrie Green Party's Erich Jacoby-Hawkins joined by Judith Van Veldhuysen, deputy leader of Ontario's Green Party,  collecting E waste, food and clothing for two local charities Saturday during the 4th annual Earth Hour Super Drive. The effort was in support of the Grocery Assistance Program, and Off the Rack and Barrie Free Clothing Store.
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Barrie Green Party's Erich Jacoby-Hawkins joined by Judith Van Veldhuysen, deputy leader of Ontario's Green Party, collecting E waste, food and clothing for two local charities Saturday during the 4th annual Earth Hour Super Drive. The effort was in support of the Grocery Assistance Program, and Off the Rack and Barrie Free Clothing Store. MARKWANZEL/THE BARRIE EXAMINER/QMI

It appears more people kept the lights burning in our region during Earth Hour this year, compared to last.

PowerStream’s System Control Centre reported a service territory-wide electricity reduction of 5% between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, compared to 7.8% in 2012.

The territory includes Aurora, Barrie, Bradford-West-Gwillimbury, Essa (Thornton), Markham, New Tecumseth, Penetanguishene, Richmond Hill and Vaughn.

Overall in Barrie, a 2.9% reduction was reported, compared to a 6.7% reduction in 2012.

Canada was one of 150 countries that took part in Earth Hour this year.

Australia's Harbour Bridge and Opera House initiated the campaign in 2007, other landmarks around the world — including the Tokyo Tower, the Bird’s Nest (Beijing National Stadium) and Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Towers — have thrown support behind the world-wide effort to reduce energy consumption and green the planet.

Locally, school boards, the County of Simcoe, City of Barrie, and Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, all 'powered down' for the cause.

In Barrie, local Green Party members held the group's fourth annual Earth Hour Super-Drive, collecting e-waste, clothing and food.

This year’s depot, supported by GreenGo Recycling, paid 10 cents per pound of typical e-waste, with a premium of two dollars per pound for surplus cellphones. The event also be collected re-usable clothing for the Barrie Free Clothing Centre and Off the Rack, and food for the Elizabeth Fry’s Grocery Assistance Program.

Judith Van Veldhuysen, deputy leader of Ontario's Green Party, was also in attendance.

For more information about Earth Hour, visit www.earthhour.org.

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