Ottawa residents in Rideau-Rockcliffe (Ward 13) are heading to the poll again on April for a by-election. Continuing our work in the municipal election in 2018, Ecology Ottawa is working to raise awareness of local environmental issues among both voters and candidates in the lead up to the by-election.
Ecology Ottawa has sent out an All-Candidates' Survey to all 17 candidates running in this by-election. The survey includes 15 yes/no questions covering issues of local climate action (Renewable City), building safe and healthy streets (Active City), Ottawa's greenspace and watersheds (Living City), and waste management, as well as a qualitative response about their environmental vision for Ottawa.
The yes/no response is available here, and their detailed responses here.
Candidates' Debate on Environment and Climate Change
In collaboration with the Lindenlea Community Association, New Edinburgh Community Association, Overbrook Community Association and the Electric Vehicle Council of Ottawa, we are organizing a debate on April 8, 2019 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (400 McArthur Ave.) 7-9 PM.
RSVP for this event here
Summary of Candidates' response to survey
Below is the summary of candidates' responses. You can find their full answers here.
|Kasia Adamiec||Idris Ben-Tahir||Marc Dorgeville||Bruce A. Faulkner||Johan Hamels||Peter Heyck||Miklos Horvath||Peter Jan Karwacki||Rawlson King||Jerry Kovacs||Jamie Kwong||Maurice Lamirande||Patrick Mayangi||Oriana Ngabirano||Chris Penton||Sheila Perry||Penny Thompson|
|Will you support a climate emergency declaration, an unprecedented level of resource mobilization and policy commitments to achieve net zero emission before 2050, and annual reporting to monitor our progress to keep warming below 1.5 C?|
|Will you make climate action a Term of Council Priority, increase funding and staffing commitments commensurate with this prioritization, and mandate a climate lens for the City's assessment for all infrastructure investments?|
|If elected, will you commit to ensuring the release of a Climate Adaptation Plan within the first eighteen months of the next Term of Council?|
|If elected, will you support and work for a revised Official Plan that makes low-carbon development a top priority, in a way that delivers healthier, safer, more liveable neighbourhoods for your constituents?|
|If elected, will you commit to prioritizing pedestrian, cycling and affordable public transit infrastructure over automobile infrastructure in meeting the future growth in travel demand in the urban area?|
|Currently, the City of Ottawa only plans for connectivity within 600 metres of transit hubs. If elected, will you commit to widening this connectivity planning radius to five kilometres?|
|If elected, will you commit to ensuring that complete streets and priority pedestrian and cycling projects are built in your ward?|
|If elected, will you commit to adopting a Vision Zero policy for Ottawa?|
|If elected, will you commit to fully implementing and fully funding the Urban Forest Management Plan?|
|If elected, will you work to ensure that all new streets resurfacings and new road builds integrate green infrastructure wherever possible?|
|If elected, will you commit to prioritizing greenspace preservation as part of the planning process?|
|If elected, will you oppose the dangerous nuclear waste dump at Chalk River?|
|If elected, will you support rescinding the decision to allow non-compostable plastic bag liners and dog waste in the green bin program?|
|If elected, will you support tripling the level of funding for promotion and education for waste prevention, recycling and green bin programs to at least $1.50 per household per year, a level closer to the average for large municipalities in Ontario?|
|If elected, will you support the development of a new waste management strategy and waste diversion action plan that follow best practices and set a 65% waste diversion target for Ottawa?|