Q5 - Will you commit to prioritizing climate adaptation planning for the city, including measures to protect people, infrastructure and city services, and to ensure that the city's most vulnerable populations are supported during extreme climate events?

Jeff Leiper

It is clear that climate change has already increased the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, including in Ottawa where we have recently seen several severe wind storms that have caused major damage to buildings and infrastructure, and it is likely that climate change has contributed to severe flooding events. Severe heat events are also becoming more frequent. As we move forward, the City will need to incorporate planning for these types of events. I will work to ensure the City's climate resiliency plan is completed and implemented as quickly as possible. Council has directed City staff to move that forward, but I am concerned that the timelines should be more aggressive.

Oonagh Fitzgerald


Dan Stringer

Did not participate.

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