Ward 18 – Alta Vista – Candidate Questionnaire Responses

Ecology Ottawa asked all candidates in the 2014 municipal election a series of questions on important environmental issues.

Complete Streets:

Many Ottawa streets are dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians and too many neighbourhoods lack affordable and convenient public transportation options. Badly designed streets discourage active and healthy lifestyles and limit transportation choices. In 2013, City Council adopted a Complete Streets policy that will put more emphasis on designing streets for all ages, abilities and users (pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users, as well as cars).

Candidate 

*indicates incumbent

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? If elected, will you work to ensure that all new roads and road renewal projects integrate Complete Streets principles? The City’s new transportation master plan increases funding for cycling infrastructure but delays many investments for over 15 years. If elected, will you work to increase the overall level of investment and accelerate the pace of implementation?
Adam Bowick
Daher Muse Calin
Jean Cloutier
Clinton Cowan YES – One of the central goals of my campaign is for a stronger focus on bringing improved transportation options into Alta Vista and throughout the city. To ensure safer and short commutes no matter how one choose to travel. YES – There are many roads in Alta Vista that are in desperate need of repair and it would be a great time to apply these principles. YES – Absolutely, waiting over a decade to provide enhancement to our cycling network is unacceptable. Delays will only keep riders at risk and further discourage cycling as a genuine option. Many improvement require minimal investment and can be done concurrently with already planned roadwork.
Jeff Dubois YES – More attention must be paid to the delivery of public transit as a viable and reliable alternative to the automobile. Pedestrian traffic is often overlooked making many routes inaccessible or dangerous. Approaches to cycling accommodation must be more inclusive. YES – These principles must be mindful of local neighbourhood needs and economically prudent. NO – Cyclists have long asserted that they wish to be treated like “real vehicles”. I’d be interested to know if Ottawa cyclists would be willing to embrace a vehicle registration system to offset the additional costs in expediting the infrastructure.
Hussein Mahmoud  YES – As an advocate of living a healthy lifestyle, it is important that we have initiatives like this to promote exercise and activities to all residents. Along with complete streets, we need to have forums and town halls that discuss bike safety to ensure our residents can have safe commutes whether it be to work or for pleasure.  YES – It is essential that we plan pedestrian and cycling lanes on all new roads. This is a cost effective way to mitigate traffic and promote healthy living.  YES
Perry Marleau
John Redins
Brandon Scharfe

Climate Change:

About 75 percent of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions come from activities that occur in cities, and municipalities have direct or indirect control over about half of these emissions. In 2014 the City of Ottawa adopted a new Air Quality and Climate Change Management Plan.

Candidate 

*indicates incumbent

Do you agree that human-induced climate change is an urgent issue and all levels of government have a role to play in helping to reduce community greenhouse gas emissions? If elected, will you push for the full implementation of the City of Ottawa’s Air Quality and Climate Change Management Plan, including items identified in the plan for the 2015 budget? The Air Quality and Climate Change Management Plan establishes the modest goal of reducing Ottawa’s greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent per capita by 2024, but leaves open a lot of space for new initiatives to emerge in the coming years. If elected, will you push for actions aimed at surpassing the current goal?
Adam Bowick
Daher Muse Calin
Jean Cloutier
Clinton Cowan  YES  YES  YES
Jeff Dubois YES – Transportation initiatives may well be the most effective means of accomplishing this at the micro-level.  YES  NO
Hussein Mahmoud  YES – As mentioned before, the decisions we make have a direct impact on the future generations. We need to efficient in making proper decisions to ensure our city and environment is a healthy and clean place to live, work and raise our children in.  YES  YES
Perry Marleau
John Redins
Brandon Scharfe

Clean Water and Healthy Watersheds:

Every time it rains, a cocktail of contaminants (including bacteria, chemicals, fuels and heavy metals) washes off our streets and runs straight into our rivers and streams via the underground storm-sewer system. Ecology Ottawa wants the City of Ottawa to follow-through on its commitment to develop a Water Environment Strategy that improves stormwater management, invests in green infrastructure, reduces flooding, protects our streams, and makes it safer to swim and fish in our rivers.

Candidate

 

*indicates incumbent

The City of Ottawa is developing a Water Environment Strategy that will provide a framework for action to promote clean drinking water, reduce the toxins going into our rivers, and protect communities and streams from flooding associated with severe weather. If elected, will you support the development of a strong strategy and prioritize the investments necessary to realize the strategy’s goals? The April 2014 Ontario Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) instructs planning authorities to promote green infrastructure measures (such as parklands, stormwater systems, wetlands, street trees, urban forests, natural channels, permeable surfaces, and green roofs) in order to reduce costs, protect ecosystems and adapt to extreme weather events. If elected, will you prioritize green infrastructure in addressing the City of Ottawa’s water management needs?   The production of clean water for public consumption has been falling over the past decade in Ottawa (ie., we are using less water). Between 2004 and 2013, the amount of clean water produced and used inside Ottawa fell from over 125,000 million litres to about 100,000 million litres (not including private wells). If elected will you commit to continuing this trend by prioritizing water conservation measures that reduce usage by 3 percent per year?
Adam Bowick
Daher Muse Calin
Jean Cloutier
Clinton Cowan  YES  YES  YES
Jeff Dubois  YES  YES  NO
Hussein Mahmoud  YES – I am committed to fighting for a clean and healthy environment for all residents of Ottawa. Many residents, including myself drink our cities water. It is essential that this source is clean and the city does its part to ensure it is drinkable and safe.  YES – Green infrastructure and promoting a healthy eco system is essential. The decisions that we make now will not only effect us today, rather it will impact the lives of many in the future. I want a city that is clean and sustainable for not only my children and grand children but for the generations to come.  YES – I am definitely committed to prioritizing water conservation measures in the city. One thing that I would like to bring up is I am also against hiking user fees on water and sewage bills. The city has increased these fees due to the lack of revenue generated since we have conserved an abundance of water. We need to continue to conserve water, however, we cannot punish residents by increasing user fees. Rather we should encourage them.
Perry Marleau
John Redins
Brandon Scharfe


Healthy Urban Trees:

Candidate

 

*indicates incumbent

 The Emerald Ash Borer infestation is killing millions of trees across Ottawa, including about 25 percent of the trees in the urban area. In response, organizations and individuals, including the City of Ottawa, are coming together to set the collective goal of planting a million trees in our nation’s capital as part of our contribution to Canada’s 150 birthday celebration in 2017. If elected, will you support and prioritize investments towards this goal?  The City of Ottawa has announced its intention to develop a new Forest Management Strategy. If elected, will you support the development of a strong strategy and the investments necessary to realize the strategy’s goals? 
Adam Bowick
Daher Muse Calin
Jean Cloutier
Clinton Cowan  YES – Already I have personally planted several trees with in our community and look forward to additional tree planting events. If elected I would proudly be a tree ambassador for our city.  YES
Jeff Dubois  YES – I believe this is best accomplished by encouraging and nurturing the efforts of not-for-profit initiatives. One resident suggested an “in loving memory of” program through which trees could be planted and dedicated to a loved one.  YES
Hussein Mahmoud  YES – This is an important topic in Alta Vista and the city of Ottawa. I think we need to continue to focus on planting trees, not for photo opportunities, rather for the sustainment of our environment. I am dedicated to ensuring we continue to plan the trees and have long term action plan to ensure these trees are taken proper care. Too often are trees planted and not receiving the proper care needed.  YES – We need to follow up with the city to ensure this strategy is implemented. Our forests and green spaces across the city are important hubs for our children and the eco system.
Perry Marleau
John Redins
Brandon Scharfe

 

Proposed Oil Pipeline Threatens Ottawa Water and Communities

TransCanada wants to move more than a million barrels a day of tar sands oil through the City of Ottawa and across the World Heritage Rideau River on its way to export terminals in eastern Canada. The proposed “Energy East” pipeline puts communities and waterways in danger all along the pipeline route.

Candidate

 

*indicates incumbent

Do you think the City of Ottawa should conduct a thorough and independent assessment of the risks and costs that the proposed Energy East pipeline poses to the health of Ottawa’s communities and water?  Would you oppose the Energy East Pipeline if it was demonstrated that it threatened the health of Ottawa’s water, climate and communities? Should the City of Ottawa intervene in the National Energy Board review of the proposed Energy East pipeline in order to ensure that the interests of the people of Ottawa are well represented? 
Adam Bowick
Daher Muse Calin
Jean Cloutier
Clinton Cowan  YES  YES  YES
Jeff Dubois  NO  YES  NO
Hussein Mahmoud  YES – I believe an independent assessment is key for such a large embarkment. Too many times have mistakes been made (e.g. Orgaworld contract) when contracts and environmental assessments have not been thoroughly analyzed. As an avid fishermen and nature lover, we cannot risk polluting and endangering such an important waterway or any waterway for that matter.  YES – I would definitely oppose anything that causes a threat to our community. Money should not dictate decisions. I am running to ensure that our residents can live in a clean, healthy and safe Ottawa.  YES
Perry Marleau
John Redins
Brandon Scharfe

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2 Comments on “Ward 18 – Alta Vista – Candidate Questionnaire Responses”

  1. Mavis
    October 25, 2014 at 11:44 pm #

    I see the same candidates replied to Ecology Ottawa as did to ACORN’s questionaire. It is most disappointing to see Jean Cloutier, the man Peter Hume endorsed, not even bother to respond. Is this not insulting to the voters of Alta Vista? Environmental concerns, social concerns, matter to the people who live here. Thankfully, at least 3 of the candidates get that you do have to connect with constituents, not just hide out with developers and other supporters.

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