Ward 7 – Bay – 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?
Alex Cullen  YES – As a City Councillor for Bay Ward for 10 years I supported expanding both cycling infrastructure and increasing the budget to support this.  YES – As a City Councillor for Bay Ward for 10 years I supported expanding both cycling infrastructure and increasing the budget to support this.  YES – As a City Councillor for Bay Ward for 10 years I supported expanding both cycling infrastructure and increasing the budget to support this.
George Guirguis
Brendan Mertens
Michael Pastien YES – I am keen on quickly developing my personally conceived exciting new initiative of a CARLING Ave Median “SAFE BIKE RIDING LANE” which I announced on Sept 20 aspart my 2014 platform. The project ‘s stages will be sparked as soon as I am elected! YES – I am already avidly involved with infra smart optimal urban community lifestyle & road design transportation facilitation!  YES
Trevor Robinson
Mark  Taylor * YES – The only additional consideration is the need to additionally seek ways to prioritize quasi-public transit serving our fast growing older adult population. This would include para-Transpo and accessible taxi cabs. I am in support of complete streets and have several spaces in our ward where we are targeting them.  YES YES – Within the context of the balance of needs.

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?
Alex Cullen YES – The evidence supporting this is incontrovertible. YES – As a City Councillor for Bay Ward for 10 years I supported these initiatives.  YES – We have the opportunity to think global and act local.
George Guirguis
Brendan Mertens
Michael Pastien  YES  YES  YES
Trevor Robinson
Mark  Taylor *  YES  YES YES – If new opportunities and technologies emerge that allow for acceleration of activities to meet our goals then I would be in favor of exploring them.

 

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?
Alex Cullen  YES – I was on City Council from 2000 to 2010 and participated in the development of the Ottawa River Action Plan (which I strongly support) – this is consistent with my values.  YES – As a City Councillor for Bay Ward for 10 years I supported these initiatives.  YES – As a City Councillor for Bay Ward for 10 years I supported these initiatives.
George Guirguis
Brendan Mertens
Michael Pastien  YES – Healthy living is a mainstay of my lifestyle. I’ve perpetually gone on record in surveys & debates as stressing that the renewal of Ottawa’s badly deteriorating sewer system, must be a vital “Get it Done” project that the city needs to budget for!  YES – I’m ongoingly excited about prioritizing multifaceted info-bright clean eco-green fiscal smart new tech bold proactive measures!  YES
Trevor Robinson
Mark  Taylor *  YES  YES  YES – I would accept 3% reduction as a target.


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? 
Alex Cullen  YES – My record as City Councillor (Bay Ward, 2000 to 2010) shows me strong support for these initiatives.  YES – This not only involves protecting and expanding the urban canopy, but resisting development that would diminish our forest stock. Where greenfield development occurs there must be a compensation formula to replace the trees that may be lost (preferably by re-planting should removal be proved necessary).
George Guirguis
Brendan Mertens
Michael Pastien  NO – It would likely surprise most everyone that even one million trees actually exist in the capital city. I have noticed that many trees are dying, and want those removed asap and assurably replaced with a robustly sustainable brand of tree.  YES
Trevor Robinson
Mark  Taylor *  YES – We have had some great success in Bay Ward in parks like Andrew Hayden. I would seek to continue and expand these partnerships.  YES

 

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? 
Alex Cullen  YES  YES – As a City Councillor, if the project was shown to be detrimental to the city’s water, climate & communities, it would be my duty.  YES
George Guirguis
Brendan Mertens
Michael Pastien  NO  NO – It has already been demonstrated that it won’t. I absolutely know that other studies already say otherwise! We need to get our oil from somewhere (there are risks in getting it anywhere) & the very little oil & energy that I personally consume (The less I do, the happier I am), I will buy Canadian!  NO
Trevor Robinson
Mark  Taylor *  YES – However I would be in favor of seeking the payment for such study work from TransCanada or the Federal government.  YES – It would have to be demonstrated that the threat was there and that mitigation and emergency response measures were inadequate to deal with any spill. On those conditions I would oppose the pipeline.  YES – I am in favor of the City submitting input to the NEB.

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