Report on Rideau Rockcliffe (ward 13) candidate meeting on climate change

Many thanks to Governor’s Walk for providing the room for the Rideau-Rockcliffe all candidates discussion on Climate Change Thursday, October 2nd.

A lively discussion ensued about the issue of climate change and its predicted effects on the city between the audience and the five candidates who attended: Cam Holmstrom, Jevone Nicholas, Tobi Nussbaum, Sheila Perry and Penny Thompson. (The incumbent, Peter Clark did not attend)

The room was packed leaving several standing. The audience ranged from a father with a tiny baby, to seniors — this issue touches us all.

Candidates started the evening off with each sharing their thoughts on climate change and what the City of Ottawa could do about it.

Subsequently, questions and comments flowed including:

  • how to encourage recycling and composting in grocery stores that consider it to be an extra cost and inconvenient;
  • how to encourage and enable the retrofitting of homes especially in low-income and rental properties in order to make them more energy efficient;
  • concern that the new group mailboxes will add more delivery vehicles to the streets;
  • transportation issues: such as bottle necks on Beechwood at the Vanier Parkway and sidewalks that are not in great shape especially in winter and therefore discourage walking even for those with no mobility challenges;
  • the fact that some schools do not have recycling programs – a teenaged student wanted to know what he could do to correct this,

Thoughts were shared on the use of “carrots and sticks” to influence behaviour in order to mitigate and adapt to climate change, City planning was also touched on.

The responses from the candidates showed that they had certainly done their homework on the problem of climate change.

Categories: Climate Change

Author:Charles Hodgson

Acting locally on climate change

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One Comment on “Report on Rideau Rockcliffe (ward 13) candidate meeting on climate change”

  1. Lynda Moore
    October 17, 2014 at 11:48 am #

    Your comment on Councillor Clark not attending your event is true, he did not accept the invitation as he had a previous engagement, months in the planning, a fund raising event, very near and dear to my heart. I am I his assistant and he was kind enough to accompany me. If you wish to actually read his record over the past term, please see below.

    THE ENVIRONMENTAL RECORD
    2010-2014

    Councillor Peter Clark

    • Convinced Council to put an additional $1 million/year into Environmental Reserve Fund as part of year end adjustments – result $3.5 million available for combating Emerald Ash Borer (over 250 trees planted in our ward) and other environmentally valid projects.

    • Cycling (1) – built east/west cycling facility Hemlock (St. Laurent to Marier). Contributed $50,000 to install a traffic signal at Birch to enable pedestrians and cyclists to have breaks in traffic to cross road.

    Result over 50,000 bicycle trips since May 2014, speeds reduced by 10%.

    Cycling (2) advanced monies to design a safe St. Laurent Blvd. – Hemlock to Montreal Road.

    • Ottawa River Action Plan – separating storm and sanitary sewers – over $50 million spent in the ward.

    • Supported all green initiatives such as roof top solar panels and energy recovery from waste.

    The ward’s parks and green spaces get special treatment.

    • Stanley Park – new fitness equipment.

    • Riverside Memorial Park – new play structure, benches, picnic tables and landscaping

    • Riverain Park – new basketball nets were installed and the courts have a new recreational game – pickleball.

    • Presland Park – enhanced with some large planters in the area and rejuvenated with plants and flowers – reduce, reuse and recycle (with thanks for help from Overbrook Community Association)

    • Lawson Park Splash Pad – new one coming and will be installed 2014/2015

    • Cardinal Glen Park – design planning is completed to redevelop the park at Dunbarton Court, we are just waiting for site plan application for 460 St. Laurent.

    • Clean up at Bernard and Hardy – pathway near corner of Bernard and Hardy was overgrown, area cleared to enhance pedestrian safety and security.

    • McKay Lake (The Pond) – brush was cleared and sightlines improved for the safety of residents.

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