ACTION ALERT: We need a safe detour for cyclists on Holland Avenue.

The City of Ottawa is putting cyclist and pedestrian safety at risk. Now’s the time to raise your voice to ensure Ottawa’s transportation network is accessible for all ages, users and abilities – we need a safe cycling detour on Holland Avenue while the Harmer Avenue Pedestrian Bridge is being replaced.

Beginning this summer, and lasting into 2020, the city of Ottawa will begin to carry out construction work to demolish and replace the Harmer Avenue pedestrian bridge. When completed, the improved pedestrian thoroughfare will help Ottawa on its journey toward becoming a city of “complete streets” where our roadways are places that work for people of all ages and abilities.

But cyclists and pedestrians are being put at risk until then. With construction projects come detours, and while the City of Ottawa has worked to ensure adequate detour infrastructure for motorized vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians have been left in the dust.

After facing pressure to preserve parking the city abandoned an early proposal to establish segregated bike lanes. In place of these lanes “sharrows” are being painted on Holland to designate shared space for drivers and adult cyclists. Meanwhile, children are being asked to bike on the sidewalk.Screen Shot 2018-07-13 at 4.37.45 PM.png

Alongside the Hintonburg Community Association, Civic Hospital Neighbourhood Association, and Bike Ottawa, an initiative has been launched by grassroots activists to demand the City of Ottawa put in place a safe cycling detour on Holland Avenue while the Harmer Avenue Pedestrian Bridge is being replaced over a two year period.

We at Ecology Ottawa call on Mayor Watson to reconsider the timelines for an appropriate cycling detour on Holland Avenue and put a segregated, bi-directional detour in place this summer.

Holland Avenue is a primary cycling route, and the city should be able to allocate the resources necessary to ensure this busy roadway is as safe for cyclists and pedestrians as it is for those in motorized vehicles. 

You can take action now by emailing Mayor Jim Watson jim.watson@ottawa.ca and CCing Councillor Jeff Leiper jeff.leiper@ottawa.ca to express your support for a safer detour for cyclists.

(Unsure of what to say in your email? Follow this link for a form email you can copy and paste.)

Thank you for taking action to make Ottawa streets safer, and our city a little greener,

Robb and the Ecology Ottawa Team.

Active Transportation Survey Summary

In addition to Ecology Ottawa’s active transportation report, which can be downloaded here, Ecology Ottawa sent out a survey to Ottawa community associations, business improvement areas (BIAs) and community health centres to explore how Ottawa could increase the proportion of people that use active transportation to reach their regular travel destinations. We looked at opportunities, challenges and solutions.

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Of the 156 community associations, 19 BIAs and 16 community health and resource centers across Ottawa that we contacted in early 2018, we received responses from 35 community associations across urban, suburban and rural Ottawa, 11 BIAs and 7 community health centers. Some of the findings of this survey include:

  1. Active transportation is a key issue among urban and suburban communities, but less so in rural areas. The lack of engagement among rural communities is due to a lack of interest among residents, or lack of motivation/time to do so.
  2. Most communities don’t find that their streets have become safer for pedestrians and cyclists over the past few years. Urban communities prioritize improved conditions and maintenance of streets and sidewalks, more segregated bike lanes, and more sidewalks. Suburban communities prioritize more multi-use pathways, bike sharing networks, and better signage. Rural communities think we should prioritize improved conditions and maintenance of streets and sidewalks.
  3. Safety remains the largest barrier preventing people to cycle, along with inadequate or poorly maintained infrastructure. Trends are consistent across communities.
  4. The main barriers preventing residents from walking are inclement weather and icy sidewalks in urban communities, and poor connectivity and service in suburban and rural communities. All groups think poorly maintained infrastructure contributes to the problem.
  5. All groups recognize the benefits of active transportation in improving fitness and, to a lesser degree, reducing social isolation and increasing mobility and safety for children.

Download an electronic copy of our summary document here: Active Transportation Survey 2018 Summary. We would like to thank our research team for their time and support of this survey.

Please consider making a donation to help us continue this important work.

How to get involved and help elect a greener city council

Monday, October 22nd is the date of the municipal elections for Ottawa.  That means we have the opportunity to elect a city council and mayor who prioritize a green, healthy and liveable Ottawa for the next four years.

Ecology Ottawa sees the upcoming election as an important opportunity to elect a greener city council. We want city councillors who value sustainable modes of transportation like walking, cycling and transit, who seek to preserve and enhance Ottawa’s trees, greenspaces and waterways, and who are committed to strong action on climate change. We can only achieve this vision if hundreds of people across the city come together to take action.

Passionate about the environment and want to help out? Here are different ways you can get involved.

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1. Door-to-door outreach canvass

2. Organize a flyer drop

3. Phone bank to recruit volunteers

4. Organize an all-candidates’ debate on the environment in your ward

5. Ask your candidates to respond to our all-candidates’ survey

6. Attend a debate in your ward and ask your candidates about their environmental priorities

7. Ask candidates about their environmental priorities when they come to your door

1. Door-to-door outreach canvass

The most important action you can take in the election is to conduct direct outreach – to help us speak to the thousands of voters who want environmental leadership but need to know more in order to place their vote. This is the most effective way to communicate directly with the voters who will determine the future composition of council. It’s a chance to find out what environmental issues matter to voters, to enlist their support for a greener city council, and to get their contact information in order to share events, candidate survey results and other information at critical moments.

Getting involved in our door campaign is easy: just join the team of Ecology Ottawa volunteers going out to canvasses several times a week. Contact our organizer Dana to sign up.

Door-to-door canvassing is more fun when you’re joined by dozens of other people. With that in mind, Ecology Ottawa is organizing three mass canvass days in priority areas of the city – two “Storm the Ward” events over the summer and one “Get Out the Vote” event towards election day. These are opportunities for new volunteers to get involved, and for a massive amount of people to knock on thousands of doors in a few hours. Best of all, they’re a lot of fun.

The two Storm the Ward days are scheduled for July 29 and August 26 at 3:30 pm. You can contact Dana (dana.taylor@ecologyottawa.ca) to sign up and find out about Get Out the Vote days.

2. Organize a flyer drop

We expect all responses to our survey to be in by mid-August, with findings for public consumption by late August / early September. This also happens to be the time that voters start paying closer attention to the election. The flyer drop will consist of delivering ward-level summaries of candidates’ responses to our environmental survey to voters in your ward. 

If you would like to organize in your ward, we’re here to help. Contact Dana Taylor (dana.taylor@ecologyottawa.ca) to let her know you would like to conduct a flyer drop in your ward. Ecology Ottawa will help by preparing and printing materials, and by connecting you with other volunteers in your area.

3. Phone bank to recruit volunteers

We need volunteers! We’re phoning up the hundreds of people who express an interest in volunteering at Ecology Ottawa and are looking for ways to get involved. We’re organizing phone banks on a regular basis to drum up support for our campaign and to grow our network of community organizers. Join us by emailing Dana Taylor at dana.taylor@ecologyottawa.ca.

4. Organize an all-candidates’ debate on the environment in your ward

All-candidates’ debates are a great way to hear directly from candidates about their positions and platforms. By airing key questions in a public forum, we also get a chance to alert engaged citizens and community leaders as well.

Organizing an all-candidates’ debate in your ward can be easy, especially if you start planning early and involve other groups and community associations. If you are interested in organizing a debate, we would be happy to lend a hand. Email vi.bui@ecologyottawa to get started.

5. Ask your candidates to respond to our all-candidates’ survey

Ecology Ottawa has issued an all-candidates’ survey to every candidate for mayor and council in this election. The goal is to find out where candidates stand on key environmental issues. This is important as a way to connect with and educate council candidates on the key environmental initiatives at play in the city, but this effort requires more than a few emails and phone calls to candidates. One key challenge will be to get candidates to respond to our survey. To do this, we need volunteers to ask candidates to respond to the survey. Plus, it is a lot more impactful when candidates hear from residents in their ward.

You can find out the candidates in your ward and check out who has responded to our survey by visiting ecoott.ca/surveyresults.

You can download the all-candidates’ survey, as well as see the list of local candidates and their contact information, by visiting ecoott.ca/survey.

We encourage you to email or call your local candidates to talk about the Ecology Ottawa’s all-candidates’ survey. Even better, arrange a meeting or host a meet-and greet to get to know your candidates and talk to them about key environmental issues in your ward. Reach out to us at vi.bui@ecologyottawa.ca if you need help hosting or preparing for a meeting.

6. Attend a debate in your ward and ask your candidates about their environmental priorities

If organizing a debate isn’t your cup of tea, you can also attend one. An all-candidates-debate is an opportunity for candidates to directly hear from their constituents. That’s you! Using Ecology Ottawa’s all-candidates’ survey as a guide, you can attend the debates hosted in your ward and ask your candidates questions about their environmental priorities and their plan to address environmental issues specific to your ward.

7. Ask candidates about their environmental priorities when they come to your door

Many candidates are already out there knocking on doors in their ward to talk to their voters. Some might have already knocked on your door. One way to bring environmental issues forward is to let them know you care. Tell them about local issues your ward is facing, as well as city-wide issues outlined in Ecology Ottawa’s all-candidates’ survey.

Have ideas about how else you can help? Let us know! 

 

On climate policy, Ontario will leave Doug Ford behind

Below is a blog post from Avery Dawes, one of the members of Ecology Ottawa’s summer team.

On July 3, Premier Doug Ford officially ended Ontario’s cap-and-trade program and removed his government from the national debate on climate and emissions reduction policy. According to Ford, the program would cost Ontarians too much money while doing “nothing for the environment.” Like Jason Kenney in Alberta and Premier Scott Moe in Saskatchewan, Ford is a longtime vocal opponent of provincial and federal efforts to fight climate change and protect the environment.

Ford claims that “Help is here,” but he will be hurting plenty of people in Ontario by abandoning his and everyone’s responsibility to help fight climate change, reneging on the businesses that bought nearly $3 billion in permits with no guarantee of refund, and ignoring people in high density social housing where upgrades were planned and are widely needed.

Saving money may help some, but Doug Ford can’t even guarantee savings. He can’t guarantee anything on climate strategy if he refuses to act. The federal government has the ability to implement a carbon tax and to punish Ontario for not doing its part in the fight against climate change. Recently, the federal government announced it was reviewing $420 million dollars in transfer payments to Ontario in response to the end of the cap-and-trade program. Ontario loses control of its strategy to fight climate change if the federal government steps in with a carbon tax. Ontarians who save money at the gas pump or on heating as a result of the cancellation will likely see the expense rise again soon under the federal program.

In the face of strong opposition, Premier Rachel Notley kept control of climate strategy in Alberta and implemented a carbon tax by and for Alberta. Whether each Albertan agrees with the program or not, it is under their collective control. In Ontario, Ford has chosen to hand that power to the federal government. Instead of a cap-and-trade market, the federal carbon tax backstop will likely be implemented. It would be a direct carbon tax, the first in Ontario. Instead of being a relative leader on this file, Ontario will be dragged behind and forced to follow the Trudeau government’s strategy. For better or worse, if there is enough political will at the federal level, Doug Ford is largely irrelevant to climate strategy in Canada.

Everyone must do their part as Canada works to reduce its emissions and curb the damaging effects of climate change. While Ford is premier, Ontarians must focus on working with the federal government to implement a strong plan that fits the unique needs of the province. Securing a meaningful strategy to fight climate change through the federal government will be hard. The current backstop pricing does not go far enough in reducing emissions and a mere carbon tax without details on how the money will be spent in Ontario does little to inspire change beyond just charging more for emissions intensive products or services. The Trudeau government is formulating its plan for Ontario’s emissions reduction strategy and it is imperative that Ontarians are a part of that discussion.

Ford and some other politicians across Canada routinely dismiss efforts to reduce emissions as too costly and having no real effect on climate change. The economic argument works short term, but climate change is an expensive problem to deal with. For example, wildfires brought on and exacerbated by climate change cost the US government $1.7 billion in 2013 and up to $62.5 billion by 2050. In a recent study, the United Nations found that the cost of adapting to climate change could reach $500 billion per year by 2050. The money saved by scrapping the cap-and-trade program pales in comparison to the money we can save by taking action.

It is unlikely that we will find an effective dollar-bin strategy to fight one of the biggest issues facing the planet, but we can have a real impact on climate change. By contacting their elected officials and by organizing in communities, Ontarians can have their voices heard and advocate for a climate strategy in Ontario that takes meaningful action to reduce emissions to safe levels. If Doug Ford has a cheaper strategy to achieve the result he says is not being met, he should speak up now. Otherwise, he can take his ball and go home while Ontarians work for a sustainable and prosperous future.

For more information on how you can get involved and help fight climate change locally, visit EcologyOttawa.ca/TakeAction.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Cap-and-trade withdrawal threatens to derail municipal climate progress across Ontario

July 10, 2018

(Hamilton, Oakville, Ottawa, Toronto and Windsor) – The Urban Climate Alliance – a coalition of five city-level Ontario environmental organizations – has researched the potential impact of provincial withdrawal from cap-and-trade and found that cities are facing a massive funding gap. Hundreds of millions of dollars of cap-and-trade revenues have already been directed to projects in Hamilton, Oakville, Ottawa, Toronto and Windsor that will help fight climate change, with even more money anticipated for planned projects. In Ottawa alone, over $50 million was allocated to or anticipated for local projects. The province’s withdrawal from the cap-and-trade program, with no clear alternative funding stream identified, threatens to derail municipal climate progress across Ontario.

“Money from the cap-and-trade program was helping Ontario cities fight climate change, but it was also making them more livable,” said Robb Barnes, Executive Director of Ecology Ottawa. “Money in Ottawa was going towards key pieces of cycling and pedestrian infrastructure like the new pedestrian footbridge over the Rideau Canal, as well as more walkable and bike-friendly streets near light rail stations along the Albert-Slater corridor. It was also helping make social housing more energy efficient and affordable for low income residents.”

The province’s cap-and-trade withdrawal leaves Ontario cities in a difficult position. With such a large funding gap, cities would struggle to continue ambitious climate program commitments using their limited tax base. The Urban Climate Alliance researched where funding from carbon pricing has gone so far in Hamilton, Oakville, Ottawa, Toronto and Windsor. Already, money has been directed to a wide range of climate programs, including:

  • The development of community energy plans;
  • Upgrading energy efficiency in municipal buildings;
  • Retrofitting social housing to modernize the building stock while reducing greenhouse gas pollution;
  • Purchasing electric buses and low-emissions vehicles;
  • Building more pedestrian- and cycling-friendly streets; and
  • Scaling up the use of renewable energy.

“In Ottawa, buildings and transportation make up nearly 90% of all emissions city-wide,” said Robb Barnes. “Through investments in social housing and active transportation, cap-and-trade money was going to where it was most needed in Ottawa. So far, the new provincial government has demonstrated no clear plan for climate action, leaving cities in the lurch.”

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For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Robb Barnes
Executive Director
Ecology Ottawa
robb.barnes@ecologyottawa.ca
613-860-5353 (office), 613-276-5753 (cell)

About: 

The Urban Climate Alliance is a collective of urban-based environmental groups made up of  Ecology Ottawa, Toronto Environmental Alliance, Environment Hamilton, Oakvillegreen Conservation Association and Citizens Environment Alliance (Windsor).

Green Infrastructure Workshops

The future of cities is green.

Around the world, cities are designing and building green infrastructure – living and built systems designed to slow down, soak up and filter rain water where it lands – into their urban fabric. Green infrastructure is seen as a great way to keep waterways clean, fight flooding and adapt to climate impacts while greening the urban environment. Cities are experimenting with green roofs, rain gardens, bioswales and the widespread adoption of tools like rain barrels and permeable pavement.

You can learn more about green infrastructure and how it can transform your community by joining us at two workshops. RSVP to our Blackburn Hamlet or Pinecrest-area events today!

 

Ottawa has begun experimenting with green infrastructure, but has a lot to learn from other cities that are implementing innovative green solutions at scale.

Let’s get the ball rolling! Our two green infrastructure workshops will engage Ottawans on this exciting topic. We will be discussing findings from a new Ecology Ottawa report on the state of green infrastructure in Ottawa, including a look at best practices from other cities. We will also help participants identify the tangible steps they can take to implement green infrastructure solutions at the household and neighbourhood level.

Join us by RSVPing today. Our two workshops are being held in two communities at the forefront of the City of Ottawa’s green infrastructure efforts, with one event in Blackburn Hamlet (July 24) and one event in the Pinecrest area (July 25).

Don’t forget to register on Facebook:

Workshop #1 (July 24th)

Workshop #2 (July 25th)

What You Should Know About Nuclear Waste in Ottawa-Gatineau Q&A

Are you unsure about what is going to happen to the nuclear facilities near Ottawa? Are you concerned about proper steps being taken to deal with the nuclear waste for reactors in the area? Then check out our Q&A about what you should know about the concerning nuclear waste disposal proposals on the Ottawa River.

Why should residents of Ottawa-Gatineau be concerned about radioactive waste?

Two proposals are currently on the table for disposal of large quantities of radioactive waste alongside the Ottawa River upstream of Ottawa-Gatineau:

  1. A giant above-ground mound at the Chalk River site for one million cubic metres of radioactive waste on the side of a hill, adjacent to wetlands and a creek that flows into the Ottawa River about one kilometre away. This proposed dump is misleadingly called the “Near Surface Disposal Facility” by the proponent, despite the fact that the Environmental Impact Statement says it will be five to seven stories high.
  2. “Entombment” of the NPD reactor at Rolphton, Ontario, less than 100 metres from the Ottawa River. The proponent wants to fill this shut-down, prototype reactor with cement and abandon it in place, although it will remain very radioactive for thousands of years.

What kinds of radioactive waste would these facilities contain?

The Chalk River Laboratories were started in the 1940’s as part of the effort to produce atom bombs. They initially produced plutonium for weapons before getting into nuclear power research and production of medical isotopes.  The NRX and NRU reactors generated large quantities of man-made radioactive substances.

Fissioning of uranium and neutron bombardment of reactor components make metal, concrete and even water radioactive.  Although spent fuel would not be included in the facilities, they would contain a wide variety of man-made radioactive substances, some with long half-lives that will be hazardous for 100,000 years and more. The Rolphton reactor is also contaminated with these long-lived, post-fission wastes.

What are the potential problems with these proposals?

Neither project follows guidance from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as to how radioactive waste should be managed. The IAEA says that post-fission wastes – especially long-lived ones like plutonium – must be stored in stable rock, below the surface of the earth. The IAEA says only “very low level”, short-lived radioactive materials can go in a landfill. The IAEA says entombment should only be used in emergencies.

Both of the projects will result in radioactive materials entering the Ottawa River, through surface water and groundwater movement.

The Ottawa River provides drinking water for millions of Canadians including citizens of Ottawa and Gatineau.

Any addition of radioactive materials to the drinking water of people downstream will increase risks of birth defects, genetic mutations, cancer, and other adverse effects on health.

Who is proposing these projects?

The project proponent in both cases is Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), which is owned by a multinational consortium called the Canadian National Energy Alliance. It was formed specifically to bid on contracts to operate Canada’s federally-owned nuclear facilities.  The previous Conservative government brought in a “government-owned, contractor-operated” or GoCo model, creating a new corporation called Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL).  After making a winning bid the consortium received control over all of the shares in a new corporation.

The Canadian member of the consortium is SNC Lavalin, a corporation facing charges of fraud, bribery and corruption in Canada this year.

The lead U.S. member of the consortium (CH2M) has been convicted of fraud in the United States and is under investigation currently for mismanaging the decommissioning of a plutonium facility in Washington State similar to the ones at Chalk River.

Who is opposing these projects?

More than 130 municipalities in Quebec including 82 mayors from the Montreal Metropolitan Community have passed resolutions opposing these projects.

Many First Nations, NGOs, retired scientists, and individual citizens are on record as objecting to the projects, in submissions that are posted on the public registry for the Environmental Assessments which are ongoing.

What is the timeline and who will decide whether the projects are approved?

The projects were all on very fast tracks to approval by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), the sole body responsible for all things nuclear in Canada including environmental assessment. Due to the huge number of concerns raised as part of the environmental assessments for the projects, they are behind schedule while the CNSC and proponent CNL work behind closed doors to try to make all the problems, gaps and substantive concerns go away or at least be shown to be able to be “mitigated”.

There are no fixed timelines at the moment. The CNSC has stated that there will not be a licensing hearing before the end of 2018.

It is a serious problem that the sole body responsible for the decisions on these projects is the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. The CNSC is widely seen as a “captured regulator” that puts the needs and interests of the nuclear industry ahead of protecting public health and the environment. The CNSC prides itself on being independent and its decisions not being subject to parliamentary review.

Why doesn’t the government stop the projects?

The previous Conservative government brought in the GoCo model in 2015 and hired the current consortium under a 10-year contract. The contract specifically directed them to bring in cheap and quick solutions.

Unfortunately, government officials generally seem unconcerned and happy to let the process run its course. There is much unwarranted trust in the CNSC among elected officials and their staff who delegate and defer to the CNSC on all nuclear related topics.

What can I do?

You can take action by writing to your federal, provincial, and municipal representatives about the danger of the Chalk River and Rolphton nuclear waste proposals and urging them to take action against these plans.

Ecology Ottawa is also raising awareness and demanding action against these dangerous plans with our all-candidates municipal election survey. Find out if your candidates are committed to protecting the Ottawa River and Ottawa citizens here. If the candidates for your ward haven’t answered our survey yet, you can take action by contacting them directly and asking them to answer it and to stand against these proposals.

More information can be found at here, courtesy of Concerned Citizens:

Ten Things Canadians need to know about the Chalk River Radioactive Mega-dump

Ten MORE things Canadians should know about the Chalk River radioactive mega-dump 

Nine quick facts about the NPD reactor “entombment”

This article is based on material provided by Concerned Citizens.

Municipal Election 2018: Candidates’ responses

AS part of our Municipal Election campaign, Ecology Ottawa is polling all candidates running for City Council and Mayor for their stand on key environmental issues in Ottawa. Find out how your candidates respond to our survey by clicking on your ward below. Click here to learn more about our all-candidates’ survey and the rational for each questions.

The responses below are updated as candidates’ responses come in.

Mayor
Ward 1
Ward 2
Ward 3
Ward 4
Ward 5
Ward 6
Ward 7
Ward 8
Ward 9
Ward 10
Ward 11
Ward 12
Ward 13
Ward 14
Ward 15
Ward 16
Ward 17
Ward 18
Ward 19
Ward 20
Ward 21
Ward 22
Ward 23


Mayor

Questions Candidates
Hamid Alakozai Bernard Couchman Ryan Lythall Craig MacAulay  Michael Pastien Moises Schachtler Jim Watson
Renewable City
If elected, 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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to increasing the frequency of the City’s community-wide emissions reporting to at least once per year? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Active City
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi cross-mark_274c
If elected, will you commit to ensuring that complete streets and priority pedestrian and cycling projects are built in your ward (for council candidates) / city-wide (for mayoral candidates)? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to adopting a Vision Zero policy for Ottawa? cross-mark_274c transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Living City
If elected, will you commit to fully implementing and fully funding the Urban Forest Management Plan? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you work to ensure that all new streets resurfacings and new road builds integrate green infrastructure wherever possible? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to prioritizing greenspace preservation as part of the planning process? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you oppose the dangerous nuclear waste dump at Chalk River? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Waste Management
If elected, will you support rescinding the decision to allow non-compostable plastic bag liners and dog waste in the green bin program? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi cross-mark_274c
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi


Ward 1 – Orleans

Questions Candidates
Rick Bédard Mireille Brownhill Doug Feltmate Miranda Gray Jarrod Goldsmith Matthew Luloff Qamar Masood Kevin Tetreault
Renewable City
If elected, 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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to increasing the frequency of the City’s community-wide emissions reporting to at least once per year? transparent-green-checkmark-hi cross-mark_274c transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Active City
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? cross-mark_274c cross-mark_274c transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to ensuring that complete streets and priority pedestrian and cycling projects are built in your ward (for council candidates) / city-wide (for mayoral candidates)? transparent-green-checkmark-hi cross-mark_274c transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to adopting a Vision Zero policy for Ottawa? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Living City
If elected, will you commit to fully implementing and fully funding the Urban Forest Management Plan? cross-mark_274c transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you work to ensure that all new streets resurfacings and new road builds integrate green infrastructure wherever possible? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to prioritizing greenspace preservation as part of the planning process? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you oppose the dangerous nuclear waste dump at Chalk River? transparent-green-checkmark-hi cross-mark_274c transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Waste Management
If elected, will you support rescinding the decision to allow non-compostable plastic bag liners and dog waste in the green bin program? transparent-green-checkmark-hi cross-mark_274c transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi cross-mark_274c transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi


Ward 2 – Innes

Questions Candidates
Laura Dudas Donna Leith-Gudbranson Tammy Lynch Francois Trepanier
Renewable City
If elected, 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 increasing the frequency of the City’s community-wide emissions reporting to at least once per year? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Active City
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to ensuring that complete streets and priority pedestrian and cycling projects are built in your ward (for council candidates) / city-wide (for mayoral candidates)? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to adopting a Vision Zero policy for Ottawa? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Living City
If elected, will you commit to fully implementing and fully funding the Urban Forest Management Plan? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you work to ensure that all new streets resurfacings and new road builds integrate green infrastructure wherever possible? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to prioritizing greenspace preservation as part of the planning process? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you oppose the dangerous nuclear waste dump at Chalk River? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Waste Management
If elected, will you support rescinding the decision to allow non-compostable plastic bag liners and dog waste in the green bin program? cross-mark_274c
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?   transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi


Ward 3 – Barrhaven

Questions Candidates
Franklin Epape Jan Harder Ahmad Malgarai Atiq Qureshi
Renewable City
If elected, 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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to increasing the frequency of the City’s community-wide emissions reporting to at least once per year? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Active City
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to ensuring that complete streets and priority pedestrian and cycling projects are built in your ward (for council candidates) / city-wide (for mayoral candidates)? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to adopting a Vision Zero policy for Ottawa? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Living City
If elected, will you commit to fully implementing and fully funding the Urban Forest Management Plan? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you work to ensure that all new streets resurfacings and new road builds integrate green infrastructure wherever possible? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to prioritizing greenspace preservation as part of the planning process? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you oppose the dangerous nuclear waste dump at Chalk River? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Waste Management
If elected, will you support rescinding the decision to allow non-compostable plastic bag liners and dog waste in the green bin program? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi transparent-green-checkmark-hi


Ward 4 – Kanata North

Questions Candidates
David Gourlay Matt Muirhead Lorne Neufeldt Jenna Sudds
Renewable City
If elected, 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 increasing the frequency of the City’s community-wide emissions reporting to at least once per year?
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?
Active City
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 (for council candidates) / city-wide (for mayoral candidates)?
If elected, will you commit to adopting a Vision Zero policy for Ottawa?
Living City
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?
Waste Management
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?


Ward 5 – West Carleton-March

Questions Candidates
 Eli El-Chantiry  James Parsons  Judi Varga-Toth
If elected, 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 increasing the frequency of the City’s community-wide emissions reporting to at least once per year?
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?
Active City
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 (for council candidates) / city-wide (for mayoral candidates)?
If elected, will you commit to adopting a Vision Zero policy for Ottawa?
Living City
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?
Waste Management
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?


Ward 6 – Stittsville

Questions Candidates
Glen Gower Shad Qadri
Renewable City
If elected, 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 increasing the frequency of the City’s community-wide emissions reporting to at least once per year?
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?
Active City
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 (for council candidates) / city-wide (for mayoral candidates)?
If elected, will you commit to adopting a Vision Zero policy for Ottawa?
Living City
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?
Waste Management
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?


Ward 7 – Bay

Questions Candidates
Erica Dath Don Dransfield Theresa Kavanagh Tricia Ross
Renewable City
If elected, 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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to increasing the frequency of the City’s community-wide emissions reporting to at least once per year? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Active City
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to ensuring that complete streets and priority pedestrian and cycling projects are built in your ward (for council candidates) / city-wide (for mayoral candidates)? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to adopting a Vision Zero policy for Ottawa? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Living City
If elected, will you commit to fully implementing and fully funding the Urban Forest Management Plan? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you work to ensure that all new streets resurfacings and new road builds integrate green infrastructure wherever possible? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to prioritizing greenspace preservation as part of the planning process? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you oppose the dangerous nuclear waste dump at Chalk River? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Waste Management
If elected, will you support rescinding the decision to allow non-compostable plastic bag liners and dog waste in the green bin program? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi


Ward 8 – College

Questions Candidates
Emilie Coyle Ryan Kennery David Thompson
Renewable City
If elected, 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 increasing the frequency of the City’s community-wide emissions reporting to at least once per year?
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?
Active City
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 (for council candidates) / city-wide (for mayoral candidates)?
If elected, will you commit to adopting a Vision Zero policy for Ottawa?
Living City
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?
Waste Management
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?


Ward 9 – Knoxdale-Merivale

Questions Candidates
Warren Arshinoff James Dean Keith Egli Peter Anthony Weber
Renewable City
If elected, 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 increasing the frequency of the City’s community-wide emissions reporting to at least once per year?
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?
Active City
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 (for council candidates) / city-wide (for mayoral candidates)?
If elected, will you commit to adopting a Vision Zero policy for Ottawa?
Living City
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?
Waste Management
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?


Ward 10 – Gloucester-Southgate

Questions Candidates
Diane Deans Alek Golijanin Lilly Obina Sam Soucy Robert Swaita
Renewable City
If elected, 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 increasing the frequency of the City’s community-wide emissions reporting to at least once per year?
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?
Active City
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 (for council candidates) / city-wide (for mayoral candidates)?
If elected, will you commit to adopting a Vision Zero policy for Ottawa?
Living City
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?
Waste Management
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?


Ward 11 – Beacon Hill-Cyrville

Questions Candidates
Tim Tierney
Renewable City
If elected, 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 increasing the frequency of the City’s community-wide emissions reporting to at least once per year?
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?
Active City
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 (for council candidates) / city-wide (for mayoral candidates)?
If elected, will you commit to adopting a Vision Zero policy for Ottawa?
Living City
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?
Waste Management
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?


Ward 12 – Rideau Vanier

Questions Candidates
Changiz Mathieu Fleury Thierry Harris
Renewable City
If elected, 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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to increasing the frequency of the City’s community-wide emissions reporting to at least once per year? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Active City
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to ensuring that complete streets and priority pedestrian and cycling projects are built in your ward (for council candidates) / city-wide (for mayoral candidates)? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to adopting a Vision Zero policy for Ottawa? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Living City
If elected, will you commit to fully implementing and fully funding the Urban Forest Management Plan? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you work to ensure that all new streets resurfacings and new road builds integrate green infrastructure wherever possible? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to prioritizing greenspace preservation as part of the planning process? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you oppose the dangerous nuclear waste dump at Chalk River? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Waste Management
If elected, will you support rescinding the decision to allow non-compostable plastic bag liners and dog waste in the green bin program? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi


Ward 13 – Rideau-Rockliffe

Questions Candidates
Peter Heyck Tobi Nussbaum
Renewable City
If elected, 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 increasing the frequency of the City’s community-wide emissions reporting to at least once per year?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Active City
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?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to ensuring that complete streets and priority pedestrian and cycling projects are built in your ward (for council candidates) / city-wide (for mayoral candidates)?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to adopting a Vision Zero policy for Ottawa?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Living City
If elected, will you commit to fully implementing and fully funding the Urban Forest Management Plan?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you work to ensure that all new streets resurfacings and new road builds integrate green infrastructure wherever possible?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to prioritizing greenspace preservation as part of the planning process?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you oppose the dangerous nuclear waste dump at Chalk River?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Waste Management
If elected, will you support rescinding the decision to allow non-compostable plastic bag liners and dog waste in the green bin program?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi


Ward 14 – Somerset

Questions Candidates
Arthur David Jerry Kovacs Catherine McKenney
Renewable City
If elected, 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 increasing the frequency of the City’s community-wide emissions reporting to at least once per year?
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?
Active City
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 (for council candidates) / city-wide (for mayoral candidates)?
If elected, will you commit to adopting a Vision Zero policy for Ottawa?
Living City
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?
Waste Management
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?


Ward 15 – Kitchissippi

Questions Candidates
Jeff Leiper Daniel Stringer
Renewable City
If elected, 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 increasing the frequency of the City’s community-wide emissions reporting to at least once per year?
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?
Active City
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 (for council candidates) / city-wide (for mayoral candidates)?
If elected, will you commit to adopting a Vision Zero policy for Ottawa?
Living City
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?
Waste Management
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?


Ward 16 – River

Questions Candidates
Riley Brockington Fabien Kalala Cimankinda Hassib Reda Salhani
Renewable City
If elected, 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 increasing the frequency of the City’s community-wide emissions reporting to at least once per year?
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?
Active City
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 (for council candidates) / city-wide (for mayoral candidates)?
If elected, will you commit to adopting a Vision Zero policy for Ottawa?
Living City
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?
Waste Management
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?


Ward 17 – Capital

Questions Candidates
Jide Afolabi Anthony Carricato David Chernushenko Christine McAllister
Renewable City
If elected, 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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to increasing the frequency of the City’s community-wide emissions reporting to at least once per year?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Active City
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?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to ensuring that complete streets and priority pedestrian and cycling projects are built in your ward (for council candidates) / city-wide (for mayoral candidates)?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to adopting a Vision Zero policy for Ottawa?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Living City
If elected, will you commit to fully implementing and fully funding the Urban Forest Management Plan?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you work to ensure that all new streets resurfacings and new road builds integrate green infrastructure wherever possible?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to prioritizing greenspace preservation as part of the planning process?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you oppose the dangerous nuclear waste dump at Chalk River?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Waste Management
If elected, will you support rescinding the decision to allow non-compostable plastic bag liners and dog waste in the green bin program? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi


Ward 18 – Alta Vista

Questions Candidates
Jean Cloutier Kevin Kit Raylene Lang-Dion John Redins
Renewable City
If elected, 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 increasing the frequency of the City’s community-wide emissions reporting to at least once per year?
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?
Active City
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 (for council candidates) / city-wide (for mayoral candidates)?
If elected, will you commit to adopting a Vision Zero policy for Ottawa?
Living City
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?
Waste Management
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?


Ward 19 – Cumberland

Questions Candidates
Stephen Blais  Jensen Boire Cameron Rose Jette
Renewable City
If elected, 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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to increasing the frequency of the City’s community-wide emissions reporting to at least once per year? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Active City
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to ensuring that complete streets and priority pedestrian and cycling projects are built in your ward (for council candidates) / city-wide (for mayoral candidates)? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to adopting a Vision Zero policy for Ottawa? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Living City
If elected, will you commit to fully implementing and fully funding the Urban Forest Management Plan? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you work to ensure that all new streets resurfacings and new road builds integrate green infrastructure wherever possible? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to prioritizing greenspace preservation as part of the planning process? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you oppose the dangerous nuclear waste dump at Chalk River? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Waste Management
If elected, will you support rescinding the decision to allow non-compostable plastic bag liners and dog waste in the green bin program? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi


Ward 20 – Osgoode

Questions Candidates
George Darouze Mark Scharfe Kim Sheldrick
Renewable City
If elected, 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 increasing the frequency of the City’s community-wide emissions reporting to at least once per year? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Active City
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?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to ensuring that complete streets and priority pedestrian and cycling projects are built in your ward (for council candidates) / city-wide (for mayoral candidates)?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to adopting a Vision Zero policy for Ottawa? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Living City
If elected, will you commit to fully implementing and fully funding the Urban Forest Management Plan?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you work to ensure that all new streets resurfacings and new road builds integrate green infrastructure wherever possible? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to prioritizing greenspace preservation as part of the planning process? transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you oppose the dangerous nuclear waste dump at Chalk River?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Waste Management
If elected, will you support rescinding the decision to allow non-compostable plastic bag liners and dog waste in the green bin program?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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? cross-mark_274c
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? transparent-green-checkmark-hi


Ward 21 – Rideau-Goulbourn

Questions Candidates
David Brown Scott Moffatt
Renewable City
If elected, 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 increasing the frequency of the City’s community-wide emissions reporting to at least once per year?
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?
Active City
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 (for council candidates) / city-wide (for mayoral candidates)?
If elected, will you commit to adopting a Vision Zero policy for Ottawa?
Living City
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?
Waste Management
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?


Ward 22 – Gloucester-South Nepean

Questions Candidates
Michael Qaqish
Renewable City
If elected, 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 increasing the frequency of the City’s community-wide emissions reporting to at least once per year?
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?
Active City
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 (for council candidates) / city-wide (for mayoral candidates)?
If elected, will you commit to adopting a Vision Zero policy for Ottawa?
Living City
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?
Waste Management
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?


Ward 23 – Kanata South

Questions Candidates
Steve Anderson Mike Brown Allan Hubley Doug Large
Renewable City
If elected, 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 increasing the frequency of the City’s community-wide emissions reporting to at least once per year?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Active City
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?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to ensuring that complete streets and priority pedestrian and cycling projects are built in your ward (for council candidates) / city-wide (for mayoral candidates)?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to adopting a Vision Zero policy for Ottawa?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Living City
If elected, will you commit to fully implementing and fully funding the Urban Forest Management Plan?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you work to ensure that all new streets resurfacings and new road builds integrate green infrastructure wherever possible?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you commit to prioritizing greenspace preservation as part of the planning process?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
If elected, will you oppose the dangerous nuclear waste dump at Chalk River?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
Waste Management
If elected, will you support rescinding the decision to allow non-compostable plastic bag liners and dog waste in the green bin program?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi
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?  transparent-green-checkmark-hi

Outreach Canvasser With Ecology Ottawa

Outreach Canvasser with Ecology Ottawa
Organization: Ecology Ottawa https://ecologyottawa.ca/
Location: Ottawa, Ontario

Are you politically motivated and interested in policy change?

Are you passionate about environmental issues and comfortable communicating with others? 

Ecology Ottawa is seeking self-motivated environmentalists and politically activated individuals to join our door-to-door canvass team! 

Details

  • Our outreach canvass raises awareness of environmental issues on the doorstep, and raises funds to support our projects and campaigns.
  • The hours are weekdays from 4:00 – 9:00 pm, with the possibility of weekend work.
  • Great summer/student job with flexible hours
  • No experience necessary, all training provided

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be aware of the necessity of grassroots organizations in making real policy change
  • Want to make and see real change in how Ottawa handles climate change
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills
  • Have excellent teamwork skills
  • Able to stay outside for long periods of time
  • Initiative and perseverance

Ecology Ottawa is the city’s leading grassroots environmental organization. We are working to make Ottawa the green capital of Canada and our environmental Canvassers play a critical role in helping to build a truly city-wide voice for the environment at City Hall.

Please send your resume to jaclyn.adelson@ecologyottawa.ca. Resumes will be viewed on an ongoing basis.
For more information on Ecology Ottawa see: 
http://www.ecologyottawa.ca

 

Ottawa municipal elections – All-candidates’ survey

2018 is a big year for Ottawa. In October, we will elect a new city council. That means we have the opportunity to elect a city council and Mayor who prioritize a green, healthy and liveable Ottawa for the next four years.

This municipal election, Ecology Ottawa will continue to raise awareness of local environmental priorities among both voters and candidates, inform Ottawa residents of their candidates’ environmental stands, promote environmental leadership and get out the vote for a greener council.

Follow this page to find out your ward, who your candidates are, Ecology Ottawa’s all-candidates’ survey, candidates’ responses and how you can help.

Ward map

Find out who your candidates are using the map below. The map will also be updated with candidates’ response to our survey when they become available.


All-candidates’ survey

Through extensive community surveys and consultation with our volunteer group, Ecology Ottawa has issued a list of sixteen survey questions covering four main issues: climate change action (Renewable City), building safe and healthy streets (Active City), protecting Ottawa’s greenspace and watersheds (Living City) and waste management.

Click here to download the background and full list of questions from the all-candidates survey.

Click here to see an overview of candidates’ responses.

Renewable City

  1. Over the last term of council, initiatives to address climate change have been delayed, under-staffed and under-financed. It’s even unclear whether city-wide emissions have been rising or falling over the past six years. Meanwhile, some spending on city infrastructure (e.g., road expansions) is impeding or negating progress from climate investments made under the environment portfolio. At the federal level, the government has mandated a new climate lens assessment for its infrastructure funding program, Investing in Canada.

If elected, 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?

  1. The City of Ottawa reports on community-wide climate emissions once every four years through the Air Quality and Climate Change Management Plan. This infrequent reporting makes tracking progress toward our climate goals very difficult, and is far behind the standard set by leading cities such as Montreal.

If elected, will you commit to increasing the frequency of the City’s community-wide emissions reporting to at least once per year?

  1. Climate change is accelerating, and cities around the world are rushing to adapt to the impacts of severe weather, flooding and invasive species. The City of Ottawa has committed to developing a Climate Adaptation Plan but hasn’t yet delivered.

If elected, will you commit to ensuring the release and initial implementation of a Climate Adaptation Plan within the next term of council? 

  1. Development of Ottawa’s next Official Plan will begin in January 2019 and conclude during the next term of council. The Official Plan sets the ground rules that can make it easier or virtually impossible for cities to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions—from transportation patterns and sprawl, to housing densities and unit sizes, to options for local renewable energy production, to the services, amenities, and greenspaces residents can access within walking distance. Official Plans developed with climate change in mind deliver powerful benefits that make neighbourhoods healthier, safer, and more liveable.

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?

Active City

  1. Evidence from numerous studies of “induced demand” shows that widening highways and building new roads does nothing to alleviate traffic congestion. Instead, new roads and new lanes are quickly filled up with cars. Congestion is only relieved through investment in alternative forms of travel – by bike, by foot and by public transit.

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 your ward (for council candidates) / city-wide (for mayoral candidates)?

  1. Upon completion, the City of Ottawa’s light rail transit (LRT) network will bring 70% of the population to within five kilometres of a light rail station. It will be easier than ever for Ottawans to travel to and from their target destinations using sustainable transportation options, but only if the City prioritizes shared mobility services and pedestrian, cycling and transit connectivity near transit hubs.

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?

  1. The City of Ottawa adopted a complete streets policy in 2013 and an implementation plan in 2015. Now, all new roads must be built to be accessible to all ages, users and abilities – including pedestrians, cyclists and transit users – rather than just car drivers. However, evidence shows that the policy alone is not sufficient to create complete streets. Councillor leadership is vital to ensure streets are as “complete” as possible and follow through on priority pedestrian and cycling projects identified in the Transportation Master Plan.

If elected, will you commit to ensuring that complete streets and priority pedestrian and cycling projects are built in your ward (for council candidates) / city-wide (for mayoral candidates)?

  1. Between 2010 and 2014, 148 people died on Ottawa’s streets. These deaths were entirely avoidable – they were a by product of the way we have designed our streets. Toronto and Edmonton have embraced to a “Vision Zero” approach to road design, that considers all traffic deaths and serious injuries preventable. A Vision Zero policy involves design changes (i.e. reducing speeds and separating road users), funding for these changes and public reporting on progress.

If elected, will you commit to adopting a Vision Zero policy for Ottawa?

Living City

  1. In 2017, the City of Ottawa adopted a strong Urban Forest Management Plan designed to safeguard and strengthen Ottawa’s tree canopy. The plan contains a 20-year action plan that requires sustained attention and investment.

If elected, will you commit to fully implementing and fully funding the Urban Forest Management Plan?

  1. Flooding and severe weather events are happening in Ottawa more frequently than in the past. It’s more important than ever that the City adapt to climate change by systematically scaling up development of green infrastructure – living and built systems designed to slow down, soak up and filter rainwater, such as trees, rain gardens and permeable pavements. The City has the policy tools to do this, but remains at the pilot phase and has not moved to wide-scale implementation.

If elected, will you work to ensure that all street resurfacing and new road construction integrate green infrastructure wherever possible?

  1. Urban greenspace is a precious commodity. Yet sprawling development patterns, infill developments, and road widenings regularly threaten our trees, greenspace and biodiversity.

If elected, will you commit to prioritizing greenspace preservation as part of the planning process?

  1. Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is proposing a permanent radioactive waste facility alongside the Ottawa River, upstream from Ottawa. Mayors of over 100 Quebec municipalities have banded together to oppose this proposal, citing a serious risk to drinking water from the Ottawa River.

If elected, will you join them in opposing this dangerous nuclear waste dump?

Waste management

  1. In March 2018, City Council changed its contract with Orgaworld to allow dog waste and other organics to be placed in green bins using non-compostable plastic bag liners. There’s no evidence that allowing plastics will encourage more people to compost. But the new rules will produce a new stream of unnecessary plastic waste that will complicate the disposal process and deliver lower-quality compost.

If elected, will you support rescinding the decision to allow non-compostable plastic bag liners and dog waste in the green bin program?

  1. Ottawa’s 44% waste recycling rate is the lowest of all major cities in Ontario, well below leading municipalities like York Region at 65%, Halton Region at 56%, and Toronto at 51%. That’s partly because Ottawa only spends 50¢ per household per year to promote the program and educate residents.

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?

  1. Ottawa’s 2011 waste management plan is out of date and irrelevant. The City has made no effort to update the plan, though the poor performance of its recycling and green bin programs falls far short of the 65% waste diversion rate in York Region, the leading municipality in the province.

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?

How you can help

We need your help to mobilize voters and engage candidates across the city. Check out our Volunteer Toolkit to find out how you can help.

  • Volunteer with us! We need help canvassing, phone banking, entering data and engaging candidates. To sign up, email Dana at dana.taylor@ecologyottawa.ca.
  • Engage your local candidates. Call, write or email your candidates about Ecology Ottawa’s all-candidates’ survey, and talk to them about local environmental issues in your ward. You can view their responses (page updated weekly) here.
  • Make a donation to our campaign. This campaign is fuelled purely by the support from Ottawa residents like you. Whether it’s a one-time or monthly contribution, your donation will help make Ottawa the green capital of Canada. Donate today!
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