Municipal elections are a great time to speak up and ensure we vote for those who will make and support the changes we want to see, right in our own backyards. Things that will not only influence our daily lives, but also influence the way we lead as citizens towards a greener and more sustainable future.
We need to get informed, ask questions and speak up for our planet (& other important issues) NOW if we want to set ourselves up for a resilient future.
No time to do all the research? No problem. Check out our links below (click blue underlined segments) to get a jumping off point.
Check out these recently recorded eco-debates with Mayoral candidates from CAFES (Community Associations for Environmental Sustainability).
And here are some questions you can ask our mayoral and ward candidates (see linked document for a full list with more information here):
- Will you commit to giving priority to increasing and preserving green space as part of the City of Ottawa’s planning and development processes?
- Will you commit to ensuring that the 40 high climate risks (identified in the City’s Vulnerability and Risk Assessment) that require action within 1-3 years are fully funded in the 2023 budget?
- Will you commit to a significant increase to electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the City of Ottawa during the next term of City Council?
- Will you commit to a ban on natural gas as a heating fuel in all new buildings in Ottawa?
- Will you commit to public reporting of the City of Ottawa’s GHG emissions reduction progress by end of Q2 to inform the budget process?
- Ask about what is important to you now and in future.