John Lee’s Response to Sustainability Questionnaire

SC: Sustainability – what does this mean to you, with respect to Cobourg, and how would you ensure that these issues are addressed in your term as a Councillor?
SC: Climate change – is one of the greatest, global threats in our time. Current Canadian greenhouse gas emission levels must be reduced by 50% within the next 6 years (by 2020) to address climate change issues. If elected to Council what measures will you propose that Cobourg take to both reduce the town’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to help enable Cobourg residents to do the same? What GHG reduction target will you set for Cobourg for the end of your Council term?

SC: Town planning – amendments to the Cobourg Official Plan require the development of an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP) for the town. This plan will address water and energy conservation, air quality protection, waste reduction, environmental monitoring and taking various other initiatives. If elected to Council what deadline will you propose for completing this plan? What resources will you propose for its completion? How will you involve the community in the development of this plan?
SC: Transportation – has for many years been designed for automobile usage at the expense of other forms of transportation. This has caused many problems related to health and climate change. If elected to Council what would you do to promote and action changes to the transportation systems within Cobourg? As “active transportation” (cycling, walking, in-line skating, etc.) has emerged as one possible solution, how would you ensure that Cobourg continues to improve the Town for active transportation? Would you be prepared to sign a pledge to support active transportation within Cobourg?

JL: I have not responded until now as I am a “no BS” candidate.

Most of your thoughts are totally worthy but I do not know what a low level Councillor in Cobourg can do.

Frankly so many things are out of the control of the citizens in every country that it is despairing but this is how our democracy works and it is not always good.

THE BEST THING I AS A COUNCILLOR CAN DO TO HELP IS MAKE COBOURG MORE ECONOMICALLY VIABLE WHICH PROVIDES STIMULUS FOR OTHER ISSUES.
IF YOU FOLLOW HUMAN HISTORY (AND DEVELOPMENT) EVERYTHING FLOWS THROUGH ECONOMICS.

Some of it bad but gradually the standard of all the world is being dragged up.

Firstly the West, next the East and finally Africa & the Middle East.

If I could I would change Canada by keeping jobs at home. Instead of exporting our resources I would insist on “ADDED VALUE” work for Canadians in Canada and then export the re-fined product, not just oil but lumber, mineral etc. That would help the world environment by applying western standards & technology.

I hope this helps and that you appreciate that I am not one of those say anything guys.

I come from the North West of England. Heavy Industry etc. Green belt is vital & obvious when you come from a small country and McGuinty is to be applauded for his work on this (if not for the boondoggle of the power stations).
FRANKLY I SUPPORT NUCLEAR but you probably don’t view that as positive. IT IS SUSTAINABLE particularly the newest designs of REACTORS. IT IS NOT PC though.

If you can support a candidate who says what he believes in. Vote for me but I respect all views however you vote. THAT IS DEMOCRACY.

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