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?
LS: This means sustaining our way of life, our trees, our food sources, our health. We need to find ways of protecting all of these areas by finding innovative ideas and solutions with the help of our citizens and all levels of government.
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?
LS: We can do our part, walk more, bike more and leave the car at home. But until Canada gets its national process in place we here in Cobourg are just throwing water into the wind. It looks good but gets us nowhere.
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?
LS: We must always plan carefully. We must allow the citizens ways of finding alternatives to current trends. We could start more community gardens allow people to urban farm and I am sure there are other things out there we could build into our system. We need to work with the committees that work in these areas and bring forward new and innovative ideas.
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?
LS: Over the past 4 years I have supported the Bicycle Action group and the Town is buying into the program. There are still things we need to do. We need to have bike racks on our buses, so people could ride to stores and buy things and bus home. We need to make motorists more aware of bikes and share the roads with us.