Bicycle Action Committee Questions to Candidates

The following questions were sent to each candidate running in the 2018 Cobourg Municipal Election along with some background information about the Bicycle Action Committee (BAC), Cobourg’s Cycling Infrastructure, and Proposed Routes.

  1. To what extent do you personally support our rationale and goals for the improvement of cycling infrastructure over the next term? Please explain why.
  2. If elected, will you act to implement both the proposed cycling routes and the priorities for completion? If not, please explain why.
  3. In order to achieve the goals outlined in our document, the annual budget allocation ($20,000 ) will have to increase over the next four years. Will you support the continuance of this budgetary item and raise it to at least $25,000/yr. over the period of the mandate?

Click here to read the candidates’ responses to the three questions.

Also, dont forget that tonight (October 12th) is Sustainable Cobourg’s All Candidates Forum at the Venture 13 Innovation Centre located at 739 D’Arcy St (across from the CCC). Doors open at 6:30pm, with the forum starting at 7:00pm.

We hope to see you there.

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Cobourg Municipal All-Candidates Forum hosted by Sustainable Cobourg, Oct. 12

This free event will give residents the chance to meet the candidates who wish to represent them on Cobourg Council one last time and learn how each candidate will address the three pillars of sustainability (economic, environmental, social).

“Choosing a Council that makes decisions beyond a four year horizon, one that understands the ‘triple bottom line’ rather than just the economic one, and a Council that supports reducing GHG emissions with a Climate Action Plan, is a Council that can make a real difference to Cobourg and its residents” says Sustainable Cobourg President, Gigi Ludorf-Weaver.

All 9 candidates for the position of Cobourg Councillor have confirmed their attendance, as well as both candidates for Deputy Mayor of Cobourg.

No pre-registration is required. The venue is the lecture hall in the new Venture 13 Innovation Centre across from the CCC. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the forum begins at 7:00 p.m.

The event, moderated by Jayne Finn (V-P of Sustainable Cobourg), will provide each candidate the opportunity to share their views on topics related to the 3 pillars of sustainability (environmental, economic, social) through a set of prepared questions. Community members will also have the opportunity to submit their questions.

Please submit your questions via email by October 10 to gludorfweaver@sustainablecobourg.ca.

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Events

Sunday August 26th, 2018

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Modified Film Screening at The Loft Cinema. To buy tickets visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/sustainable-cobourg-presents-modified-tickets-48572136568

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Ensuring The Right To A Healthy Environment

A blue movement is spreading across our country, our province, and our municipalities. The Blue Dot Movement is a national campaign organized by the David Suzuki Foundation based on every Canadian’s right to a healthy environment, including clean air and water. Currently, there is nothing under Canadian environmental law that recognizes Canadians’ right to a healthy environment. Since more than 110 countries have this right protected under their constitution, and many more also include this right in their environmental laws, it is time for swift action to ensure that all Canadians have a say in decisions that affect their own health and well-being.

Here in Northumberland County, I am proud to say that Alderville First Nation and two out of the seven municipalities have declared their citizens’ right to a healthy environment. Cobourg first declared in late 2017, with Port Hope following suit in early 2018. Work continues among the dedicated volunteers to spread the word among the citizens of Northumberland County. This will help put more pressure on municipal, provincial, and federal governments to include this right for every Canadian.

Why this is important

  • 1 in 4 low income Canadians live within one kilometer of a major source of industrial pollution. This needs to change. If we all had a right to a healthy environment, industry would have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt, that they are not polluting the air and water of their neighbours. Too often, this vulnerable population does not have the resources or legal backing to ensure their right to a healthy environment. They need our help.
  • 85% of Canadians say our government should recognize the right to a healthy environment. This represents how much Canadians love the natural world around them. Whether it’s fishing, camping, hiking, skiing or simply sitting on the patio, Canadians love the outdoors. It’s time we protected the places we love.
  • Climate Change is happening and unfortunately Canada will not meet its’ targets set by the Paris Climate Agreement if trends continue. Canada continues to contribute to the fossil fuel industry, a major source of air and water pollution. What future version of our Blue Planet do you want to see?
  • Our environmental laws are not working to protect the people and places we love. Modernization to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) is much needed. Modernization should include the introduction of enforceable national air quality standards, stronger protection from toxic exposure, and the recognition of the basic human right to a healthy environment, as well as adequate protection for vulnerable populations. Once CEPA is modernized, efforts will turn to amending the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to include the right to a healthy environment.

To continue being a leader in environmental and social justice, Canada’s environmental laws must evolve to finally recognize every citizen’s right to a healthy environment. With a progress update on CEPA modernization expected in June, we hope that the federal government is listening.

How you can help

Go online and sign the House of Commons E-Petition for CEPA Reform: https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-1659

 

Write a letter to your Member of Parliament!

Example:https://action2.davidsuzuki.org/FEBR?utm_campaign=blueDotCepaReview-crucialEnvironmentalLawImprovements-en-22aug2017&utm_source=website&utm_medium=blog

 

Tweet your MP!

Example: http://bluedot.ca/tweet-your-mp/

 

Volunteer:

Email bluedotnorthumberland@gmail.com to get in touch with organizers and help spread the word.

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How About Lending a Hand

Good morning lovely Sustainable Cobourg people and lovely Northumberland Peterborough-South neighbours! Our All Candidates Forum is fast approaching and we will have a wee surprise! A new party has evolved . Come and find out!

WEDNESDAY MAY 30, 1185 Elgin, COBOURG , HTM Building 7:00p.m. -9:00p.m.

It would be greatly appreciated if there are any of you that could lend a hand. We need a few volunteers to help out during the evening. It would require you to come around 6:30 image

p.m. Thanks, and just let me know.

Please contact me at: gludorfweaver@sustainablecobourg.ca

 

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All Candidates Meeting – May 30

Sustainable Cobourg invites you to the Northumberland-Peterborough South All-Candidates Forum.

Where: HTM Insurance Company, 1185 Elgin Street West, Cobourg
When: May 30, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.

Don’t miss the FINAL chance to meet and hear from the candidates for Northumberland-Peterborough South. Sustainable Cobourg encourages you to send us your environmental-related questions. Remember that sustainability includes economic, social/cultural, and environmental dimensions. So we want to hear from you about concerns you have from any of these areas.

This is your opportunity to voice your concerns.

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