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?
WD: Thank you for your questionnaire for Councillor candidates.
I must confess until I started my election campaign, I was not aware of your organization. I am very pleased to know that you are working to make Cobourg a better place to live, work and play.
Like most I am very concerned about Global warming and green house gas emission levels, clean water, waste reduction and climate change just to name a few.
I certainly agree that amendments to the Cobourg Official Plan should include the development of an integrated Community Sustainability Plan for the town. As a Councillor I would be most supportive of such a plan and contribute where possible.
I have since visited your website and have reviewed the information you have provided. I must say the information and the initiatives mentioned are very impressive and will only benefit all of us now and for future generations.
I would most definitely be prepared to sign a pledge to support active transportation within Cobourg.