As your councillor, I will:
➝ Work to address the causes and impacts of climate change as an immediate priority that can no longer be pushed to the next generation or future city councils.
➝ Support capital infrastructure investment projects and policies that contribute to reducing the effects of climate change such as a stormwater levy.
➝ Support investment in incentive programs that will help citizens contribute to reducing the effect of climate change such as GEERs.
➝ Support the 2018 City of Guelph resolution to strive for a Net Zero City by 2050.
➝ Support the 2018 City of Guelph resolution to strive for the Corporation of the City of Guelph to meet its energy needs using 100% renewable sources by 2050.
➝ Obtain free, prior and informed consent from treaty holders on all planning matters that may affect their rights or interests as per the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
➝ Ensure the permanent protection of existing Greenbelt boundaries to protect water, natural heritage and agricultural systems throughout the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
➝ Create livable communities that are healthy and resilient.
➝ Work to improve housing choices in terms of affordability and environmental impact for all residents.
➝ Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by advancing the city's low carbon economy.
➝ Maintain the boundaries of towns and cities to build complete communities, thereby saving tax dollars by making more efficient use of new and existing infrastructure investments.
I also support the Grand Agenda for Groundwater Action brought forward by Wellington Water Watchers and sponsored by the Guelph and District Labour Council, Plastic Free Guelph, Transition Guelph and Protect Our Moraine.
This agenda is detailed below:
➝ End aggregate extraction at the Dolime quarry, and ensure the highest quality mitigation of the aquitard breach and of other damage already done, with expenses covered by the quarry's owner rather than Guelph ratepayers.
➝ Fulfill the commitment to establish the Hanlon Creek Conservancy and Nature Reserve and not consider any sale of possible surplus lands until the Nature Reserve is fully established and functioning.
➝ Support a Council resolution to include public lands of Guelph's urban river corridor in an expanded Bluebelt.
➝ Develop climate adaption strategies that: Anticipate long-term water needs, develop response plans for flooding, prolonged drought and other water emergencies, mitigate the particular impacts of climate emergencies, including water insecurity, on vulnerable populations including seniors, homeless and marginalized communities.
➝ Protect the natural water recharge functions.
➝ Provide a full range and maximum size of parks as suggested by the Official Plan - Urban Squares, Neighbourhood, Community and Regional Parks.
➝ Focus on low-carbon transportation infrastructure to all amenities and residences--planning for the future.
➝ Restore, protect and maintain the integrity of the Natural Heritage System in the area including the tree canopy and the moraine topography.
➝ Organize a city-wide consultation that includes all groups and organizations that are involved in city building.
➝ Obtain free, prior and informed consent from the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, as per the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples before initiating Phase 3 development activities for Clair-Maltby.
As your councillor, I will:
➝ Expand infrastructure for water fountains and water bottle refill stations in public spaces such as parks as a way to fill the gap of plastic bottles.
On council, I will defend our forests, parks and other green spots in the West End and across Guelph.
I have worked at camps for several summers, and I can tell you that when we took off-site trips to parks and recreational facilities, water was the most important resource we brought with us.
If we truly want to drop plastic water bottles from Guelph, we're going to need solutions for consumption, and this is one way we can create progress in our city.
I am 100 per cent behind the expansion of this program and it will be something I vouch for on city council if elected.
Very happy to see water bottle fill stations in Exhibition Park and Riverside Park! Way to go, @cityofguelph! Access to water is important for the health and safety of everyone, especially during hot summer days! Thanks for the photo, @catherinekillen! #WaterForLifeNotProfit pic.twitter.com/fijbaMmBR5— WellingtonWaterWatch (@wwaterwatchers) July 22, 2018