In May-June 2021 all 8 municipal councils in Waterloo Region endorsed the TransformWR long-term strategy and short-term plan for community climate change mitigation. We asked all municipal and regional candidates three questions in relation to the commitment made by previous municipalities/region.
DO YOU Promise to do everything in your power to implement the TransformWR long-term strategy and short-term plan for community climate change mitigation? - Yes DO YOU Support the Region of Waterloo and its 7 area municipalities' endorsement of the TransformWR Climate Action Strategy & the interim GHG reduction target of 50% by 2030 - Yes WHAT ARE Some of the first actions you would take if elected, to ensure your municipality/region is able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (as measured in 2010) by 50% by 2030 and 80% by 2050?
One of the first steps I would take is to review all of our current policies, bylaws and development applications for new developments as well as those related to building on existing properties. I would also compare these to top rural municipalities in Ontario and across Canada that are developing their communities with the future in mind. I would then work with Wilmot staff to determine which changes would be possible in our municipality. The next step would be to map out our neighbourhoods to better understand what services and businesses are already easily accessible and which ones are needed in our community. Meeting with the community, services organizations, and others so that their voices can be heard and their knowledge shared is important in both of these steps to ensure they feel empowered and that they part of the process every step of the way. Our township also nees to show strong leadership in building with net-zero carbon and circular economy in mind. Finally, mapping out our nature based assets and doing what we can do preserve and protect them, which includes especially our farmlands. Building these two mindsets into next years strategic plan and budget is extremely important.