Raza Mira

ProVancouver new candidate for Vancouver City Council

 

Do you support raising {your municipality’s} community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets to meet or beat the new province-wide standard of 40% by 2030, 60% by 2040 and 80% by 2050 (percentages refer to a reduction below 2007 levels)? [Note that some cities already match the 80% target but lack interim targets, which are crucial to meeting these goals!]

Yes

 

Will you submit a formal request to council to adopt these targets within one year of being elected?

Yes

 

Are you in favour of transparent, annual measuring and reporting of [your municipality’s] community-wide emissions?

Yes

 

Will you submit a formal request to council to ensure transparent, annual measuring and reporting of community-wide emissions, within one year of being elected?

Yes

 

Will you commit to taking a leadership role in ensuring that city council and staff work with community members, businesses, developers, and other stakeholders to achieve these community-wide targets in a meaningful way and within the specified time frame?

Yes

 

Describe three steps you will take during your first year in office to uphold this commitment.

Focus of reducing GHG emissions from demolitions of livable homes and allow higher density\sub-division of existing homes Focus of reducing traffic by introducing peak hour single zone transit rate and work with Provincial government to create programs which incentivizes car owners to leave cars at home by discounting transit fare. (More here https://www.provancouver.ca/transportation_strategy) Double publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations, and work with developers to add electric charging station and solar panels (for building above certain height) as requirement for all systems Reduce permitting process time for rooftop solar panels.

 

Force of Nature’s framework emphasizes “five key concepts” of urban climate solutions. What ideas or initiatives would you bring forth to promote, encourage or enforce the reduction of community-wide GHG emissions in each of the following categories: compact communities, multi-modal transportation, renewable energy, green jobs, and circular economy.

Renters are more likely to use transit (according to Metro Vancouver study - Transit Oriented Developed) so any major transit spending (like Broadway Line Extension) will accompany rezoning 4 blocks around stations for Purpose Build Rentals using BC Bill 23 - 2018. Create a city-wide plan, with community consultation, which answers for who, when, where and by how much city will grow. This city-wide plan will accompany a city-wide multi-modal transit plan with focus on public transit as main mode of year around transportation. As someone with background in technology industry, I'm already working with employers and understand that number one factor slowing expansion of green technology jobs is cost of housing. I will address that by focusing on getting rental vacancy rate of 3%.

 

You can reach Raza at raza@provancouver.ca

 


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