Brandon Yan

OneCity 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.

I believe that the most important step that Vancouver can take to reduce our climate emissions is to ensure that more Vancouverites are able to live close to where they work, study, and play. That means protecting and building affordable housing. Using a variety of well-designed, equitable tax measures, I'd work to build thousands of units of affordable non-market housing every year. This would make it much easier for people to get out of their cars, and walk, bike, or take transit to get where they need to go. I'd also prioritize affordable housing adjacent to rapid transit.


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