Christine Boyle

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.

1. Make clear public links between Vancouver's past/current climate emissions efforts, efforts from other cities, and the targets we are setting, to tell a compelling story about what is possible. 2. Work with community groups and staff to ensure that there is an intersectional/equity lens to our plan for meeting targets and timelines, incorporating job training for marginalized populations, affordable housing in complete communities, support for small businesses to reduce their emissions, and more. 3. Collaborate with ENGOs and social movement folks in the process of moving these formal requests forward, so that they contribute to climate engagement and organizing efforts, rather than just becoming a PR opportunity for the city.

 

Force of Nature’s framework emphasises “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.

I 1. OneCity is talking about the need for more housing options (coops, apartments, multiplexes, etc) in all neighbourhoods across the city. This is a key requirement in building complete and compact communities, addressing inequality and reducing commute times. 2. Vancouver can be doing even more to push building retrofits forward, so that existing building stock becomes significantly more energy efficient, with a priority that those retrofit jobs be unionized and train up workers from underrepresented groups. 3. Vancouver's building deconstruction program can and should be further strengthened, considering the amount of housing that will be built here in the coming decades, to reduce waste from demolition, and contribute to recycling and reuse of materials. 4. OneCity's proposed Land Value Capture tax would work with Translink to raise significant public funds for reinvestment in a more robust public transportation system across the city/region, alongside supporting further development of active transportation networks. 5. I am proposing that Vancouver take legal action against the top 5 fossil fuel companies, in line with West Coast Environmental Law's campaign (and along with cities around the world), to ensure that fossil fuel corporations pay their fair share for the impacts of climate change. I include this point because I think it matters that the city take a leadership role, not only in terms of infrastructure development, but also in holding these corporations accountable, and working to shift toward a clean energy economy globally.

 

You can reach Christine at info@christineboyle.ca


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