Patrick Johnstone

Independent incumbent candidate for Coquitlam 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?

No

 

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 need to clarify the "No" above. I cannot commit to reporting of community-wide emissions within a year, because much of our community emissions are currently not measured, and cannot be measured by local governments. We need the Provincial Government to provide clear and transparent reporting of vehicle emissions (automobile, transport tuck, and rail) in order for us to provide honest community emissions numbers. Both the city of New West and the BC Municipal Climate Leadership Council (of which I am a member) are calling on the provincial government for exactly this. That said, we do already annually report our Corporate emissions, and have done so for 10 years. Looking ahead, we need to set a firm deadline to "greening" our fleet, and to providing a low-energy model for our Canada Games Pool replacement project, including energy-sharing with adjacent properties and on-site energy generation (solar, geothermal, etc.)

 

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.

New Westminster's new OCP emphasizes building a compact, walkable and transit-oriented community, and I endorse us implementing this plan. We have excellent transit service and region-leading transit use in New West, but need to invest more in our cycling infrastructure and pedestrian safety. We permit net metering in the City, and are ready to move to phase 2 of our solar Garden project. We are building new office and commercial space along SkyTrain, and have developed a dark fibre network to provide affordable high-speed interned to commercial districts of the city to encourage the high-tech jobs of the future.

 

You can reach Patrick at info@patrickjohnstone.ca 

 


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