Henry Yao

RITE Richmond new candidate running for Richmond 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!]



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



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



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?



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?



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

1. Host a public/expert Consultation/Discussion/Education session, 2. Push for a community petition and garnish signatures, 3. Ask our team to bring in the petition to council as we request the consideration.


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.

One of the Councillor Steves' idea of solar panel on rooftop is a great concept. I would love to explore that. Our team member, Niti Sharma, introduced the idea of recycling incentive for demolition is also something I would love to explore. I would sincerely push for Developers to include bike lane infrastructure upgrade to be part of the application for development


You can reach Henry at hjhyao@hotmail.com