Rick McGowan

Green Party new candidate for Burnaby 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!]



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.

Begin neighbourhood consultations on development of affordable housing near frequent transit Mandate AAA cycling facilities for future upgrades and new developments, making every street or sidewalk safe and accessible for all Expand car sharing citywide Support electric vehicle charging infrastructure in new-builds and EV charging stations throughout the City Support and facilitate development of community and school vegetable gardens


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.

Burnaby consists of many identifiable neighbourhoods with varying degrees of compactness. As a city we have commitments to the region to reduce GHG emissions. Trying to gain consensus citywide on issues such as housing or pipelines is a challenge. The current method of setting targets and imposing measures on neighbourhoods citing “the best interest of the City” (and political expediency) has resulted in alienation of neighbourhoods and half-measures. I propose a different approach, setting bold targets and consulting authentically with neighbourhoods on how best each can do its part. I believe this approach will achieve compactness and improved transportation infrastructure. Additionally, Burnaby Greens propose other measures to transition to the new economy. We will encourage sustainable businesses to base operations in our community through economic incentives, improved affordable housing options and enhanced overall desirability as a place to live work and play.


You can reach Rick at rickmcgowan13@gmail.com