Shakeel Gaya

Independent new candidate for Port Coquitalam 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.

Understand the present level of GHG emissions and their causes Work with stakeholders to see how to reduce it Prepare a short and long term plan to implement this project


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.

High density living in designated areas in high rise apartments . The new apartments to be built with energy efficient features .This will facilitate the extension of the Skytrain to PoCo reducing traffic congestion and thereby reduce GHG . Increase in housing will bring additional revenue to the city which could be used as incentive for small - medium size business to switch to less utilisation of hydro.


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