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2022 Local Elections

Check out council candidate responses to EK Climate Hub survey below. 



A selection of questions were sent to all candidates in the East Kootenay on Sept 11, 2022, and here are their responses:  

East Kootenay Climate Hub encourages residents to ask questions of their candidates. Here are some sample questions:

1. Local governments influence about ½ of Canada’s GHG emissions through decisions related to buildings, transportation and waste. Are you supportive of the following climate-related actions being included in strategic plans?

  • establishing net zero emission targets

  • decarbonizing municipal building

  • expanding home retrofit programs

  • improving low or zero carbon transportation options

  • increasing waste diversion programs 

2. What action would you take to protect the Area or City from extreme weather events and to bolster community resiliency? 

3. Do you support aligning greenhouse gas reduction targets with the provincial and federal targets - 40% GHG reduction by 2030 and net zero by 2050? ie. Clean BC Roadmap to 2030 targetsfederal 2030 Emission Reduction Plan)  

4. Do you support future strategic priorities being aligned with shorter, interim reduction targets as we move to net zero by 2050?

5. Of the Ten Smart Growth Principles, which do you think would best address the top issue(s) in your Area? 

6. Communities in the East Kootenays are projected to have 5-10 times more extremely hot days in the coming decades. Do you support phasing in urban landscaping (shade trees) and hardscaping (permeable and light-coloured surfaces) for a more livable community during extreme heat events?

7. Do you agree with: (yes/no answers are suitable and you are welcome to add more to your answer if you would like)

  • Mixed zoning neighbourhoods ie. a mix of residential with some commercial services.

  • Strengthening local food and renewable energy systems.

  • Speed limits of 30km/hr in neighbourhoods and 40km/hr on arterial roads.

  • Accelerating the adoption of building requirements to Step Code 4 from 2027 to 2025 How the BC Energy Step Code works | Energy Step Code

  • Lowering cost of public transit to increase ridership and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Electrifying public transit.

  • Electrifying public buildings.

  • A more bike and micro e-mobility friendly community including for example, bike storage downtown, bike/scooter lanes and trails that are well located for transportation in the city.

  • Planting more trees in neighbourhoods and along the boulevards.

  • Zoning changes to allow for greater density.

  • Establishing locations for response to extreme weather events including heat, drought, smoke, extended power outages, etc.

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