We understand that you are a candidate for councillor in the upcoming Ottawa municipal election.
We are a local climate change action group, 350 Ottawa. We would like to inform our members and others on the position of each candidate councillor, yourself included, on important questions of relevance to climate change and the residents of Ottawa.
We request your responses to the following questions by Tuesday October 14th at the latest. We will post the responses of all candidates on our website, 350ottawa.org, at least one week before the election.
1. Energy East Pipeline
Are you concerned that the proposed Energy East pipeline, planned to cross the south of Ottawa, poses risks to our climate and to the water in the southern Ottawa region?
Would you be willing to support an independent risk assessment of this project?
Would you oppose the project if it is deemed to be a significant risk?
2. Ottawa’s Climate Change Plan
The City of Ottawa recently passed a climate change action plan. While this is a significant step, we consider that an important element missing from that plan is divestment of the City’s stocks in fossil fuels. As fossil fuels are the primary cause of climate change, a serious climate change plan should include selling off (divesting) stocks in fossil fuel companies (oil, gas and coal), and preferably reinvesting that money in sustainable fossil-fuel-free holdings. Approximately 1.5% of the City’s total investment portfolio is currently in fossil fuel companies.
Would you support a plan to divest these stocks, over the next five years?
Thank you very much for your consideration of these questions.
Best wishes for the election.
350 Ottawa (website: 350ottawa.org)