Quartier 12 – Rideau-Vanier – Réponses des candidats au sondage

Les rues conviviales :

Plusieurs rues à Ottawa sont dangereuses pour les cyclistes et les piétons et trop de quartiers n’ont pas d’options abordables et convenables de transport en commun. Des rues mal conçues découragent un style de vie sain et actif et minimisent les options de transport. En 2013, le conseil municipal a adopté une politique de rues conviviales qui placera plus d’importance sur la conception de rues pour les rendre accessibles aux gens de tous âges, de toutes habiletés et types d’usagers (piétons, cyclistes et usagers du transport en commun, ainsi que les véhicules).

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*indicates incumbent

Si vous êtes élu(e), vous engagez-vous à prioriser les piétons, le vélo et un système de transport en commun plutôt qu’un système axé vers les automobilistes pour satisfaire la croissance future de la demande de transport dans le secteur urbain? Si vous êtes élu(e), travaillerez-vous pour vous assurer que toutes les nouvelles routes et les projets de réfection de routes existantes ìntègrent les principes des rues conviviales? Le nouveau Plan directeur des transports de la ville augmente le financement pour l’infrastructure cycliste, mais retarde certains investissements pour plus de plus de 15 ans. Si vous êtes élu(e), veillerez-vous à augmenter  le niveau global d’investissement et à accélérer le rythme de mise en oeuvre?
George Atanga  YES  YES  YES
Marc Aubin  YES – As past Chair of the King Edward Ave Task Force, I get complete streets. As councillor, I would work to ensure that the City of Ottawa provides an integrated, safe, convenient and attractive public transit, cycling and pedestrian transportation network in the urban area – not the piecemeal approach that has evolved because the car has had priority. For example, we need to shift more funds for infrastructure and operations to better winter maintenance of cycling routes and sidewalks.  YES – As councillor, I would work to ensure that new roads and road renewal projects integrate Complete Street principles. In addition, all road repairs and maintenance should also consider how they can address Complete Street principles. For the City’s policy to become a reality, it is important to include concrete and measurable performance indicators. I also believe that interim measures need to be taken on current roads to works towards their transformation to complete streets.  YES – More money needs to be allocated in the long-range capital infrastructure plan to enable safer and more convenient routes for cycling. As councillor, I would work to ensure that the City’s budget prioritizes complete streets including a minimum cycling grid, pedestrians and public transit by front-loading the investments planned over 15 years into a shorter timeframe
Mathieu Fleury *  YES – We need to reclaim space for pedestrians and cyclists, by creating spaces that are friendly to all users.  YES  YES
Catherine Fortin LeFaivre  YES  YES – I support Complete Streets principles. However, my current understanding is that some streets and areas are more conducive to being transformed into Complete Streets than others. At the very least, I believe that the Compete Streets principles should be *considered* for all new roads and road renewal projects.  YES – Rideau-Vanier is undergoing an increase in density at a rapid pace, therefore cycling and pedestrian infrastructure has to be implemented at a corresponding pace to ensure effective mobility and resident safety.
David-George Oldham
Marc Vinette  NO – I don’t like the way this question is framed. Certainly I support expanding pedestrian, cycling and affordable public transit infrastructure. I’m an avid rambler and cyclist myself. Rideau-Vanier ward is a tourist/entertainment/shopping destination and is centrally located, therefore cars are reality that must be dealt with. The automobile infrastructure I would support would be centred on public safety and parking.  YES  YES – As I consider the current situation a disaster, I absolutely would.

 

Le changement climatique :

Environ 75 p. 100 des émissions de gaz à effet de serre du Canada sont le résultat d’activités qui ont lieu dans les villes et les municipalités ont un contrôle direct ou indirect sur environ la moitié de ces émissions. En 2014, la ville d’Ottawa a adopté un nouveau Plan de gestion sur le changement climatique.

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*indicates incumbent

Êtes-vous d’accord que les changements climatiques d’origine humaine sont un défi urgent et que tous les ordres de gouvernement ont leur rôle à jouer pour aider à réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre de la communauté? Si vous êtes élu(e),  allez-vous appuyer le mise en oeuvre  complète du Plan de gestion de la qualité de l’air et des changements climatiques de la Ville d’Ottawa, y compris les items mentionné dans la planification budgétaire de 2015? Le Plan de gestion de la qualité de l’air et des changements climatiques a comme modeste objectif la réduction de réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre de la ville d’Ottawa de 20 p. 100 par habitant d’ici 2024, mais laisse beaucoup de latitude pour permettre de nouvelles initiatives dans les années à venir. Si vous êtes élu(e), appuierez-vous des mesures visant à surpasser l’objectif actuel?
George Atanga  YES  YES  YES
Marc Aubin YES – All levels of government have a role to play in helping to reduce greenhouse gas reductions. As councillor, I would work to ensure that the City uses a Climate lens in its decision-making to ensure that both mitigation (stopping climate change) and adaptation (adjusting to climate change) issues are addressed. I want to see clear plans for our city to reduce our impact on climate change. Simple things, such as planting many more trees and building a walkable city, will be a major part of that. YES – It is essential that the City take on its current internal strategy, despite being modest, to create momentum within the City’s operations and to demonstrate its commitment to addressing climate change. As councillor, I would work to ensure that the action items are interpreted in as comprehensive manner as possible and assigned the proper human and financial resources to meet their objectives. YES – The Plan is a step forward but it is not aggressive enough. The goal is low compared to other Canadian cities. As councillor, I would work to ensure council sets up its priorities for its next term to include addressing climate change as a priority. This would include a detailed set of actions with measurable targets, indicators and timelines for achieving results that surpass the current goal identified for community emissions as well as City of Ottawa corporate emissions.
Mathieu Fleury * YES – In addition to government, we also need to work with community and residents to see real change happen.  YES  YES
Catherine Fortin LeFaivre YES – Absolutely. Action regarding climate change needs to stop being a «  »check the box » » type of initiative at every government level. Immediate action and corresponding investments must be made to reduce GHGs. Ottawa should aim to be a world-leader in environmental action and should not be afraid to implement innovative (but tested) green technologies and infrastructure.  YES YES – I support being aggressive in attempting to reduce GHGs and make the right choice for our future generations.
David-George Oldham
Marc Vinette NO – This is a highly politicized meta issue, and having followed it closely since the late 1970’s I’m fully aware of the wild inaccuracy of predictive models produced by bodies such as the IPCC. The environmental meta issue that terrifies me, incontrovertibly man made, is the ongoing nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, Japan. The silence on this issue from world governments and mainstream environmental groups is deafening. NO – I would have to review the plan in detail before offering support.  NO – Anything that contributes to cleaner air I support in principle on public health grounds.

 

L’eau propre et les bassins hydrographiques sains :

Chaque fois qu’il pleut, un cocktail de contaminants (comprenant des bactéries, des produits chimiques, des carburants et des métaux lourds) se déversent directement dans nos rivières et nos ruisseaux, en passant par un réseau d’égouts pluvial souterrain. Écologie Ottawa demande que la Ville d’Ottawa respecte son engagement à élaborer une Stratégie sur le milieu aquatique qui aura comme objectif d’améliorer la gestion des eaux pluviales, d’investir dans une infrastructure verte, de réduire les inondations, de protéger nos ruisseaux et de s’assurer que c’est sécuritaire de nager et de pêcher dans nos rivières.

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*indicates incumbent

La ville d’Ottawa est en train d’élaborer une Stratégie sur le milieu aquatique qui fournira un cadre d’action pour promouvoir l’eau potable, qui réduira les toxines dans nos rivières, et qui protégera nos communautés des inondations qui ont lieu lors de temps violent. Si vous êtes élu(e), allez-vous appuyer l’élaboration d’une Stratégie solide et la priorisation des investissements requis pour réaliser les objectifs de la Stratégie? La Déclaration de principe provinciale (DPP) d’avril 2014 demande aux services d’urbanisme de promouvoir des mesures d’infrastructure verte (tel s les parcs, les réseaux d’eaux pluviales, les zones humides, les arbres de rues, les forêts urbaines, les canaux naturels, les surfaces perméables et les toits verts) pour réduire les dépenses, protéger les écosystèmes et pour s’adapter aux conditions météorologiques extrêmes. Si vous êtes élu(e), prioriserez-vous l’infrastructure verte pour adresser les besoins en matière de gestion de l’eau.  La production d’eau propre pour la consommation publique a diminuée durant la dernière décennie à Ottawa (c.-à.-d. que nous utilisons moins d’eau). Entre 2004 et 2013, la quantité d’eau propre produite et utilisée à l’intérieur de la Ville d’Ottawa est passé d’un peu plus de 125 000 millions de litres à environ 100 000 million de litres (sans inclure les puits privés). Si vous être élu(e),  est-ce que vous vous engagez à continuer cette tendance en priorisant les mesures de conservation d’eau pour réduire la consommation de 3 p. 100 par année?
George Atanga  YES  YES  YES
Marc Aubin  YES – Having a plan in place, with goals and milestones, provides the roadmap to do this. As councillor, I would work to ensure that the development and implementation of a strong strategy is a City priority in the next four years. I will also work to ensure that the City coordinates with the other agencies.  YES – As councillor, I would work to ensure that the necessary policies, regulatory tools and budget flexibilities are in place to facilitate the coordination between departments so that green infrastructure can be integrated holistically into initiatives in a cost effective and efficient manner.  YES – There is room for additional reduction in our water consumption as Ontarians use an average of 251 L a day per person while France, for example, uses only 150 L. Many of us in Ottawa continue to flush 30% of the water we use in our homes down the toilet and our aging water infrastructure continues to leak. As councillor, I would work to ensure that the development and implementation of a strong strategy is a City priority in the next four years.
Mathieu Fleury *  YES – We have already made great progress with the Ottawa River Action Plan, for which the Water Environment Strategy is a component. It is now imperative that the Province commit funding of the Combined Sewage Storage Tunnel and that we work with our colleagues in Gatineau to ensure that they make similar commitments to our water ways.  YES – I strongly believe that the City needs to learn from other cities, and implement more robust green building performance efficiencies, solar panels and green roof policies. The City also needs to lead the way to innovative community led projects, including community gardens, walking school buses and green walls.  YES – We need to both educate residents on ways to minimize our consumption and use of water and find more innovative ways to conserve and recycle water through programs like the green street bioretention pilots.
Catherine Fortin LeFaivre  YES – I will work with my Council colleagues to create and implement a world-class water strategy which ensures healthy watersheds for Ottawa’s residents and wildlife.  YES  YES
David-George Oldham
Marc Vinette  YES – This is a foundational issue for me. I will support any measure to ensure Ottawa residents clean drinking water. In fact, I’ll propose one: immediately cessation, by the City, of adding toxins (ie.hydrofluorosilicic acid, generically referred to as fluoride) to the water supply on the grounds of public health, environmental protection, human rights (fluoridation is forced medication) and cost (if I’m not mistaken, $400,000/year).  YES – You betcha.  YES – In principle I agree but require more study into the specifics of the measures proposed.

 

La santé des arbres urbains :

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L’infestation de l’agrile du frêne est responsable de la dévastation de millions d’arbres à travers la ville d’Ottawa, y compris environ 25 p.c. des arbres en milieu urbain. Pour faire face à ce problème, des organismes et des particuliers, y compris la Ville d’Ottawa, collaborent vers un objectif collectif de planter un million d’arbres dans la capitale nationale comme contribution pour les célébrations du 150e anniversaire du Canada, en 2017. Si vous êtes élu(e), allez-vous appuyer et prioriser des investissements pour atteindre ce but? La Ville d’Ottawa a annoncé son intention d’élaborer une nouvelle Stratégie d’aménagement forestier. Si vous êtes élu(e), supporterez-vous l’élaboration d’une stratégie forte et les investissements nécessaires pour atteindre ses buts?
George Atanga  YES  YES
Marc Aubin  YES – I support the goal of a million trees. Since I was teenager, the urban forest has been one of my main interests. Ottawa was once a city of trees, but we lost many of them to road widenings and Dutch-elm disease. As councillor, I will pursue the creation of an inventory of tree planting potential and I will champion the rebuilding of our urban forest. Consideration should be given to reducing or replacing salt used during the winters.  YES – The City of Ottawa lags far behind Toronto’s tree canopy cover. (Toronto 1/3 vs. Ottawa 1/6).  As councillor, I would work to ensure that the forest management strategy support an increase in the tree canopy. The Official Plan recommendations for the acquisition of new open spaces on the streets within the Market including George and York street areas as well as the Retail, Arts & Theatre Precinct and the University Precinct need to be achieved before the options are forgone.
Mathieu Fleury *  YES – This is a very important priority that can greatly increase the well-being of our city. We should also encourage residents, through better public education, on City programs that allow residents to care for City owned trees on their properties, like the Trees in Trust program.  YES
Catherine Fortin LeFaivre  YES  YES
David-George Oldham
Marc Vinette  YES – I tree planted a couple of seasons years ago, so not only will I support it, I’ll be getting out there and plant a few myself.  YES – In principle, yes. I would reserve support until I’m able to review the strategy in detail.

 

Le projet d’oléoduc menace l’eau d’Ottawa et ses collectivités

La compagnie Trans-Canada veut transporter plus d’un million de barils par jour de pétrole extrait des sables bitumineux à travers la ville d’Ottawa et traverser la rivière Rideau, un site de patrimoine mondial, en route vers les terminaux d’exportation de l’Est du Canada. Le projet d’oléoduc « Énergie Est » menace les collectivités et les cours d’eau situés le long du tracé du pipeline.

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*indicates incumbent

Pensez-vous que la ville d’Ottawa devrait mener une évaluation approfondie et indépendante des risques et des coûts que le projet d’oléoduc  Énergie Est présente pour la santé des collectivités et des cours d’eau de la ville d’Ottawa?  Est-ce que vous vous opposeriez à l’oléoduc Énergie Est, si c’est démontré qu’il présente des risques pour la santé de l’eau, du climat et des collectivités de la ville d’Ottawa? Est-ce que la Ville d’Ottawa devrait intervenir dans la revue du projet de l’oléoduc Énergie Est de  l’Office national de l’énergie afin de s’assurer que les intérêts des résidents d’Ottawa soient bien représentés? 
George Atanga  YES  YES  YES
Marc Aubin  YES – The pipeline is an example of the failure of our federal level of government to address climate change. An independent risk assessment should be done by our city at a reasonable expense. The assessment should not only include assessing the risk of spills, but the greater concern of how this affects our country’s commitment to fighting climate change.  YES – If it is demonstrated that the pipeline threatens the health of Ottawa’s water, climate and communities, I would oppose it. As councillor, I would work to ensure that the City of Ottawa undertakes a thorough and transparent process that includes public hearings to assess the risk to safety, health and the environment.  YES – As councillor, I would support the City of Ottawa intervening in the National Energy Board (NEB) review to ensure that the safety, health and environment of the citizens of Ottawa are not at risk. If they are, I would work to ensure that the City opposes the pipeline at the NEB. However, as the final decision rests with the Federal Government and not the NEB, the City of Ottawa must also appear at the NEB hearings to ensure that all precautions have been taken to reduce the risks.
Mathieu Fleury *  YES  YES  YES – Although I believe that the City has a role to play, our counterparts at the provincial and federal level play a far more important role in the discussion and should be voicing the concerns of residents.
Catherine Fortin LeFaivre  YES – I believe it’s only fair for Ottawa to conduct its own assessment of the risks associated with the proposed Energy East pipeline.  YES – I am still learning about this issue and its potential impact on our city. Should it be demonstrated that the risks are too high, then I would not be able to support its construction.  YES – It seems natural for the City of Ottawa to be involved in some way with the National Energy Board review considering its impact on the people of Ottawa. I would need to know more about the National Energy Board process before supporting a formal intervention.
David-George Oldham
Marc Vinette  YES – So long as an assessment is devoid of politics and done in a timely and affordable manner.  YES – If the oil is being extracted (and I sympathize with activist and aboriginal groups challenging at the point of extraction), it will be shipped. The spice must flow. It remains to be seen if a pipeline is less safe than trucking or rail transport, which are demonstrably unsafe.
If facts show a pipeline is unsafe, I will vigorously oppose it.
 YES – If it impacts Ottawa, then we must certainly intervene to ensure our interests are represented.

 

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