Le conseil municipal prêt à investir dans l’infrastructure du réseau pluvial
Les candidats au conseil municipal ont montré un appui presque unanime sur l’importance de lutter contre les problèmes de gestion des eaux pluviales. Plus de 96 p. 100 d’entre eux se sont dits en faveur de faire les investissements nécessaires pour protéger les communautés contre les inondations et s’assurer que les rivières demeurent saines et propres. De plus, plus 82 p. 100 des candidats veulent une réduction importante de la consommation d’eau.
Un sondage mené par Écologie Ottawa montre que tous les candidats et candidates au conseil municipal sauf trois sont prêts à faire les investissements requis dans l’infrastructure pour promouvoir l’eau potable saine, réduire les toxines allant dans nos rivières et protéger les collectivités et les cours d’eau des inondations associées aux temps violents.
Presque autant de candidats (à l’exception de 7 candidates) se sont engagés à investir dans les espaces verts, les terres humides, les arbres de rue, les forêts urbaines, les chenaux naturels, les surfaces perméables et les toits verts afin de réduire les coûts, protéger les écosystèmes et s’adapter aux phénomènes météorologiques extrêmes.
Un peu moins de candidats, quoique plus de 80 p. 100, appuient les mesures de conservation visant à réduire la consommation d’eau à la ville d’Ottawa de 3 p. 100 annuellement.
La gestion des eaux pluviales pourrait devenir le plus important projet municipal après le train léger sur rail. Les réponses de chaque candidat(e), apparaissent, répertoriées selon le quartier, dans le tableau un peu plus loin dans le document.
Quel est le problème?
Chaque fois qu’il pleut, un cocktail de contaminants (comprenant des bactéries, des produits chimiques, des carburants et des métaux lourds) coule dans nos rues, pénètre dans les égouts pluviaux et se jette dans nos rivières et cours d’eau. Il en résulte que les plages de la ville sont souvent fermées pour la baignade et que la faune dépendante de nos cours d’eau est menacée.
Pire encore, les maisons sont régulièrement inondées, comme dans les quartiers Baie et Innes il y a de cela quelques semaines.
En mars 2014, le Comité de l’environnement du conseil municipal a voté pour le développement d’une Stratégie sur le milieu aquatique pour réduire la quantité des eaux pluviales qui se retrouvent dans nos rivières et pour veiller à ce que ces eaux soient d’abord traitées adéquatement.
Le Plan d’action de la rivière des Outaouais a déjà réduit le déversement des eaux usées dans la rivière des Outaouais. Dans le sondage d’Écologie Ottawa, les candidats au conseil ont révélé qu’ils sont prêts à faire des investissements supplémentaires pour protéger nos cours d’eau. La responsabilité d’assurer l’adoption et la mise en oeuvre d’une stratégie rigoureuse incombera au conseil municipal nouvellement élu.
Une infrastructure verte
Les candidats privilégient les investissements en infrastructures qui ralentissent et absorbent les eaux pluviales, telles que les parcs, les terres humides, les arbres bordant les rues, les forêts urbaines, les chenaux naturels, les surfaces perméables et les toits verts. Ces investissements permettraient de réduire les coûts globaux, de protéger l’écosystème et de réduire les dommages lors de phénomènes météorologiques extrêmes.
Quoique quelques candidats aient exprimé des inquiétudes quant aux coûts potentiels de ces mesures, une forte majorité a affirmé que de réelles économies pourraient être réalisées en tirant avantage du capital naturel et des systèmes de la ville. La plupart des candidats ont suggéré de fixer des buts réalistes et mesurables, d’établir un calendrier clair de mise en œuvre et de la surveillance et du suivi constants.
La conservation de l’eau
Presque tous les candidats prônent des mesures proactives visant à encourager la conservation de l’eau. Plus de 82 p. 100 des répondants ont approuvé une cible de réduction d’utilisation de l’eau de 3 p. 100 par année.
Des efforts de conservation ont déjà réduit la quantité d’eau potable que nous utilisons, passant de plus de 125 milles méga litres (125 milliards de litres) en 2006 à 100 milles méga litres en 2013. Les candidats aimeraient que la Stratégie sur le milieu aquatique de la ville poursuive sur cette lancée.
Des idées créatives
En plus de promettre des mesures pour améliorer la gestion de l’eau et les infrastructures vertes, les candidats ont soumis des idées plus précises quant aux investissements directs en capital et aux changements dans les pratiques opérationnelles. Plusieurs ont noté la nécessité de travailler en collaboration avec la Ville de Gatineau, les gouvernements provinciaux de l’Ontario et du Québec et des organismes comme Sentinelle Outaouais.
Les candidats souhaitent appliquer des sanctions sévères dans les cas de pollution du réseau d’alimentation en eau de la municipalité d’Ottawa. Cela nécessiterait une évaluation complète des répercussions possibles sur les bassins hydrographiques de tous les projets de développement. Ils offriraient également des incitatifs aux promoteurs privés pour qu’ils incorporent dans leurs projets, des éléments de gestion de l’eau, telles que des revêtements perméables, des toits verts et des jardins pluviaux.
Les candidats ont suggéré d’intégrer globalement les infrastructures vertes dans les initiatives de façon efficace et efficiente. Plusieurs ont suggéré de s’inspirer d’autres villes et d’exiger un plus grand rendement d’efficacité écologique pour les bâtiments. Les projets locaux comme les jardins communautaires et les murs verts, tout comme la préservation des boisés, des parcs et des terres humides ont été identifiés comme des éléments clés d’une stratégie municipale.
Les trois candidats ayant répondu “Non” aux questions portant sur la gestion de l’eau et les infrastructures vertes ont exprimé des inquiétudes quant aux coûts; beaucoup de ceux ayant répondu « Oui » ont souligné que les investissements devraient être sensés et abordables. Des quinze candidats qui ont exprimé des réserves quant à la conservation de l’eau, cinq n’étaient pas convaincus que 3 p. 100 représentaient une cible de réduction appropriée (l’un d’entre eux souhaitait une cible plus élevée), deux étaient inquiets à propos des coûts, un ne croyait pas que ce soit possible et trois n’ont donné aucune raison.
Les électeurs des quartiers 8, 20 et 23 auront un choix à faire, car les différents candidats de ces quartiers ont nettement des points de vue divergents.
Taux de réponse de 69 p. 100
Plus de deux-tiers des candidats ont répondu au sondage. Les taux de réponse les plus élevés proviennent des quartiers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21 et 23. Un seul candidat a répondu dans le quartier 9. Pour l’instant, aucun candidat n’a fourni de réponses dans le quartier 6. Le seul répondant du quartier 9 n’a pas répondu aux questions sur la gestion de l’eau. Si jamais de nouvelles réponses sont acheminées à Écologie Ottawa, les données seront mises à jour.
Le centre-ville se compose des quartiers 11 à 18. Les zones rurales d’Ottawa se retrouvent dans les quartiers 5, 19, 20, 21. Les quartiers 1 à 10 et les quartiers 22 et 23 sont essentiellement considérés comme des banlieues.
Dans le cadre d’une enquête générale menée avant les élections municipales d’octobre, Écologie Ottawa a demandé aux candidats à la mairie et au conseil municipal de répondre à trois questions concernant leurs plans pour s’attaquer aux problèmes de gestion de l’eau à Ottawa.
- La Ville d’Ottawa élabore présentement une Stratégie sur le milieu aquatique qui fournira un cadre d’action pour promouvoir de l’eau potable saine, une réduction des toxines qui se déversent dans nos rivières et une protection pour protéger les collectivités et les cours d’eau des inondations causées par des conditions météorologiques particulièrement mauvaises. Si vous êtes élus, appuierez-vous l’élaboration d’une stratégie rigoureuse et prioriserez-vous les investissements nécessaires à la réalisation des objectifs de cette stratégie?
- La Déclaration de principes provinciale de l’Ontario d’avril 2014 mandate les services de l’urbanisme de promouvoir les mesures d’infrastructure verte (par exemple des parcs, des réseaux d’évacuation d’eaux pluviales, des zones humides, des arbres d’alignement, des forêts urbaines, des couloirs naturels, des surfaces perméables et des toits verts) afin de réduire les coûts, de protéger les écosystèmes et de s’adapter aux phénomènes météorologiques extrêmes. Si vous êtes élus, prioriserez-vous l’infrastructure verte pour répondre aux besoins de gestion de l’eau de la ville d’Ottawa? La production d’eau potable saine a diminué au cours de la dernière décennie à Ottawa (c’est-à-dire, que nous consommons moins d’eau). Entre 2004 et 2013, la quantité d’eau saine produite et utilisée à Ottawa est passée de 125 000 milliards de litres à environ 100 000 milliards de litres (excluant les puits privés). Si vous êtes élus, vous engagerez-vous à maintenir cette tendance en priorisant les mesures de conservation des eaux qui réduisent l’utilisation de 3 % par année?
Écologie Ottawa souhaite que les candidats appuient fermement la Stratégie sur le milieu aquatique de la ville. Les candidats élus détermineront le financement et les priorités accordés à l’assainissement de nos rivières pour les quatre prochaines années.
Les réponses complètes des candidats de chacun des quartiers sont inscrites dans le tableau ci-dessous.
|Candidates* 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?|
|53% of candidates responded||95% of respondents answered YES||92% of respondents answered YES||82% of respondents answered YES|
|QUARTIER MUNICIPAL 1 – Orléans|
|Bob Monette *||YES – Being the first person to identify and raise the issue of the gate malfunction and having championed the Ottawa River Action Plan, we brought Federal and Provincial governments at the table supporting the policy that the City has implemented. Important to note is that before my tour of ROPEC in 2007, 100% of raw sewage was flowing into the River. Today, we stopped 80% from the flow and I will work to ensure that the remaining 20% is resolved. We must ensure that Quebec is also on board.||YES – Having been a member of the Planning Committee for the past two terms, the City of Ottawa has taken a major role in ensuring that these measures are put in place when applications come forward to Council.||YES – The City policy has always been to promote its drinking water and we will continue to do so. As far as 3%, we intend on continuing the present trend.|
|Jennifer Robitaille||YES||YES||NO → Not sure about the target amount.|
|QUARTIER MUNICIPAL 2 – Innes|
|Laura Dudas||YES – I support the City’s continued efforts through the Ottawa River Action Plan to reduce the amount of sewage and storm-water that is spilled into the Ottawa River. As a resident living in the Eastern Sub-Watershed area, I have witnessed the degradation of waterways leading into the Ottawa River and I agree that we need to have a strategy in place to prevent more damage from happening.||YES – Green infrastructure should be an essential part of the city planning process and, if done properly, can be cost efficient while improving the quality of life for residents.||YES – I support the continued promotion of water conservation by the city to further reduce the unnecessary use of water, but also as a means of better managing taxpayer dollars by deferring the cost of expanding the City’s water infrastructure as a resulted of the reduce usage.|
|Jody Mitic||YES||YES||YES – I commit to prioritizing water conservation measures that reduce usage, but do not wish to put a number on it. If elected, I will only be one vote in a room of 24 votes and do not wish to promise something that may be beyond my means as a single Councillor.|
|Andrew Modray||YES – I have worked on Clean Water strategies in the past, at the national level and think it is every City’s first priority to ensure another Walkerton never occurs. Clean water and sewage disposal is a core service of local government. As City Councillor it would be my priority that all residents have safe and clean water to drink and bathe with and would ensure that pollutants to Ottawa’s water system faces the stiffest penalties and regulations when it comes to affecting the water table.||YES – I will prioritize Green infrastructure to the extent that it is economically feasible within the City’s budget. Careful examination of my platform shows how fiscal responsibility needs to be at the top of the next Council’s agenda. We cannot keep spending money without careful examination of where the funding is coming from. Allocation of money is key to my plan of expenditure review and only after that is completed can we dedicate money to ‘Green’ projects.||YES – Careful examination of how and where we reduced our consumption of water because the public consumption of water has several implications. Is the reduction solely within human consumption? Does this reduction occur within the industrial sector as well? If we keep reducing at a rate such as 3% annually when will we achieve the point of no reduction? What would that consumption be?|
|Fred Sherwin||YES –> I have read the Water Environment Strategy and I support its goals||YES||YES|
|François Trépanier||YES||YES||YES – I already practice several water conservation methods.|
|QUARTIER MUNICIPAL 3 – Barrhaven|
|Jan Harder *|
|Syed Asghar Hussain|
|QUARTIER MUNICIPAL 4 – Kanata North|
|Marianne Wilkinson *||YES → This remains a priority with me. I have supported funds for the Ottawa River Action Plan that has already reduced most sewage overflow from going into the river. Development in my area must have a complete & accurate drainage plan before proceeding.||YES → We need an overall plan with priorities to follow so that the most needed will first receive funding. These measures are already being followed in Kanata North in new communities.||YES → Part of this is from stopping leakage from pipes (a waste and creates ground water problems). Measures need to be prioritized so funding goes to the most effective measures first.|
|QUARTIER MUNICIPAL 5 – West Carleton-March|
|Eli El-Chantiry *||YES||YES – I could support this, but this needs to be addressed as part of the budget process to confirm the funding available to support this initiative.||YES|
|Jonathan Mark||YES – A clean Ottawa River is one of our main 3 campaign platforms.||YES – Stormwater systems are a constant basic necessity and must be addressed in order to keep our River clean. Water is of the utmost importance for a quality human existence. Parklands, wetlands and trees play a huge part in the eco-system and the proper balance between development and ecology must always be addressed vigilantly, but realistically also.||NO – I don’t have enough details to comment on this at this time, is this per capita? Our City will most likely grow. This is neither yes or no, but needed to answer to continue.|
|QUARTIER MUNICIPAL 6 – Stittsville|
|Shad Qadri *|
|WARD 7 – Bay|
|Alex Cullen||YES – I was on City Council from 2000 to 2010 and participated in the development of the Ottawa River Action Plan (which I strongly support) – this is consistent with my values.||YES – As a City Councillor for Bay Ward for 10 years I supported these initiatives.||YES – As a City Councillor for Bay Ward for 10 years I supported these initiatives.|
|Mark Taylor *||YES||YES||YES – I would accept 3% reduction as a target.|
|QUARTIER MUNICIPAL 8 – Collège|
|Guy Annable||YES – HOWEVER IF AND WHEN Quebec installs the monitoring equipment on its ‘ side of the river on the 29 sewage outflows that also contaminate the river. We have spent 150 million in seven years with another 195 to be proposed in the next 5, AND QUEBEC HAS YET TO INSTALL THE MONITORING EQUIPMENT TO EVEN KNOW HOW MUCH contaminants they are spewing into the RIVER.||NO – If the Ottawa River Action Plan (ORAP) is a reality and the mixed storm-water containment system is a success then this is the solution.||YES – Keep raising the water rates and you will get more conservation, hydro is like water, charge people more and they will use less….simple economics.|
|Rick Chiarelli *|
|Scott Andrew McLarens|
|QUARTIER MUNICIPAL 9 – Knoxdate-Merivale|
|Keith Egli *||—–||—–||—–|
|QUARTIER MUNICIPAL 10 – Gloucester-Southgate|
|Diane Deans *|
|Meladul Haq Ahmadzai|
|Mohamed Roble||YES- If elected, I will work closely with local NGO’s and local community associations promoting environmental protection and building awareness around pressing issues and concerns.||YES – If elected, I will support more green initiatives both locally in my ward (Ward 10 – Gloucester-Southgate) as well as addressing green infrastructure in City Hall.||YES – If elected, I will be committed to prioritizing both clean water and water conservation as one of my environmental platforms to be raised in City Hall.|
|QUARTIER MUNICIPAL 11 – Beacon Hill-Cyrville|
|Nicolas Seguin||YES → Improve the system of water retention to prevent sewers’ discharges into the river. Maintain high standards of quality drinking water in Ottawa. Recognize the benefits of consuming tap water, rather than bottled thus avoiding excess waste in landfills or extra recycling costs.||YES → Encourage green infrastructure throughout the city to save energy, reduce pollution. Encourage the protection of green space by financially rewarding ($) developers to protect trees and woodlands during development.||YES → Maintain high standards of quality drinking water in Ottawa. Recognize the benefits of consuming tap water, rather than bottled thus avoiding excess waste in landfills or extra recycling costs.|
|Michel Tardif||YES – I have made a few recommendations on treatment of waste water and drinking water to be cleaner. One was utilizing a plasma discharge in the water to break down all organics which is better than reverse osmosis where the toxins are still intact.||YES – I would like to see a bylaw in place like Vancouver on required parks for each development and green top roofs on buildings.||YES – San Francisco reuses some of its wastewater by treatment of reverse osmosis but believe high voltage discard of treated waste water could be incorporated to recycle our water.|
|Tim Tierney *||YES||YES||YES –> Recognizing that budgets must be adjusted.|
|QUARTIER MUNICIPAL 12 – Rideau-Vanier|
|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 waterways.||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|
|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 (i.e. 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.|
|QUARTIER MUNICIPAL 13 – Rideau-Rockcliffe|
|Peter D. Clark *||YES||YES||YES – We already promote conservation. Putting an artificial target would be counterproductive.|
|Cam Holmstrom||YES – It is important that we do as much preventative work to ensure that we keep our water sources as healthy as possible, for the long-term sustainability of our city. This is especially true when we see stories about other jurisdictions struggling to find enough potable water for their citizens. We are blessed to have the water resources we have and have to do what we can to ensure we continue to have that resource for generations to come. I strongly support this initiative.||YES – As the city grows and more people come to our city, green infrastructure will become more and more important to the long-term viability of our communities. Over time I want us to be ahead of the curve on the use of natural approaches, like green infrastructure, so that means putting it front and centre in our planning today and using them whenever we can to show that they work.||YES – With more and more residential and commercial properties either being renovated or built with more efficient features (like low-flow toilets for example), I find a 3% annual target to be a very reasonable target. We are becoming more conscious and more efficient as a society in our use of resources like water, so I believe a target like that can be reached and be continued over time.|
|Jevone Nicholas||YES – With respect to existing urban areas and operational farms, the WES has to provide measures that will directly address the threats of untreated runoff. These measures should include a mix of changes to operational practices (public and private sectors) as well as direct capital investments. For any future land use development in urban or rural areas, the WES should enforce policies requiring full assessment of any potential impacts on the watershed.||YES – Measures such as parklands and street trees do not simply address water management. They support other environmental and quality-of-life goals, such as clean air or neighbourhood ambiance. I would prioritize green infrastructure investments based on their cumulative impact on several environmental fronts. I would also explore incentives for private developments that incorporate water management features, such as permeable surfaces and green roofs.||YES – As the 2004 Water Efficiency Strategy expires this year, the new WES should incorporate conservation measures. The City has a dilemma. The less water residents use, the less meter revenue the City collects. Given that we finance the water/sewer system separate from property taxes, there is fiscal pressure not to conserve too much, or else we can’t pay for system maintenance. I call for a frank discussion on this financing, to find a formula to use less water while maintaining infrastructure|
|Tobi Nussbaum||YES – Ottawa is home to plentiful water resources which we should not squander through lack of attention or mismanagement. Instead, we should aim to have the cleanest waterways in Canada – befitting the nation’s capital and the importance of water to Canada’s history and identity. To succeed, Ottawa will need to work together with other cities and towns in Ontario and Quebec which also border our great rivers, conservation authorities and the provincial governments. The establishment of watershed (not just local) action plans would be an important vehicle to do so.||YES – The City must promote and in certain instances, itself install, green infrastructure. For example, tree planting should be mandated and costed in road construction projects. The benefits are many: increased urban forest, slower vehicular speed, aesthetic improvement, more permeable surface areas and pedestrian comfort. Another tool to be tried are incentives such as for green roof construction and the use of permeable pavement and rain gardens. Real savings in the construction and operation of infrastructure can be realized by taking advantage of the city’s natural capital and systems.||YES – The City should continue to encourage residents and businesses to further reduce their use of water. Incentives such as neighbourhood water reduction challenges should be considered. Water meters should be placed where residents can monitor their usage, and apps that track consumption could be piloted. On top of the ecological advantages, water conservation has clear economic benefits to residents, via lower bills, and to the city, through lower costs of water treatment and delivery.|
|Penny Thompson||YES → I am in favour of supporting the Water Environment Strategy as one of the projects of the overall Ottawa River Action Plan. I attended the Water Roundtable where agencies protecting our water environment participated and drew attention to the extensive watersheds in & around the city. One of those flood zones can be found in New Edinburgh. We saw this year sandbags going up as the river levels rose to a threatening level. Currently it’s watched by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority. I support the use of city funds for the engineering study commissioned to model the Rideau River waterflow.||YES → Green infrastructure IS the way of the future. Through the Green Infrastructure Fund, the Government of Canada supports projects that promote cleaner air, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and cleaner water. I support investing in these strategies. Locally we have seen the launch of a successful pilot project along Sunnyside with the installation of the “rain gardens” which will capture and treat storm-water runoff. I am one of approximately fifteen members of the Public Advisory Group for the redevelopment of the former CFB Rockcliffe Lands where Green Infrastructure will be a major component of the development.||YES → I will prioritize water conservation measures. I believe we can do much more in terms of educating the public about conserving water usage. The City of Ottawa is currently in Phase III (the final phase) of the ten-year Water Efficiency Strategy. I support the introduction of financial disincentives for those who continue inefficient water usage but I strongly believe to address this issue, a public awareness and education campaign on smart water usage is required.|
|QUARTIER MUNICIPAL 14 – Somerset|
|Martin Canning||YES – Minimizing our impact on local source water, streams, and rivers requires a holistic strategy. To be successful, this Strategy will require the City to work effectively with other levels of government and other jurisdictions, and work collaboratively with organizations like the Ottawa River Keepers. (Although my support in principle is solid, with the absence of a particular initiative being noted in this question, my support for specific “investments » would be made on a case by case basis.)||YES – In the 21st century, green infrastructure measures are essential to building strong, healthy, and efficient communities, as well as an effective way for cities to meet their water management obligations. In this respect, there should be clear linkages between future Water Environment Strategy and Forest Management Strategy, and how they influence the design and material selection of complete streets, and larger urban planning efforts.||YES – I support the 3% per year reduction target and the variety of approaches needed to achieve this goal, including education campaigns, partnerships with the development community, and incentives for landlords and tenants, etc. We must also pilot programs that make it easier for citizens to embark on water and energy efficiency retrofits of their property.|
|Edward Conway||YES||YES –> one of my priorities is to make effective the parkland requirement associated with downtown condo building development. Presently that green requirement is treated indifferently with cash in lieu of parks. Cash which the city uses for other purposes. I would require the 2% parkland to be translated into actual downtown parkland. The 2% parkland requirement from each condo-build would be banked by the city until 1 hectare is accumulated at which time it must be translated into a downtown park of 1 hectare.||YES|
|Thomas McVeigh||YES – Being a largely tiara city by area, I support both storm-water treatment and examining contaminants introduced by farmland runoff e.g. Pesticide and too much nitrogen.||YES – Lack of permeable surfaces in the core also leads to building damage as water table gets altered and ground subsides.||NO – I checked no. Frankly, 3% reduction isn’t enough.|
|Conor Meade||YES –> I support a comprehensive analysis of all potential hazards in our water supply, a city review of the empirical evidence on their potential health effects, and the development of a strategy to address these threats to our health and environment.Maintain high standards of quality drinking water in Ottawa. Recognize the benefits of consuming tap water, rather than bottled thus avoiding excess waste in landfills or extra recycling costs.||YES –> Absolutely. Ecologically sound urban spaces are crucial for improving residents’ quality of life, and building more sustainable cities.||No –> Conservation is a laudable goal. I make an effort to conserve water at home and I encourage everyone to do the same. However, in a world with a growing population and industrializing third world, conservation alone will not have a significant effect. As a policymaker I will be focused on measures that can make a real difference – i.e., better treatment facilities, and water production methods that are minimally disruptive to local ecosystems.|
|Jeff Morrison||YES – I have spoken at length about the need for invest in innovative green communities and infrastructure, which includes wastewater infrastructure. The election of the Ontario Liberals will also ensure provincial investment for the Ottawa River clean-up; a top priority.||YES – As part of my platform, I have identified creating an Ottawa green roof bylaw, similar to that of the City of Toronto’s. As Director of Environment with the Canadian Construction Association in the 2000s, I was very involved in policies such as climate change adaptation for infrastructure, so I am very familiar with these concepts. Adapting natural features into the built environment is a step towards healthier communities.||YES – As Director of Environment with the Canadian Construction Association, I pushed for federal subsidies for products / tools that met lower energy and water standards (e.g., low flush toilets). As a condo Board President, I had rain sensors installed in our irrigation system as a means to save water. So yes, I would support continuing efforts in this regard.|
|Silviu Riley||YES – Ottawa’s sewer system should not overflow into the Ottawa River during heavy rain storms. This should be addressed by the Water Environment Strategy, as a way to protect our drinking water.||YES||YES|
|Denis Schryburt||YES – The City of Ottawa MUST also work in partnership with our neighbours in Gatineau and both the Ontario and Quebec provincial governments to ensure measures are put in place to protect our rivers from being contaminated.||YES – If elected, I will work towards ensuring that more green infrastructure measures are put in place in order to protect our ecosystems, our parklands, urban forests and street trees. I also support green roofs and more community gardens throughout the city.||YES|
|Lili V. Weemen||YES – Definitely reduce the amount of toxins going into our rivers.||YES – In Somerset ward we have lost too many trees over the years and a regreening campaign is necessary and I would like to see Metcalfe street converted into a grand boulevard with big trees on both sides. Encourage community gardens in summer.||YES – Landscaping using plants growing on runners with shallow roots to cover the soil preventing evaporation.|
|QUARTIER MUNICIPAL 15 – Kitchissippi|
|Katherine Hobbs *||YES – I am committed to the City’s Stormwater Management Retrofit Plan and the need for oil and grit separators and stormwater management ponds, etc. My goal is to increase the number of days Westboro Beach is open for swimming by improving a number of factors in the Pinecrest Creek corridor that contribute to unsafe levels of bacteria at the beach, and increase public awareness and involvement in stormwater management with rain barrels, downspouts directed to pervious surfaces.||YES – I fully support this policy. Additionally I am proud that the new Innvoation Centre at Bayview Yards will have a green roof and that the Community Design Plans for the OTrain corridor incorporate a green swath to the River.||YES – I would like to introduce stronger environmental policies for construction in Ottawa such as mandating toilets that use less water per flush, as well as better protection of trees during construction. I believe a list of environmental requirements should be developed and integrated into the development approval process and I would achieve this by pushing for it to be added to the work plan for the Planning Department for the next term of Council 2014-2018.|
|Jeff Leiper||YES – We must conserve Ottawa’s rivers as a resource for future generations. My commitment, if elected, is to prioritize municipal spending to fund infrastructure to protect our waterways and to push the City continue to work with the Province to achieve this goal. As far back as 2003, I was a leader in the successful campaign to eliminate the Bayview Yards snow dump that was exacerbating Ottawa River pollution (http://ottawariverkeeper.ca/news/snow_dump_is_obvious_waste_of_prime_land/).||YES – I am committed to protecting green space (http://jeffleiper.ca/content/western-light-rail-going-rails-kitchissippi) and urban forests (http://jeffleiper.ca/content/concrete-steps-protect-our-urban-forests). I will vote to protect watersheds and preserve natural environments. I am committed to maintaining permeable surfaces when infill and new development occurs. I will use regulatory tools to require green building when possible and otherwise encourage it through incentives.||YES – Public education, rebates for high volume water users to implement water efficiency measures, and regulatory measures such as water restrictions have served to reduce the overall and maximum day production of water. If elected, I will work to reduce per capita and overall water consumption with measures that continue to reduce system leakage, continuing public education measures, as well as regulatory measures where needed.|
|Ellen Lougheed||YES – Why has this not been done before?||Yes → Why would I in good conscience oppose it?||No → don’t know yet.|
|Michelle Reimer||YES→ And no. I support an independent assessment but would expect the cost to be shared by the three levels of government.||YES – Although I am a strong believer and supporter in a healthy environment, I do have other priorities that also need support, such as affordable housing. I believe I can support both initiatives in such a way that helps both. Some solutions to both of these areas do not require lots of money, and others do need considerable financial support. I think we have to be more innovative in our solutions.||YES – By all means. And we can devise creative solutions to encourage people to use less water.|
|QUARTIER MUNICIPAL 16 – Rivière|
|Jeff Koscik||YES – Yes I will support such a Water Environment Strategy as long as the proper groups are consulted, a reasonable timeline and reasonable goals are set out.||YES||YES|
|Mike Patton||YES||YES||NO – Really more of a maybe, I don’t know how much more real conservation is available or how the 3% goal would be achieved.|
|Colin Pennie||YES → Water Environment Strategy is a key priority for the city. We need to follow-through on a multi-jurisdictional government approach to implement clean water and healthy watersheds.||YES → Sustainable solutions must effectively protect and preserve the environment to avoid bigger problems in the future. River Ward has more green space than any other area in Ottawa that requires the protection and support of leadership with any initiatives going forward.||YES → Without question, reduced water consumption will be a priority if I am elected as City Councillor for River Ward 16. I will continue to work to implement water conservation methods.|
|Vanessa Nicki Sutton||YES – By strategically realigning existing budget resources as I do not want to increase property taxes.||YES – By strategically realigning existing budget resources as I do not want to increase property taxes.||YES|
|QUARTIER MUNICIPAL 17 – Capitale|
|David Chernushenko *||YES – I am particularly keen to promote alternative storm-water management methods at the community level for new developments, both urban and suburban. Less hardened landscape, free roofs, water retaining landscaping, etc. Our pilot project on Sunnyside Avenue will be a valuable start.||YES – We are doing a poor job of requiring planting of trees along streets where there is the potential for them to become large street trees. Too great a priority is given to underground parking being allowed to go to the edge of the sidewalk.||YES – Our challenge is going to be the adoption of a pricing system which continues to encourage water conservation, while at the same time generates enough revenue to pay for delivery to every home of affordably-priced, clean water.|
|Espoir Manirambona||YES – Strongly agree, the water supply should also be free of any medications such as fluoride. I hope ecology ottawa will join the growing call for fluoridation free water. http://www.fluoridefree.ca/||YES||YES – Agreed. conserving water should be a key priority. One way to do that is to significantly reduce production/consumption of unnecessary goods and services.|
|QUARTIER MUNICIPAL 18 – Alta Vista|
|Daher Muse Calin|
|QUARTIER MUNICIPAL 19 – Cumberland|
|Marc Belisle||YES – Protecting our waters is one of my top priorities.||YES – All that is mentioned above will improve our quality of life, our environment and protect our children’s future. Green infrastructure is the only way we should be moving ahead.||YES – Yes absolutely. I often see people watering their driveway. This should be banned.|
|Stephen Blais *||Like so many of you, I was appalled when I learned of raw sewage flooding into the Ottawa River. As such, we’ve acted to significantly to reduce these occurrences and to develop a long-term plan to eliminate it all together. As a frequent visitor to Petrie Island with my son, this initiative is one that deserves all levels of government’s utmost attention. I am proud to have supported every vote on this issue. I am pleased with the Provincial commitment to fund the Ottawa River Action Plan and hope that the Federal government will match this commitment very soon. A clean Ottawa River is a legacy I want to pass onto my son and future generations of Ottawa residents.||As you likely know, as a city councillor, the planting of tens of thousands of trees to enhance our parks and roadways has been a priority of mine. We’ve planted tens of thousands of trees in Cumberland in the last four years. 1. http://www.stephenblais.ca/en/news/item/blais-announces-tree-planting-for-earth-day 2. http://www.stephenblais.ca/en/news/item/hundreds-of-new-trees-to-be-planted-in-orleans We’ve also protected natural areas in the east end to help beautify our surroundings, while at the same time, benefiting our natural environment. More notably, I have also been instrumental in protecting natural areas such as Lalande Conservation Park. http://www.stephenblais.ca/en/news/item/blais-unveils-lalande-conservation-park. Furthermore, as a member of the South Nation Conservation Authority board I have championed the conservation of important natural features and have fought for the necessary funding to protect critical environmental features in Ottawa and throughout the region.||I am and will remain a strong advocate of building LEED certified facilities to save energy and water. And where it has been appropriate to conserve water usage, I have been a strong proponent. Opportunities such as the collection and use of brown water in new facilities and buildings are examples that we should take more often.|
|QUARTIER MUNICIPAL 20 – Osgoode|
|Kim Sheldrick||YES – This is something I truly believe in and will help work towards whether I am elected or not.||YES||YES – I also believe we should further investigate the option « reusable grey water » for toilet flushing. Treating water to potable levels to use in toilets seems a waste of resources.|
|Paul St. Jean|
|George Wright||Yes||No –> First step must be treating all the water released into the Ottawa River.||No –> Without knowing the costs, I cannot commit.|
|QUARTIER MUNICIPAL 21 – Rideau-Goulbourn|
|Scott Moffatt *||YES||YES – Supporting green infrastructure that reducing costs and saves taxpayers dollars while protecting the environment is a no brainer, I am not convinced, however, that the environmental benefits of all green roofs outweigh the financial costs. I don’t feel we can go for green at any cost. It needs to make sense and be affordable.||YES – This is a bit of a yes/no for me. The City of Ottawa has and will continue to promote water conservation. However, attaching a hard number is difficult because of growth and other factors. Even if you remained at 100,000L over the next few years, that’s conservation but wouldn’t achieve the 3% reduction.|
|QUARTIER MUNICIPAL 22 – Gloucester South-Nepean|
|Scott Hodge||YES||YES – In keeping with the intent of this Provincial Policy Statement, the City of Ottawa needs to recognize and prioritize the need to protect and maintain the urban forest / woodlot areas located in the various developing communities in the suburban areas of Ottawa.||NO – The City has been promoting two potentially contradictory policies – reduce the consumption of water but tap water is clean and healthy and has been promoting to residents the consumption of tap water instead of purchasing bottled water. The City should continue promoting the consumption of tap water, and the benefits of regular watering of lawns and green spaces on private property, while educating residents and property owners on how to be ‘water conscious’ and not waste clean water.|
|Susan Sherring||YES — The development of a strong and sustainable water strategy must be one of Council’s priorities moving forward. Reducing flooding and protecting rivers and streams is critical for residents today and future generations. I believe such a strategy must be more than lofty principles. Instead it must focus on realistic and measurable goals, with a clear timetable for implementation and consistent monitoring and review.||Green infrastructure is a priority but not all infrastructure measures are created equal. Rather than blanket support for a laundry list of measures, I am committed to analysis and action that focuses on specific measures that are applicable to the issues we face in Ottawa.||NO — I believe conservation measures can be best achieved through education and awareness rather than setting arbitrary targets.|
|QUARTIER MUNICIPAL 23 – Kanata-Sud|
|David Abuwa||YES –> Clean water is are most essential resource and we cannot afford to squander it.||YES –> We must continue to maintain are connection with nature, even within the urban bounderies, to appreciate the beauty, splendor, and calming effect that result from a balanced ecosystem.||YES –> The population in the City of Ottawa will only increase as time goes on. It is our duty to ensure as much clean water as feasible.|
|Bruce Anthony Faulkner||NO –> We have to develop a plan that includes Quebec and a cost recovery to this plan .But only after we have a clear mandate from the voters and the tax payer.I answered no because this is not the call of a candidate its the residents of Ottawa who will pay and continue to pay .Let’s start with the horse in front of the cart!!||NO –> We need to look at all aspects of a policy before we sign on and spend taxpayers money.||NO –>The reduction of water consumption may be a result of an increase in water bills from the municipality?|
|Allan Hubley *|