What’s your long-term vision for Vancouver’s waterfront?
My environmental platform calls for a variety of bold measures to ensure Vancouver continues to be a world leader in sustainability: accelerating Vancouver’s transition to renewable energy; stronger support for green buildings and retrofits for buildings that can resist rising sea-levels, etc. I am also resolutely opposed to the expansion of pipelines and other infrastructure for outdated fossil fuels.
I strongly support the development of a community plan for Vancouver waterfront. Among its elements, I would support a multilateral efforts — engaging other municipalities, industry and senior levels of government — in a significant expansion of efforts to restore streams and coastal areas: a Salmon Cities strategy.
Focussing on the recovery of salmon stocks, this would include urging Metro Vancouver to accelerate plans to separate storm sewers other sewage treatment systems, and a regional strategy to enhance the restoration and daylighting of select rivers and streams, allowing for the return of spawning salmon.
Better methods of capturing run off from rainwater would be an element of this. So, too, would be funding for Salmon Cities arts and culture, and opportunities to engage schools and local neighbourhoods in daylighting of select creeks and streams and protection/restoration/clean-up of sensitive intertidal ecosystems. This would ground the campaign, educating and engaging citizens as coast- and stream-keepers–giving them ownership of a bold strategy that appeals to Vancouverites of all backgrounds.
Our waterfront has many competing pressures and conflicting interests. If elected, what would you prioritize and what would be your first action to address that idea?
I would support the development of a community plan (with careful engagement of industries, small business and government) to provide a foundation for a balanced and inspiring strategy to protect Vancouver’s waterfront and coastal ecosystems. My platform envisages an environmentally and economically robust city economy. This calls for strong environmental protection, coupled with measures to boost public transit and densify in sensitive ways, so as to protect Vancouver’s critically important industrial areas and foster innovative sectors as well as the growth of small businesses city-wide.
How would you build on the May 2017 Waterfront Motion to ensure the strongest possible waterfront planning for Vancouver’s future?
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If elected, would you help support a comprehensive waterfront plan?