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Global warming is an existential challenge facing humanity. Do you think Hamilton should play a role in addressing climate change? If so, what should the city be doing? If not, why not?

Responses to the question: "Global warming is an existential challenge facing humanity. Do you think Hamilton should play a role in addressing climate change? If so, what should the city be doing? If not, why not? "

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35 Candidate Responses (top)

Mayor
CandidateBrief ResponseFull Response
Davis, Jim Yes Global warming is everyone's responsibility and by keeping our industries in check to follow the guidelines is a starting point. Our upper Governments have to push the auto industry to move faster on removing the internal combustion engine, one of the top polluters in North America.
Gomes, Carlos Yes Yes we all need to take responsibility for the role we play in global warming, starting with larger fines for companies like steelco And defasco who contribute to most of that problem. Taxpayers pay a higher carbon tax than, the companies, meanwhile we product it go to and from work. Company contribute on a daily basis. How does that make any sense to our current government?
Graydon, Edward HC Yes I am inclined to the frame of thinking that should the steel plants cease to exist it might go a long way to solving many of your questions.If you really want to do your part for global warming all while monumentally changing Hamilton help eliminate the cause and source of the problem.Would not every living thing on earth benefit from the steel plants demise not only immediately but over time? Would it be reasonable to assume that the living conditions of thousands of Hamiltonians would be greatly improved? Would you not assume that the planet as a whole would benefit ?

I would align with actions that would see the end of steel production in Hamilton .I have no concern ,neither am I particularly sympathetic to those that would like to pander to their on going existence
Tavares, Ricky N/A How much are you going to pay me ? $100 and I will communicate with you at your basic level. Otherwise you are useless to me and Hamilton.
Wozny, Mark Yes Climate change seems to be one of the hot buttons at all level of government.

While City Council on its own, might not be able to effect changes in construction and by-laws that would redirect housing and fossil fuel consumption, the committee of Large City Mayors could certainly lobby to Provincial and Federal governments to ensure that new units become 'solar powered'

Solar power costs have gone from some $200 per kwh to some $55 per kwh (in U.S. dollars) Given the plumetting costs and the ability to power not only the home, but vehicles as well, this is something that should be part of the government mandate - perhaps not only on the City level, but through the CMHC - mortgages/loans as the majority are guarranteed by the Canadian Citizens.

Hamilton should maintain its forest canopy and ensure all 'treed properties' are preserved, at least as long as possible, in the face of new development.

All new housing should be equiped with rainwater reservoirs. Especially in a pinch, the water can be used to maintain yard health, particularly the trees which might consume some 5 gallons of water when in a mature stage.
Yan, Nathalie Xian Yi Yes Municipal level is the closest level of government to the people. It is a municipal government obligation to take responsibility for their strategy plan and actions to guide therefore the citizens are accountable for recycling and other methods to reduce the carbon footprint. Everything we do everything we plan to do has social and economic consequences on society and-future generations. We see the pollution we see the global warming we see the disasters happening around the world. It is the responsibility of newly elected councilors and individual citizens to consider how new economic model should be designed as environmental oriented designs
Ward 01
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Allen, Jason Yes Cities have the greatest role to play in climate change adaptation (resilience) despite having a smaller role in mitigation. Hamilton has a climate change charter it implemented in 2011 and the city has already taken many steps towards reducing its climate footprint. For instance, emissions in Hamilton were reduced by 29% between 2006 and 2012, exceeding the target by 205. An adaption issue we are already facing is regular flooding incidents, which will require the refitting of our storm water system. I would like to see a storm water charge applied to property owners with large parking lots that would then go towards upgrading the storm water system so it doesn’t dump sewage into the bay or Cootes Paradise during a heavy storm. We could also mandate permeable pavers for those wishing to pave their front yards to make them into parking spots. Finally, we need to better communicate to people how to be prepared for extreme weather events, including creating a heat event plan that would prevent the deaths of isolated people (especially seniors) in the event of a protracted heat warning.
Anderson, Sharon Yes Yes. As Cities are where the majority of the world's population now lives I think that municipal governments have the potential and the ability to affect massive positive change on this issue. I've provided five examples of programs which the City could implement to help address this challenge, it is by no means an exhaustive list. Some of these programs we could do in isolation, others will work best if we team up with neighbouring municipalities to accomplish.

* Electric buses, electric city vehicles and electric small equipment

* Clear plastic bags for garbage pickup to make sure recyclables have not been included in the garbage; an alternative to the plastic bags would need to be developed in the long term

* Solar panels and other forms of green energy as well as green roofs for all City facilities and infrastructure where possible

* Zoning laws which strongly encourage solar panels on private homes and residential buildings

* A phased-in ban on single use plastics. However bans on single use plastic straws need to consult advocacy groups for persons with disabilities for feasible alternatives prior to implementation.
Cole, Sharon Yes Absolutely and particularly with those City facilities and services that are within the City's sphere of influence. For example, reductions in emissions from built environments, reductions in energy and water consumption. Reductions in emissions as part of the overall Transit Plan, including strategies to expand the use of clean energy and electricity options in public vehicles, buses, rapid transit, etc. Strategies to reduce the reliance on automobiles. Reduce the requirement for fossil fuels, landfill emissions, landfill use and increased recycling options and reductions in food and agricultural emissions.
Eroglu, Ela Yes Climate change is one of the biggest problems facing not just Hamiltonians but all humanity. Hamiltonians are supportive and committed to tackle the immediate threat and to take any necessary steps to deal with climate change. The City should establish itself as a leader in the fight against climate change by setting examples and establishing standards and benchmarks for environmentally-sustainable developments. Unless we act now, it may be too late. We have nothing to lose from keeping the environment sustainable, but everything to lose if we neglect it.
Geffros, Sophie Yes Hamilton must commit to environmental justice in all aspects of our decision making. That includes making sure that Hamiltonians are able to safely use active transportation such as cycling, and fully implementing LRT. It also means ensuring that all new development is in accordance with a gold or platinum LEED certification. Hamilton should also participate in the LEED for cities pilot project to ensure that our city in general is in accordance with the highest LEED standards.

With rising temperatures, heat waves are quickly becoming a public health crisis specifically for some older adults and people taking certain medications. As we proceed with the creation of our Urban Forest Strategy we must not wait to take action. From pedestrian safety to urban cooling to stormwater drainage to beauty, street trees provide immense benefits to our city and our communities. While many areas of Ward One are filled with street trees this is not equal everywhere in our Ward. For example, in Strathcona, especially along Main and King streets there is an absence of trees for large stretches. Street trees benefit us from a public health, an economic, a social, and an environmental perspective and it’s time we got serious about planting and conservation. Looking ahead we need to raise awareness and usage of Hamilton’s Street Tree Planting Program modelling best practices from OPIRG’s Hamilton Street Tree Project. Additionally we must address the gaps along major arteries like Main street and KIng Street and ensure legislation prevents developers from removing more street trees needlessly.
Massie, Richard Yes Hamilton is protected from ocean levels rising and severe drought living in the interior and beside the Great Lakes,. However, we can expect the costs of storms, snow removal and stormwater flooding to increase and negatively impact city operations. Our City government decisions can have a faster impact locally than federal initiatives
Narducci, Linda Yes Not only with Hamiltons heavy industrial manufacturing, but with the amount of cars on our streets, we ​ need​ to play an active role in addressing climate change. The manufacturing businesses should be held accountable for pollution that spews into our air from their facilities. The City can promote events held by Environment Hamilton and Coalition Against Pollution, more specifically their Pollution Crawl. We have become accustomed to and accept the smoke colors, not really knowing that this is affecting our health and environment. Educating and informing citizens helps to create educated citizen. I support the Urban Forest Strategy and their work and ideas to not only maintain green spaces but to develop more. Protecting our trees and forests not only helps to mitigate the effects of climate change but reduces stormwater runoff. The City can add water bottle filling stations in public spaces along with banning single use plastic. Awareness of the impact that plastic has on the climate is growing but Hamilton should be a leader in reducing our urban footprint.
White, Harrison Yes Hamilton needs to play a role in addressing climate change. Many cities across the world were addressing climate change issues prior to international agreements such as the Paris Climate Agreement. Many cities in the United States continue to participate in combatting climate change despite their nation’s withdrawal from the agreement. Hamilton should act just as other major cities have and recognize the importance of combatting climate change. There are aspects the city needs to improve, that would also assist in combatting climate change. Improving public transit for example, the use of the LRT, according to the EPA released by the city, will help cut back on three major air pollutants. Developing and improving public transit further would continue to assist in cutting green house gases through reducing the use of personal vehicles.
Ward 02
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Daljeet, Suresh Venodh Yes Climate Change will not only affect us but future generations as well. There's no reason, with today's technology, we should still be polluting the way we are. Of course Hamilton should play a role. We've come a long way already and we have to continue enforcing our emission standards and hold polluters accountable.
Farr, Jason Yes Firstly, we should set examples by the way we operate as a corporation. Past examples of efforts that speak to our acknowledgment that this is a serious issue include, but are not limited to, City-wide street lighting transformation to lower impact L.E.D. tech, Community Energy shared heating and cooling of Downtown facilities and solar lighting installations where applicable.

We were one of the first Ontario cities to support the Blue Dot movement through a motion of Council. We also regularly support and receive guidance from our friends in outside organisations like Environment Hamilton. The environment is a priority in Hamilton as Council regularly fully supports increased actions toward polluters from our industrial core and beyond. We are demonstrating as a local governing body an awareness and belief in global warming and must continue to do so and govern accordingly.
Kroetsch, Cameron Yes Yes, every person, business, and government must play a role in addressing climate change. The City should be focusing on:

● Developing a Hamilton Green Standard (similar to the Toronto Green Standard , now in its third version) for new development. We need to ensure that we don’t build new structures that make the problem worse.

● Improving our air quality. We can do this by planting more trees and protecting the trees we have. If we have to remove trees we should be replacing them with more trees, not just an equal amount. This also means a protected and connected bike lane network across the entire city.

● Taking the Community Climate Change Action Plan seriously. At present, the public information available on the City’s actions in relation to this plan is non-existent. We must make sure that we’re either implementing this plan aggressively with real public targets or revisiting it to ensure that it meets more realistic goals.
Smith, Nicole Yes LRT is one significant step but the city can do a lot more with solar energy on rooftops and developing a complete protected north-south as well as east-west cycling route. By making cycling a viable option for all ages, we address multiple goals of health and well-being, better safety, and cleaner air.
Tennant, Mark Yes I support The Green energy act. There is always more to do with regards to Green energy. More education to residents with regards to recycling, low carbon emissions, Etc. Renewable and 100% sustainable energy needs to be the focus and future for our city. With many pressing issues, each has to be addressed and prioritized. Again, the city needs to engage experts and work collaboratively with them to move the initiative forward.
Ward 03
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Farr, Laura Yes We do play a role already, and this work needs to be continued. The City does some good things - proactively asking home owners to plant trees on their property in road allowances (Street Tree Program), and measuring the Greenhouse Gas emissions inventory and targets. Most people don’t know that the City of Hamilton achieved the corporate 2012 and 2020 emissions targets for reduction already. A further 50% reduction of 2005 greenhouse gases levels by 2030 and an 80% reduction of 2005 greenhouse gases levels by 2050 has now been set.

The Community Climate Change Plan was also developed (http://climatechangehamilton.ca/plan/) , and work continues in a partnership with the City of Hamilton Public Health Department (CleanAirHamilton), GreenVenture, and other stakeholders.
Smith, Dan Yes I think we should play a role. I think better monitoring of air quality from our factories is needed, as well, we need to encourage more people to start using less polluting methods of transportation such as cycling and, walking and public transit.
Sprague, Kristeen Yes I do think Hamilton should play a role in addressing climate change, because climate change will affect us whether we like it or not. Climate change impacts more than just our physical environment. It also impacts people's stress levels and general health. Concrete improvements include making sure that we invest in affordable, accessible public transit, protecting our green spaces, and encouraging forms of recreation and recreational infrastructure that allows people to walk and ride bicycles safely. We also need to research and understand how problems such as gentrification contribute to global warming. The elimination of our manufacturing industry make seem "green" to some people, but it's hardly "green" to manufacture steel in Hamilton and yet import steel from across the world to build our LRT. We will always need manufacturing, so we need to consider how glossing over our working class base and history and relying more heavily on importation and outsourcing supplies actually contributes to climate change.
Ward 04
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Merulla, Sam Yes Again, since the early 2000's I have sponsored infrastructure renewal that eliminated the flooding crisis in East Hamilton and facilitated the creation of the Storm Emergency Response Group to study climate change issues and recommend changes to accommodate accordingly.
Ward 05
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Maldonado, Juanita Yes Yes.
Ward 06
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Jackson, Tom Yes Our Local Government has promoted an environmentally friendly City. Strong Citizen advocates in concert with City Council have successfully pushed for greater industry standards on pollution emissions and also many measures have been taken to transform the image of our City to a cleaner, greener, more attractive destination place.
Taylor, Timothy Yes I think Hamilton already is playing a role. The HSR 10 year transit plan, the proposed LRT plan, traffic initiatives... Not to mention holding industry responsible for their pollution control measures.
Ward 07
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Kazubek, Joseph Yes I believe that even though the province has canceled the cap and trade, we as a city can look into offering some tax grants to present businesses and home owners within the city that as willing to invest into a greener future. I would consider using the new tax revenue from the dispensary that are looking to become licensed within the city to fund this program. Also any new permits will be required to follow set out guild lines to ensure low pollution production.
MacIntyre, Dan Yes I don’t pretend to be an expert on global warming. Aside from the obvious answers of: finding cost-effective ways to use cleaner energy, increasing ridership on our HSR system, and creating new green spaces. I do know that it served me very well to sit down with Lynda Lukasik, Executive Director of Environment Hamilton, back in May, and having that relationship grow will certainly aid me in making sure I’m doing the right thing. We absolutely, and on Hamilton Mountain in particular, need to eliminate a lot of the asphalt that exists. A great example is around the corner from my home at Upper Sherman and Mohawk. If you’re looking for a case study on how not to act as a responsible land owner or good corporate citizen come and walk the north-west parking lot with me. You’ll be amazed!
McMullen, Geraldine Yes The City has partnered with Mohawk College, the City of Burlington and Sustainable Hamilton Burlington in the development of the Centre for Climate Change Management at Mohawk. The goal of the Centre is to develop real solutions for Hamilton and area in the form of business and community greenhouse gas emission reduction. This, in turn, would create a more sustainable future of responsibility in our use of the planet’s resources.
Pauls, Esther Yes The City should be doing more with community heating systems and other opportunities to reduce green house gas emissions.
Ward 12
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Scime, John Yes I believe that everyone has a humanitarian responsibility to do their part in addressing global warming. As a city, we need to continue to provide robust facilities to handle the changes and begin to influence behaviours of responsible waste reduction and curbing the atmospheric heat blanket that is continuing to thicken.
There are various components leading to the solution, but I believe that Hamilton can strive to be LEED Gold or Platinum in public buildings throughout the city.
Ward 13
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Gelder, Rich Yes In addition to re-committing to funding public transit so as to get people out of their cars, we need to ensure that our waste diversion program is robust. We need to solve the odour problem of our central composting facility and ensure measures are in place to ensure proper recycling initiatives.
Mitchell, Pamela N/A Declined to answer
Ward 14
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Iszkula, Robert Yes Yes, Divesting from fossil fuels and encouraging all large organizations in Hamilton to do so would be a great start. It is also imperative that we anticipate environmental impacts when we create bylaws that drive development. Permeable pavers that reduce runoff pollution and heat island effects, planting more trees, encouraging use of electric vehicles, transit and cycling, as well as zoning so that people have amenities close to their houses - all of these can improve quality of life for local residents while at the same time making a positive impact on climate goals.
Whitehead, Terry Yes I think that as a municipality we have a responsibility to be educate our residents on making responsible decisions that can mitigate climate change. Ultimately, the jurisdiction and power to impose environmental policy and targets falls under provincial and federal jurisdiction and it is up to municipalities to comply with those directions.

We should be promoting environmentally friendly alternatives for transportation, providing the infrastructure to accommodate more electric vehicles, investing in green energy/technologies and start-ups, attracting entrepreneurs and innovation that are environmentally friendly. Of course the city is always responsible for educating residents on reducing waste at home that goes to our landfills. It's a complex issue and we must work together as a community to become an environmentally friendly centre of excellence.

Response Summary (top)

Brief ResponseCount% of Total
Yes3394.3%
No00.0%
Maybe00.0%

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