Campaign Gets Spooky!

Come out and vote 110m past the pumpkin. All Ghouls and Goblins, Witches, Skeletons, Faeries, and even Trolls Welcome. 8am to 8pm Saturday Brennan Park.

This Pumpkin will be reused and was purchased as a donation to the Squamish Food Bank.

2nd Campaign Promise:

Public Washroom Directory on District website

to address several issues raised during this campaign, such as human waste on trials, vanlife, and increased communication by the Council and The District of Squamish, I promise to ask staff to add a page to the District website to communicate the location of public washrooms, their hours, what facillities they have, and to increase the number of men’s washrooms with change tables.

People shouldn’t have to use sites like Public Toilet Near Me to find a public washroom in Squamish. And men shouldn’t have to go to several or#squatforchange to find a place to change their infants. Its great to have new washrooms at Trailheads, now we need to let people know about them.

This is an easy way to increase communication and livability for Squamish.

Some might think these promises are small compared to the larger issues facing Squamish. I agree, however this is the kind of work from council that affects people’s quality of day-to-day life and takes up the majority of council time – and it’s a promise we can keep.

We can always work on improving communication; this is something that I noticed and promise to continue doing.

(photo credit Pique Newsmagazine linked in post)

 

Campaign Promise: “The Right to Wind in Your Hair”

I promise, to bring “The Right to Wind in Your Hair” to Squamish as Your Squamish Councilor.

During this campaign, people have promised a lot of things. Many people have asked what we can do as a council to improve their lives. Some of these things will take co-ordination at multiple levels of government, such as regional transit.

I can’t personally promise to give you money, or to fund large programs. I can tell you, I will dedicate myself to working towards larger, long term social infrastructure needs, such as housing, recreation, a new Brennan Park, and other Livability measures.

I can however, make one simple campaign promise. If I am elected Your Squamish Councilor, I will bring Cycling Without Age  to Squamish. As a community, we can afford rickshaw bikes, with private partnerships, for this program, perhaps more with support from business and local recreation groups.  As the “Outdoor Capital of Canada”, doesn’t every Squamish elder have the “Right to Wind in Your Hair”?

We can do this Squamish! We can improve Livability, foster community and connections between people, increase recreation opportunities for people of all ages, and get out and have some fun at the same time. Join me and let’s bring Cycling Without Age Canada  to Squamish. There are already 16 Chapters in Canada, 3 in BC; Nelson, Victoria, and Sydney. Alberta has 4. Let’s do this Squamish and be that 4th Chapter in BC.

The Scottish Parliament has promoted this program for the entire country. “The team behind an innovative scheme, Cycling Without Age, which helps older people benefit from cycling is to receive additional Scottish Government support. A Pilot project running in Falkirk is currently benefitting from £36,000 from the  Scottish Government and the European Social Fund.” This can be done by municipal government.

See all the videos at the bottom of their homepage for inspiration, including the one below, and join me in bringing Cycling Without Age to Squamish as Your Squamish Councilor. That is my campaign promise.

 

Forum on the Environment Answers

So of course to prepare for the forum on the environment I wrote answers and then something else came out at the moment or everyone else had taken the answer so I made up something up on the fly, (Question 2)  So I wanted to give my answers in full that I prepared. Thanks so much again to Climate Action Network, Squamish Environment Society, and Citizens for My Sea to Sky for hosting the forum.

1. Environmental Health

What do you see as the three greatest threats to wildlife, habitat, and ecosystem health in Squamish? What are some concrete steps you will take to address these issues? How will you ensure they are part of the conversation when making decisions?

3 greatest threats:

  • Human wildlife interaction such as bears being euthanized because people leave out garbage threatening wildlife.
  • Crumbling and insufficient infrastructure can lead to raw sewage, and other leaks into the environment threatening ecosystems and habitats.
  • Development too close to sensitive habitat without a buffer zone or wildlife corridors.

Concrete steps to address:

  • Bring in a by-law to mandate garbage bins stored inside like Port Coquitlam and create wildlife corridors like in Banff.
  • Appropriate CAC to ensure safe infrastructure into the future
  • Consulting Experts and Trust in science as well as the Ministry of Environment to ensure appropriate buffers around development for wildlife.

How to ensure they are part of the conversation during decision making?

  • Always ensure there is an open and transparent process for community involvement. Invite Squamish stream keepers and Squamish River Watershed Society, Squamish Nation  to the table.
  • Consult with conservation officers, and Wildlife BC to ensure enforcement is in place in the areas where it is a problem with human wildlife interaction.
  • Ensure staff recommendations and reports are listened to for infrastructure deficiencies and plan into the future for improvements with appropriate funding.
  • Respect Department of Fisheries and Oceans BC recommendations for buffer zones

2)  Climate change

Climate change is a global problem that needs local solutions. What are tangible actions that Council can take to reduce carbon emissions/pollution from Squamish residents, businesses, industry, and local government?

    • Increase the number of electric charging stations, mandate charging stations in new construction.
    • Provide electric and bio-fuel fleet vehicles, like Vancouver
    • Encourage a car sharing program and an electric bike sharing program for Squamish.
    • Incentivize builders to use heat-at-point hot water systems, geothermal, passive heat recapture and passive solar solutions in their projects.
    • Increase active transit and regional transit options
    • Negotiate a gas levy dedicated to transit and greening the transit fleet in Squamish.

3) Development

What do you see as the three greatest challenges related to development in Squamish and how would you address them?

Greatest Challenges

  • What is being built?  Ensure energy efficient and smaller builds mandated and incentivized
  • Where are we building it? Away from sensitive habitat, respecting the science to create wildlife corridors and buffers around development. respecting green space in the OCP.
  • What is the process used to decide this? All stakeholder meaningfully engaged, in a process that follows standard timelines for input discussion, reflection, and changes. People want their council to listen to them. Overwhelming opposition should slow and change any proposed development.

Wood Fibre LNG

Personally, I have concerns over the safety of both our community and the environment with regard to the project.  Understanding that WLNG is a Provincial and Federal jurisdiction, there is only so much at a Municipal level, that we have authority over.

We currently have no representation at the negotiating table and without District representation advocating for the best interest of Squamish, we will assume all the risk but gain none of the benefit through negotiated community supports.

My plan:

  • Ensure that Squamish council has representation at every meeting between WLNG and other government stakeholders.
  • Advocate about the continued safety concerns surrounding the project.
  • If the project does go forward, ensure that we are receiving appropriate tax revenue. (Evaluated at above $7 Million, while currently only $2 Million is being offered)

Sustainability is top priority, this includes sustainability of our environment and sustainability of our aging infrastructure. A worst case scenario is for this resource development to be approved by the Provincial and Federal regulators, Squamish assumes all the burden and most of the safety risk, and the community receives next to nothing in compensation. We do not have regulatory authority over this project but the voice of Squamish needs to be at that table.