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Ontario NDP environment critic Peter Tabuns recently introduced a private member's bill to ban high-volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) across the province. The intent was to follow the lead of jurisdictions like New York, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Quebec, which have put in place moratoriums on fracking until more is known about the risks and potential impacts to the environment and public health.Continue reading »
The City of Vancouver's goal of shifting to 100 per cent renewable energy sources is a positive step that sets an example for other cities and regions. Big problems require big solutions. The City of Vancouver has become a leader with its plan to phase out environmentally damaging carbon emissions. Recent reports by the world's leading scientific body on climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, show that the climate change crisis is already having profound effects on communities around the world.Continue reading »
1. Your Yes vote means 20 fewer minutes commuting each day.
With increased bus service, new rapid bus routes, expanded night service and a Broadway subway fewer people will get passed by full buses, helping transit users get to their destinations on time. Increased service on SkyTrain, Canada Line, West Coast Express, SeaBus and HandyDART will also shorten commutes. Light rail transit for Surrey and Langley would help move people in those communities as well. If you do drive your car, you'll be able to get around faster because fewer cars will be on the road.
Shorter commutes, reduced road rage and more time with family are just of few of the benefits. Better transit also means better air quality, as cars spend more time parked and less time burning fossil fuels. Easier movement to and from work also means we can all spend less time on the road and more time in nature. Research has shown that spending 20 minutes outdoors every day improves energy, mood and well-being.
2. You are voting for specific transportation improvement projects, not for TransLink.
All of the funds generated through the new tax will be spent on the specific projects outlined in the plan (Broadway subway, light rail in Surrey and Langley, 400 new buses across the region, a new Pattullo Bridge, bike lanes, etc.). Third-party auditors will ensure that the money goes to these improvements, not into TransLink general revenue.
A small group of people wants you to believe the referendum is your opportunity to voice concerns over how TransLink is governed. That is not accurate. The time to vote on changes to TransLink is during provincial elections when we elect the government that will have control over the transit authority's organization.
If the Yes vote wins, everything raised through the PST surcharge for transportation will be subject to independent oversight and audit. Third-party auditors will ensure that the money raised is spent on the improvements voters have agreed upon.Continue reading »
Ask most people what's the most dangerous thing they do every day and they'll likely tell you it's driving or riding in a car. Canada ranks fourth among OECD countries for fatalities per kilometre driven, behind France, the United States and Denmark. But if driving is so dangerous, why do we continue to take the risk?
The truth is, many people in Canada rely on personal vehicles for their livelihoods. We drive to work, school and doctor's appointments. People who live in communities that lack frequent and reliable public transportation, pedestrian walkways and safe bicycle routes may have no alternative to driving a car. What many of us don't realize is that access to these alternatives saves lives. Transit-oriented communities have about one-quarter the per capita traffic fatality rate.Continue reading »
People in Ontario have seen the damage climate change and extreme weather can cause, and the many benefits addressing it can bring. The 2013 floods and ice storm alone cost the province $1.3 billion in private property and infrastructure damage.
With the release of its climate change discussion paper and an invitation for citizens, businesses and communities to provide input, the Ontario government is acknowledging that the challenge must be resolved by the combined efforts of a broad range of people.Continue reading »