By Haley Ritchie, Ottawa Metro News, February 21, 2017
Winterlude could one day become waterlude if we don’t move fast enough, according to one speaker urging city councillors to move faster on its climate change plan.
“Climate change is here, it’s impacts are increasingly severe,” said Coun. David Chernushenko, who kicked off Tuesday’s environmental committee meeting with a global tally of flooding, wildfires and short winters.
Angela Keller-Herzog, a small business owner living in downtown Ottawa, criticized the city’s plan for lacking hard data and not providing incentives to individuals. Keller-Herzog said her bed and breakfast has solar panels and bicycles for guests.
“We shouldn’t be complacent and we’re not actually doing that great,” she said.
Chernushenko called the critique “accurate and necessary.”
Graham Saul from Ecology Ottawa echoed that criticism, concerned that the city wasn’t moving fast enough to combat climate change.