CBC Ottawa Explains: How would Watson and Doucet tackle climate change?

By Kate Porter, CBC News Ottawa, October 21, 2018

Exactly two weeks before Ottawa's municipal election date, a United Nations panel of nearly 100 scientists set off a loud siren.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world needs to make dramatic moves over the next 12 years to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

(...)"They're moving, but they're moving so slowly that it's not adequate to the challenge at hand," said Robb Barnes of Ecology Ottawa.

For Barnes and other environmental advocates, Mayor Jim Watson's office hasn't made climate change a major priority. They point to both a lack of leadership and to his promise to keep spending increases capped at the rate of inflation.

(...)Unlike Watson, Doucet has not made specific environmental promises. Instead, he told CBC News that sustainability would be his top priority and would be the lens through which every decision is made.


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