City of Ottawa should declare a 'climate emergency,' committee says

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, April 17, 2019

The City of Ottawa should recognize the world is in the throes of a “climate emergency” requiring a renewed focus on city hall’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to most councillors on the environment committee.

The committee voted 6-2 on Tuesday to recommend council declare a climate emergency as proposed by Coun. Shawn Menard, who is the vice-chair of the committee. Voting with Menard were committee chair Scott Moffatt and members Keith Egli, Catherine McKenney, Riley Brockington and Jean Cloutier. George Darouze and Allan Hubley voted against the motion.

If ratified by council later this month, a council sponsors group will be assembled to provide guidance on climate-change issues, staff will review air quality and greenhouse-gas reduction targets and council will recognize climate change as a strategic priority for the term.

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