City councillors wrestle with using the word 'emergency' when it comes to climate change

By Jenn Pritchard, 1310 News, April 24, 2019

Ottawa's council is facing a big decision on Wednesday, that could impact future generations.

They'll be voting on whether or not to declare a climate emergency in the city of Ottawa.

The motion was passed at the city's Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management meeting on April 16 with a vote of six to two in favour.

It includes eight recommendations but those could be broken up when council discusses the motion on Wednesday.

One of the two councillors that voted against the motion was Osgoode ward's George Darouze, who said the city was already doing much of what is listed.
"Every program we vote on and any initiative we do at the city, even the official plan we are really looking at how we can reduce emissions and we're looking for the environment and making sure we're green," he said.

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