Climate emergency declaration expected to hold City of Ottawa accountable

By 1310 News, April 24, 2019

The City of Ottawa has officially declared a climate emergency.

It isn't the same as declaring a state of emergency in the city, but the declaration is expected to hold council more accountable when it comes to making decisions which could affect the environment.

Most councillors around the table, including the mayor, supported the motion at Wednesday's council meeting.

Bay ward's Theresa Kavanaugh said this generation has made a mess of the environment, so this will allow city council to make it a better place for future generations.

Mayor Jim Watson explained that passing this motion was very timely, with recent floods and tornadoes in the capital last September.

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