By Toon Dreesen, Ottawa Citizen, September 27, 2021
We are a growing city. Our population is projected to grow 40 per cent over the coming decades. Ottawa’s new Official Plan attempts to address how to accommodate that growth in a sustainable way. But we’re challenged when investment decisions at the budget table are in stark contrast to the objectives we set.
Since declaring a climate emergency in 2019, the city has earmarked less than one per cent of the annual investment needed to address climate action. Based on Ecology Ottawa’s research, the 2021 budget allocated $140 million for repair and new roads, with less than $3 million set aside for climate action.