OttawaMatters: City set to declare a climate emergency

Jenn Pritchard

The city's Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management were mostly in favour of declaring a climate emergency. The committee voted six to two on the motion on Tuesday afternoon.

The meeting was a long one, with more than 10 members of the public signed up to speak about the motion to declare a climate emergency in Ottawa.

Most of those who spoke, spoke in support, as they expressed the need for change. They were looking to the city to take action on something they felt affects their daily life.

Committee Chair Scott Moffatt explained to 1310 NEWS that Councillor Shawn Menard spoke with him about the proposed motion and asked for advice before bringing it to committee.

Menard said that his motion will hold council accountable and will allow city staff to look deeper into environmental issues when given tasks.

Those councillors that voted in favour of the motion said they felt responsible to the younger generation.

Somerset ward's Catherine McKenney explained that kids are afraid for the future and they are worried the city isn't doing enough, but also noted that it's the young people who will lead us into the future.

The councillors that voted against the motion, Allan Hubley and George Darouze, each said they had issue with the word 'emergency' when it came to the declaration.

Hubley explained that everyone wants to do the right thing but that he felt the city was already doing everything listed on Menard's motion.

This motion will go to full council next week. (April 24)

Catherine McKenney