Renewable City Action: Election Survey Result

Written by Administrator on Saturday October 31, 2020

In advance of the November 9 municipal election, we sent out a short survey to all 54 candidates for council and mayor. The questions concerned the City of Regina’s commitment to become a 100% Renewable City by 2050. 

What follows are all the responses we have received so far…

Results of Envirocollective's Renewable City Questionnaire

In advance of the November 9 municipal election, we sent out a short survey to all 54 candidates for council and mayor. The questions concerned the City of Regina’s commitment to become a 100% Renewable City by 2050.

Our questions… below or download

  1. In comparison to all the other issues Regina is facing, how would you prioritize the City’s commitment to the “Make Regina A Renewable City” motion?
     
  2. The Energy & Sustainability Framework and Action Plan for Regina is to include four quick-start action items. These are four new and concrete actions for improving the environmental sustainability of the city. What would your recommendations be for any of these immediate actions?
     
  3. The “Make Regina A Renewable City” motion sets a target of achieving 100% reliance on renewable energy by 2050. Scientists say that to avoid the worst impacts of global warming, economies must shift away from fossil fuels much sooner than this. Are you willing to vote in favour of measures and initiatives that will get Regina to its renewability target as quickly as possible?

In Regina’s 2020 municipal election, there are nine people running for mayor and 45 people running to sit on council.

  • We received responses from four mayoral candidates for a 44 percent response rate.
  • We received responses from 24 candidates for council for a 53 percent response rate.
  • The overall response rate was 52 percent.

Considering the importance of climate action and the impact that the Renewable City framework will have on future councils, that barely half of all candidates bothered to respond to this survey is disappointing.

What follows are all the responses we have received so far…

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 MAYORAL CANDIDATES 

Darren Bradley

I think that while dealing with the other issues that face our City, keeping in mind the "renewable" portion of this could be done in every factor.

  • Building (consider solar power).
  • Greenspace (consider greenhouse gas reduction)
  • Converting our City Fleet (consider greenhouse gas reduction)

It literally can be done in every facet. When doing (A), how can we do (B) at the same time, kind of the answer, should always have "how can we get to our goal" as the question. This focus needs to be at the forefront of every conversation.

Jim Elliott

ANSWER 1 This motion has the potential to be that green recovery of our economy needed. Much of what is anticipated will be built and installed by local contractors and employees. The savings generated will be in the hands of local residents who will tend to spend their savings in local businesses. This will also attract others to our community to showcase their ideas and opportunities. This will also encourage more to take STEM related education at our university and Sask Polytech. And best of all, this will spur on local economic activity putting laid off employees back to work or give them opportunities to continue to live in Regina.

ANSWER 2 My quick start action items are both for the public but also for the city as a whole.

The City of Regina has six buildings with large south facing roofs. These could be utilized to both maximize their value but also reduce the electricity for those facilities. And there are more buildings that could be captured thus reducing the electricity bill for the city and its residents.

My second one would be a longer term effort but would have the city begin the transformation from diesel powered to electric buses. This would begin a couple of years as the procurement process is long. The necessary infrastructure for this would be built in those early years. In addition the fees for transit and paratransit would be phased out with the first cohorts would be elementary and secondary students and seniors.

The third would again begin with the commitment to transition the water treatment plant at Buffalo Pound Lake from coal-fired electricity and diesel back up to photovoltaics. Once done, this would amount to a 2-3 Million dollar savings each year.

The fourth would be a property assessed clean energy (PACE) loan strategy where individual homeowners and business could install their solar panels and pay for them through their current tax system. This would encourage the individual homeowner or building owner to reduce their external coal-fired electricity source.

ANSWER 3 Yes, with the caveat that it doesn’t impact those lease capable of dealing with the impacts.

Jerry Flegel

ANSWER 1 I believe that is part of all the issues of the City as importance or starting are the keys to this issue. I am in favour of a start and always have been as Future development and use through out the City are going to need to happen.

ANSWER 2 Work to see which would have more of the immediate impact, as when you lead with a great vision and plan and actually do instead of talk we all win.

ANSWER 3 I voted to do just that, as I know it must happen as we need to build a City where we can all live and I have been saying through this whole campaign , I want a City where my sone and grandson can live a be bean healthy and NOY want to leave for any other opportunities.

I would like to see the City move to this and also yourselves to give more one on one insight as I am always open to constructive and positive conversation
As these are shorter answers they open the door to all the possibilités that we can discuss when I am the Mayor

Mitchell C Howse

The City of Regina should not subsidize or monetarily incentivize such programs at the taxpayers expense.  It is too expensive.  Allow the free market to work.  Allow private property to go GREEN, using their own GREEN dollars.  The poorer taxpayer should not subsidize the city so it will go GREEN.  Allow the people and corporations who can afford it to go GREEN.  Green is important, (it sounds righteous), but, it should not be FORCED.  Let's focus on lower TAXES.  Then Regina-ians may have more resources to VOLUNTARILY go GREEN.  When the private market -person or business- is spending their own money they spend it more efficiently than the government can

Sandra Masters

ANSWER 1 Climate change is a global challenge – and one that severely impacts urban life. Rising global temperatures, increasing extreme weather events, and changing weather patterns all have costly impacts on Regina’s basic services, infrastructure, economy, human livelihoods, and health. At the the same time, Regina, and all cities, contribute to climate change. Globally, estimates suggest that cities are responsible for 75 percent of global CO2 emissions, with transport and buildings being among the largest contributors. While smaller in size, Regina can emerge as a recognized leader in becoming climate change resilient, more sustainable, and illustrating how our entrepreneurs and key economic sectors can address climate change and benefit from investments into renewable energy, sustainable building practices, and greener transportation infrastructure.

There is no economy and quality of life without a health environment. The plan to rapidly make Regina a renewable city is amongst the highest priorities for me. It is also integrated and inseparable from our path to address our infrastructure, municipal finances, economic diversity, and quality of life. These issues and priorities cannot be separated.
Cutting emissions will also reduce local pollution from industries and transport, thus improving urban air quality and the health of city dwellers.

ANSWER 2 Cities, designed and built correctly, can be one of the most sustainable inventions humans have.  People working and living in close proximity allows for efficient public transport, more residential density, resulting in less electricity usage and carbon emissions.  It is important to emphasize that Regina does not have full autonomy over many of the key drivers of climate change. But we do have a voice, and the power of how we procure, partner and in certain cases regulate and incent. Therefore we should:

•    Leverage our world class wind, hydro, solar, geo-thermal and district heat potential to support a green economy. We can leverage and incent private and public investments into projects and businesses that reduce carbon emissions and pollution, enhance energy and resource efficiency will help drive income and employment growth.  If we do this, and become an investment destination for capital, innovation, and talent, we should aspire to sustainably produce 10% of all energy consumed in the Regina CMA.

  • Right size our transportation infrastructure and explore new public and private service delivery models that enhance service, reduce costs, and reduce carbon emissions.
  • Leverage the considerable engineering, construction and manufacturing expertise in Regina and prioritize local procurement for municipal retrofits, renovations, and new-builds.  By supporting our existing industries and showcasing their competencies, we can create opportunity for the industries that rely extensively on carbon intensive industries.
  • Use our voice and advocacy to promote the greening of the economy, including seeking enhanced investments and decision-making ability from the provincial and federal government. Given that the effects of climate change will be felt deeply within our cities, and that Regina is a population and economic hub within southern Saskatchewan, we need enhanced capacity to address the climate crisis and I will fight for it.  When our Federal & Provincial Governments are making decisions that impact the climate and the livelihoods of Regina citizens I will ensure our voices our heard and we are at the table.

ANSWER 3 There are nearly 8000 people directly and indirectly employed in the oil, gas and mining supply chain.  These are critical and high-paying jobs, which must be supported. One of the best ways to support them is to leverage our expertise in manufacturing, engineering, design, and construction to support sustainable investments into municipal and provincial infrastructure. As we rapidly invest into renewable energy and sustainable initiatives, we must put our local peoplepower to work.  We cannot become 100% renewable unless we create tangible opportunities for working families and local businesses. The good news is that with Canada’s best wind and solar capacity, and an energy supply-chain recognized globally for its innovation, we have all the tools to become renewable as quickly as possible. 

I am willing to support progressive investments, regulations and advocacy that help us rapidly become sustainable and which support renewable energy, and will do so in a way that supports our local workers and industry.

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 WARD 1 CANDIDATES 

Cheryl Stadnichuk

ANSWER 1 There are many issues facing Regina -- such as the infrastructure deficit, protecting Wascana Park from commercial development, preserving heritage properties, addressing homelessness, ensuring fair taxation and water rates -- but I see the commitment to make Regina a renewable city a high priority. Climate change and global warming will have devastating impact on our planet and we need to act now. If we do not act now to reduce our carbon emissions, it will be too late in the future to make the necessary changes.

When I was canvassing several weeks ago, I came across an elderly man who, after looking at my pamphlet, said it is too expensive to become a renewable city. I argued that it may become too expensive NOT to become a renewable city, and we can implement changes as we renew city fleets, as we design more walkable neighborhoods, and develop smart growth strategies.

ANSWER 2 This is a question I would want to answer after more consultation with local environmental organizations and environmental scientists. I think there are so many actions we need to take, and four that I would like to see happen in the short-term:

  • change the city's growth development model, which calls for 70% greenfield/30% infill. The city has not even achieved 30% infill development (I understand it is only at 12 or 13%) and continues to promote more suburb growth thus creating greater dependence on cars and higher carbon emissions. Many studies have shown that suburb growth does not pay for itself in terms of the cost of city services and infrastructure. I would like to see more infill development and review bylaws to ensure that the infill is appropriate for neighborhoods. I have heard from many people on the doorstep that they want renewal in their area but that it should fit the neighborhood. I want to see more vibrant neighborhoods where services are within walking or biking distance.
     
  • improve public transit and make it more affordable. More people would take public transit if routes ran more frequently and costs were lower. As our bus fleet ages, we should be replacing the fleet with electric buses.
     
  • negotiate with Sask Power and the province to allow the city to develop renewable energy sources such as solar, wind or geothermal. Saskatoon operates its own power company and has more flexibility to create alternative energy sources and provide incentives to residents. If Regina is to move toward being 100% renewable, it has to come to an agreement with Sask Power.
     
  • improve waste diversion/waste management. The city is piloting a composting program and I have heard extremely positive responses from people on the doorstep about it, and some negative comments. Some people who are opposed already compost and do not want to pay for another bin or have yet another truck burning diesel to pick up their compost. We really need an integrated approach that makes sense and reduces carbon emissions.

Other cities have an integrated waste pick up with much smaller bins and only once a week pick up for all items. Saskatoon has a Healthy Yards program where they provide education and support for people who want to learn how to compost, grow vegetables, create healthy soils, and conserve water. There is so much we can learn from other cities!

ANSWER 3 Yes, I would like to see Regina move quickly on this. There have already been delays by the city to develop a plan because they wanted to hold an ill-conceived conference to inform their strategy. I believe that we can achieve concrete goals with the election of more councillors who are progressive and environmentalist.

Barbara Young

ANSWER 1 The city priority for a renewable city motion report PPC 20-14 lays out the action plan...It is a first priority for me.  There will be new members on Council so the first order is to bring them onboard with the motion and its priority.  Looking across the silos of a large bureaucracy is an important part of the goal.

ANSWER 2 I am reading the recent report from the Administration and see the history and the plan to go forward that includes transportation, development of buildings, waste and energy conservation, community engagement along with financial and economic impacts.  I do not see four quick-start action items

ANSWER 3 I think once we have begun other actions will fall into place and we can move faster.  Of course we want to get there as quickly as possible.  That is more apt to happen if the Provincial and Federal governments do their part.  Right now the focus has to be on moving past Covid.

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 WARD 2 CANDIDATES 

Stew Fettes

Thank you for the opportunity to express my views.

ANSWER 1 The, "Make Regina A Renewable City motion" must always be top of mind for the Mayor and Council.

ANSWER 2 I support the four quick start action items  in its entirety.

ANSWER 3 I will support the renewability target 100%.

I had the opportunity to watch 94 year old David Attenborou's documentary just released on Netlix on climate change and he is optimistic that the nations of the world can turn global warming around for humanity. I am also optomistic that we can get it done.

Bob Hawkins

Thank you for your work on the environment, for your interest in the municipal election and for this questionnaire. 

Together with council, I have worked hard over the past term advocating for Regina to take a more active approach to environmental issues.  The Renewable Regina 2050 motion was a breakthrough that will pave the way for future action.  My contribution to that motion was to move the successful amendment calling for four "new and concrete" actions by 2023.  I took this step so that it would be clear at the outset that the Renewable Regina 2050 motion was meant to be more than an aspirational statement but was also intended as a commitment to meaningful action.  Environmental protection, which depends for buy-in on action on social issues such as poverty, homelessness, mental health and addiction, and reconciliation, must be a top priority for the next city council.

A big step paving the way for that future action was the presentation by city administration to council this past September of a report detailing all city facilities that can benefit from green measures including alternate energy sources and a plan for meaningful community consultation on environmental issues.  Council received that report and I supported a motion to hire a consultant to suggest priorities for projects set out in the plan and for a timeline to achieve those projects.  The consultant's report is due within the next year.  The new council will have to adopt those projects and timelines, something that I will press for.

The city has opportunities in and areas of energy conservation in both buildings and transit fleet through the use of energy monitoring and the use of solar, wind and possibly thermal, energy generation.  I would like to see quick progress in these areas.  I would like to see new subdivision and building codes that would favor energy efficient construction.  Part of this would be the provision of more and safer bike lanes and a public transit system that would encourage green transportation options.  I would also like to see a second facility in our landfill that would complement the existing facility that converts methane gas from waste electrical energy.  Finally, I would like to see the ongoing city pilot projects on organic waste disposal and the use of LED lighting on park pathways made permanent and adopted city wide.

Some of this requires the cooperation of Sask Power and the provincial government.  I would like to see city council advocating strongly on the environmental file and encouraging other government agencies to get involved with the city.
Finally, I fought hard and introduced a motion which was successful to ban single-use plastic bags in the city by the summer of 2021 or at the end of the COVID pandemic.  In this, I brought evidence of what other cities in North American and Europe are doing.  Since the passage of my motion the federal government has promised action on plastics by the end of 2021.  My hope is that Regina will get a head start.

I am grateful that a leader of the Envirocollective urged me to get involved with a virtual course offered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities designed to educate elected officials on how best to advance environmental files at council and within the city administration.  I have started the virtual sessions in the course and they are proving useful.

If re-elected I will press for measures, as I have in the past, for measures and initiatives that will make Regina a renewable city as soon as possible before 2050.  In this, the insights and support of Envirocollective and other environmental groups will be important and the city will need to work with them.

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 WARD 3 CANDIDATES 

Nahida Chowdhuary

ANSWER 1 This is one of the most important issues. But we have to face and fix them for our community safety..

ANSWER 2 Geothermal, electric buess, solar panels on city buildings, increased tree planting, energy conservation initiatives will make 100% renewable city.

Elmer Eashappie

ANSWER 1 This would be a top priority for me.

ANSWER 2 As an indigenous person, our forefathers had always respected mother-earth, along with using ceremonies to show respect. I personally recommend we call out to our traditional elders and ask them in a humble way to lift the pipe followed by a feast. This process would then allow us to carry out the four new and concrete actions immediately.

ANSWER 3 If elected, I would support the measures and initiatives.

Andrew Stevens

ANSWER 1 This is one of the most important issues that has faced the previous Council and that should face the Council of 2020-24. And, because it will help shape decisions related to transit, planning, and transportation, Councillors need to make this a central priority.

ANSWER 2 Electric bus pilot project, solar panels on city buildings, increased tree planting, energy conservation initiatives.

ANSWER 3 Well, since I co-authored the first motion, this is an easy, hard yes.

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 WARD 4 CANDIDATES 

Lori Bresciani

ANSWER 1 We need to be innovative and committed to supporting Renewable infrastructure projects to meet our goal to be a Renewable  city by 2050.

ANSWER 2 Its vitally important that we create an Advisory Committee to assist with the development of the plan, which would include stakeholders and experts within our community to advise on timelines, targets to achieve a renewable Regina by 2050.
Ensuring community engagement through the development and implementation process.
Ensuring proper reporting and analysis for financial and economic impacts associated with implementation the plan.

ANSWER 3 I am willing to look at all options.

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 WARD 5 CANDIDATES 

John Findura

ANSWER 1 I would start with complete neighbourhoods.  More active ways of getting around like cycling.

ANSWER 2 Move towards solar and wind for city assets.
While renewing the transit fleet I would like to move towards electric buses.
Look at ways to make new construction within the city more efficient.
Look to increase our urban forests by planting more trees in Regina.

ANSWER 3 I support 100% renewable energy by 2050 but  I would start with city assets and look to improve them before putting a burden on citizens of the city.

Rodney Francis

ANSWER 1 Making Regina a Renewable City is very important. If elected, I would prioritize this as one of the most important issues along with jobs and business recovery/growth. I believe in local first and therefore, we need to look at all possible ways to improve the livability of Regina taking into consideration climate and the environment.

ANSWER 2 My recommendation would be to move forward on all actions. While there will be a transition period required, as technology allows, for transportation and converting infrastructure, expanding Regina's urban forest and regional corridors should move forward quickly. I would also recommend implementing more renewable energy sources as a priority. Making Regina Canada's most vibrant city would be, in part, dependent on improving the environmental sustainability of the city and making it a renewable community.

ANSWER 3 If elected, I will support the expedition of measures that reach the renewability targets providing these initiatives are well thought out, reasonable, and they do no not negatively affect the health of the community in other ways.

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 WARD 6 CANDIDATES 

Shontell Hilcoff

ANSWER 1 The City of Regina commitment to become a renewable City is certainly one of my top priorities.

ANSWER 2 A vibrant, inclusive, sustainable, attractive community, the OCP policy goals and renewable resources for the City is an ambitious and doable plan that I would support.
We need to make these environmental changes affordable to every person to ensure this change can occur.
We need an Advisory Committee that will implement a Low Emissions policy, Each of us can do our part already and many have by taking the bus, walking, biking, etc. Starting a seedling program and promote new growth of greenery.
I have been a hands on supporter of a clean, renewable, responsible citizen and will continue to do so as your City Councillor. I have been fortunate enough to be a part of the inception of Sarcan Recycling as well as Sask Battery Recycling, the largest battery recycling program in Saskatchewan.

ANSWER 3 Yes, once elected I look forward to further discussions on all replies.

Norm Hoffert

Making Regina a renewable city is a priority. However there are several issues the city is dealing with some of which deal with the environment water supply,landfill management, recycling and transit. I think where priorities lie is more then councils say it should be with consultation with residents to a greater extent then has been in the past. The actions outlined basically deal with dolar and electric powered automobiles. Also solar power for energy usage.

It is fair for city to have these options available where feasible and affordable. The city administration would certainly make recommendations to council to view.  Solar options have been severely curtailed with the provincial governments cutbacks to the industry and how much energy you can sell back.  If solar energy is a viable option certainly I would be in favour of its application.  Also for the city to monitor electric transportations and see where that industry leads is a good idea.  For the third question 2050 is a long passage of time and new technology is being developed all the time.  So if a specific action was brought to light and city could make it viable and profitable of course I would be in favour of it.  Thank you for asking my opinion about this important issue.

Daniel LeBlanc

ANSWER 1 Regina's commitment to be a "renewable city" by 2050 is near the top of my priority list. However, because it is closely linked to my other policy goals, it is difficult to "rank". Environmental and human justice goes together. I commit to environmental justice and environmental sustainability informing all that I do. My work for seniors, renters and those with low incomes will further environmental and human justice at the same time. For example, I am committed to fare-free transit, more bike lanes, and better regulation of rental housing - including related to insulation.

ANSWER 2 I have two concrete "action item" recommendations: make transit fare-free (beginning with seniors, students and those on social assistance), and more strongly regulate the quality of rental housing stock including related to quality of insulation. While I support identifying concrete improvements, much of the City's required changes are cultural: we need to start voting in favour of urban density and against urban sprawl, for bike lanes and against parking lots, and for parks and sidewalks and against more roads. We need City Councillors who are willing to vote for sustainability and against powerful interests.

ANSWER 3 Yes, I am willing to vote in favour of measures and initiatives which support achieving the renewability target much sooner than 2050. We need to do this as quickly as feasible. In pursuing this important goal, we must make sure that we leave no one behind. The recommendations in Renewable Regina: Putting Equity Into Action can assist the City as we pursue equity and sustainability at the same time.

Joel Murray

ANSWER 1 I would prioritize it as very central to everything we do. In many ways the plan will overlay our official community plan as a document that guides the vast majority of our decision making as a council.

ANSWER 2  What would your recommendations be for any of these immediate actions?

  1. Electric buses/fleet vehicles, studies from many municipalities that have employed them have shown a much lower maintenance cost and obvious fuel savings overtime. FCM green fund also has grants available for these initiatives.
  2. Complete real time energy audits of all current municipal buildings/ facilities.
  3. Solar installations wherever possible on city facilities as well as the adoption of a program similar to PACE in Alberta. Homeowners can install panels on their homes and pay the municipality increased property tax overtime to spread the payments out.
  4. Electric vehicle charging on all new large multi unit dwellings (One of the largest barriers for electric vehicle adoption for renters/ condo owners is having dedicated home charging.)

ANSWER 3 As the author of the motion itself I will do everything in my power to speed up the renewable plan and ensure it is equitable for all residents.

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 WARD 7 CANDIDATES 

Shobna Radons

ANSWER 1 Climate change is the single most important issue of our time. The sustainability and renew ability of our city and other places around is paramount to our future. We need to make sure we have a planet for our children and grandchildren.  Time to act is now, not 2050!

ANSWER 2 The Energy & Sustainability Framework and Action Plan for Regina is to include four quick-start action items. These are four new and concrete actions for improving the environmental sustainability of the city. What would your recommendations be for any of these immediate actions?
No-fare transit. More bicycle lanes throughout the city. As someone who bikes six months or more out of the year. Ideas to pay for that advocate from higher level of government for funding towards electric motor vehicles, for all fleet vehicles in the city. I know that Canadian Union of Postal Workers have a great idea for delivering community power; this would have charging station to rid fossil fuel and cleaner means for transportation.  It is cheaper and more economical.  Solar power panels, need to get SK Government to go back to this initiative. 

ANSWER 3 Yes

Terina Shaw

ANSWER 1 I feel it is very important, we as council need To be innovative and committed to supporting Renewable infrastructure projects to meet our goal to be a Renewable  city by 2050.

ANSWER 2 What would your recommendations be for any of these immediate actions?

  1. Research. Other municipal & private sector options.
  2. Investment
  3. Education
  4. Community engagement & involvement
  5. Use of Advancing technologies
  6. Engage Regina & Sask. Chamber of commerce and Regina Economic Development. Regina Construction Association.

ANSWER 3 Yes, based on the framework and action plan, including my quick start items.

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 WARD 8 CANDIDATES 

Reid Hill

ANSWER 1 The first question I would make it one of my top priorities along with at risk residency, police reform and help tackle the homeless file. Seeing it done in a 10 to 15 year time frame that partners with business and residents.

ANSWER 2 Second question my recommendations for these items would be bring back the solar net metering program that focuses on Regina. I would to see Regina work to have it own small power company that uses clean energy sources include the burning of garbage especially food waste. See how the green bins turn out and what measures need to be taken.

Along with that planting trees and bushes that are not effected by Dutch Elm disease to help make our city beautiful to take pride in our city again.

ANSWER 3 For the third question yes I am in favour. So long as we partner with small business and to build a micro grid and power company to get us off coal.

Carl Humphreys

It is extremely difficult to provide a definitive priority list until I know all issues on the table, however you'll have my ear.

A sequential timing of the traffic lights through out the city, to reduce idle times at red lights; allowing motorists to save on fuel costs and to reduce carbon emissions through out the city.

Each initiative would have to be reviewed and judged on its merits and viability. All issue's would be voted on by council.

Alex Tkach

ANSWER 1 I believe that getting our residents and businesses back on track should be our number one priority and this needs to happen in conjunction with getting a handle on the addictions and crime concerns in our city. After that I think that Regina's renewable commitment becomes a priority by the role that it plays in many aspects of the City of Regina. For example, infrastructure repairs, infill development strategies, public transportation, and recreation and amenities should all be looked out through an renewable lens.

ANSWER 2 I think that talking things through is important but that should not prevent us from taking first steps, four quick-start action items that could benefit Regina reaching its goals are as follows:

  • Small scale, inexpensive pilots around renewable initiatives should be taking place so we can start to prove out in the micro scale, solutions that will help us hit our target goals long term. This way we can work out any problems with the initiatives before opening them up to a larger scale.
  • I would like to see the City of Regina promote infill redevelopments and new builds that use plans that include solar or are solar ready at the design level. This would help reduce costs on the front end and start organically moving our matured areas in a renewable direction as they start to naturally redevelop.
  • We should be looking at ensuring that solar and other renewable infrastructure is being factored into City owned and operated facilities. Similarly, we should be looking at more ways of creating resources out of our current waste such as the methane capture project at the city landfill.
  • Education is an important part of transition, so I would like to the see the City of Regina partner up with local community groups and schools to showcase why it is moving in a renewable direction and provide examples to how they are going to get there.  It will help keep them on track, it will create transparency around their plans, and it will help provide education and information on renewable goals.

ANSWER 3 I will vote in favor of measures and initiatives that will help get us to our targets but families do need to come first. We can't be exchanging homelessness and unemployment numbers for local renewable infrastructure goals.

Shanon Zachidniak

ANSWER 1 I am running for Council because this motion inspired me to believe that we have the political will and ability to take leadership on climate action on the municipal level. I have two kids (ages 6 and 4) and I am very concerned about their futures. I believe that many of the decisions that most impact our daily lives are made at the local-level and we need a sustainability lens to guide all of our major decisions. The science is clear and this motion is crucial to getting us on the right path. We need to invest in renewable energy and drastically reduce our emissions. If we do this with an equity lens, we can also ensure that we are taking care of the workers in the non-renewable sector as well as our most vulnerable community members as we invest in creating a renewable city.

ANSWER 2 My suggestions for four concrete actions that could be implemented quickly to improve sustainability include:

  • Providing free transit for all school-aged kids when school buses are cancelled
  • Ending the use of cosmetic pesticides
  • Creating a moratorium on tree removal in new developments until council can create comprehensive legislation to minimize tree removal and provide for at least double the amount of trees that are removed in developments, if absolutely necessary.
  • Energy audits of all city properties, with a plan for retrofits to improve energy efficiency, sustainability and reduce maintenance costs.

I also prioritize the creation of a Sustainability Advisory Committee as quickly as possible, composed of residents with expertise and lived experience in a variety of climate and environmental issues and concerns. This committee, along with larger and regular community engagement will help ensure we are creating solid and comprehensive environmental policies. 

ANSWER 3 I will absolutely vote in favour of policies that can get us to our renewability targets as soon as possible. Furthermore, I will personally be creating these motions.

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 WARD 9 CANDIDATES 

Rob Humphries

ANSWER 1 I believe the new city council and the City Administration needs to take action on making Regina 100% renewable, sustainable, inclusive and equitable immediately, making it the #1 priority .
Since City Council passed the motion to make Regina 100% renewable by 2050 on October 29, 2018, this Administration has done little other than plan a cancelled sustainability conference. They choose to ignore the fact that 11,000 scientists from 153 countries have declared catastrophic consequences if immediate action is not taken to reduce GHG emissions. A recent U of R survey shows the majority of Regina residents support green initiatives.

The data shows that moving to a sustainable community not only protects the environment but will reduce the operating costs of the city by millions of dollars over the next 30 years and create hundreds of jobs.

Making Regina 100% renewable by 2050 should guide all of City Hall's planning, transportation, and utility decisions. Regina should be an environmental leader in implementing proven sustainable infrastructure, retrofitting, and renewable energy strategies.

ANSWER 2 While a long term strategy has merit, there are a multitude of actions that can be taken in 2021, that have already been proven to be effective in other jurisdictions.

Cities like Saskatoon, Edmonton, Halifax, Vancouver Kingston etc., have already recognized the climate crisis and are taking concrete action to reduce their CO2 emissions.

If elected I will call for the following actions to be taken immediately:

  1. Install solar and/or geothermal power supplies on select high energy use buildings.(Regina has the 2nd best solar potential in Canada)
  2. Implement a purchase policy for equipment, tools, and vehicles prioritizing that they operate on renewable energy forms. Specifically, begin converting transit buses and city low load vehicles to electric.
  3. Enhance the Forestry masterplan to improve and grow the urban forest and community gardens, prioritizing community engagement and involvement, This includes but is not limited to schools, church organizations, community groups and private residents.
  4. Revise the Official Community Plan and associated departmental masterplans to assess every initiative, process, procedure or program against the GHG's produced. ie. Strategies should be developed to reduce mowed grassed areas in blvds., right-of-ways etc. with native flowers or other forms zero scaping. Status quo operations like the excessive mowing of parks must be discontinued and replaced with internationally accepted "best practices."
  5. Mandate that any subdivision not presently under construction be a " Carbon Neutral Neighborhood".
  6. Aligned with sustainability, inclusiveness and affordability are enhancements to public transportation, a full pay as you throw waste collection/recycling program and a meaningful reconciliation process.
  7. I promise, for the sake of my precious grandchildren, you, your children and or grandchildren to pursue all the initiatives stated above.

ANSWER 1 To force the Administration to act now I will make a motion to advance the 100% renewable goal for city facilities and operations to 2030 . Incorporating the recommendations of the report" Renewable Regina Putting Equity Into Action" the entire city would be 100% sustainable by 2050.

If you agree that we must take action on a renewable, sustainable, equitable and inclusive city, please vote for ROB HUMPHRIES on November 9.
See more of my platform on my Facebook page @robforWar09 or website at robforward9.wordpress.com

Christopher Kayter

ANSWER 1 With Covid-19 this year and having the impact that it has. I believe this is a great opportunity for the City of Regina to move the city into a more renewable stage. Having the city spend money on making the city more renewable will create more jobs for small businesses and help drive Regina economy. I Believe this is a particularly important topic and can play a big part into the city recovery.

ANSWER 2 I would start by getting all the streetlights changed out to Leds, and any city owned facility.  That would save the city a lot of  power and maintenance costs. The next would be looking into solar power for the city. Regina is one of the sunniest places in Canada. We should be taking advantage of our assets.

ANSWER 3 I believe this will take time to get us there. I do however believe that are some quick things that we can do in our city that would make a substantial impact in our community.  It starts with the plan but comes down to the execution of this plan.

Jason Mancinelli

ANSWER 1 I believe it should be a top priority. By doing so we get a value added component to tax dollars spent as we address the other issues you ask to make comparison to. Asset age and need for replacement has been a problem for decades in many instances in our community. Although a problem it can become an opportunity as we can by-pass retrofit costs many other communities face while we renew many of our multi-generational assets that are depleted.

ANSWER 2 There are projects we could and should demand these concepts be applied to like the new pools. But those are superficial aspects. The real success is in the defining and presenting a future that provides definable information and what implications may look like to everyday people,with information and expectations of everyday people.A plan like that while defining financial responsibilities which have always been viewed negatively, can now identify positive possible futures to be achieved now that investment flow has quickly and dramatically changed from a few short years ago. So the quick start action items around analysis, information, and communication could act as a catalyst for industry, community and investment.
It’s one thing to have a plan, an understanding as to how it can be paid for is so important for support and success. I believe the information will prove this out.

ANSWER 3 Yes as it will present opportunity and prosperity for both the current and future workforce and residents as we make sound long term investments that align with needs of our community and world neighbors. When measured by decades and lifetimes sustainable and affordable become words with the same meaning.

It is quite evident that successful past industries have shifted and by embracing the inevitable change we allow the use and development of our naturally gifted assets. By doing this we can become leaders and provide knowledge and technical know how as was the case formerly with the prosperous fossil fuel industry. New technologies in hydrogen, solar, geothermal, wind, and nuclear should all be of interest, some as developed, some to lead in.

Jeff Soroka

Not being on council I had no idea the advancements that were made to bring this forward.  When elected my stance would be to support most matters that are passed by council.   I say most because I certainly don't support the 26 percent pay raise for council over three years at a time when so many Regina residents are struggling.  I will be pursuing a 15 percent roll back on that raise.  Personally I support all efforts towards sustainability and the use of renewable energy.  I hope the vote on you're proposed framework gets unanimous support.

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 WARD 10 CANDIDATES 

Patrick Denis

ANSWER 1 I would prioritize this by looking at alternative areas of funding in which we can use to help get this project off the ground running. I would also be in touch with companies as well as other levels of government in order to see what the needs are and the costs of them.

ANSWER 2 This is not my area of expertise but I would look at having all of the city facilities start to be upgraded to solar panels as well as looking at the possibility to invest in some windmills so we can utilize some of the energy blowing over from Alberta (haha). Looking into the framework of everything it would go solar panels then windmills to get all of the city buildings and facilities to hopefully be 100% renewably powered by 2030, then we will be able to start to focus more on the rest of the city.

ANSWER 3 I am more than willing to vote in favour of this, you can see my answer to the previous question to see some of the ways that I am passionate about this.

Charles Olsen

ANSWER 1 The issue of making Regina a Renewable city should be a high priority but it’s not going to happen overnight.  There are always new technologies being developed so while it is a high priority, we cannot just throw money at the issue and make it happen when there could be cheaper resolutions being developed.

ANSWER 2 I would review the recommendations and work with the other members of council to determine cost and time to get the actions moving forward.

ANSWER 3 The initiative was given to the year 2050 to get Regina to a renewable city.  I recognize that the sooner we get there the better but as technologies are further developed, costs for them usually go down as well so it will be a balancing act to get to our target in a fiscally responsible manner.

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