YCS and CPAWS Yukon are posing questions to the candidates for the Whitehorse municipal election.
YCS and CPAWS Yukon have arranged to pose questions from several environmental NGOs to the Mayoral and Councillor candidates.
The questions being asked are as follows. Be sure to check back for the responses.
Yukon Conservation Society asks: If elected, what will you do to encourage densification in existing City neighbourhoods? This will reduce urban sprawl, decrease the ecological footprint of the City, and ensure a less vehicle transportation oriented lifestyle. Please be specific in your response - will it take tax subsidies (or penalties in the case of undeveloped privately owned lots), a dramatic change in how lot zoning occurs, modifications to the building code, or other ideas and initiatives?
CPAWS Yukon asks: What is your vision for McIntyre Creek regarding future developments such as new and/or existing transportation infrastructure, housing development on city land within the McIntyre Creek corridor, and recreational amenities?
WildWise Yukon asks: What solution would you propose for the reduction of human-bear conflict in Whitehorse, which endangers habitants and bears alike?
The Whitehorse Urban Cycling Coalition Asks: If elected, what is the #1 measure you would focus on to make cycling more accessible, year round, for Whitehorse citizens?
Raven Recycling asks: Raven Recycling is a social enterprise and NGO that is doing the vast majority of the work diverting household and commercial waste from the Whitehorse waste management facility. Many kinds of waste are not profitable on the commodities market, which means, in order to keep them out of the landfill, a cost is incurred by Raven. The City helps to cover some of that cost with diversion credits. However, the diversion credit has a cap that has not changed for several years. Raven is diverting more and more waste each year as our population grows and people look for ways to participate in environmental action. This means that we are being supported by the City, which has primary responsibility for waste, less and less each year. Because Raven and the City have a common goal to achieve zero waste, are you willing to support the removal of the cap on diversion credits and work with Raven to develop a diversion credit system that reflects the true cost of recycling?