Aaron Thornell

  • signed Sign the Petition 2020-08-25 11:48:46 -0400
    To: Ottawa City Council, the Ottawa Board of Health, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches, and Minister of Infrastructure and Communities of Canada Catherine McKenna,

     

    On May 26, 2020, over 350 organizations representing more than 40 million health professionals and over 4,500 individual health professionals from 90 different countries wrote to the G20 leaders calling for a healthy recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

     

    They wrote, in part:

    “In a healthy economy and civil society the most vulnerable among us are looked after. Workers have access to well-paying jobs that do not exacerbate pollution or nature degradation; cities prioritise pedestrians, cyclists and public transport, and our rivers and skies are protected and clean.”

     

    We understand that Ottawa has hundreds of infrastructure projects in need of federal funding that may be on a list of potential projects eligible for federal stimulus funding in this time of COVID-19-related economic downturn.

     

    We write today to ask that you please do everything in your power to ensure that federal funding supports healthy transportation projects such as public transit expansion and bus-only priority lanes, cycle tracks, widened sidewalks, and traffic calming. We do not want or need road projects to increase car capacity. We also ask that you prioritize the building of deeply affordable housing in neighbourhoods with excellent walking, cycling and transit networks, including rapid transit stations.

     

    Cities worldwide are reallocating street space to enable safe walking, cycling and transit as pandemic restrictions lift. In Canada, Vancouver City Council recently voted to reallocate a minimum of 11% of city street space to “people-focused public space,” and Toronto City Council has approved a 40-km expansion of its cycling network. There are numerous other examples.

     

    Given the ongoing environmental crisis, as well as health, housing and homelessness emergencies, any stimulus funding that supports run-of-the mill road-widenings to increase car capacity would be irresponsible.

     

    Indeed, the latter-type projects have been irresponsible for years. “The Building Blocks for a Healthy Ottawa”—one of the pre-COVID discussion papers for Ottawa’s new Official Plan—puts it well:

    “As the dependency on cars as the main source of transportation has grown, daily physical activity has decreased, and chronic diseases, injuries, and exposure to car emissions increased. This has created a burden on our health. Places that are designed for travel mostly by car are associated with higher levels of obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes.”

     

    We need federal stimulus money to fund healthy streets and a healthy recovery.

     

    Sincerely,

    – Aaron Thornell, K2P 0J5

    To: Ottawa City Council, the Ottawa Board of Health, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches, and Minister of Infrastructure and Communities of Canada Catherine McKenna,

    On May 26, 2020, over 350 organizations representing more than 40 million health professionals and over 4,500 individual health professionals from 90 different countries wrote to the G20 leaders calling for a healthy recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    They wrote, in part:

    "In a healthy economy and civil society the most vulnerable among us are looked after. Workers have access to well-paying jobs that do not exacerbate pollution or nature degradation; cities prioritise pedestrians, cyclists and public transport, and our rivers and skies are protected and clean."

    We understand that Ottawa has hundreds of infrastructure projects in need of federal funding that may be on a list of potential projects eligible for federal stimulus funding in this time of COVID-19-related economic downturn.

    We write today to ask that you please do everything in your power to ensure that federal funding supports healthy transportation projects such as public transit expansion and bus-only priority lanes, cycle tracks, widened sidewalks, and traffic calming. We do not want or need road projects to increase car capacity. We also ask that you prioritize the building of deeply affordable housing in neighbourhoods with excellent walking, cycling and transit networks, including rapid transit stations.

    Cities worldwide are reallocating street space to enable safe walking, cycling and transit as pandemic restrictions lift. In Canada, Vancouver City Council recently voted to reallocate a minimum of 11% of city street space to “people-focused public space,” and Toronto City Council has approved a 40-km expansion of its cycling network. There are numerous other examples.

    Given the ongoing environmental crisis, as well as health, housing and homelessness emergencies, any stimulus funding that supports run-of-the mill road-widenings to increase car capacity would be irresponsible.

    Indeed, the latter-type projects have been irresponsible for years. “The Building Blocks for a Healthy Ottawa”—one of the pre-COVID discussion papers for Ottawa’s new Official Plan—puts it well:

    "As the dependency on cars as the main source of transportation has grown, daily physical activity has decreased, and chronic diseases, injuries, and exposure to car emissions increased. This has created a burden on our health. Places that are designed for travel mostly by car are associated with higher levels of obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes."

    We need federal stimulus money to fund healthy streets and a healthy recovery.

    Sincerely,

    – {name}, {postal_code}

    32 signatures

    To: Ottawa City Council, the Ottawa Board of Health, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches, and Minister of Infrastructure and Communities of Canada Catherine McKenna,

     

    On May 26, 2020, over 350 organizations representing more than 40 million health professionals and over 4,500 individual health professionals from 90 different countries wrote to the G20 leaders calling for a healthy recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

     

    They wrote, in part:

    "In a healthy economy and civil society the most vulnerable among us are looked after. Workers have access to well-paying jobs that do not exacerbate pollution or nature degradation; cities prioritise pedestrians, cyclists and public transport, and our rivers and skies are protected and clean."

     

    We understand that Ottawa has hundreds of infrastructure projects in need of federal funding that may be on a list of potential projects eligible for federal stimulus funding in this time of COVID-19-related economic downturn.

     

    We write today to ask that you please do everything in your power to ensure that federal funding supports healthy transportation projects such as public transit expansion and bus-only priority lanes, cycle tracks, widened sidewalks, and traffic calming. We do not want or need road projects to increase car capacity. We also ask that you prioritize the building of deeply affordable housing in neighbourhoods with excellent walking, cycling and transit networks, including rapid transit stations.

     

    Cities worldwide are reallocating street space to enable safe walking, cycling and transit as pandemic restrictions lift. In Canada, Vancouver City Council recently voted to reallocate a minimum of 11% of city street space to “people-focused public space,” and Toronto City Council has approved a 40-km expansion of its cycling network. There are numerous other examples.

     

    Given the ongoing environmental crisis, as well as health, housing and homelessness emergencies, any stimulus funding that supports run-of-the mill road-widenings to increase car capacity would be irresponsible.

     

    Indeed, the latter-type projects have been irresponsible for years. “The Building Blocks for a Healthy Ottawa”—one of the pre-COVID discussion papers for Ottawa’s new Official Plan—puts it well:

    "As the dependency on cars as the main source of transportation has grown, daily physical activity has decreased, and chronic diseases, injuries, and exposure to car emissions increased. This has created a burden on our health. Places that are designed for travel mostly by car are associated with higher levels of obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes."

     

    We need federal stimulus money to fund healthy streets and a healthy recovery.

     

    Sincerely,

    – {name}, {postal_code}

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  • signed Electric Bus Petition 2020-08-25 11:46:02 -0400

    Electric Bus Petition

    This is a joint petition between Ecology Ottawa, the Healthy Transportation Coalition, and the Electric Vehicle Council of Ottawa.

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    OC Transpo’s bus fleet is responsible for about 45% of the City of Ottawa’s corporate emissions with about 125,000 tonnes of CO2 emitted every year. A policy change can reduce this by 95% over 15 years. Electric buses reduce GHG emissions, improve air quality and reduce noise. Light Rail Transit (LRT) will reduce the intensity of transit emissions in Ottawa, but LRT success will lead to overall growth in bus transit in Ottawa as feeder bus routes grow to match the capacity of the LRT. Electric buses are much cheaper to operate, fuel and maintenance costs are much lower so more transit can be provided for the same operational budget.

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    I/We the undersigned, petition Ottawa City Council to match the commitments already made by Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Laval, and Edmonton.

    In the 2019-2022 Term-of-Council Priorities commit to a planning process to electrify the bus fleet, with a clear commitment to the following targets:

    • Run an electric bus pilot in 2020;
    • Introduce electric buses on regular service by 2021;
    • Purchase only electric buses starting in 2024; and
    • A 100% electric bus fleet by 2035.
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