On hearing that Canada is heating up at twice the rate of the rest of the world, there was a kind of urgency around the table at the first meeting of the CRD Climate Action Inter–Municipal Task Force this morning.
Several municipalities – including View Royal – have declared climate emergencies with a goal of being carbon neutral by 2030. We’ve made the declaration and we’re clear that doing what-we-can-where-we-live to save the planet is a priority. But how to get there?
Some municipalities are innovative in raising awareness and providing incentives. But what really caught my attention was the comparison by one task force member to war. The onset of WWII galvanized purpose and innovation and that’s what we need here, he said.
At this initial meeting we heard from Clean BC staff about initiatives and fast-coming goals that could mean a different looking world. All electric vehicles on the roads, including transport, in 20 years? It’s likely.
This group was slated to meet twice a year, but given that time is of the essence, we expect to gather monthly. I’ll report out.
In other news, View Royal stepped up to help with the housing affordability crisis Tuesday. Council gave first to third readings of a bylaw to waive development cost charges for not-for-profit rental housing, which will help pave the way for a proposed 152-unit development at West Park Lane by Thetis Lake. The project would see a mix of units at income assistance, affordably priced and near-market rates.
For my part, I don’t think the location of the proposed development is ideal given the distance to schools and services. But helping people have a roof over their head trumps any inconvenience. Hopefully, should it be approved, BC Transit will be convinced of the need for service in that part of View Royal.