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Councillor wants Ottawa to declare climate emergency

If the motion passes, Ottawa would join six other Canadian cities in declaring climate emergencies.
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Ottawa City Councillor Shawn Menard, December 2018. Mike Vlasveld/ OttawaMatters

A city councillor, who says climate change poses an existential threat, wants Ottawa to declare a climate emergency.

Capital Ward Councillor Shawn Menard plans to table a motion at next week's meeting of the Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management.

In a written statement, Menard says the purpose of the motion is to deepen the city's commitment to protecting our economy, ecosystems and community from climate change.

If the motion passes, Menard says Ottawa would join six other Canadian cities -- Halifax, Vancouver, Hamilton, Kingston, Richmond, BC and Edmunston, NB -- in declaring climate emergencies.




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