Updated: May 18, 2020
Councillor David West brought forward a motion "Richmond Hill Climate Change Actions" to the Richmond Hill Council Meeting on Feb 12, 2020. With one additional item added by Deputy Mayor/Regional and Local Councillor Carmine Perrelli, the motion passed unanimously!
What a great day for Richmond Hill!
A big thank you goes to Councillor David West for his hard work on moving Richmond Hill forward on acting on the climate crisis.
Below are some of the key points from the meeting with times associated with the livestream if case you want to see a particular segment.
Three delegates from the climate community groups came forward to speak to the staff report on climate change actions that was on the agenda.
1:28:40 - Carrie Tai from Neighbours for the Planet
1:33:06 - Liz Couture from Drawdown Richmond Hill
1:37:55 - Kathleen Wong, read letter written by Cherly Lewandowski from Blue Dot Richmond Hill
1:43 - Councillor David West
Put forward a motion with the purpose of reinforcing work done by staff to date and to endorse further actions; show leadership in our community and encourage everyone to work together; to inventory and measure GHG emissions so they can be monitored; help leverage funding; and “most importantly, it is the right thing to do and it is urgent whether we call it an emergency or we don’t, we still need to take action. That is becoming clearer and clearer”
1:51:36 - Motion introduced and reviewed by Councillor West
1:48:48 - Councillor Karen Cilevitz
Seconded the motion
“No question that there is no greater existential threat facing humanity and our planet today”
Every point in motion is necessary
1:51:41 - Deputy Mayor/Regional and Local Councillor Carmine Perrelli
Since June 11, 2019 when a climate motion was last brought forward in a council meeting, Councillor Perrelli said he has learned more about climate change by attending a community event, and is more aware that there are things that we can do.
Told a story about how his son wanted to buy an electric vehicle but could not because he lives in a condo and there is no place to charge electric vehicles.
In that vein, Councillor Perrelli committed to only voting for applications for medium and high density developments if they have infrastructure for one electric charger per parking spot. Asked to have this amended to Councillor West’s motion. It is already addressed in point 5, but Councillor Perrelli wanted it to be added as more specific.
2:01:27 - Motion with amendment from Councillor Perrelli
2:02 - Deputy Mayor/Regional and Local Councillor Joe DiPaola
Strong support for motion
Should lobby the provincial government to change the building codes to force EV charging infrastructure for medium and high density developments
Would like to see Environmental Summit in RH to show leadership in climate change initiatives and lead the provincial and federal governments to step up their efforts