John Fehr

1.         I think City Council needs to invite community discussion on how our community could be designed to cope with a less abundant future.

No, I think that would be a very hard thing to do because we are all working hard to be successful in what we do.                                                                                               

2.         I believe City Council should provide transport alternatives for those who don't own a car such as pensioners, students and low-income families.

I think it would be good idea to check into the possibilities of this. The financial aspect is always a consideration when considering something of this nature.

3.         I believe sound urban development should include ensuring equal solar access to residential sites and building walkable, connected neighbourhoods.

This sounds like it has the potential to cost a lot of money. I am a businessman and try to look at the entire picture, including the cost. Has anyone done any analysis on what it might cost to do something like this?

4.         I believe the City should provide incentives to individuals and developers who intend to use energy conserving technology.

No, as far as I know, there are already incentives in place from other levels of government.

5.         I believe the City should purchase land to increase public green space.

No. The city already does designate green space in developments.

6.         I think that local government has a role in the protection of native flora and fauna.

No answer

7.         I support a role for council in discouraging the use of plastic bags.

No, the alternatives don't seem to provide any better solution.

8.         I believe that government should challenge its citizens' ideas or habits regarding the environment.


9.         I believe the use of chemicals for cosmetic lawn and garden purposes contributes to human health problems.

I have not seen any proof to substantiate this.

10.       I believe the use of chemicals to control mosquitoes has a negative effect on other pollinators and human health.

I have not seen any proof to substantiate this.

11.       In recent years large corporations have taken over the grocery and stationery markets. Since large corporations have resulted in growing stress on local businesses, I believe City Council needs to take steps to stop this trend.

No, the city benefits greatly in taxes paid by these large corporations and we need them. They also create jobs which is very important as well.