Vernon’s Environmental Sustainability Network Company and Climate Action Now! rating by-election candidates – Vernon News
“No precursor in terms of climate”
Vernon’s Environmental Sustainability Network Company and Climate Action Now! give their notes on the candidates for the municipal council by-election.
The groups held a candidate forum that was broadcast live on November 10.
In its wake, they say the council “must look at every decision going forward through a climate action lens, given the seriousness of the threat climate change poses to our community.”
The groups say all of the candidates “showed thoughtfulness and commitment to service” and “spoke positively about climate change action.”
While environmental groups have said that “we can see all of these candidates as people we could work with on climate issues,” they singled out some candidates.
“In our opinion, choosing where to vote comes down to a combination of what people said and did, as well as their chances of being elected,” they said.
Three candidates were nominated based on their experience and background in the community, namely former Councilor Catherine Lord, former Director of Municipal Engineering Ed Stranks and Teresa Durning, Constituency Assistant to MP Mel Arnold.
SENS and CAN! also credited two candidates with less experience for their “fresh ideas for sustainability” (Stephanie Hendy) and “commitment to social issues” (Erik Oleson).
“The other six candidates scored a number of good points, but did not score higher than the main candidates overall… in our climate / environmental action analysis,” the groups wrote.
“In conclusion, there is no clear decision to be made here about a favorite for the climate champion.”
Advance voting continues on December 1 and 2 at City Hall.
General Election Day is December 4.