—-Municipal Candidate Survey—- Sandy Cairns

Gravenhurst — District Council

1.     What actions have you personally taken to support a greener, more sustainable climate?

 Personally I have really learned a lot over the last several years on what I can do as a home owner and the driver of a vehicle.  I have replaces 85% of my lawn with mostly native species as well as have planted many pollinator gardens and grow lots of my own food that I can or freeze for winter use.   I have joined the David Suzuki Butterfly Way project and have planted to help feed and protect the Monarchs.  I never use pesticides or herbicides. My shoreline is natural as well as I have a well buffered property with lots of trees along my waterfront.  I drive a Jeep that has the anti idle , not ready for new car yet but will be looking into an even more efficient on energy and emissions.  

2.     What opportunities for climate leadership at the municipal level (e.g. greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs)) would you champion in one or more of these areas: Buildings | Housing | Land use (sprawl) | Transportation | Other

I have to say that we must look at all the below to champion as decisions are being made!

3. A long-term problem requires a long-term solution. What is your 100-year plan? If elected, what would be your first action?

To assist in the education to be sure we get the word out.  Help with ways to put into place as staff comes forward we set up a to-do list and always keep in mind what are the impacts of purchasing, supplies and vehicles.  Educate all staff and the public on the impacts of climate change and what we all can do !!!  Anti idling policies are in place not just on municipal but on private businesses.  (Drive throughs) are a big beef I have!!!