Alice Clark

Alice Clark – Candidate, Ladysmith Council                              

Please tell us a bit about yourself and what made you decide to run in this election?

I have been in law enforcement for 32 years and 29 years as a Provincial Government employee. I bring to the table, many skills, ideas, and the understanding of bureaucracy. I can get to the meat of the matter and dispel the smoke and mirrors. I believe in working with the community in a partnership by knowing what their passions are. Working together to get the community moving forward in a positive way. 

 The climate science is clear - we need to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 45% from 2005 levels by 2030 to address the devastating climate impacts (heat waves, fires, floods, droughts) we face. What priority actions to reduce GHG emissions locally will you advocate to get local government on course to meet that 45% reduction by 2030, less than 7 ½ years from now? No response

Transportation, mostly in private cars and trucks, is reported to be responsible for 72% of GHG emissions in the Cowichan Valley. What three strategies to reduce emissions from transportation, while also supporting local people getting where they need to go, would you work to implement? No response

We’re not only in a climate crisis, we’re in multiple overlapping crises, including affordable housing, homelessness, and the opioid overdose crises. If elected to local government, what interconnected solutions would you advocate to address these social and environmental crises in the Cowichan Valley? No response

The Cowichan Valley is experiencing increasing climate-related cycles of drought and flooding in our watersheds, as well as other damage to natural ecosystems and farmland caused by development pressures. These trends threaten our salmon and our food security. What actions must local government take to better protect our watersheds and drinking water, as well as increase local food production and food security? What protections should local government put in place? No response

Emissions from buildings are second only to transportation emissions here in the Cowichan Valley. Local groups working together on climate change solutions have asked all five of our local governments to commit to getting fossil fuel emissions - gas and oil - out of our built environment. Do you support this move, and what next steps would you advocate local government take to achieve this? No response

Most of our local governments have either, like North Cowichan, recently approved a new Official Community Plan (OCP) or are in the process of updating or harmonizing their OCP (CVRD) with stronger social and environmental directions for our Cowichan communities. How would you support the OCP approved for your community in moving forward, including implementing the bylaws needed? No response

What do you consider the three most pressing issues facing local government and the one most important thing local government should do on each one?

Watershed issues, homelessness, poverty reduction

How do you plan to work with other governments within our region, including working with Local First Nations, as well as the provincial and federal governments? No response

The above questions are interesting and very complex. Simple solutions will not resolve them. Many, many steps will be needed by everyone (municipal, provincial, and federal) governments working together. The community must be willing to act upon the recommendations as well. As a whole, everyone is needed. Green solutions and looking at other countries, (Sweden) at their processive solutions. We need to look outside, in order to look inwards.