City of Sault Ste. Marie council and mayor

Canada has some of the highest levels of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per capita. Individual choice is highly influenced by existing infrastructures.

Transportation infrastructure is a primary contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Increased atmospheric GHG emissions have altered climatic conditions and increased the intensity and severity of extreme weather events.

Existing levels of road transport in Canada are luxurious by international standards. Sault Ste. Marie maintains some of the least congested and most extensive road infrastructure in Ontario. Delaying road infrastructure expansion will generate a marginal adverse impact on mobility, and may generate significant beneficial outcomes.

Any costs of such delay will be more than offset by the huge potential to save lives in the Philippines alone, while mitigating further GHG emissions that cause climate change.

We the undersigned request Sault Ste. Marie city council debate the merits of requesting staff to prepare a report to be delivered back to city council in time to substantially participate in the federal governments emergency relief fund match offer.

The staff report is to investigate the feasibility, benefits and costs, and options of redirecting municipal funds from local road expansion project(s) to the emergency relief efforts in the Philippines such that the final impact on local transportation infrastructure will at most delay expansion while serving to save lives that are a direct result of increased GHG emissions partly attributable to the transportation sector of which Sault Ste. Marie has contributed.

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