On September 19, Halifax Water had to implement mandatory water restrictions on some residents for the first time ever. Please refrain from washing your car or watering your lawn.

This is an unfortunate reminder that climate change is real. It’s here, it’s happening, and it’s affecting our communities now.

Climate change has a direct effect on fresh water levels. The water cycle is being intensified, leading to more severe droughts and floods.

Not all regions of the world are being affected equally. While rainfall is being increased in some areas, others are becoming much drier.

Southwest Nova Scotia is predicted to become a “hotspot for droughts” as climate change worsens.

I was disappointed to hear the other day that the current federal government has decided not to improve on Stephen Harper’s emission-reductions targets. I think we can, and need to, do better.

This is one more reason why I believe in free transit. We should be making it as easy as possible to ride the bus, instead of driving cars, in order to reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.

It’s not the only solution, of course. We also need to make our transit system faster and more efficient. But reducing user fees to zero – regular riders pay hundreds of dollars per year, no small amount for people on fixed incomes – will definitely result in increased access.

Of course, free transit would require an investment. But for the price of the widening of Bayers Road ($1 billion) – which encourages MORE car traffic – we could have had free transit for almost 30 years.dartmouth_iii_ferry

Let’s make the choice to fight for free transit. I think our environment is worth it. Please support me in becoming your next councillor for Dartmouth Centre.