As tourism becomes a more dominant industry for Revelstoke we are also seeing an increase in motorized recreation. What role do you see for the city in helping to tackle greenhouse emissions and reduce our community’s impact on climate change?
I’m passionate about our environment and what I describe as the Big Mountain Lifestyle. I’m also passionate about personal freedom, independent business and the right of an entrepreneur to do as they see fit. There’s a balance of perspectives to be found, and compromises to be made that can better serve all groups.
With a clear vision in hand, the city can set acceptable standards within city limits through bylaws like the Clean Air and Noise Bylaws. We can make property tax and licensing incentives for businesses that reduce their carbon footprint in significant ways: make the right thing easy and the wrong thing hard.
On the larger scale, we can work with the Regional District and the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development to work on regulations and tenures that make sense from the perspective of our community.
We need to trust our businesses and our entrepreneurs, and our local non profits and sports clubs who do education and outreach; conservation is most effective when led by the users of the land. Hunters are the most staunch conservationists; they want the wildlife and wilderness to be there for generations to come.