When the public finally got wise to city council’s effective ban on natural gas last week, you saw the city’s spin machine go into overdrive. “There is no ban!” insisted city manager Sadhu Johnston, repeating the points laid out in a mayor’s office communiqué. But in truth, city council has used its power to enact bylaws that will not only end the use of affordable, efficient, and locally-sourced natural gas to heat our homes and hot water, some see it as a path where only the “super rich” can afford to live in Vancouver.
At first blush, the city’s so-called Zero Emissions Building Plan seems like an example of where a government’s good intentions can go horribly awry.
After all, who these days does not want to fight climate change? In a December 2015 column, I raised the matter…
MIKE KLASSEN – VANCOUVER COURIER – SEPTEMBER 28, 2016.