The debate, hosted by Toronto Greenhouse and moderated by yours truly, took place this evening. Please come back after noon on Wednesday for access to a transcript of the event and to post any followup questions you may have. Candidates have been invited to visit this site and answer questions. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: After a sincere attempt to transcribe last evening’s Green Government debate, I have decided to not proceed because certain parts of the debate were inaudible on my digital recorder. It would be unfair to post a transcript in which the comments of certain candidates are not accurately recorded. My apologies. I will, however, soon have access to a link where people can watch the full video of the debate.
In the meantime, I will post here the four questions I asked and candidates have the opportunity, if they choose, to respond more clearly and concisely on this blog. Their responses can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be posted soon after they are received. (NOTE: Sarah Thomson has replied. Read below for her comments.)
Question #1: What are the top three environmental issues facing the city today and how do you plan to address them?
Question #2: Building on past efforts, how can a major municipality like Toronto do a better job of reducing its greenhouse-gas emissions?
Question #3: Can the green economy be a future economic engine for Toronto? If so, in which areas should Toronto focus its efforts and how would you, as mayor, support emerging green businesses?
Question #4: Where does each candidate stand on the use of energy-from-waste technologies, both as a way to manage municipal waste and generate electricity for the city?
Also, check out Toronto Star columnist Catherine Porter’s account of the evening on Twitter.
If you attended the debate, I welcome your comments. Who won? Which particular responses stood out?
To read candidate answers received so far click for more… Continue reading Toronto mayoral candidates talk about greening the city’s economy