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Hello, Yukon Astronomical Society,
Help address Whitehorse’s light pollution by conducting a review of the Zoning Bylaw regulations on lighting. A reduction in light pollution has economic, tourism, health, and ecosystem benefits for the community. Resources such as the International Dark-Sky Association and the Yukon Astronomical Society should be used when developing the zoning regulations
Q#1 – If elected, what would you do to reclaim our night-sky heritage, protecting the environment and human health from the negative effects of light pollution?
I think that our night sky, and our northern lights in particular, are a tremendous resource for Whitehorse. Having the opportunity to meet with the Yukon Dark Skies Coalition during my campaign has also opened my eyes to the negative environmental and health impacts of light pollution, which I was not previously aware of.If elected, I would ensure that light pollution is an issue that is included in our discussion of the next Official Community Plan, particularly with respect to requirements for lighting in the application of the building code in commercial, industrial and residential areas. I would also explore opportunities to include light pollution as part of any discussions with Yukon energy, Yukon government and other orders of government regarding street and highway lighting.
Yes, I support the responsible use of outdoor lighting. If I elected, I would support City Council efforts to explore incremental actions that ensure our buildings and roadways are lit in ways that balance safety, convenience, and light pollution concerns, using less harsh hues that reduce light pollution and improve our night-time environment.