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Jonathan also competes provincially and nationally in biathlon.
Other hobbies include: playing sports with his two amazing kids, hiking, camping, running, cycling, and board games.
“I care deeply about the health of our community, the health of all Comox residents, the health of our local businesses, and the health of our beautiful natural environment. I will bring a community-wide health lens to every decision, and I will represent Comox residents with dedication, hard work, optimism, compassion, and integrity.” Dr. Jonathan Kerr, MD, CCFP, FCFP.
Jonathan brings a wealth of relevant experience to Comox Council, including senior management and organizational skills, running a small business, budget management, high level communication and public speaking, chairing and facilitating meetings, strong interpersonal skills, writing, researching and publishing experience, event management, coaching, volunteering with local non-profits, and caring for citizens from all walks of life. He is a dedicated husband and father to two kids, ages 12 and 14.
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“Comox residents have been telling me that they are concerned about:
“Listening to our citizens is important. I will work hard at realizing this list of priorities and goals to ensure Comox is the best place in Canada to live, work, play, and retire.” Dr. Jonathan Kerr
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The Town should use the money it already collects from large development projects and purchase vacant lots in Town.
Comox must be a leader to ensure that the servers in our Town’s restaurants, baristas in our coffee shops, tellers in our stores, single-income parents, seniors on a fixed income, and everyone else, has place to call home.Seek out innovative housing solutions so that Comox is an affordable Town for our children and grandchildren.
Enable Comox to be a leader in climate change and adaptation solutions. (Up to half of Canada’s carbon pollution is influenced by local policy decisions. Source: Federation of Canadian Municipalities)
Transition the Town’s vehicle fleet to 100% electric vehicles by 2030.
Increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations in Town, taking advantage of the CleanBC Communities Fund.
Planning, monitoring and constructing infrastructure that can resist local effects of climate change flooding, fire, and heat.
Work with local businesses to eliminate single-use plastics
Provide education and promote financial incentives to help people make the switch from wood to healthier forms of heat.
Strengthen policies and bylaws to promote clean air and reduce wood smoke.
Promote urban agriculture and community gardens.
Champion active transportation (see section below).
Promote the transition of the Town’s gas-powered equipment (leaf blowers and lawn mowers) to electric-powered equipment, to reduce both noise and greenhouse gas emissions.
Continue alignment with the BC Energy Step Code efficiency standards for new developments and existing buildings.
Encourage existing house/apartment/condo owners to take advantage of BC Hydro rebates for energy efficiency upgrades.
Require that 100% of new homes and apartment/condo buildings have electric vehicle charging stations.
Consider starting a municipal rebate for home energy efficiency upgrades (similar to Powell River).
Actively support clean energy initiatives aimed at zero carbon emissions.
Create incentives for local businesses to recycle, reduce waste, and decrease our carbon footprint.
Continue to support the Comox Youth Climate Council and adopt the proposed Green New Deal.
Reduce pollution of our land, air, and water.
Goals: Recruit 4 new family doctors to Comox in 2021, and 4 more in 2022.
Provide reliable roadside pickup of garbage, recycling, and organics.
Collaborate with the province and other municipalities on addressing the opioid crisis.
Work with local non-profits to improve the social conditions that are feeding this crisis.
Advocate for more rehabilitation and treatment options.
Make all decisions using a social justice and community health lens.
Improve accessibility of our downtown, sidewalks, and greenways.
Act with compassion and respect towards all individuals in our society.
Utilize the Canadian Index of Wellbeing framework for strategic planning and tracking how well we are doing as a community.