Ecology Ottawa is looking for municipal politicians who are looking to hold the line on paved space.

The group is calling for a moratorium on all new road construction and is encouraging residents to vote for candidates in favour of such a plan. Since Ottawa does not have a large industrial sector, the majority of air pollution in this city is created by vehicles, said Stefan Reinecke, a member of the Ecology Ottawa steering committee.

“The construction of new roads is simply a continuation of a trend that will lead to more and more greenhouse gases from that sector,” said Reinecke.

According to University of Ottawa professor Matthew Paterson’s report entitled Towards Sustainable Transport in Ottawa: An End to Road Construction, city council plans to spend $1.5 billion on road construction and widening between 2008 and 2017.

That money should be devoted to building infrastructure that encourages other modes of transportation like walking, cycling and public transit, said Reinecke.

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