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Most Ottawa residents believe that development is trumping environmental issues at city hall, and people want more energy efficient buildings, according to a new a poll on green election issues.

Most Ottawa residents believe that development is trumping environmental issues at city hall, and people want more energy efficient buildings, according to a new a poll on green election issues.

The poll, which is being released Friday by Ecology Ottawa and the EnviroCentre, surveyed 300 people during the last five days of August.

The results show strong support (69 per cent) for lower building permit fees, for greener buildings and higher fees for those that fall below industry standards.

It also found that most residents (63 per cent) want the annual dividend from Hydro Ottawa to be invested in energy efficiency programs.

However, only 36 per cent of people supported investing in more money in public transit and cycling and less on roads for private vehicles.

 
 
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