Lenore Morris, candidate for the Yukon Green Party announced on June 24 that she will be running in the upcoming federal election. (Submitted)

The Yukon’s Green Party has a candidate for the upcoming federal election

Lenore Morris, a lawyer by trade, wants more action on environmental issues

Charging the Yukon’s Green Party candidate is fighting for the environment and challenging what she characterized as a lackluster response from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals on the matter.

“It is, in fact, my top political priority,” said Lenore Morris, who announced on June 24 that she’s running during the federal election. “I’m concerned and distressed that no other national party, particular any of the ruling parties, and that means the Liberals and Conservatives, are paying adequate attention to the environment or making it any kind of serious priority.”

A member of the Greens for 10 years and part of its riding association for six, if elected, it would be her first time holding office.

Since joining the party, she said there’s been a perceptible change in tone surrounding the environment.

“On one hand there’s been this exponential increase in awareness about environmental issues, we’ve seen that particularly in the last year,” Morris said. “On the other hand, what’s distressing is that things are actually worse from an environmental point of view now than they were 10 years ago.”

Couple that with a slipshod response to the problem means humanity is playing catch-up, she said.

“We’re starting to do stuff about it, but we’re doing it so slowly that I don’t think we’re going to get caught up on this unless we have a more radical change and that includes having parties in government that have a much stronger position on environmental issues.”

Morris wants adaptive strategies to be devised to stem climate change, which is acutely felt in the North. This means money, big money, has to be earmarked, she said.

“We’re not taking airy-fairy concepts here, we’re talking about actual dollars and cents issues, one of the big issues here, almost certainly, is going to be forest fires.”

The Greens, led by Elizabeth May, want increased investment in renewables, to spark a National Housing Plan and patch up relations with Indigenous people, among other things.

Morris said her plans align with the overarching party platform, of course, but she pointed out one issue in the Yukon that she wants to tackle.

Yukon Energy Corp. pitched a new energy plant last month, powered entirely by fossil fuels (the public feedback period ended earlier this month.)

The facility would be 20 megawatts, larger than six diesel rentals that are roughly two megawatts each, which are used during system failures. The new power plant would fill in during these capacity shortfalls, ramping up power supply, CEO Andrew Hall told this newspaper recently.

“There’s been a lot of people that have been unhappy about the fact that the only options on the table are fossil fuel options,” Morris said. “We’re in a place where we have this huge geothermal potential, as well as wind and solar. It’s very frustrating to see that there’s not being more effort made to develop that.”

Morris has lived in the Yukon uninterrupted for over 19 years. She has a law practice in Whitehorse, specializing in areas like civil litigation, family law and real estate.

She said she considers herself a capitalist. Holding a degree in business, Morris said she understands the role business holds in Canada, but that they can, and should, be part of the solution in transitioning Canada away from a fossil fuel-reliant economy.

Contact Julien Gignac at

julien.gignac@yukon-news.com

Green Party

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

What the ‘new normal’ looks like for now

As the Yukon slowly reopens, this is what it looks like at restaurants and other businesses

Many continue to opt for take-out as dining rooms reopen

City considers options for more patio space

Yukon government suspends phone program for vulnerable women after data overage issues

The Yukon government suspended service without warning last month to cell phones… Continue reading

Campgrounds reopening June 4

Yukoners are asked to stick to their “double-bubble” households, respect social distancing… Continue reading

Yukon government has valid claim in Wolverine mine bankruptcy, judge rules

“This application arises because of an irresponsible mining venture in the Yukon”

City tickets 50 on day one of return to parking meter enforcement

A total of 50 parking tickets were issued June 1 by the… Continue reading

Driver charged in 2019 Whitehorse pedestrian death

A driver has been charged in relation to the 2019 death of… Continue reading

Council holds off on designation decision for portion of the tank farm

Decision comes in light of notice of violation to project proponent

City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week. June… Continue reading

Pilot Station salmon sonar to go ahead this season

The Pilot Station sonar, located near the mouth of the Yukon River… Continue reading

Renovations start at LePage Park

The Yukon Historical and Museums Association has started a resurfacing project for… Continue reading

Contract awarded for mixed-income housing project

The Yukon government has awarded a $16.8-million contract to build the mixed-income… Continue reading

Most Read