Hello my name is Sunny Wazir, and i'm the new Youth Minister for a Sustainable Future. I've been hired by the prime Minister himself: Justin Trudeau to help solve some of Canada's biggest problems. From transportation to waste management, i've researched some solutions to these problems.
One problem is the loss of public space. The majority of roads are publicly owned and free of access. Increased traffic has adverse impacts on public activities which once crowded the streets such as markets, agoras, parades and processions, games, and community interactions. These have gradually disappeared to be replaced by automobiles. In many cases, these activities have shifted to shopping malls while in other cases, they have been abandoned altogether. Traffic flows influence the life and interactions of residents and their usage of street space. More traffic impedes social interactions and street activities. People tend to walk and cycle less when traffic is high. The transportation system in Brampton has been a major issue such as congested roads in Downtown Brampton, Dixie Rd. & Steeles, the ramp of Bovaird Dr. & Highway 410, and more. Also public transportation. Queen St. to Bovaird Rd is another major issue involving traffic as lanes are small and are tight compacted to only 2 one-way lanes which refrains cars to turn, cut lanes and more resulting in constant traffic every single day. Street parking is the major issue.
One solution would be transport planning measures (synchronized traffic lights, regulated parking), limited vehicle traffic in selected areas, the promotion of bicycle paths and public transit. In Mexico City, vehicle use is prohibited according to license plate numbers and the date (even-uneven). Affluent families have solved this issue by purchasing a second vehicle, thus worsening the existing situation. Singapore is the only country in the world which has successfully controlled the amount and growth rate of its vehicle fleet by imposing a heavy tax burden and purchasing permits on automobile owners. Such a command-based approach is unlikely to be possible in other contexts.
Managing waste has been very simple and straight process, put your trash in a bag, put your bag in a bin, put your bin out on the curb and wait until the garbage is taken by a garbage truck and you take the bin back. Rinse and repeat. However there is a question that always pop into my head, where does the garbage go? Nearly every piece of garbage or scrap or anything that is non-recyclable is thrown into a landfill. Landfills create a clear and obvious threat to human health as well as a threat to our environment from the hazardous contaminated air emissions emitted from the landfill. There are over ten toxic gases released from landfills, of the most serious of which is methane.
I however, have thought of a solution that will reduce the amount of waste we keep in our landfills, we turn leftover food waste and scraps into vehicle fuels and energy. Take Sweden for example, they have now recycles items that can reused and turns the rest into energy. This video will explain more
Also because of this energy system, it will provide more jobs for the working population, and it will also attract immigrations that are looking for work.
Let’s face it, we need space that does not have any land conflicts. Land conflicts has made land development difficult to plan out. For example, in downtown Brampton. Downtown Brampton has several decaying buildings that is preventing future development. Urbanization cannot be done within Downtown Brampton but outwards. But currently many previously built building stand in the way of urbanization providing the slim solution of urbanizing farmland. That land can also be used as a homeless shelter, or a soup kitchen to help the homeless get back on their feet.
We have a simple solution for this one, simply stop building outwards and start building up. That way more people can live in a smaller space without taking up too much land space. We also thought about cars as well. When we talk about problems with cars we always think pollution or accidents but never the space they take up, and for that we thought of this solution, we will lower the price of car sharing — say, by deploying larger six-person passenger vans to cut costs below what an Uber or Lyft ride currently costs.