I had a brief talk with John. I'm still a bit confused about how this ties with the private member's bill. The private member's bill, as I understand it, has to do with tax measures, and that can only apply to private property, not government property. So I'm still a little confused about how the two tie together. We might want to be more careful about how we separate those out.
I'll have Wayne do the public property ones, because that fits under his portfolio, parks and protected spaces. He's quite keen to do that.
The part I would like to participate in is regarding the private properties.
One aspect, which could apply to both the public and the private, is the issue of energy efficiency. I shared with John that I actually initiated a program in my own riding, in a heritage area called Old Strathcona. It's sort of the last heritage area of the city. We called it “greening the avenue”. Part of the challenge is that in those old heritage buildings, people rent for shops, restaurants, and so forth. They pay rent to somebody who owns the building. Part of the problem of maintaining those heritage structures is the energy costs. We looked at all kinds of initiatives.
I know that there is, in Canada—probably located in Toronto—a separate foundation that actually deals with this issue. If we could just Google it and look around, it would be good to have them come to testify, because I think energy costs would be a big deal for.... I know that the federal government is now looking to go renewable for all its facilities. That would include parks and historic sites, so it might be good to pursue that.
I would be particularly interested in being engaged. I founded a group in Edmonton in the 1970s, called the Society for the Preservation of Edmonton’s Heritage. I know what a struggle it is. Part of it is the tax measure, but it's just getting the money to put together the proposal and organize people. If we could get at that, too.... I know some of that merges into municipal and provincial, but you could have something that is of national significance that's in a city, or something.
I'm really interested in the private part, but I know Wayne will be keen on the rest of it.