Andrew Guindon – South Stormont

If elected, would you make climate action a priority, and if so, how would you ensure that state-of-the art-energy reduction methods are included in the assessment of all municipal activities, spending and investments – both capital and on-going management?
  • Yes, I believe climate action must be one of the Township’s many priorities going forward. Further, we must make sure that we have a detailed, realistic plan in place to ensure we meet our energy reduction goals, which would not only have positive, environmental effects, but could also save the taxpayer’s money in the long run. The best way I can ensure that energy reduction methods are included in the assessment of all municipal activities is by doing research about the various alternatives available when making a decision. Sometimes, it will be necessary for me (or the Council as a whole), to consult experts in different areas, such as those who specialize in energy reduction methods, to get information on how the Township can improve in certain areas. We, as a Council, must then use this information to make informed decisions, considering the input from these experts as well as the community as a whole, when assessing municipal activities.
Do you think your main street/downtown is successful – why or why not?  If elected, what specific actions, changes and improvements would you make to ensure a healthy and successful downtown/main street?
  • I believe little, inexpensive things could be done to improve our ‘village centres and business areas’ (we don’t have a traditional ‘downtown or main street’ within our Township). However, I do believe that, overall, these areas are doing well based on the information I have. I think the municipality could partner with business owners and community member on ‘beautification’ projects throughout our Township. The increased aesthetic appeal could help persuade those ‘just passing through’ our Township to stay for a while and shop or eat at one of our local businesses.
If elected, how would you go about ensuring the replacement of tree cover lost in your municipality as a result of the Emerald Ash Borer?
  • As I understand it, the Township is currently working on a management plan to address this issue. I would like to review this plan, in consultation with local experts and community members, to ensure it is adequate.
If elected, what waste management initiatives would you support toward increasing waste diversion and what targets would you like to set for your municipality?
  • I think the municipality could do a better job informing people about what materials are recyclable, and what materials are not. A simple, inexpensive educational campaign could be initiated throughout the Township to help inform individuals on the ease and benefits of both recycling and composting. Another simple thing that the Township can do is ensure that in all public spaces there isn’t just an option to throw items into a trash bin, but also have recycling bins there as well. Admittedly, this is already the case in many public areas throughout the Township.
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