Brenda Noble – North Glengarry

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?
  • I don’t know that we are in a position as a small municipality to make a large impact, but climate change can start with small actions. Obviously, we need to watch what our factories/big businesses are putting out, but we need to make sure changes or by-laws are cost effective. Consider simple things like watching the amount of paper used in printing, turning off idling trucks, look at the benefits of hybrid vehicles vs the cost, watch how infrastructure is managed – are jobs done in an efficient manner, is equipment maintained in order to avoid new purchases.
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?
  • In my lifetime, both Dalkeith and Glen Robertson have seen large changes to their Main Streets. Businesses have left and the population has changed. I’d like to find ways to encourage new business investments, help existing businesses grow, and motivate residents to beautify their properties. I like the ‘Community in Bloom’ initiative and I would ask homeowners, especially those with uninhabited houses, to keep lawns cut, and front yards clean. I’m a big believer in doing things yourself, so maybe a small group could pick weeds in the sidewalk cracks and around hydro poles, and entice residents to participate in the Edible Gardens project. I want us to be proud of our community and make it look its best!
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?
  • I think there’s a bit of disconnect between urban and rural dwellers so we all need to understand more about how Mother Nature works. Trees die of natural causes, and humans kill trees – intentionally or not. Some trees need to be cut to make room for others, and some species are not useful or native. Before we replant or transplant trees, is the cause of the EAB infestation over? Was the ‘cure’ really effective? We need to ask those in the industry what should be done, and include local nature and conservation groups in the solution.
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 definitely believe RARE and our recycling program needs a re-think. We used to take care of our own waste, which meant we would be careful about what and how much we bought. We were taught to reduce/re-use/recycle. Our current way of thinking urges MORE and NEW. We throw out electronics because they aren’t current, we buy new clothes as fashion changes, and we throw out perfectly good food at an alarming rate – and have strict rules about donations to food banks. Money is closely tied to waste, so let’s figure out how to save both!

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