Carol A. Boileau – City of Cornwall

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 would like to see less waste mostly when it comes to paper and to renovations. Many things now can be paperless even though businesses need to leave a ‘paper trail’ for everything. Having a proper system to save documentation and trying to go paperless with clients (mostly the younger generations) would be a great start. Yes it is nice to see the park lit up at night but it should be for special events and holidays. Just having enough lighting for security at night would be sufficient most days. When areas are not being used, major lighting should be off. If the sunlight can brighten an area, no use for lights to be on. I believe solar panels would be nice at Lamoureux Park; an initial expense but one that would save money in the long run. Something else in the future would be solar powered traffic lights, more of them. Every little bit less in electrical power would help. The city should be an example to businesses and its citizens when it comes to saving money and energy. Using solar power and becoming more digitized would be some of my priorities.
Do you think your main streets/downtown are successful – why or why not?  If elected, what specific actions, changes and improvements would you make to ensure they are healthy and successful?
  • I believe they are not as successful as they should be. We need to do more to try and attract people to the areas. I would put more parking on Pitt street by straightening the street and have parking on both sides all along the way. The one way could stay to start. There are 6 major stores empty in Le Village. That is surely a problem in attracting people to this area. It is not enough to make a place look good if people are not attracted to the area in the first place. Cornwall needs to attract businesses to the area, ones that would renovate and use the empty spaces we now have in our business areas. Having a mini carnival at various parking lots is a possible idea. The Brookdale Mall, Walmart, Eastcourt Mall and other places with big parking lots would attract people to those areas and the merchants there could do something special to get clients to walk in and shop. This would give activities for families to attend every week or so in the warmer months and see various places to shop in the city. The Food Fest was a great success this past summer. With similar events on main streets, sometimes blocking a few sections will surely attract the public. When these events happen though, we need to get the merchants involved so that they get more people shopping in their premises. Maybe not have all the foods together, have a mixture so that people need to go all along the blocks to check out all the booths and at the same time maybe get a chance to shop at stores in the area. Events such as this one should be planned more often and not just during the summer months. And they do not always have to be on Pitt Street. Le Village has a similar event during French week (not planned by the city) but there could be more of them. Even a festival in a major parking lot would attract people also. I would even like to see a winter festival on a main street. There is also a lot of empty space at the Cornwall Square. Some of the empty spaces could be mini flea markets.
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 would like to see a ‘cut and replace’ at least type policy. To avoid a similar problem, I would get information from horticulturalists to find out the best replacements that would last longer with less chance of disease or infestation, where these should be planted and the best ways to deal with trees that are diseased and or infested if and when it occurs. I would also like to see more trees in Lamoureux Park. It is nice to have a nice big open area but there is still room to plant more trees. It would also help the older generation to sit in the shade during events or on a stroll since Cornwall is becoming on average an older group of citizens but who are still active. There are many places too where trees can be planted like in empty lots, side of roads, even in some parking lots.
If elected, what waste management initiatives would you support toward increasing waste diversion and what targets would you like to set for your municipality?
  • The city has many garbage bins around the city. A possibility is to change these to sorting bins somehow to be able to collect more of the recyclables. Many citizens do not recycle thinking it is either a waste of time or they just don’t want to take the time. Selling new designed bins for private owners would be a push in the right direction. A few bins with coaster wheels would make it easier to bring to the curb and have them in various colours (maybe blue for paper and cardboard, green for glass and cans, orange for food waste/compostable, and red for all other recycling). The city could collect food leftovers for compost and sell it in the spring to its citizens. An idea also is to try and get a recycling company in the area, maybe in the industrial park, one who can deal with most of the recycling materials. I would like to see the amount going to the landfill diminished by a good 10 to 15% within the next few years. By encouraging the public itself to participate in the recycling program and the city having its own ways to recycle (ex: composting the food leftovers and piling the compost in an area away from private homes), the city can help and encourage the public to recycle instead of throwing all to the dump.
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