Carson Andrews – 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?
  • If elected, my number one priority is to respect tax-payer dollars. Personally, I think that sustainability should be one of the main underlying objectives to all policy making. That being said, I cannot commit to any climate action initiative without receiving a comprehensive report on energy usage related to current municipal activities. I can however, and will, commit to ensuring that sustainability is strongly considered when discussing new spending and investment initiatives.
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 think that Cornwall’s downtown has the potential to offers businesses the space, and traffic to showcase their products/services. In my opinion, the main issue facing our main streets/downtown is the vacancy of commercial buildings. If elected, I will take a pro-business approach, and seek to reduce the tax burden of companies trying to establish themselves in our city. In my opinion, nothing looks worse than driving through a downtown area and seeing “for lease” signs on all the buildings.
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?
  • Having worked for the Federal Minister of the Environment, I have a very good understanding of invasive species and the effect they have on Canadian ecosystems. If elected, I would first hold a consultation period with our citizens to see if there is a desire to address this issue. If there is, I would suggest that our city partner-up with local nurseries, and offer citizens incentives to take the time and plant trees.
If elected, what waste management initiatives would you support toward increasing waste diversion and what targets would you like to set for your municipality?
  • As an individual working for a local company whose objective is to reduce food waste, I have several ideas on how Cornwall can improve its waste management processes. That being said, I do not believe in arbitrary targets, and I will not support initiatives that increase city costs (tax dollars) and offer no returns. I believe that if our community works together, we can come up with an effective waste reduction strategy that is effective and isn’t a burden on tax-payers
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