Claude McIntosh – 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?
  • It wouldn’t be my priority, but would be on my to-look-at list. The city has made great strides in reducing energy consumption, one of which is the on-going switch over to LED street lighting. We should look at fewer city vehicles and electric powered vehicles.
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?
  • Short answer: Thanks to an aggressive Heart of the City program, yes. The new arts centre in the former Bank of Montreal building will make the downtown core more attractive. Having said that, more needs to be done to encourage property owners on Montreal Road to take part in The Heart of the City funding program. The proposed apartment/condo development in the former Sears (Cornwall Square) would be an asset.
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?
  • Steps have been taken to replace trees lost to disease. In the last two years around 100 trees have been planted along Brookdale Avenue. Also, trees have been planted in city parks. The Raisin River Conservation Authority distributes thousands of seedlings to city and area residents each year.
If elected, what waste management initiatives would you support toward increasing waste diversion and what targets would you like to set for your municipality?
  • An enhanced education program that includes elementary and secondary school students. Any increase in diversion would be acceptable. Elimination of plastic bags. The recycling program (blue box, etc.) in Ontario is expected to be taken over by the producers within the next few years, which will pass the recycling business to the producers. The contractor will no longer be working for the city.

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