Claude Poirier – 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 I would make climate action a priority, by assuring that any staff or consultant report coming before Council would identify its impact on the climate.
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?
  • Our downtowns are in constant need of attention be they in the center of the city or in the Village area. While much has been done and there are many individual successes, the work is still very much a work in progress. Heart of the City funding has been beneficial in improving many building facade but still much needs to be done. City Council needs to create the climate to encourage business and property owners to invest in these areas. There is a need for proper dialogue with the key stakeholders. If elected I would commit myself to actively participate in this dialogue and examine all avenues of funding to improve our downtowns.
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 have a number of ash trees on my property and I fear that the Emerald Ash Borer will infest them as well. The municipality has been planting a number of trees in anticipation of this tree cover lost and the incoming Council must continue to encourage these efforts. Council also needs to examine how we can encourage property owners to preserve and replace this tree cover.
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 cost to maintain, close an existing landfill site, or to open a new one is terribly expensive for the local ratepayer. There is a need to support programs which encourage waste diversion. I am not prepared at this time to set specific target without having a serious dialogue with city staff, but I am committed to improving the city waste diversion once I have all the information.
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