Earle DePass – South Stormont

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?

  • Attention to environmental issues like climate action/change is very important.  Initiates like the Global Climate Action Summit which took place in San Francisco are good towards raising the awareness of climate action and commitments from regions, cities, businesses, investors and civil society.  I would urge the municipality of South Stormont to support the call on governments everywhere to step up their efforts to tackle climate change to keep global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius in line with the Paris Agreement.  Locally I would encourage further reductions of household consumption as a small step each of us can take towards overall energy reduction.

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?

  • With the small towns and villages which exist within South Stormont, the term “main street/downtown” might be considered a misnomer.  That being said, I think our small main streets with their country-like atmosphere present a unique and very successful way of life here.  I therefore do not foresee any necessary changes.  However, the further development of the waterfront properties in areas like Long Sault and Ingleside present opportunities for further continued showcasing of these beautiful areas.

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 follow the lead of initiatives taken by cities like Winnipeg where attempts have been taken to attempt to stop the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer.  As the owner of property where we have lost at least two trees every year, I am saddened at the tree losses.  Sadly, while nothing can be done to save the tree once it’s infested, one of the management options I would try would be to make funds available to inject the trees with a pesticide every couple of years to slow their mortality.  As a last resort I would embark on initiatives to replace these trees with those of a less potentially-affected variety.

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 think we currently have good recycling initiatives within the Township.  Waste management is a responsibility of the Public Works Department within South Stormont which started recycling in 2008.  I would revisit the Waste Management By-law, the Waste Recycling Strategy the Solid Waste Management Plan and the Promotion and Education Plan with attempts to make long-term improvements.  In the interim, I would return to weekly collection of household recyclables as a method of increasing the awareness of waste diversion within South Stormont and the protection of the Township-owned landfill site on Trillium Road.
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