Eric Bergeron – 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?
  • We need a strategic climate change action plan. Many cities across the planet are beginning to implement such plans and taking action. I would push very hard for this on day 1. A solid plan would of course include energy reduction goals, carbon-neutral operating plans and could include the social / environmental impacts on all RFPs and projects.
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 don’t. I think the Downtown and Le Village could be MUCH better. Until our downtown is full of businesses and people make it a priority to go and spend their dollars there, there is work to be done. One example is signage. I chaired a sub-committee of the Waterfront and Centretown 2 years ago where we developed brands for our 4 core areas (Downtown, Waterfront, Le Village and Cotton Mills Districts) but they still are not in use. Our downtown is very difficult for people to get to if they have not been to Cornwall before. Signage is needed coming off the bridge and down Brookdale – but we also need to change the 1-way street system a bit to better increase access into the downtown. Augustus runs south and would be a perfect example of a street that should be 2 ways. This would lead traffic up and into the downtown properly instead of forcing people up Sydney and back (without any signs). Small items like this can make a huge difference in terms of traffic and people making the side trip into our downtown. The same can be said for all of our districts.
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 want Cornwall to become the greenest city in Canada. I think we should be aggressively planting trees in as many locations as possible. I would like to see tree planting as a major element of the climate action plan.
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 our waste management needs a complete overhaul. We need to be doing 3 stream recycling and I am in favour of a tag system on garbage collection. Our city is not doing well enough and to solve this will require a bold plan. We can save money, recycle more AND educate the community on the importance of these things if we do it right. I recently read a study of Ontario municipalities that shows that cities that convert to multi-stream recycling are able to save an average of 28% of our waste diversion costs when the community moves to a better recycling policy. ‘This study highlights the differences in cost and recycling performance between single and multi-stream recycling systems in Ontario, Canada. Using data from 223 provincial municipalities over a 10 year period, it was found that municipalities who implement single stream recycling face higher material management costs than those that opt for multi-stream recycling. To date, municipal policy planning decisions have been predicated on single stream recycling being cheaper than multi-stream recycling. Resources 2015, 4 395 This study found the opposite to be true, with single stream recycling, on average, being 28.5% more expensive than multi-stream recycling. As such, the assertion that single stream recycling is a preferred waste management system needs to be revisited, as single stream recycling is demonstrably more costly for municipalities in Ontario.’ Study: A Comparison of Single and Multi-Stream Recycling Systems in Ontario, Canada. Calvin Lakhan Department of Geography, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON L6S 2X5, Canada; 2015

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