Heather Megill – 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?
  • Climate Action is critical to survival on our planet. Energy reduction and replacement of Fossil fuels is essential. I would promote this as of paramount importance in all municipal and regional activities and investments. Many communities, Investment funds and private citizens are demanding that their investments be divested of stocks in polluters. We must work to create more reliance on non polluting sources energy to power our homes, business and modes of transportation.
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 believe our mainstreams in the down town are as user friendly as they could be. I applaud the new bike lanes but worry that we need to use enhancements to make the bike lanes more safe for commuters. In travelling to cities like Ottawa and Toronto I have seen more highly visible bike lanes including the placements of traffic calming rods to better delineate between roads for cars and roads for bicycles. We need more Bike locking stations throughout the downtown. We all need to drive less, walk and bike more and use our expanded and enhanced transit systems. Encouraging less commuting to large centres for work that could often just as easily be done from home or a shared services centre using online technology should be a requirement of our current and future economies.
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 certainly support the replacement of tree cover as a result of the devastation caused by Emerald Ash Borers to our Tree Cover throughout the region. Ensuring the planting of diverse species of trees to replace the ‘Lungs of the Planet’ will hopefully ensure that Disease or Insect Infestations do not wipe out such a high percentage of our largest canopy trees in such a short period of time. As a person who is currently trying to save my own Ash tree through insecticide injections I am committed to trying different ways to battle the Emerald Ash Borer and any future dangers pests or disease that threaten our urban and rural forests.
If elected, what waste management initiatives would you support toward increasing waste diversion and what targets would you like to set for your municipality?
  • Some municipalities have banned the use of plastic bags and one use plastic containers in the retail sector. We all need to be more concious of the materials we purchase and consume. We need to make less waste. I would encourage home based composting for vegetable matter and green bin composting for materials that can not be placed in backyard compost bins. Educating the public is essential to ensure that we do all we can to reduce, reuse and recycle. I would actively take part in helping to educate members the public in these issues.
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