Jacqueline (Jacquie) Milner – South Glengarry

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?
  • Yes. I would make climate action a priority. Ensuring state-of-the-art-energy reduction options are being considered in municipal activities, spending, investments and management within our is vital. Ensuring our suppliers of products and services are making climate action a priority is important too. I can participate in this goal by asking questions. Doing research. Being aware of how our neighbouring municipalities are addressing these actions. I would also encourage us all to remember that small actions by many on a daily basis can result in a tsunami of positive good. Such as not idling one’s car for more than 2 minutes, turning off lights when not being used. State-of-the-art is wonderful; each one of us can do our part by incorporating small actions in our day to day.
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?
  • South Glengarry is composed of smaller villages, towns and hamlets. I think all towns & cities are experiencing challenges in keeping their main streets/downtown cores visually appealing and thriving. The challenges will remain as more and more people move online for their shopping and social activities. I would encourage our Municipality to ensure our populated areas are walkable and safe for everyone, particularly our children and seniors. This must take precedence over traffic needing to move through our villages. This will also encourage local people to feel safe, to visit local businesses, to get out and move, and take advantage of local services. Planters and community gardens (I would encourage edibles) in these locales can also serve to provide colour, free local food, provide an inviting appeal to visitors and locals, and would serve as an initiative for community members to gather, support each other, have some fun and provide opportunity for friendships. A communal gathering place to have a cup of coffee, a bowl of soup, and a conversation with another human being would be welcome in these areas. Supporting our most vulnerable citizens in a small way like this, a couple of times a week can have enormous appeal for them to support their local community and have great appeal to those considering to choose South Glengarry for their new home. Lastly, but really firstly… eliciting input from the people living in these areas has potential to provide exactly what is wanted and needed.
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?
  • Tree cover is vital on so many levels. Not only do we need to think about how to replace tree coverage lost to the Emerald Ash Borer, it is essential that we think about our overall tree coverage in general. South Glengarry and S.D.&G. Counties must act to protect the tree cover we still have left, (less than the percentage suggested by our local conservation authority to maintain biodiversity …the plants, habitats, and animals that share this space with us) and encourage and take part in the planting of new green corridors to account for the shortfall. Working with our farmers who own the majority of the land in South Glengarry is imperative. Funding for the trees is available through many organizations, nationally and provincially. I know many local organizations have provided services, advice and education on this subject, however our numbers are still going down. So… I’m going to name the elephant in the room. Tree Bylaw. I have heard many times before, that people were concerned that a Tree Bylaw would encourage people to cut their trees out of spite. My personal view is that, if someone is willing to do that out of spite, they have no concern for our larger living body. I do not wish to impose further laws and red tape on our hard working, 24/7 farmers. That being said, as nothing has improved without the bylaw, I am prepared to support one.
If elected, what waste management initiatives would you support toward increasing waste diversion and what targets would you like to set for your municipality?
  • Firstly, I would like to support a waste audit for each and every Municipal office. This would give them a better idea of their own consumer habits before they impose new regulations on the general public. Secondly, I would like to see recycle bins at all of the events throughout the community and considerable thought going into how, these bins cannot accept trash. I would also support ensuring, any of the vendor’s waste produced at these events, be compostable. One of the big challenges in all the places that have recycle bins is that if it fouled with garbage, it all goes to the landfill. Thirdly I would elicit input and suggestions on this matter with our students, the general public and our Municipal employees throughout Glengarry. We have an array of talent in the County. Let’s give them an opportunity to assist. I would most certainly support and encourage a doable, winning solution with a cash reward and recognition. I would like to set a waste diversion target of 70% for our community.
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