John Rattray – 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 should be considered a priority for any city. We should be looking at a strategic plan to implement step by step over a 5 year plan. The plan has to makes sense for the tax burden on the city. A simple first step would be to look at how green technology power generation for example could be used on City 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 think that our main streets are starting to make significant progress. If we had the foresight not to drop a suberban shopping mall in the heart of the city things would be very different today. At the end of the day I believe the city can help with the street transition with development incentives, but ‘one up-manship’ by local vendors has to be the driving force. If you start to be innovative your neighbors will follow suit.
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 if elected make this a priority. The question is intimately tied to your first question. We can easily get community groups, school organization etc. involved as a major yearly project to make the city as green as possible..!
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 need to and can do a much better job on waste management. Single source recycling has to be fair, a first step for communities in the past 25 years, but the future lies in multi function recycling streams that may in fact prove over the long term to be more cost effective and much more environmentally friendly.
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