Justin Towndale – 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 have taken steps to reduce our footprint, by installing LED lighting city wide, inside and outside, in order to reduce overall energy usage. I believe that as we construct new facilities we should ensure maximum efficiency in terms of energy and resource usage. I am in favour of installing solar panels on City building roofs in order to generate electricity from a green sources while the initial cost would be relatively high, in the long run, we would reduce overall costs by generating our own electricity. I am not sure about a time line for such a project. For infrastructure I believe we should look at alternative materials. For example, the Ontario Tire Stewardship offers free items made from recycled tires such as heavy rubberized sidewalks. Some cities in Ontario are already taking advantage of these, and so far, they appear to be durable all year around.
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?
  • As of mid 2018, downtown Pitt Street is almost entirely rented out. Unfortunately, Montreal Road is very empty. We need to find ways to encourage businesses to rent in these neighbourhoods. Some aspects of the CIP should be looked at in order to make it easier to access for these properties. I believe that the City needs to install recycling receptacles alongside all existing garbage receptacles in order to increase our diversion rate. It’s low at this time. I put forward a motion recently to allow busking in these areas. My hope is that over time artists will take advantage of this ability. We also need to fix our outdoor patio program to promote it better and make it more accessible.
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?
  • Right now the City has a program in place to combat Emerald Ash Borer. We also hired on an arborist. We need to continue these efforts. I believe that we should also take advantage of trees that are available for donation by various groups.
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 believe that the City needs to install recycling receptacles alongside all existing garbage receptacles in order to increase our diversion rate. This includes inside and outside. I’d like to see 80% diversion.
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