Keith Frost – 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?
  • Yes, I would. An environmental lens is one of the many ways we must look at our city when making decisions. We should be looking into electric/hybrid vehicles for the city when it comes time to replace the current ones. We also need to ensure that we have tax reduction options and development charge reductions as a way to encourage builders to create more environmentally friendly homes and buildings.
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 the downtown and Le Village areas need further improvements. We need to work on parking issues and accessibility so that when there are events, more people can attend them. We must also include provisions for those who choose to bike or walk in these areas. The city can offer 2-3 hour complimentary parking in those areas along with bicycle stands and public benches. I also support a tax on vacant retail space or vacant brownfields that have been vacant for an extended period of time in order to encourage landlords to find commercial tenants faster or develop the property.
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?
  • The City of Cornwall has an Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Management Plan and I would support the replacement of tree cover lost as a result of EAB. The city also loses tree canopy due to the development of infrastructure and housing. We need to ensure that developers have a plan to replace some of those trees as well. Replanting is critical to maintaining canopy cover and the many environmental, social and economic benefits that trees give to our city.
If elected, what waste management initiatives would you support toward increasing waste diversion and what targets would you like to set for your municipality?
  • The Cornwall landfill has approximately 18 years of capacity left and with a waste diversion rate of only 30% we need to be serious about waste management. I would like to explore the possibility of textile collection, moving weekly garbage collection to bi-weekly to encourage diversion with an exemption during the summer months (ie. weekly garbage pickup in June, July, August). Another option would be to look at a plan to have an additional hazardous waste collection depot in the east end of Cornwall. We should also be exploring new technologies such as a waste-to-energy facility. A waste diversion rate of 50% plus would be a start.
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