Kelly Bergeron – 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 reap what we sow and right now, we are sowing a bleak future for our climate. We need to make major changes and build a solid climate change policy for our city, as the earth gets warmer – we will start to see climate refugees and as drought, hurricanes, and other major catastrophes take shape, we need to be ready. But we also must be conscious of how and what we do things affects our climate in the long-run. Looking to other climate leaders, let’s change our perspectives.
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?
  • There are so many wonderful events that take place in our downtown core, but we need to do more to increase traffic in our downtown. Bringing in special rates for parking could be an option, but definitely promoting walking and cycling in the downtown with better infrastructure, and bike parking will help bring accessibility to the core. We need to use public space to create micro-moments, where people will linger over public art, and feel ownership over their downtown, and take pride in it. We must build a solid marketing plan to attract businesses downtown, promote those businesses and incentivize shoppers to spend more money there.
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?
  • Working with organizations who promote a healthy environment, we could re-plant these lost trees and more. Right now, there are several programs in place (by the federal government) and TD bank to help plant more trees. A recent study came out that said each tree in Toronto is worth $700 to its residents (I imagine Cornwall’s are worth quite a bit too). Trees help promote healthy living, a cleaner environment, sound mental health and more. We need to ensure this loss is recovered and improved.
If elected, what waste management initiatives would you support toward increasing waste diversion and what targets would you like to set for your municipality?
  • Green waste pickup would be a great way to divert garbage from the landfill. I’m a strong advocate for composting and find it greatly decreases the amount of garbage I have to bring to the curb. I would support educational programs to the public on recycling, donating used items to local thrift stores, reusing containers, and buying less stuff, amongst other issues. I would encourage recycling for major facilities across the city.
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