Kyle 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 need to be more engaged with our partners at both the provincial and federal level when it comes to climate change. We also need to engage more frequently with companies to address packaging issues which cause a lot of the waste. I will push to reduce idling times for municipal vehicles which should not only help the environment but save money. We need to actively work with residents to get on board with composting more.
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 do not believe that the main streets in Cornwall are successful. There are a lot of reasons for this, particularly the fact that the nature of shopping has changed so much and that shopping is mostly done online or in big box stores or that require vast amounts of space which the downtown core doesn’t offer. On top of that the big box stores have free parking and our downtown does not. Parking is a massive issue for downtown as it discourages people from even going downtown. We need to look at creative solutions to fix our parking. That would be the first way to fix downtown.
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?
  • Quite simply, we need to go out and plant more trees.
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 would encourage garbage bag limitations per household.
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