Louise Quenneville – North Glengarry

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 is a priority, but not one a municipality can not take on its own. It would require other levels of government for proper action. There are systems that address energy reduction methods to ensure that assessment of municipalities are accountable, transparent and sustainable. One that is all encompassing and measures a municipalities progress across social, economic and environmental performance is Star sustainable certification. This would be a program that I would propose to be a system reviewed by Council for implementation.
Do you think your main street/downtown is successful – why or why not?  If elected, what specific actions, changes and improvements would you make to ensure a healthy and successful downtown/main street?
  • Our main street is not the success it could be. There has been progress, but definitely room for improvement. One program that has had an impact to date is the Community Improvement Program. This would need to continue to see a revitalization of the downtown core. This would be a program that I would support of elected.
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?
  • For any ash trees remaining, I would present to Council to seriously consider the best practice of tree injection. To increase the 30% green cover required to balance out eco-system, I would propose that the municipality collaborate with South Nation Conservation’ tree planting program.
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 like to see at least 30% less waste going to the garbage facility. There could be a significant cost savings to tax payers, whereby the savings could then be routed towards other pertinent key issues, such as infrastructure. This kind of savings however would require some community education around composting, reusing, recycling and rethinking. Some municipalities have created recognition awards to businesses and not for profit organizations to gain public recognition for their outstanding efforts to reduce waste. I could see such a program. Halifax, Nova Scotia has a pre-cycle program. They provide education on the life cycle of a product before buying it. There are other tools and initiatives possible, too many to mention here.
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