Michael Trolly – North Dundas

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?
  • Finding more environmentally friendly technologies, and reducing our energy consumption are always important priorities. During university, I spent a summer working with an agricultural engineer researching alternative energy use, examining ways that new technologies could save farmers significant amounts of money, and help protect the environment. I would commit to continually assessing whether new technologies are available, and to deploy those in ways that use our tax dollars responsibly, and support local business and agriculture.
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?
  • In North Dundas, we actually have several communities with very attractive main streets, with tremendous potential for further growth. In Winchester, where I live, our downtown is facing some particular challenges, with a number of vacant stores on the main intersection, and complaints from nearby residents about the smell from the local Parmalat plant. This means that it’s difficult for people to see downtown as a destination, a place to visit multiple shops on foot. To develop this further would both be a tremendous improvement for the local economy, and help reduce dependence on cars, which would be a particular benefit to anyone with transportation challenges. North Dundas, along with SDG, has a business improvement plan that provides financial incentives to beautify buildings, and we should consider similar options to encourage business to open in downtown core areas of our communities.
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?
  • I would actively work with the South Nation conservation authority, as well as county and provincial governments, in seeking solutions to replace lost forest cover. One solution that I would particularly like to see is the development of agricultural and forestry programs in SDG high schools, which could include student programs for tree planting and care. Work collaboratively with agricultural groups to jointly develop projects that can achieve a high level of ‘buy in’ is essential.
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 support a green bin program to collect organic waste. I believe this could be achieved quickly, at very low cost. As far as recycling goes, residents (in many municipalities) are often confused about exactly which plastics are recyclable where they live, especially since this often varies from place to place. Continual public education about what can be recycled is key, along with showcasing examples of products being produced from materials recycled by local residents — this can help to build enthusiasm for waste diversion.
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