Naval K. Gupta – 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?
  • It will not be a priority right away as we have to see the over all capital cost involved v/s other immediate basic necessities required to be met for the well being of the community for a short and long term growth.
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?
  • It is not although township is trying and they wish that it should be successful. If elected, I need to hear from the business communities and residents there and see where the best option can be obtained and in order to achieve that, what grass root awareness campaign and efforts have to do to get the results. I had suggested when they launched community improvement grant process that it is better that we first decide how we want downtown to look and then do it with the help of community and businesses not by just giving money to people who can afford to do the changes as this way we are not taking along with us the people who can not afford where as we are charging property taxes equally to everyone.
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 was the most vocal person in the last election and no body listened to me at that time as at that time tree or shrub cover was still needed for protecting the roads from snow drift etc which would have cut on accidents and road maintenance. The township and councilor have to lead by example as nothing can be achieved alone by one or two people. I would like to encourage schools and business to organize tree planting programs to start the process rather than trying to give free trees to farmers or so. I believe in doing it for everybody with education and understanding.
If elected, what waste management initiatives would you support toward increasing waste diversion and what targets would you like to set for your municipality?
  • We still have the attitude to let waste get mixed up or just through it in the back yard or put in bags. Yes it is a costly process but we could try to either have some local entrepreneurs try it out and let them flourish rather than some big companies make money sitting somewhere far far away who just cares about making money. We could and should provide them with some incentives to sort the garbage and recyclables and do some workshops for younger generations to instill in them the value for recycling and other environmental issues to save the planet or to say their local community first.
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