Patrick Dussault – 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?
  • Climate action is very important. I think that Cornwall can do better to promote and use the public transit system already in place. Also, if elected, I would to explore the possibility of collecting the blue boxes ever other week (which would reduce emissions and save money). The City may also want to look at a by-law for idling of motor vehicles.
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?
  • Yes, I think that ‘our’ downtown is successful- but we should not stop there. There is always room for improvement. This needs to be done by consultations with the residents and the store owners.
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?
  • Trees are very important to clean air. We know that local governments in North America are attempting to control the Emerald Ash Borer by monitoring its spread, diversifying tree species, insecticides, and biological control. If some trees are lost to this to these ‘green buprestid’, we should try to re-plant tress.
If elected, what waste management initiatives would you support toward increasing waste diversion and what targets would you like to set for your municipality?
  • The collection of blue boxes every other week (as stated above). The consultations last summer were a step in the right directions and initiatives like the ‘Trash to Treasure days’ should continue. Cornwall also rates very poorly compares to the provincial average: The average Cornwall household sends 444kg of waste to the dump every year, while the provincial average is 385kg per-household. In terms of recycling the average Cornwall household recycles 31kg a year, while the provincial average is 112kg. We need to do better!

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