Ryan Acheson – 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?
  • I would absolutely make climate change a priority. If elected I will make sure to look at the environmental impact of every decision being made both in the short-term and the long-term in order to determine if the environmental costs are worth the potential investments.
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?
  • While I think the main streets/downtown are successful I believe that they could be doing better. If elected I would push for more efficient public transit as well as working with both existing and potential new small business owners to see what can done to help the downtown area be more successful. This is something that needs to be done as small businesses are the backbone of Cornwall.
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?
  • All options will need to be looked at. We cannot simply place new trees as they were removed because of the Ash Borer to begin with. These options can include building structures to produce the cover or planting new trees that may not affected by the Ash Borer.
If elected, what waste management initiatives would you support toward increasing waste diversion and what targets would you like to set for your municipality?
  • To start I would push stronger recycling policies in addition to composting policies. I believe that major city centers such as malls, parks, etc… should have a designated composting area where people can place their compostable items. Not only will this help reduce the amount of waste being sent to the landfills it is also good for the environment.
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