Municipal Elections are taking place in October. As one of the main media outlets in the City of Cornwall, The Seeker is always eager to getting to know the candidates. As such, we send each candidate a questionnaire requesting for them to give their position on the most pressing issues near and dear to you, our readers. During the upcoming weeks, we will be publishing the answers from each candidate who choses to respond. Every candidate was sent 11 questions, penned by our own, Jason Setnyk. They can chose to answer as many as they want. We will post them online as they come in. Here are Denis Carr’s Questions and Answers. Click on any question to reveal the answer.
1 – Please give us a brief biography / tell the readers about yourself.
Long time Cornwall Resident. Former President of Chamber of Commerce. Chairman of Worldfest / Festimonde Festival. President / Chairman Heart of the CityProject. Past President of Kinsmen Club of Cornwall.
2 – If you were on Council the previous term, tell us about your accomplishments during the past four years. If you were not on City Council this last term, please tell us why you are running and what you hope to accomplish.
Chairman of Cornwall Heart of the City Projects.
3 – With rents skyrocketing, what can City Council in Cornwall do to prevent renovictions like those at Cumberland Gardens that have impacted many in our community?
Not a lot . It’s a Provincial responsibility.
4 – In 2018, the City of Cornwall purchased the old Bank of Montreal building in our downtown for $450,000 as the future home of Cornwall’s Art Centre. In 2019, Council heard a report that renovations would cost an additional $4 to $6 million dollars. In addition to the fundraising already being done, will you support some public tax dollars going towards a Cornwall Art Centre, or should the municipality pause any additional financial support?
This Council has supported the Cornwall Art Centre . The further funding for this project is a decision that will rest with the New Council.
5 – Post-pandemic, what can Council do to improve Economic Development for the city and support existing businesses?
Council has programs for improvements in the Downtown and Le Village and is willing to work with the property owners to make those improvements.
6 – What are your thoughts on the McConnell Medical Clinic closure? Although health care is a provincial issue, is there anything Council can do to attract more doctors and nurses to our city?
We continue to support New Doctors to establish in our City.
7 – While climate change is a global issue, what can the City do locally to keep our neighborhoods cool and protect natural resources like the St. Lawrence River?
Continue the established programs for the protection of the St. Lawrence. The health of the river has improved greatly in the last few years.
8 – Many City businesses are open on Sundays, and many events happen on Sundays. Do you support Sunday service for Cornwall Transit?
No . Traffic volumes do not support Sunday Service.
9 – What can we do to improve social services in Cornwall? Examples include but are not limited to Cornwall Transit, childcare spaces, or LTR spaces.
Determine the Provincial responsibilities for Social Services against Municipal.
10 – Do you support keeping tax increases to a bare minimum? If yes, where would the savings come from, and would you support reducing some services? If you do not support keeping tax increases to a minimum, explain your reasoning why.
Taxes should be Fair and Affordable. Municipal Taxes are like household income ….you can only spend what you can afford.
11 – How can candidates contact you? Please provide a phone number and/or email and/or one website (or one social media link).
Denis Carr (Home Phone ) 613-932-7239 Email – [email protected]
(Cell Phone) 613-930-5128