Cornwall climate change committee blueprint finalized

The draft terms of reference for the Cornwall Environment and Climate Change Committee on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019. Council has hashed out the terms with some minor changes. Once the committee is formed, it will have to get outside funding to move ahead with a plan to reduce the city's greenhouse gas emissions. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – Seven months after it was proposed by Cornwall Coun. Carilyne Hebert, city council has hashed out the terms and makeup of its Environment and Climate Change Committee.

The committee, which would have up to 13 members, would set up a climate change adaptation plan, plus track and work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the community.

Hebert, who proposed the committee in March and was supported by Coun. Eric Bergeron, says she’s happy with the terms of reference and the composition, saying it gives the proposed committee “marching orders.”

City council voted Tuesday night to remove and change some of the terms. Removed is a rule that wouldn’t have required quorum to vote and move business forward. Also removed is a rule that would have closed the committee off from the public, making it an invite-only group.

“This issue (climate change) is worldwide. Why wouldn’t you want to go to these meetings?” Coun. Justin Towndale said, referring to the general public.

Council, which spent a great deal of time talking about the composition of the committee, proposed to invite the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and the Ministry of Environment to sit on the committee. That proposal was defeated.

Once the committee is formed, it will have to get money from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities in order to move forward with its plan.

“I’m very excited about this committee,” Mayor Bernadette Clement said. She wants the committee up and running “as quickly as possible.”

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