Priorities

It has been an incredible honour to serve as your Mayor since 2018.  If re-elected, I will continue with my track record of promoting affordability, investing in a high quality of life, and fostering strong partnerships with the local business community and an array of service groups, sports clubs, arts and culture organizations, among  many others.

1. Respect for your tax dollars:

I will treat your tax dollars with the care and respect they deserve, as I have done in the last four years during which time we have worked hard as a Council to reduce annual tax rate increases to less than 2 percent (a reversal from previous years).

Link: https://www.northgrenville.ca/budget/1778-council-lowers-proposed-tax-increase-to-0-74-percent

2. Securing funding from other levels of government for key investments

I will bring the same tenacity and focus that I have already demonstrated when securing $37 million for crucial upgrades to CR 43 so that North Grenville continues to get its fair share of funding from all levels of government for crucial infrastructure

Link:   https://www.northgrenville.ca/news/1841-county-road-43-widening-will-spark-regional-growth.

3. Promoting North Grenville’s rural and agricultural roots

I will continue to work alongside residents and business leaders to maintain an affordable and thriving community which never loses its small-town feel, and fully recognizes our rural heritage and deep agricultural roots. 

As the host Municipality of the upcoming International Plowing Match from Sept 20-24 2022, an opportunity I embraced with open arms, and in my capacity as former Chair of the Kemptville Campus, I have brought energy and a steadfast commitment to leveraging opportunities to support our agricultural and agri-food sectors.

This includes working closely with MPP Steve Clark and the Ontario Ministry of Skills and Trades to secure over 1 million dollars in apprenticeship training in the heavy trades at Kemptville Campus!  As of September 2022, the Upper Canada District School Board will be offering free pre-apprenticeship and Level 1 apprenticeships programs for youth and under-employed adults.

Link: https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/free-heavy-equipment-trades-programs-offered-in-kemptville-1.6039267?fbclid=IwAR2xyieBHVR09rvQI-rnjOygSqNn4CfW0UWbQRw9goeIAk07TU2fBXFOcCg

If you’re not aware of the IPM, check out all of the action here.

4. Accelerating Business Opportunities

I will continue to be a champion for local and regional business opportunities in order to increase local employment and pursue a smart and sustainable growth strategy.

This includes:

  • notable increase in day trips from neighbouring municipalities
  • family focused events that highlight our unique and scenic downtown; 
  • leveraging North Grenville’s achievements as one of Canada’s Most Active communities through continued partnerships and investments in docks, skateways, parks, and the Ferguson Forest;
  • amplifying the focus on unique destination experiences in North Grenville (including restaurants,  recreation, forests, and unique businesses).  

5. Improving Access to Housing & Health care

As we witnessed a surge in the shortage of family physicians across Ontario in the last year, the Municipality of North Grenville began tackling the problem this past January:

  • We established a working group of primary health care teams, the Kemptville District Hospital and the Ontario Ministry of Health to better understand the problem;
  • We have improved our recruitment processes for family doctors, and are examining the viability of financial incentives;
  • in two recent meetings I have had with the past and now current provincial Ministers of Health, we have strongly advocated for the allocation of more family physician spots to this area.

Housing remains another crucial priority. 

A month after I was elected in 2018, I immediately convened the Mayor’s Taskforce on Affordable Housing to figure out why some people were struggling so much to find housing, particularly seniors and youth. 

Hearing from a variety of experts and stakeholders, Council adopted a plan in 2020 to overhaul North Grenville’s planning framework so that the Municipality:

  • fosters more housing diversity (through more townhomes, semi detached homes, and multi-residential rental units);
  • remove the red tape to building secondary suites (basement/granny suites); and
  • identify partners who could build affordable homes. 

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