“I was born and raised in Ward 2 with Family Roots in Guelph for over 100 years – I retired early after a successful business career owning several successful businesses employing many people. I love Guelph and wish to work hard to help the City prosper.”
Why are you running for city council?
Mayor Guthrie asked me to run in Ward 2 .
Tell us a bit about your background and experience, and how that will inform the way you work as a city councillor?
I was born and raised in Ward 2 with Family Roots in Guelph for over 100 years – I retired early after a successful business career owning several successful businesses employing many people. I love Guelph and wish to work hard to help the City prosper.
What do you think was the most consequential decision made by city council during the 2018-2022 term?
Past Council failed us in there decision regarding the Library and a Tax hike of approx 10%
They should not be Re-elected but rather Re Jected
Guelph has to make accommodation for 208,000 people and have 116,000 jobs ready by 2051. What’s your growth strategy, and how will you co-ordinate with developers, neighbourhoods and community groups to achieve it?
2051 is almost 30 years from now – meaning 2000 new citizens per year – that is a fair and moderate pace .
Homelessness and the mental health and addiction crises are having a profound impact on Guelph, what can be done at a council level to address these issues, and what will you do as an individual councillor to address them?
Homeless, mental health issues and addiction is a large and daunting issue . Fixing this Dragon won’t be easy but with clear direction and a united front it can be done .
Would you support a more collaborative relationship between the City of Guelph and the County of Wellington? What would that look like?
Absolutely! A “ Team Work” approach on matters that are important is tantamount.
How would you increase accessibility at city hall? How will you make sure that your constituents feel well-informed and well-represented in council?
Constituents could feel free to call my personal cell phone and or contact me any way they wish.
I will respond promptly.
Movements like Black Lives Matter and the discovery of unmarked graves at residential schools have made the creation of more equity and inclusion at city hall a top priority. How will you help promote greater representation and work to create more equity and inclusion at the City of Guelph?
The City of Guelph is a great place to work . Hiring the very best people for each position is imperative.
The City of Guelph, as a corporation, is responsible for three per cent of emissions locally. What will you do to encourage and assist the Royal City to reach it’s net zero and 100 per cent renewable goals?
Simple to start: 1) walk more 2) ride your bike more 3) move to electric cars – let’s start there.
Carbon Neutral by 2050 – Leaders in Canada
Excluding 2-way/all-day GO Train service, how would you work to expand regional transit options to and from Guelph?
Public and Private sectors can work together to aid in this expansion. 2- Way – All Day Go Train is a MUST.
If you could dedicate your time on city council to one issue over the next four years, like you were a federal or provincial cabinet minister, what would that be, and why?
A new 2nd Hospital – I will do everything I can to ensure Guelph’s “local share” and shovel ready requirements are in place for a fast track approval from the province – this is VERY important to me and for the City of Guelph. Past council has dropped this ball over and over again .
It’s budget time: You have a heritage building redevelopment project, the modernization of a key city service, or you can reduce the proposed budget increase by a full percentage point. You can either fund one of these endeavours in their entirety, or you can assign each option a portion of funding. What’s your motion?
This question is too hypothetical- I would need far more information- I won’t stab in the dark .
Finish this sentence: I would be very disappointed if we got the end of this election without debating…?
The Library – which I agree with building but only if it is on budget. I won’t vote to spend an ADDITIONAL dime on that project . That’s my position and I am sticking to it. (On my Record.)
Where can people learn more about you, and your campaign?