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Reasonable. Informed. Logical. Innovative. 

Where I Stand

  • I believe in honest and transparent government. 

  • I believe in integrity and compassion, personally and politically. 

  • I believe that a councillor is meant to represent the interests of constituents and the community, not their own interests.

  • I believe in cooperation and productive dialogue among politicians.

  • I support useful and cost-effective public transit.

  • I support streamlined and common sense zoning and planning.

  • I support measured and well planned growth that infrastructure can keep up with. 

  • I am opposed to unregulated development, including the proposed CN inter modal station.

  • I am opposed to the opportunistic harvesting of our local environment, including the proposed Reid Reservoir Quarry. 

  • I am opposed to unreasonable increases in council compensation.

  • I am opposed to urban intensification and development run amok.

Platform Points

I've heard from residents across Ward One. Based on your concerns, here are the main points that comprise my platform:  

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Infrastructure and Development:  

  • Engage more closely with the province on growth policies. If the province is mandating fast growth, there should be more significant financial support from Queen's Park to ensure our infrastructure and services are up to speed.

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  • Develop clear by-laws that prevent over-intensification and "monster" homes in character areas, but allow homeowners flexibility to make reasonable modifications to their property. Regulate intensification in existing multi-unit structures so as to minimize impact on neighbouring residents.   

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Transit  

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  • Review methods that similar municipalities have successfully implemented in their transit programs, and analyze them with Milton's unique needs.  

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  • Keep an open mind about hybrid solutions that use smart technology (uber-style) and ride-sharing.  

  • Work with the Halton Region and neighbouring  municipalities to create inter-municipal transit.

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  • Review routes and add where there is proven need. All world-class municipalities have reliable and accessible transit! 

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Jobs and Innovation 

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  • We need to make Milton appealing to quality employers by offering affordable places to live and adequate transit for their employees.  

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  • Council and staff should cultivate a close relationship with the Downtown Business Improvement Area Committee and the Chamber of Commerce. A good relationship with these hard-working groups shows potential employers that we are unified in our desire and ability to foster business development.  

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  • By fully supporting the Education Village and ensuring its success, we will attract an educated, diverse workforce from which potential employers can recruit.  

Services 

  • Consult with seniors and youth on what they need and want in service provision. Programs are more successful with their input. 

  • Provide adequate support and resources for our emergency services, so they can their critical work. 

  • Co-ordination with Regional government to review and update policies for subsidized housing/rent-geared-to-income.

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Regulating Large Corporate Projects 

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  • Corporate projects bring jobs and economic stimulation, but corporations cannot be permitted to ride roughshod over the interests of residents, our local laws and regulations, or our natural environment, (Reid Reservoir Quarry and CN Intermodal proposals, in particular). 

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  • I oppose projects that have not taken the implications to residents and the environment into account in their proposals. As such, I will continue to oppose the Reid Reservoir Quarry application, and the CN Intermodal project as it is currently proposed. There are more appropriate locations for these projects elsewhere. 

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Taxes

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  • I will not lie to you: it is of the nature of taxes to increase. The trick is to make any increases of minimal impact to residents while still maintaining a pleasant and safe community.  

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  • Most people are reasonable and understand that we must all contribute financially in order to have adequate services (emergency, maintenance, recreational) BUT they want to see their tax dollars maximized and respected.  

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  • Growth is not paying for itself. We need to find alternate sources of revenue, including reviewing the appropriateness of current development charges to large developers.  

 

  • Rural residents need to see a level of service that reflects their recent tax increase.  A minimal tax increase to rural property owners is usually much higher in dollars that it is to their urban counterparts, due in large part to Market Value Assessment. 

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  • I do not support an increase in Councillor salaries. I do not believe there should be a tax free allowance for Councillors, while they also double-dip by expensing their travel and other costs. I do not believe that Councillors' laptops and cellphones should be covered by taxpayers.   

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Rural Interests

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  • Rural areas, and their issues, are unique. Rural residents know better than anyone else what it is they need. I will listen.  

 

  • Rural residents are struggling with internet service that is debilitating to their lives and businesses. I want to ensure that our rural areas receive appropriate federal funding to improve internet reliability and speed.  

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  • The proposed Reid Reservoir Quarry, and the ease with which it has established a serious upset to life in Campbellville and Nassagaweya, is very unsettling. I would propose a land review of rural areas to determine other "ticking time-bombs"  where similar applications from aggregate companies may be likely. We need to be proactive with this threat. I have already donated my legal services to the ACTION committee, and will continue to lend my expertise as needed.  

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  • Rural economies (farming, horse industry, etc.) face struggles. Policies and tax planning must consider the effects on them. Green Innovation Plans, for example, need to be tailored to take the unique positions of rural economies into account. 

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  • Sanitary sewers (Milton Heights) and town water needs to be considered as mandatory improvement projects, especially when new development nearby makes installation more logical.  

  • The Town of Milton enjoys the windfall of money donated from the Mohawk Slots. The adverse impacts of this operation are mostly experienced by the residents of Nassagaweya, who should be given preferential consideration for the distribution of these funds, generated exclusively in their neighbourhood. 

 

  • We must face the reality of increased cycling traffic on our rural roads. A review of appropriate safety measures specific to the safety of vehicular and cycling traffic should be implemented. 

  • Rural residents often feel neglected. I grew up in the rural area, and I have family still there. I will advocate for all residents, regardless of the areas they reside within the Ward

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Cannabis Legislation 

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  • I will take my lead from residents, and so far, the majority believe that Milton should consider the prospect of allowing retail storefront sales. Cannabis is a legal substance which could provide a significant revenue stream, thus minimizing potential tax increases.  

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  • I believe such retail locations (if allowed) like other narcotics, should be made available only in professional medical buildings, or designated places where pharmacists, doctors, and health professionals are nearby.  

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By-Law Enforcement 

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  • I support the hiring of more by-law officers to assist with pro-active enforcement.  

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  • Illegal basement apartments, expanded driveways, and poorly maintained properties need to be addressed. It is unfair that most of us obey the rules while others do not.  

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  • Properly drafted, minimally restrictive by-laws bring clarity and certainty to enforcement. I am a lawyer, and my skills in interpreting legislation and drafting legal literature will be invaluable in by-law creation and review.  

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  • Streamlining and simplifying bureaucracy in planning, permits, and development will reduce time, aggravation, and cost to residents...and the town.  

 

Other Important Items on my wishlist:  

 

  • A home for the Townsend-Smith Hospice, so Miltonians who desire it will have a place to die with dignity in a specialized palliative setting. Please visit their website www.townsend-smith.ca. I am a licensed funeral director. I can tell you that Milton families need a hospice in Milton.  

 

  • High-performing Wi Fi in downtown.  

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  • Pedestrian Crossing at Bronte Road and Dawson Crescent 

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  • A review of intersections that should have crossing guard supervision (i.e. Martin Street). 

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  • A dedicated worker to be on-call to receive calls for injured or displaced animals, in cases where the Oakville Humane Society is not authorized, or unable to respond.  

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  • Revitalization of Mill Street between James and Martin (a long-term goal)  

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A note on my platform:  

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I will not make promises unless I am sure that I can keep them. I will not over-commit or over-promise. Therefore, I can only promise to continually interact with my valued constituents to ensure that their requests and questions are dealt with in a thorough and timely manner.

I can promise that you will be kept fully informed with the activities taking place at Town Hall.

I can promise, as your elected representative, to fully read and research all reports and advocate on your behalf in a professional manner, commanding the respect of our proficient staff members and fellow elected representatives.

 

If there is a specific platform topic that you do not see here, and  that you would like to know my opinion on, please email me. Many residents already have! 

Platform and Issues