Saturday, September 2, 2006
Many people believe that leadership is the big issue in this election. This has resulted in the feeling that City council is no longer accessible to its constituents. The democratic process is not working. I want to bring back leadership that works to build a city council that is respectful, that works as a team. City council should be open to public involvement; it should encourage input from its citizens. We need leaders that are able to make effective short-term goals but always have long term vision.
2) Why did you decide to run?
I have chosen to run because I believe municipal government is very important and I want to advocate for what I have come to value and appreciate about Guelph. I was born and raised in Guelph and I love this city. I want to work towards making a better future for all of us. I have been actively involved in my community for over 20 years and this seems to be the next natural step for me.
3) The Guelph Civic League has highlighted four issues for the consideration of voting students. Please comment on the following:
a) What is your position on the proposed pipeline from Lake Erie to Guelph?
I do not support a pipeline from Lake Erie to Guelph. I support the short-term goals of the recently passed Water Supply Master Plan and believe in the principles of water conservation, watershed management and comprehensive community incentive and education programs. We must build stronger partnerships with other GRCA municipalities and encourage industrial growth that does not put excess demands upon our water supply.
b) How will you address issues of development in the city and what is your plan for the continued growth of Guelph?
(1) City council needs to work in collaboration with our skilled city planning staff to foster a sustainable rate of growth that pays for itself. (2) We need to develop high standards for compatible residential/commercial land use within neighbourhoods. These standards must protect our well being and heritage while conserving our natural resources. (3) We need to prioritize the effective use of vacant lands before encroaching upon green space.
c) If you are elected to council do you intend to lend your support to the continuation of the student bus pass?
Yes, I will continue to lend my support to the continuation of the student bus pass.
d) The GCL is concerned about the size and number of bike lanes on Guelph roads, will you push for greater bike access?
I believe we need to encourage and support the use of bikes. This is a better alternative to car usage. I would definitely support increasing the number of bike lanes on our roads. I thought perhaps we could propose a car free day in Guelph. I would also encourage the completion of our trail system in Guelph.
4) Is there another issue(s) that you think voters should be aware of when considering their choices at the ballet box?
Guelph is a city that boasts beautiful green spaces, a lively downtown core, one of Canada’s top universities, acclaimed artists and music festivals and an engaged citizenry. As we grow, the challenge will be to plan ahead so that we maintain Guelph’s unique character, protect our heritage and natural resources without compromising our quality of life. We need elected officials that understand we need to behave differently in the future. We need leaders with strong values as these values can really drive our economy.
5) What’s you final message to U of G students?
The most important message I would like to convey to U of G students is to get out and vote on November 13th. As I said earlier, I believe municipal government is very important. While some students may move to other cities after they have completed their studies, many will remain in Guelph and set down roots in the community. I strongly believe we can all have an impact on the future of this great city if we participate in the election of our official representatives.