Why this platform?
Many years ago, I was at a full stop at Darcy Street in order to turn south (safely I thought) onto Mary Street.and collided with a fast moving northbound vehicle. The local residents came out of their houses commenting on the number of collisions had occurred there over the years. A few years later, and apparently enough collisions,warranted this intersection becoming a four way stop. We need to respect the local residents' information and knowledge about traffic issues and respond accordingly.
SLEEP SAFE HOUSING:
I am sure you will recall the tragic loss of four lives due to the fire at 116 Centre Street North this past January. I knew that building as it had been the location of my previous office about 10 years ago. According to media reports, it was thought the building contained 2 or 3 residential units for 11 people. A subsequent press conference indicated that the City had no record of the multi-unit use as no permits or inspections had taken place. A rating system of inspected multi-unit residential buildings would provide prospective tenants with knowledge to make an informed decision and encourage property owners to comply.
Some residents have expressed to me that they feel they are not heard by council or city hall and sometimes it's just too overwhelming to pursue a concern. Perhaps it's too many processes and/or the reliance on technology for communicating. There's always room for improvement!
WHAT MOTIVATED ME TO PUT MY NAME FORWARD IN THIS ELECTION?
A couple of years ago, I made an appointment to see Mayor Henry to express my concerns about council meetings and other issues of the day. We had a good discussion and he ended it with "What are you doing in 2018?"
But the biggest motivator was the fire at 116 Centre Street North. We need to make changes. And there will be challenges.
I sincerely appreciate you and your support on October 22nd!