Hello friends and supporters, On June 27th, 114 days ago, I announced my candidacy for your consideration in the election to come. From the steps of our historic city hall, I spoke about the past we have shared, the future we can build, and the unique moment we find ourselves in. It was a celebratory occasion, and one I’m proud to have shared with so many. At the conclusion of my announcement I was asked
Yesterday evening we hosted another passionate group of people in our downtown Campaign HQ to discuss the topic of sustainability and fostering a local food culture. This topic was one that originated a bit more organically than some of our previous policy evenings. It was routed in the desire of a few people to come together to try and see if there could be a role that the City would play in connecting people to
As you are most likely aware, a Special Meeting of Council was held on September 20th and a decision was made to refer questions about my expenses for an independent review. I truly wish that I could speak openly about all of these matters, however the investigation underway makes that impossible. I assure you that a complete picture of all of the work that I was doing outside of our City over the last four
The other evening we hosted another Policy Listening Session, this time checking in with a group of Agricultural Producers to see how City Hall, can assist them. We brought together representatives from the dairy sector, the poultry (Chicken) and egg sectors, the blueberry farmers, swine (pig) farmers, and finally the nursery businesses. Included in this group were federal representatives for their agricultural industry, working at a national level on policy with Federal and Provincial governments.
Over the past couple of months the Mayor and some of my council colleagues have called into question the work that I have been doing out of town on behalf of our City. While the conversation has been framed as a debate over expenses, I believe that what is at the core of the disagreement is a fundamental difference in the philosophy surrounding what exactly the role of a an elected Councillor or Mayor is.