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Recently I saw some discussion on social media regarding the fixed water charges in the County of Brant and the feeling that they are relatively high compared to other communities. People understandably wonder why that is quite often and how this has been the historical norm here in the County of Brant. Because this gets… Read more »

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Note: The opening portion of this blog is reprinted from my quarterly column in the Neighbours of Paris on the Grand – Best Version Media How was your Christmas season? I hope it was wonderful and filled with local cheer! As we look back at a wonderful Christmas season in Paris, Ontario I would like… Read more »

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An end of year wrap up of some recent happenings from council: We have launched the process for our Official Plan Update.  This is a multi year process that addresses local needs and wants in regards to growth and also allows us to update the changing local priorities. Official Plans contain the policy framework and long-term… Read more »

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News and Notes from October 2019: At the latest council meeting I asked to separate the final vote on the Downtown Master Plan for discussion. The bulk of the discussion took place at the Corporate Development Committee earlier in October but since the release of the report there had been some questions online and I… Read more »

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News and Notes from September 2019: My Affordable Housing Reserve Fund motion passes 9-2 at council this month. I am so proud of this motion and want to thank staff from both Brant and Brantford who helped to refine the motion as well as those members of council who were vociferous in their support. The… Read more »

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News and Notes from August 2019: The biggest news of the month was from attending the AMO conference with Mayor Bailey and Council Members Bell, Gatward, MacAlpine and Miller.  A lot of very specific training for members of council as well as an opportunity to meet with Ministers and members of the Opposition parties provincially in… Read more »

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News and Notes from July 2019: At Community Services this month we learned that collisions are down 16% this quarter over last year at this time and that there have been no fatal collisions this year so far.  Great news and likely due to data-driven focused patrols which have also seen an increase in local… Read more »

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Hello again Ward 2, As we head into the summer months there has been a lot happening at the municipal level (kind of like every month so far). Our first ever Pride Week was a great success! It was an impactful week with events at the Paris Council Chambers, our local Public Library, Paris District… Read more »

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Hello Ward 2, What a month! Here are some highlights: • Our motion to “Tap The Brakes” was supported at council. This motion is designed to put a pause on new residential development applications for at least the next 12 months to help us catch up to infrastructure and planning needs in the longer term…. Read more »

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Hello Ward 2, This month all County of Brant candidates from the last election had the financial records from their campaign released. They sit on our County website and are often missed though available. I believe strongly in not just passive transparency but active transparency and open government. Here is the direct link to my… Read more »