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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 traffic act charges.  With the Brant Safe Streets strategy starting to be implemented this year we are hopeful for more success in the realm of traffic calming and community safety through engineering, education and enforcement efforts. 
  • An all way stop-control was just approved unanimously by council for Capron St. to help with pedestrian safety and staff are reviewing resident concerns about safety and traffic calming measures for Banfield St. among other areas.
  • From now through to December 2019 there will be a number of infrastructure updates in Paris including the replacement of the oldest water main in the County which was installed in the 1890’s.  A lot of this construction will be in the King Edward/Powerline Road area.  Sidewalks, a multi-use trail and other walkability enhancements will also be installed in addition to left turn lanes to help with safety and traffic flow.
  • The “Little Free Pantry” is back in our community and is located behind the Optimist building next to the Syl Apps Arena in Paris.  Free Pantries work by having a place that folks can quietly drop off and pick up non-perishable food items as well soap, toothbrushes and other needed hygienic items.  Big Kudos to Kari Raymer-Bishop, the Paris Optimist Club and Michelle Van Laeken for organizing this!  Pop by and see what’s needed for drop off or refer folks to the black locker that houses the pantry if they are in need.
  • The Brant eRide contract (public transportation service) has been awarded to the BTS Network.  This Ontario company has a 50 year history of delivering specialized, conventional and dial-a-ride/e-hailing transit services.  Looking forward to working with them as our public transit service is introduced in the fall.  You can learn more about them at:  https://thebtsnetwork.com/btn/our-services/
  • There are no regular council meetings scheduled for August so I will be taking a break from Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn from now until the 18th of August unless there is an emergency notification to forward.  I will return to my council-related social media on the week of August 18th to share what is happening at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario Conference that I will be attending on behalf of the County.  While I will be off of social media during that time I will still be attending events in the community and working on constituent concerns.  If you have a concern during this time please reach out via email at marc.laferriere@brant.ca and I will address it as normal.

Upcoming Events locally to keep an eye on:

  • From July 28th – August 5th Paris will be hosting a variety of activities for the Fire Fighters Association of Ontario’s 120th Convention.  For more information about the public events, visit the County website at www.brant.ca/2019FFAO or www.ffao.on.ca.
  • Friday August 16th and Saturday August 17th Paris Drinks Fest will be returning to Lion’s Park. More information about this very successful event can be found at https://www.parisdrinks.ca/
  • I am happy to be partnering with @BATAInitiative (a local transgender advocacy group) to present an evening with Rick Prashaw (rickprashaw.com) the author of “Soar, Adam, Soar” which has been featured all over national news outlets this year.  Rick is a former Catholic priest and journalist who has written a touching book about the life of his transgender son whose tragic death left a legacy of changed lives. This will be a free event held at Stillwaters Plate and Pour on September 12 for drop-in anytime between 5:30 – 7PM.  Facebook Event Page is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2386483321598824/

A highlight of some of the activities I’ve attended this month beyond regular council meetings:

  • Meeting with former local elected officials to discuss community concerns and how best to work through multi-jurisdictional issues.
  • Meeting with staff to discuss potential for student placements to help support specific council initiatives and local post-secondary students/institutions.
  • Meeting with staff regarding road safety initiatives in Paris.
  • Meeting with neighbouring elected officials regarding Animal Control opportunities.
  • Meeting with local paramedic staff.
  • Meeting with local developers regarding affordable housing opportunities.
  • Attended Public Information Centre regarding Paris Flood Protection Works.
  • Meeting with local residents around commercial development in North End.
  • Ribbon Cutting and Wing Night for Scotland Optimists’ Park.
  • Taping of interview for Kickback Mental Health Special for Rogers Television.
  • Meetings with staff regarding potential Affordable Housing Reserve Fund.
  • Meetings with staff regarding updating legislation to meet Ministry requirements.
  • Canada Day Breakfast in St. George at the Fire Hall.