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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 High School and at the Wobbly Canvas. All were well attended and there was great camaraderie and community building at each event. Kudos to all those who organized these events. I am definitely looking forward to next year and similar activities beyond the Pride Week timeline.

Also, a special tip-of-the-cap to those local businesses and organizations who flew the Pride Flag this month or had Pride displays such as Green Heron Books, Baby B. Home, the Hollow Willow, Telfer Place, Clovercroft Farm, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters among others.

Also, special thanks to EskiMOO Joe’s Ice Cream Shop and Rexall for raising funds for LGBTQ-related charities such as the Rainbow Railroad and the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity respectively.

In other news, we continue to refine the Downtown Master Plan and have been making efforts to get more input from local downtown business owners, customers, residents and other stakeholders on the best ideas for the greatest number of people to enhance our downtown, to do needed updates to the infrastructure under the downtown and to anticipate the needs of the area as Paris grows. Thanks so far to everyone who has participated – I am supportive of the plan as it is but also believe there are still some changes to be made before anything comes to council for a vote.

A few other important stories to keep an eye on:

BCHS ‘absolutely committed’ to keeping Willett open from The Expositor (Full Story Click Here):

“With Brant County and especially Paris growing, healthcare system officials hope the survey will provide the information they need to move forward, as well as increase awareness of the urgent care centre.”

“The survey can be found at https://www.bchsys.org/en/care-services/willett-urgent-care-centre.aspx. It will remain on the website throughout July and into August.”

City, Brant to establish joint animal control committee from The Expositor (Full Story Click Here):

Brantford and Brant County appear ready to work together on animal control.

Both city and county councils, at meetings this week, approved plans to establish a joint animal control and pound services program.

“This is good news for both communities and it also opens up the possibility of working with other neighbouring municipalities,” Brant Coun. Marc Laferriere said following his council’s meeting. “This adds another service to the more than 20 services that we already provide to residents of our respective communities.”

Downtown Paris eyed as site for new library from The Expositor (Full Story Click Here):

The Brant County library board is taking another look at its plans to build a new main branch in Paris.

Specifically, the board wants to determine if the branch can be built in the community’s downtown, Fred Gladding, library board chair, told Brant County councillors this week.

“A new main library branch in the downtown would bring a lot of benefits to the community,” Gladding said at a council meeting. “It would bring a lot of people, a consistent flow of pedestrians into the downtown.

“It could serve as a kind of cultural focal point for the community.”

Councillor Howes’ Working on Heavy Truck Restrictions in Paris from Steve Howes’ Facebook page (Full Story Click Here):

“Information is now available on the County website and a brochure with maps will be shared with the OPP and with our Economic Development staff who communicate regularly with businesses throughout the County.

This will be a solid step toward improvement of this issue.”

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

· Springtime in Paris (both days)

· Kitchen Table Meeting with Provincial Liberal Leader Candidate Alvin Tedjo at a Ward 2 home

· Tour of Stubbe’s Precast Concrete for their main office Grand Opening

· Grand Opening of the Pete Lavoie Diamonds at Lions Park

· St. James Church 180 Year Celebration

· 1st ever Pride Flag Raising in the County of Brant

· Special Council Education Session on Asset Management

· Emergency Management Training

· Paris District High GSA Pride gathering

· Staff Recognition Presentation for years of service

· Paris Water, Wastewater, Stormwater Master Servicing Plan Public Information Centre

· Follow up Downtown Walkabout for those businesses who weren’t available last month

· Pride Week Art Social at the Wobbly Canvas

· Guest Speaker at Connect2Skills Ontario Employment Program speaking on work and life skills, professionalism and mental health

· Downtown Master Plan Meeting for Downtown BIA members

· Retirement Party for local educators

· Meeting with management team members from Children’s Services about summer Early On options for Paris

· Meeting with Habitat for Humanity, the Mayor and senior staff members about affordable housing options

· Tour and meeting of PakFab Engineered Solutions in Ward 2

· Ontario Works Addiction and Mental Health Services Program Client Celebration

· Grand Opening of The Artisans’ Collective in Downtown Paris

· 2nd Year Anniversary of The Paris Bakery

· 1st ever Ontario PTSD Day Commemoration made possibly by the passing local of MPP Will Bouma’s Private Members Bill