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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 wanted to make sure they were answered in a public forum by staff. 

Despite some concerns about a parkade expressed on a few social media threads we received no correspondence to council as a whole on this issue and no one came to present either for or against at either meeting – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing as there was a lot of community input at the various town halls and info centres over the last 18+ months. 

I did however want to separate it from the corporate development minutes so that there could be some more discussion and I was able to ask staff a number of questions that I had seen online in an effort to get more information on the record in a digestible way.

Here is a video of that exchange: 

Also, here is the full report on the Downtown Paris Master Plan for those interested in reading more: https://www.brant.ca/en/county-government/resources/Policies-Plans-and-Reports/Downtown-Paris—Master-Plan-Report-Oct-3.pdf

Brant eRide has launched:

I’m very happy to share that our new public transit system has launched. It is a shared ride service called Brant eRide.  This is something I have been working on personally since 2015 before becoming elected as the citizen chair of the Brant Public Transit Group.  Members of the community including Councillor David Miller have been working on this even longer.  The launch has been successful and we have seen early success in terms of ridership.  I will share reports on this as we get more information collected.

Here is a little video I made regarding the new Brant eRide program. We took a test drive and filmed it to show/explain how it works. 

I had an excellent time using the service with my council colleagues.  As with any new program there are kinks as part of the learning curve of implementation and this is part of the reason for a soft-launch of the program.  It is important in this phase to send feedback to staff and the service provider to help improve the system and address concerns.  That said I have heard an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from users of the program.  

The website for this service can be found at http://brant.ca/eride and direct contact to County staff that are managing the program can be found at the bottom of that page.

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

  • Cobblestone Medicine and Rehab Centre Halloween Family Night
  • Paris Public Information Meeting about Brant eRide Public Transit System
  • Paris Water Treatment Plant Public Tour
  • Meeting with Mayor Bailey, Staff and Federation of Canadian Municipalities representative Cheryl Antoski
  • Election night panel participant for Brant.One federal election coverage
  • Tour of the Guelph Consumption and Treatment Services branch of the Guelph Community Health Centre
  • BScene 5 year Anniversary Celebration.
  • Burford Fair
  • Grand Opening of the Gem Paris
  • Paris Branch 29 Legion Open House
  • Brant eRide Launch/Inaugural Ride
  • E-Meeting with local Cannabis business stakeholder
  • Brantford and Area Mosque Open House
  • Guest Speaker at the Brant Skills Centre for the Homeward Bound Program
  • Community Safety and Well Being Advisory Committee Inaugural Meeting
  • Chamber of Commerce Mayors Luncheon
  • Paris National Walk to School Day event at Lion’s Park