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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 motion allows for us to begin developing reserve funds for affordable housing projects. (More here)
  • The fund can be developed using 25% of net proceeds from the sale of property owned by the municipality and from profits from current projects such as the funds generated from the John Noble Home. The more affordable housing programs we have that generate revenue the more we will be able to fund them under this system. We can also decide that surpluses can go into the reserve and if the province brings back inclusionary zoning this could be a place where we could pool inclusionary funds to have a greater overall affordable build impact.
Video of the Affordable Housing Fund Reserve Debate at Council from this month.
  • I’m not supportive of a proposed 45-meter apartment building in the South-end of Paris. This was presented as information only at a recent meeting of the Planning Advisory Committee. This would become the tallest building in the County of Brant and I speak to why I would find it difficult to support the proposed increase from 20-to-45-meters here.
  • New Water Meter Information. I was happy to attend a public meeting on this topic as a majority of water meters will be upgraded free-of-charge to residents in Paris. For more information about the water meter upgrade, visit www.brant.ca/watermeters or contact Clint Brown, public works technician for the county, at 519-449-2451 or publicworks@brant.ca.

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

  • Presenting the Labour Council’s Labour Day Soapbox Derby Award to local youth.
  • Going Gold For Childhood Cancer Awareness Paris Dam Bridge Lighting.
  • Childcare Roundtable with Ontario Liberal Leadership Candidate Alvin Tedjo.
  • Chamber of Commerce Roundtable with Ontario Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner with members of post-secondary sector, agriculture industry, municipal workers and construction trades.
  • New Water Meter public information meeting.
  • On air interview with Brant.One regarding childcare issues.
  • Emcee and co-sponsor for Soar, Adam, Soar book reading with local transgender advocacy organizations.
  • Volunteering with the Connect2Skills group helping connect unemployed local persons to work opportunities.
  • Attended Police Services Board Meeting to support Brant-Brantford Crimestoppers presentation.
  • Photo shoot to support Library Month.
  • Appointed to the Brantford-Brant Chamber of Commerce as our County of Brant representative.
  • Only elected person in the region to attend Take Back The Night event for our region.
  • St. George Applefest.
  • Brantford-Brant Community Conversation on Homelessness.
  • Paris Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
  • Salute to Brant engagement night.
  • Climate Strike in Paris, Ontario in support of local youth who organized the event.
  • St. James Fall Fair.
  • Touch-a-Truck.
  • Greetings to the Kidtastic Grand Re-Opening fundraiser for The Closet Door.
  • Participated in research for Laurier University regarding the intersection of Social Work and elected office.