- I believe in working with my colleagues on council to arrive at good decisions that serves our constituents and makes this city great. A councillor and a mayor have only one vote so if you want to accomplish a goal, you need to work with others.
- I am working with staff (see our new diversity policy) to encourage more diversity in all areas of this city. We need the voices of women, different racial minorities, those with disabilities and the LGBTQ+ community.
Age Friendly City
- As a member of the Cambridge Council on Aging, I bring forward ways and means to make our city more age friendly. Demographics show us that we have more older-adults than teens living in this Region. Addressing their needs helps all ages. We hope to be designated as an age friendly city under the World Health Organization in the near future.
- I support good planning throughout the city. Growth is difficult but essential to the economic welfare of the city. I support the Province’s direction of intensification within the city as opposed to urban sprawl.
- As Vice Chair of Budget, I see the need to invest in the city to encourage business and industry to choose Cambridge and to retain them. We need excellent facilities, good parks and trails, opportunities for sports and leisure for all ages to enjoy. Investing in Arts and Culture is good economics. At the same time growth needs to be measured against the cost to the taxpayer. I support a balanced approach to the budget that allows growth but considers the effect on taxpayers.
- We need to take full advantage of the fact we have three core areas in our city. It gives us that small town feel. Our cores need to be protected against the pressure from homelessness and the opioid crisis. We must have short and long term goals to assist those who are homeless and those addicted. This is not just a city problem. It is a regional, provincial and across Canada crisis that urban areas are facing. It shows the need to collaborate at all levels of governments to find humane ways to help people out of poverty and addictions. I will do my part to initiate action and to engage in discussions at council and with other levels of governments.
Support Neighbourhood Associations
- Celebrate and support our neighbourhood associations. Four of them serve constituents in Ward 1. They are Preston Heights, Langs, Silverheights and Hespeler Village Neighbourhood Associations.
Road Safety and Traffic
- Encourage the use of a new program titled KEEP CALM, a resident-led neighbourhood improvements project. Neighbours work together to add beauty to their landscape and to engage in traffic calming projects. Safety of our residents is a paramount goal for me.
- Vigorously support completion of the East Boundary Road bypass to get trucks out of our cores. Traffic woes can be managed even when there are construction zones. Collaborate with the police, the media and our Cambridge website to educate about detours and road safety.