Saturday, September 2, 2006
City council has failed to tell us the real reasons regarding the closure of the wet and dry facility. They have neglected to inform city residents that they have paid in access of $3 million and will continue to do so until the court finds a resolution regarding the closure of the Subbor facility. They have taken city residents right to know away from them and kept it all behind closed doors. Our property taxes have continually increased on a yearly basis while service provided by the city have continually gone the opposite way and have diminished. City council has failed to recognize the real problems the city faces and has been able to mismanage and poorly plan the city for the last several years.
2) Why did you decide to run?
As stated above. We can live without satisfying somebody's egos on city residents expenses. I believe we can spend more money on education and health or fixing roads instead of covering loses created by so many wrong decisions in the past. We can work differently we can make decisions and vote using common sense and logic. I’m sure I can be part of positive changes badly needed in this great City.
3) The Guelph Civic League has highlighted four issues for the consideration of voting students. Please comment on the following:
a) What is your position on the proposed pipeline from Lake Erie to Guelph?
At this time we do not need a pipeline so it is not worth talking about it but I would leave this option open for future generations.
b) How will you address issues of development in the city and what is your plan for the continued growth of Guelph?
Our City has huge potential for growth with our highly skilled workforce but we must improve access to major highways, lower and stabilize realty taxes while equally supporting new businesses, streaming approvals and building permits. We also need to focus on continuing to support our existing businesses.
c) If you are elected to council do you intend to lend your support to the continuation of the student bus pass?
Definitely, young educated people are our future so we must invest in them and this is not a big price to pay.
d) The GCL is concerned about the size and number of bike lanes on Guelph roads, will you push for greater bike access?
Of course I will push for greater bike access. We must make up our minds - do we really care about the environment or are we just going to talk about it. I believe that there is a huge difference between talking and doing. We should use more public transportation, environmentally friendly vehicles and increase the number of bicycle lanes through out the city.
4) Is there another issue(s) that you think voters should be aware of when considering their choices at the ballet box?
Yes, I believe that all candidates should do more "homework" about the situation in Guelph before they make empty promises. Voters should make a decision on what they really want in City council chamber: Good talking people or people who want to do a good professional job and who are dedicated to make this City great. I believe that I’m one of these of people. I believe that I can make a difference for the better.
5. What's you final message to U of G students?
Nobody says that life is easy but whatever you do now will effect your future so do your best to get the best education you can. Do not be afraid to take your life into your own hands, and strive for greatness. I wish you all good luck and I'm hoping you will help me to be elected and if elected I look forward to listening and working together with you to make some much needed changes to our beautiful city.