Gloria Kovach

Saturday, September 2, 2006

1) What is your opinion of the job that council’s done over the past three years?

There are a number of significant decisions made by council this term including:

  • opening the Ecotricity cogeneration plant which is a partnership supported by FCM’s Green Municipal funds, to transform gases from our closed landfill into electricity
  • Water supply master plan
  • Started a formal process on consultation for growth management
  • Expanded emergency services
  • Supporting our Youth

The diversity of this council has created more challenges than in previous councils.
To obtain council cohesiveness, I will continue my dedication to improving the way the City of Guelph operates and seek out best practices that may work for our community. I will promote education and training for members of council so that more informed decisions can be made. Together we need to mobilize resources, build partnerships and effect real change that creates prosperity while preserving quality of life for everyone.

2) Why did you decide to run for re-election?

I have provided proven, effective leadership to Ward 4 and the City of Guelph. I want to continue to make a difference and am committed to enhancing the quality of life in Guelph. I have taken an 18 month leave of absence from my nursing job to commit to work with other orders of government to create a fiscal balance in this country and create a long term, sustainable plan to eliminate the infrastructure deficit. This would have a tremendous positive impact on our City, on our budgets and our ability to provide quality services.

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?

I am not in favour of a pipeline from Lake Erie to Guelph. Our 50 year water master plan addresses many ways to increase water supply for the City which I support. I particularly look forward to recommending an enhancement of conservation methods and have asked staff to bring forward these recommendations immediately.

b) How will you address issues of development in the city and what is your plan for the continued growth of Guelph?

Growth must pay for itself! The high rate of unsustainable residential growth has negatively impacted the quality of life in Guelph and it must stop. Intensification must be in keeping with an ecological footprint to ensure a healthy community. Growth must also be compatible with existing neighbourhoods. We must continue to attract and retain a diversity of business and industry in Guelph so that our tax ratio is healthy and we increase the availability of jobs.

c) If you are elected to council do you intend to lend your support to the continuation of the student bus pass?

I will continue to support the student bus passes.

d) The GCL is concerned about the size and number of bike lanes on Guelph roads, will you push for greater bike access?

I will continue to support the addition of bike lanes within the City.

4) Is there another issue(s) that you think voters should be aware of when considering their choices at the ballet box?

There have been considerable pressures placed on the City of Guelph with mandated high growth rates from the provincial government and the need to obtain a fiscal balance in his country so that we can continue to make Guelph an affordable place to live, work, play and study. We need to ensure we elect a council of competent councilors who are informed and educated, as they will be adjudicating and making decisions on many important issues.

5) What’s you final message to U of G students?

Please Vote!

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