I believe that all decisions should be made with a balanced economic, environmental, social and cultural lens. By ensuring we take into account best practices under all these categories we will have a safe, liveable and affordable city. We will not only improve our quality of life, but leave a positive legacy for future generations.
I believe in making fiscally responsible decisions that provide value for one’s taxes. I support capital investments in infrastructure, clean energy solutions, transportation, and a library for the population target for 2041 (preferably in a Guelph owned facility). These investments are important for quality of life today, the savings they provide may be used for other projects, and they ensure future sustainability. I will encourage collaboration for the development of innovative technologies, support of businesses, jobs and transit.
I believe that fiscal responsibility and effectiveness are not mutually exclusive. A lot can be achieved if we have both. Efficient and effective project management frees up monies to be used elsewhere. Thus, I encourage transparent project budgets and timelines be available to the public.
Guelph has a reputation as an environmental leader. Therefore, we must continue to look for better practices and improve our technologies. I will encourage effective development and built urban form that provides energy security, protects and enhances the environment, and saves money. Guelph’s natural assets are a part of our infrastructure protecting our water sources, mitigating floods and enhancing rain fall. We must continue to invest in green space, increase the urban canopy, respect the designation and purpose of the Natural Heritage lands, and complete the Hanlon Creek Conservancy and Nature Reserve. Dutch Elm disease and, the Emerald Ash Borer proved that we cannot take for granted, our grand trees and parks. It is our responsibility to leave a better legacy for the future generations.
Social integrity is the sense of our place, our home, our Guelph. Whether you are 8 or 80 years of age, and no matter your background, abilities, orientation or identity, we need to ensure you feel a sense of belonging, that you are safe, have suitable activities, and that this is your community. I take my role in service and leadership seriously and would continue to demonstrate and advocate inclusivity.
It is time for us to have those difficult conversations about supporting people with mental health and addictions for these challenges touch every postal code. I commit to collaborating with you, and community partners for solutions, and to create a comprehensive Mental Health Strategy.
Culture is descriptive of art and music. Also of a place, it’s built form, it’s way of life, the values of the people that distinguishes it from other places. You know what you love about Guelph, what brought you here, or keeps you here.
Therefore, I champion creating neighbourhoods - not just buildings. Places with a mix of housing types and affordability for all stages of life. To do this we will have to work closely with others. We must take advantage of this historical time when the other levels of government are committing to increase the affordable housing stock.