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One of the most interesting things about the municipal level of government is that it affects our everyday lives in a very direct and personal manner.

During the 2006 election campaign Collingwood citizens identified things such as growth management, taxation, affordable housing, the environment and economic development as being among their key priorities. The 2006-2010 Council worked hard at addressing each one of these issues with some very notable progress. We tackled a mountain of work and made many decisions both big and small. We took bold steps to lay a foundation for our future and I am proud of the overall success of the 2006-2010 Council in dealing with the often challenging and complex tasks of elected public service.

One of the wonderful attributes of Collingwood is that it is neighbourly with a small town feel. Neighbours, friends, co-workers and even strangers connect and talk about what is going on in town. Everyone has an opinion and so they should!

Sometimes, people only have bits and pieces of information in a complex issue or, they hear mistaken information. It is my hope that this website will provide people with accurate information and facts about key issues so everyone can feel good about participating in local democracy. It's what makes a community like ours work.

As Collingwood's Mayor (2006-2010), I was one person in a council of nine people. In more formal business settings I spoke on behalf of the Council and the Town, but here and now I am speaking as myself, a concerned citizen who would like our community to seize the opportunities available and to create the opportunities for us to become a stronger more prosperous community.

So here it is. Read on and as always, let me know if you have additional thoughts, comments or questions about the issues.


Speech to Rotary
September 11th, 2014
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