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Moving Forward and Looking ahead
My Platform

During the 2018 election, I wrote my platform as a letter to my future son or daughter, about what I hoped Orillia could be for them. This is an updated version of that letter. It's a look at some of things I was proud to see happen over the past 4 years, but also some things our city needs to improve on to get to that vision. 

To my future son or daughter,

Over the last four years, our world and our community have been experiencing a lot of challenges. We've made it through a difficult pandemic, we've witnessed violent and horrific struggles for political power overseas, and some of the problems with our environment are becoming harder to ignore. All of these issues are disturbing and overwhelming. However, they are also a reminder of how lucky we are to live in a country as welcoming as Canada and in the city of Orillia where community and compassion are alive and well. Living here is an incredible gift!

Alleviating Poverty and Making Housing in Orillia More Affordable

Our community has become that much more difficult to afford over the past two years. The pandemic has pushed demand for housing to very high levels and getting by is that much more of a challenge. This situation makes it difficult for the next generation to stay and live here. That's not what I want for you. We need to alleviate some of the costs of living in this city by supporting those who need help, going out of our way to make sure that affordable housing is available to everyone and ensuring that there are services to support the most vulnerable. 


I'm proud that since being elected, I have advocated to try and improve this situation. I pushed for an increase to the City's Affordable Housing Reserve at multiple times, as the city's representative on the County Affordable Housing Committee I advocated for more ambitious affordable housing targets at the county level, and I was part of a collaborative effort with many non-profits that brought a night time warming centre to Orillia. I stand by this advocacy and hope that I'll continue to have the opportunity to push things in the right direction. There is a lot of work that needs to be done and we need to start making meaningful change to address the problem!

Protecting our Environment and Keeping our City Beautiful

Arguably, one of the most pressing issues, not only in Orillia but throughout Canada and out world, is our environment and ensuring we keep things beautiful for the next generation. This is my greatest worry for you, that you will be forced to grow up in a world that is beyond hope of recovery. Where opportunities for a safe and healthy life are few and far between, and many of the advantages that generations past have grown up with will not be there for you. I want to do all I can to protect this world for you and ensure that this negative image is not what you and your generation is left with. 

As a Councillor, I have done everything I can to ensure this thought is reflected in the decisions I make. I have been a big proponent for environmentally sensitive choices at the municipal level. I was pleased that the city council adopted the Climate Change Action Plan which sets ambitious targets to get us to zero carbon emissions over the next 30-40 years. I have also been a strong proponent of improving waste diversion in the city and looking at creative ways to go about doing that. This includes playing a role in bringing the "Take a Bag, Leave a Bag" Pilot Program to Orillia stores to reduce the need for single use plastic bags that much more.

I also want to ensure that the way Orillia is planned factors in this mentality of environmental sustainability and beautification. I believe that our city should be designed to be environmentally friendly with a focus on diversifying neighbourhoods and creating more 15 minute communities (a community where most things are walkable within 15 minutes from a person's door). Not to mention, a core principle needs to be making sure that environmentally sensitive areas within the city are preserved rather than developed. By making environmentally conscious planning decisions, we can improve our environment for the next generation (your generation) and help to make it so that the health of Orillians and their quality of life will improve. 

A Responsive Municipality

I believe that our municipality's responsiveness in addressing basic challenges could be improved significantly. We need to ensure that things such as: sidewalk snow clearing, sidewalk resurfacing, traffic calming in problem areas, and other everyday challenges are addressed more actively and promptly. 

Over my past four years as a Councillor, I am very proud to say that I have been a strong advocate for my constituents. When there is an issue, I do all that I can to make sure it gets fixed! From helping to correct an inaccessible sidewalk to ensuring the removal of a dangerous tree branch in a park and even assisting in the creation of a call-in local Newsline for seniors, some of my smallest accomplishments are also my proudest.

A Bright Future

As Orillia continues to grow and change, I want to make sure that the best parts of it are kept for your generation. Just as I do today, I hope that one day you too will be walking down the street and feel pride in how beautiful and welcoming Orillia is. I hope that you will see Orillia as a community where everyone can afford to be and where the future looks brighter than ever.

That has and will continue to be my mission as a City Councillor!

I want to hear from you!

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My platform is an evolving document and I will be making changes to it according to what I hear from voters throughout the campaign. If you have an idea, suggestion, or question please reach out to me. I really welcome your input!