Downtown Campus – Public Library – Year Round Farmer’s Market – And Business Incubator A Plan For Growth



NORTH BAY – “It’s all about growing our city”, said Al McDonald today as he released of the second plank in his platform.

“Today I am announcing my plan for a new, and significant, downtown development,” said McDonald.

McDonald’s plan is for a development that will bring over 250 additional people downtown throughout the week. “This announcement is about growth and investment in an area of North Bay that is so vital to our city’s future,” said McDonald.

“I propose a public/private partnership that will see CTS Canadian Career College and Modern College of Hairstyling and Esthetics develop a property that will include a new North Bay Public Library, a year round location for the farmer’s market and, as recommended in the Baylor Report, a business incubator.”

McDonald said, “Canadian Career College and Modern College of Hairstyling and Esthetics has, for some time, wanted to consolidate two local campuses, and head office, into one location.”

According to McDonald, students, faculty and staff combined total more than 250 people.

“The synergies created from such a development are self evident.” said McDonald.

McDonald pointed out, “Canadian Career College and Modern College will have brand new, state of the art facilities with modern classrooms, labs, meeting space, and student facilities”.

Canadian Career College and Modern College of Hairstyling and Esthetics already has modern facilities in campuses in Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury and Barrie serving almost 1000 students annually.

“Our aging public library will be better housed in a contemporary facility far more conducive to it’s needs with open public space and access to meeting and programming facilities. The Farmer’s Market will have a permanent base of operations with indoor/outdoor facilities ensuring a year round presence,” said McDonald.

McDonald added, “furthermore, another element of the BaylorReport can be accomplished when we incorporate a business incubator into the mix.”

“This is the type of growth I have been promoting for some time now. This is the type of partnership I have been trying to foster,” said McDonald.

McDonald’s first plank involves modernizing the city with a ward system and re-writing the procedural bylaw to ensure Mayor and Council have more control over the future of our city.

“As it stands today, too much power is in the hands of single committee chairs. In order to grow our City, this needs to change,” he said.

Investment in North Bay, by private business, is an acknowledgement we are going in the right direction.

“Private investment is a sign of confidence that more than $100 million in infrastructure spending, paying down our debt and increasing our reserves sets a strong foundation for growth,” said McDonald.

Some candidates are against growth and development, particularly those running for Mayor and Council on the Tax Payer Association ticket.

“They want to shrink our city, cut our services and retreat from the challenge of reaching our full potential as a community,” said McDonald, “I stand for growth.”

By electing a proactive council focused on growth, development, and attracting investment we will move North Bay forward.