A WARD SYSTEM and a NEW PROCEDURAL BYLAW to modernize council…
A ward system will ensure each voter has the opportunity to vote for individuals who will represent your concerns and your neighbourhood. Voters will no longer have to contend with 26 individuals running for council and candidates will be able to focus their efforts within the ward in which they are running. Direct representation, fewer candidates to know, easier for interested citizens to run for council.
A new Procedural Bylaw means Mayor and council will have greater opportunities to interact with one another at the council table. Issues can be debated in public, councillors can make public statements and ask questions of staff and members of the public, and mayor and council will be able to respond to misleading and incorrect information.
Too often my vision for North Bay, and my plans for moving forward, have been derailed because of rules and regulations that are out of date and not in the best interests of the community.
A new development in the downtown will bring more people, on a daily basis, into the core of North Bay. This Public/Private partnership creates a solution for a local business, CTS Canadian Career College and Modern College of Hairstyling and Esthetics, by consolidating operations into one location bringing 300 or more people downtown who are currently located in other parts of the city. This partnership offers the city the opportunity to build a new public library and new public space, create a year round location for the farmer’s market and fulfill the need for a business incubator as proposed in the Baylor report.
West Ferris development is top of mind for a lot of citizens. When you think of it, a lot of development has taken place in West Ferris with new neighbourhoods, a multi purpose sports facility and commercial and industrial development. We need a strategy for widening Lakeshore Drive to accommodate left hand turns and to keep traffic flowing. The single most important thing the city can do for West Ferris is create the conditions for on-going development. With that in mind I will continue to lobby the provincial government for a Marshall Avenue extension and I will task engineering with planning the development so we are ready to go when approvals are granted. I will continue to call for the new double pad arena to be built in West Ferris. My proposals are designed to add value to the area and increase the flow of people into this wonderful part of our city.
We have been steadily investing in infrastructure. Why? Because a healthy infrastructure is the backbone \for development, expansion and growth. The standpipe was built to ensure our partners at Canadore College and Nipissing University are able to meet their future needs for growth. Water quality and water availability to the Canadore/Nipissing campus means projects like Canadore’s Village, the new student centre, and future residence expansion are viable initiatives.
Investing in infrastructure creates confidence for local business development and send the message to potential investors that North Bay is Open For Business and ready to provide the services needed for development and growth.
The time has come to say goodbye to Summer in the Park. It has run its course. The success of the Heritage Festival wasn’t all the activities, it was because it grew from the grass roots. It was driven by citizens in the community coming together to create a weekend of events.
North Bay now needs to invest in a variety of community focused events throughout the year. I propose a grass roots effort to rebuild our festivals sector. I have been approached countless times with numerous ideas from community members. North Bay can do more by providing seed capital for local talent to create and build weekend festivals around interesting ideas. Perhaps a movie festival, an arts and cultural festival, an Octoberfest, free concerts promoting local talent… there is no shortage of great ideas that have been proposed and the city can be supportive and reap the benefits as a result.