Thank you Mayor Close!
Better late than Never!
Out of all the answers received to date, this is by far more better! Direct and positive albeit not as far as I would like!
12:30 PM (45 minutes ago)
Good Questions Bruce!
As mayor for the past four years I have fallen into the habit of letting others reply before I speak. I apologize if my reply is late.
1)Are you prepared to sign and honour the Oath of office and the Oath of Allegiance
Yes to the Oath. I believe that this is required to show the public that I am accountable.
2)Is it your position that Provincial Regulations pertaining to property use are binding on Private Property?
The courts are upholding the Building Code, Planning Act and other provincial legislation. Until the courts rule otherwise provincial regulations are enforceable.
3)Is it your position that Municipal By-Laws are enforceable on private Property?
There are two types of by-laws that may come into play on this question. First there are general by-laws that are enacted for the general health and safety of a community. These by-laws shall only be enforceable if they relate to a Federal Act and/or a Provincial Act. Other by-laws would apply to public space only. A municipality can ban smoking from a park but they cannot ban you from smoking in or on your property.
4)What is your economic Recovery Plan for this Community?
My economic recovery plan is lengthy but not complicated. If we had a manufacture in our town that employed a hundred people we would never treat them the way we treat our small business, tourism, quarries and agricultural business. Land use planning has a place to allow all people to develop a business or live without the fear of a dynamite plant opening next to your home. Having said that our municipality needs to know what we have and actively search for those types of business that we are missing.
In order to grow into the future we need ultra-high speed fiber optic internet. We have no idea as to the jobs our youth will create in the future but it will be based on high speed connections, the likes we have not yet seen. We need the infrastructure, such as high speed internet, to open up our doors for business to incubate the jobs of the future.
Yes there are other items to install and correct but the driver for our economy shall be the internet, and the first community in will see the fastest growth.
5)Has any compensation been paid to anyone including the TSBP for the expropriation of Highway #6 in 1965?
Compensation for Highway 6? Only when they widened the Hwy. north of Wiarton in the late 50s or early 60s.
6) How do you intend to reunite the Communities within the Town of South Bruce Peninsula?
Unity is a major issue in our community, an issue that will take years to deal with. We have tax payers in our smaller neighbourhoods that feel left out, that see no improvements. This is one area for a public committee to be established to search for the core problem and find some solutions.
Amalgamation came with no instructions and many communities continue to struggle with community unity. We need to define who we are and build pride from the ground up.
The best so far!
Would that be with Property Rights and a positive stance against Provincial intervention? HMMMMM!