1/ Do you support Bricks-and-mortar marijuana stores in your municipality? Why? Why not?
At this time, I would not support bricks-and-mortar marijuana stores in our community. First, the product will be available through online sales, so no person will be prevented from having access to marijuana. Second there are too many unknowns about the social, health or economic impacts of the introduction of legal marijuana. Third, the regulations about where in the municipalities these stores may be located are unknown. Finally, the decision to opt-in (i.e. allow stores) is permanent and the decision to opt-out may be revisited at any time.
2/ What would be your main priority if elected to council?
I would find it difficulty to select one main priority. Throughout the campaign the community has identified four main issues – short-term rentals, by-law enforcement, sustainable economic development and revisiting the official plan/zoning question. Council will need to develop a strategy to address each in turn, but there is no reason why several could not be addressed in tandem.
3/ How do you plan to address sustainable growth, development and tourism in the municipality?
I think it is time to take one sector of the community (arts and culture for example) and develop a sustainable growth model. To me it is a natural. We can build on strength – we have a strong dynamic arts community. It would not require a multi-million dollars infrastructure to get off the ground. In addition, it could be developed in every community in Northern Bruce Peninsula, could be promoted year-round, builds on the natural environment and leave a light footprint on nature – a winner all around.