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Thomas John McAfee

Northern Bruce Peninsula | by Claire McCormack  

Nothern Bruce Peninsula Candidate Q & A Municipal Election 2018

1/Do you support Bricks-and-mortar marijuana stores in your municipality? Why? Why not?

In regards to a brick and mortar marijuana store, i have some real apprehensions about the sale and control of marijuana and the long term effects on our community.  I also want to have as much public input as possible. That said, as it will be legal, we may as well at least be able to collect a commercial tax revenue, as opposed to it being sold in a neighbouring municipality, transported to MNBP, and not collect any tax revenue.  

2) What would be your main priority if elected to council?
The top concerns of my platform are as follows
1 - Sustainable economic development as 39% of our population is 65 years and older, as opposed to 19% provincially. MNBP needs to start attracting younger families  like mine to the area to ensure a viable, long term community.
2 - Fixing the proposed comprehensive zoning bylaw, leaving existing lots of record as they now exist, allow for the development of duplex and triplex for long term housing, and remove the inaccurate mapping and restrictions.
3 - Regulation of short term rentals to include a license, regulations pertaining to occupancy loading, and available bylaw staff to deal with issues arising from short term rentals.

3) How to you plan to address growth in some parts of the municipality while also handling the tourism influx in the area?  
North Bruce has a looking crisis in regards to sustainable we development, as 39% of our population is over the age of 65 (provincially it is 19%).  We need clear and decisive action to begin attracting both younger and established families  to the area, to ensure the long term viability of schools, healthcare, and a labour force.  I am hearing MNBP needs more affordable long term rentals, for both young and older families, which can be addressed through creating zoning for duplex and triplex long term rentals. Also need to address year round employment, and could market our lower tax rate to attract businesses to the area.

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