1/ Are you in favour of bricks-and-mortar cannabis stores in your municipality? Why or why not?
I agree with the observations made by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario that the legislation supporting the sale of cannabis is complex and that it will introduce a substantial social change. I agree that all levels of government will obtain new information and there will be adjustments to the management of this initiative.I am comforted that over 440 other Ontario municipalities are facing this question and together we can plan for the future. I believe that Municipality of South Bruce should take a cautious and carefully considered approach to this substantial social change.
2/ What are your plans for future economic development strategies? with the Bruce Power extending its operating life for decades, an influx of new residents are expected in the region. How will we accommodate them?
It is one my objectives to encourage employment such that our youth can remain in the area. I understand that Bruce Power is encouraging their suppliers, consultants and contractors to create facilities in our area. I believe Council should consider an industrial/commercial park in the two major urban areas. I believe the most successful approach is for the Municipality to acquire the land, service the land and use municipal powers to create the lot size required by the interested businesses.
3/ With prosperity, comes hardship. Many local businesses are concerned that they do not have enough employees to sustain their businesses because of the many high paying jobs that exist in the region combined with the low unemployment rate. How do we make local businesses sustainable, in your opinion?
The South Bruce area has a very strong ‘Community and Business Association’. I believe that the Association would offer suggestions how the Municipality could support/assist in making their businesses sustainable.