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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

New Goderich Council Sworn In

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Mayor John Grace says housing, retaining young residents mission moving forward.

The political changing of the guard in Goderich is complete, with the swearing-in of the new town Council.

Mayor John Grace, Deputy Mayor Myles Murdock and the five Councillors Monday took the oath at a special meeting.

In a quiet, measured and at times emotional speech to start the new four-year term, Grace laid out Council's course that sounded similar to what he had voiced during the election campaign.

Grace pledges collaboration among members of Council and staff while promoting economic development, and attracting more young people to Goderich and retaining their talent.

He also calls for the formation of municipal committees to tackle environmental and economic development issues.

As part of his economic development plan, Grace wants enhanced housing development and to make the Square more attractive to younger residents and visitors.

His plan also includes an overhaul of the town's procedural by-law, which would include gender-balanced committees.

With the defeat of Michele Hansen in the race for Deputy Mayor in the October municipal election, Goderich now has an all-male Council.

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