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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Amie Foster

Meaford | by Matt Hermiz  

Meaford Council Candidate

1) Yes or No: Should Meaford allow bricks-and-mortar marijuana shops to operate in its boundaries? Why?

Yes.  This is a unique opportunity to establish new businesses in our municipality. Marijuana will be regulated similarly to alcohol and tobacco, therefore the business owners and customers should be treated no differently. It would be a mistake to push these businesses away when they will prosper elsewhere. 

2) Yes or No: Should the municipality invest more into infrastructure and roads maintenance, even if it creates more expense for ratepayers? Why?

Yes. Without good roads and proper maintenance our businesses, and our residents suffer. Some of our roads are in need of repair ahead of schedule and that is something we need to deal with. It's not ideal, but we can look for innovative solutions and products to help with this. We don't have to do things the same as they've always been done. Meaford also needs to start catching up to the surrounding communities and install at least one electric vehicle charger. We're the only Municipality in the immediate area without charging options. Investments made today benefit us tomorrow. 

3) Yes or No: Should Meaford hire a Chief Administrative Officer or continue with the model in place since the departure of the past CAO? Why?

Meaford should continue with the model in place. There is no need for a municipality this size to pay more than $150,000 plus benefits to someone to perform that service. If we have a good council in place and they communicate well with staff, there is no need. 

4) What is one other issue facing Meaford you would like to speak to, and how will you address this if elected?

I firmly believe that meaford made a mistake in turning down the offer by neigbouring communities to establish a pilot transit system between towns. Public transit is very much needed in this area and when elected to council I will ask for this to be looked at again. There are many ideas out there that don't involve driving empty busses around all day. We owe it to our residents to look at this seriously. 

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