In asking leading “hot” questions of candidates, it seemed best to not be too limiting so the seventh question was open: Are there any other issues you want to address? This provided an opportunity to mention anything else that they wanted to fix or that had been brought to their attention by their campaign. I don’t know if all candidates are planning to knock on every door in Cobourg, but I know many are. It’s acknowledged as the best way to get themselves known. In doing so, they would hear what people are concerned about. One issue mentioned by several candidates is the need for affordable housing – but this has been the subject of an all-candidates meeting (see link below).
Not all the candidates wanted to respond to this open question – John Henderson and Brian Darling no doubt felt that the first six questions were enough. Karl vom Dorff had a long list but in the interest of keeping his response short, he instead referred to his web site.
An issue mentioned by one Candidate but that I’ve heard being asked is: “what will the Town do about the upcoming legalization of cannabis?” This will be the subject of a Council discussion at the upcoming Council meeting on October 1st – Councils are allowed to regulate where marijuana stores are located in the Town and must submit their intent by 22 January 2019. Although staff will report on this, the new Council must decide. This is not connected with the fact that we have a potentially large Cannabis factory in Cobourg.
|John Henderson (acclaimed)||No response to this question.|
|Randy Curtis||Cobourg is a wonderful community, which the new council can make better by open communication and consultation with all residents of the town. Prudent financial management and innovative ideas to generate revenue without increasing the property tax will allow council to invest in building and maintaining our infrastructure and services for the citizens of Cobourg.|
Managed growth for Cobourg and launching a Small Business Resource to keep our businesses here and profitable.
The social sustainability and vitality of Cobourg and its residents are of utmost importance to me. With an aging population and another part of the community that cannot afford to live or eat, I, as Councillor, will initiate a framework and terms of reference for a Social Planning Advisory Council to ensure issues such as affordable housing, employment equality and food security are included in Cobourg’s Strategic Plan. [Abbreviated]
The low vacancy rate and affordable housing is another issue where I know Council can play a role in closing the gap. I would support initiatives that help these issues. Whether it’s a zoning amendment, collaboration with the County or partnership with community organizations. I know Cobourg can continue to play a role and increase its support.
One issue I would like to address is that we require extra by-law enforcement for the beach in the summer. Tourists come to the beach throughout the week and on the weekends and leave behind their garbage on the beach and also BBQ which is prohibited. It has become so that the locals cannot enjoy their own beach but have to pay for it to be cleaned up, which is unfair. We need more by-law officers issuing tickets to tourists that disrespect our beach.
We need a citizen-centred Council that meets people’s needs: notifying residents of public works that affect them; addressing affordable housing by advising homeowners on how to create legal second suites; and encouraging greater youth participation by establishing an annual Model Youth Council.
|Brian Darling||No response to this question.|
|Karl Vom Dorff||Please visit votekarl.ca for other issues|
|Travis Hoover||I’m concerned that the media doesn’t consider the current state (lack of) of affordable housing and rent geared to income housing for seniors to be a top issue. We must work with community, provincial, federal partners and developers to do whatever we can as a council to aid in the development and construction of more affordable housing and rent geared to income housing for seniors and providing solutions for homelessness.|
I have heard from citizens of Cobourg their concern about too many big noisy events held in Victoria Park. Is it time Cobourg created a fairground?
|Johnny Percolides||There are a number of issues, for example what is the Town doing to be proactive in preparation of the legalisation of Marijuana in October? Why is the CCC still losing so much money? Why is the Town not adding traffic signals in some areas that really need them for the public’s safety? Feel free to contact me directly to let me know if you agree or disagree.|
Note: Candidates are listed in last name alphabetical order. Answers that were longer than about 40 words have been abbreviated (the limit was an average of 40 words per response). Some are still longer than that but are hard to shorten. The result is that this post is longer than I’d like. Be aware that most (but not all) candidates worked hard to keep their answers short.
This post completes the series reporting on answers by candidates to key questions.
- Municipal Election Page with comprehensive information about all the candidates in the upcoming election. Includes bios, campaign policies, web sites etc. Also includes how to vote and questions for candidates.
- First Public All-Candidates Meeting – 27 Sept 2018 – organized by the Northumberland Affordable Housing Committee
- Update on Cobourg’s Marijuana Facility – 22 December 2017