Annette Groves – Regional Councillor Candidate Ward 5 (Town of Caledon)
If elected how/what would you do to improve Active Transportation within Caledon and how would you improve existing connections between communities?
I support providing additional funding to Caledon Community Services in order to expand their transportation services. We need to create partnerships with the City of Brampton and the City of Vaughan to provide additional links that will connect our communities. I also support increased Go Transit Service across Caledon with additional times and service locations.
What will you do to bring in new business that can thrive in Caledon and how will you help existing small businesses succeed?
The application process for new businesses needs to be simplified with a faster turnaround period. It is time to introduce a 21st Century model that promotes our openness to new business in Caledon. We need to plan special events that will support our local businesses by keeping citizens engaged in our communities. Vacancy rates across Caledon need to improve. Our property owners need to be given deadlines to get spaces rented and our community gateways need to be cleaned up.
There has been a lot of discussion with respect to truck traffic in Caledon and the danger it poses on our main roads. If elected what do you plan to do to address these concerns?
We need to stop the expansion of a Freight Village. We need to stop trucking pop-ups that increase the number of trucks on our roads. I support building the infrastructure to improve the current truck traffic in order to make our roads safer. Our next Council needs to address the ongoing road safety issues and implement a much-needed safety plan. We continue to hear about the increased lives that have been lost on our roads. This needs to stop. I am committed to an improvement plan. We must work closely with the new Provincial Government to expand the 427 north to Hwy. 9.
What will you do to ensure council works together in the new term?
I believe we need to respect the views of all members of council. We need to work together to improve the unity of all Villages and Hamlets across Caledon. Funds need to be allocated fairly and we need to value the needs of all communities. Council members need to be open to working as a team to ensure that the prime concerns of each ward are valued and addressed.
Previous Questions and Answers:
How long have you been a Caledon Resident?
I’ve lived in Caledon for 26 years
What would you change and/or improve in Caledon?
There a few things I would change in Caledon. I would have more public engagement, spend more money on essential services and less on consultants, bring more high end businesses that would employ our residents so they don’t have to travel hours to and from work instead of logistics and warehousing, focus on keeping our town beautiful so it makes it attractive for investors, rebuild the relationship with the Chamber of Commerce and work with them to help businesses stay in business.
If you were to receive a million dollar grant for the Town of Caledon, what would you do with it and why?
If I were to receive a million dollars, I would use it to provide more programs for seniors and youth, I would also use those dollars to beautify our town as well as assist community groups with their community events. These things helps to keep a community together.
What is your favourite place in Caledon and why?
Caledon is a beautiful place, we just need to make the investment to make it even more beautiful. Caledon has everything we need from Urban living to Rural communities and a great trail system.
It has been an honour and privilege to represent the Community of Bolton both as their Area and Regional Councillor since first elected in October 2000.
During my years on Council, I gained experience in many different areas of both Local and Regional government. I served two terms as the Chair of Health Services in Peel Region, Social Services, Peel Living, Vice Chair of Public Works, Governance Relation Committee, The Seniors Committee, Director of the Humber River Hospital Foundation Board and The Executive Director of the ETA Vaughan Women’s Shelter. The knowledge and experience serving on these committees allowed me to work with many of our residents from various demographics including our youth and seniors and all residents and businesses in the community of Bolton.
Over the years I have volunteered with many different community organization such as Caledon Meals on Wheels, Bolton Wanderers Soccer Club, Helping Hands, The Bolton BIA, The Bolton Action Site Committee, The Humber Valley Trail Association, Che’s Place Youth Centre, The Arts Committee, The Meaghan Zaremba Committee and assisting with various fundraising initiatives for the Bolton Community.
As I plan for re-election in October 2018, my goal is to continue the dialogue with constituents, business owners and community organizations regarding an improvement plan for the next four years. Together, we will establish community priorities and set attainable and achievable goals that will benefit all of our residents. I respectfully ask for your support and look forward to meeting with you over the next few months. Your needs and ideas are important to me! Together will ensure a safe, inclusive, unified and welcoming community.
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