Derek Clark – Regional Councillor Candidate for Wards 3 & 4 (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
• Add more bike lanes with paved shoulders
• Be creative in trail and pathway designs to build tunnels, bridges and crosswalks to improve accessibility for everyone
• Invest in more trailway enhancements
• Engage local village associations, Road Watch, Cycling Task Force and hiking groups for safety and connection recommendations
What will you do to bring in new business that can thrive in Caledon and how will you help existing small businesses succeed?
- Streamline the red tape and bureaucracy to get permit, building, site plan and zoning approvals
- The application process for new business needs to be simplified with a faster turnaround time
- Encourage more entrepreneurial growth with grant writing support services and best practice sharing from the private sector
- Plan special events that support our local businesses
- Work with and lobby the Provincial Government to foster tourism and other employment growth in Caledon
- Create health care employment with the approval of the Wilson land deal for an urgent care centre
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?
- Work with and lobby the Provincial Government to extend the 427 north to Highway 9
- Minimize any further “truck dependent” business from the Mayor’s “freight village” plan
- Implement more traffic calming measures to reduce truck speeds and to improve road safety
What will you do to ensure council works together in the new term?
- Get agreement from all council members on a common goal and vision
- Listen, support and work collaboratively with each other
- Keep an open mind and respect the views of all members
- Encourage full participation and discussion by all council members on each item
- Set expectation for no back room deals, closed meetings or alliances on voting decisions
- Complete due diligence, manage by fact and treat each situation on a “case-by-case” basis
- Allocate funds fairly across all wards
- Visit all wards to better understand the issues and needs of all communities
- Leverage best practices and training from my corporate background on goal setting, communication skills and teamwork
Previous Questions and Answers:
How long have you been a Caledon Resident?
My wife Janet and I have two adult sons, Stuart and Patrick. We have lived in the Village of Palgrave for six years and have been residents of Peel Region since 2004.
What would you change and/or improve in Caledon?
The culture, planning and direction of Town Hall must change. The best way to improve Caledon’s future is to elect a Council that will listen to and work with the people. Councillors need to be advocates for residents, businesses and community building and not staff messengers on policy. We need a Town Hall that is collaborative, unified and solutions oriented where ALL of the voices of Caledon are reflected in local decision-making. We need to ensure that development is planned and implemented responsibly in a way that integrates and balances residential, business and community needs. Together we can build a better Caledon by being customer-focused and putting the community first.
If you were to receive a million dollar grant for the Town of Caledon, what would you do with it and why?
Road improvements, managing traffic gridlock, more recreational facilities, access to high speed broadband internet, improving the local economy, an urgent care centre and other infrastructure projects are all important priorities for Caledon. For short term impact and with only a million dollar grant, I would support local beautification projects and traffic calming measures for the communities in Wards 3 and 4. We need to protect our environment and provide our local villages with a safe, clean and vibrant walking, biking and shopping community. Population, housing and traffic growth is accelerating in Caledon and we have an obligation to preserve the charm, character and accessibility of our village areas for our kids, families, seniors, visitors and businesses to thrive and enjoy.
What is your favourite place in Caledon and why?
Our home is our sanctuary. It is a place of peace, serenity, friendship and joy. We live in a beautiful log home that overlooks the Palgrave Mill Pond and Rotary Park in the front yard and the TRCA forest and open green space in the back yard. The pond is the community hub in the winter and our porch provides us with one the greatest outdoor views in Caledon as we can watch families enjoying a leisurely skate and recreational hockey.
Derek Clark has over 30 years of business and sales experience in the technology sector with recognized industry leaders such as Xerox, HP, and Toshiba. Derek also owned and operated a consulting company and was a member of the Caledon Chamber of Commerce. He holds an MBA. Born in Leamington, Ontario, Derek is a third-generation politician. Both of his grandfathers were farmers in Harrow. His grandfather, Stuart Murray Clark, also served as MP for Essex South for 22 years. Derek has continued his passion for politics by serving on both the Federal and Provincial Riding Associations for Dufferin-Caledon prior to entering into the municipal election. Derek’s commitment to making a difference in Caledon is evident in his community service for the Rotary Club of Palgrave. He has extensive volunteer, fundraising and leadership experience within the community and has actively supported and participated with local organizations and events to improve the quality of life in Caledon. Derek and his wife Janet have two adult sons Stuart and Patrick. They live in Palgrave and have been residents of Peel region since 2004.
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