Jennifer Innis – 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?
Bicycling and walking to get to where we need to go is part of a healthy community. It is also an important tourism tool for community. Planning for active transportation when building new communities or improving existing neighbourhoods is essential for the long-term health and connectivity of Caledon. During the past term, Council endorsed a motion I presented to create a Cycle Task Force. As a result of the work of these 5 dedicated Task force members and staff, Caledon was awarded a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community by Share the Road. Connecting Communities has also been a priority of mine. Creating sidewalks to connect communities and building/improving new trails has occurred throughout Wards 3 &4 over the past four years. Examples, include the sidewalk extension on Old Church, south on Innis Lake to connect with the Caledon Trailway and the OPP station; and the new sidewalk from Zimmerman Drive into the Village of Palgrave. Recently, we opened the first phase of the Richard Whitehead Memorial Trail connecting the village of Palgrave to the Caledon Equestrian Centre and the Caledon Trailway. I am proud of my efforts in the areas of active transportation in Wards 3&4 and beyond and look forward to building on the great work that has taken place.
What will you do to bring in new business that can thrive in Caledon and how will you help existing small businesses succeed?
Caledon recently opened CBIZ at Town Hall to assist small business and entrepreneurs. We need to continue to build on this successful model. Also, I think that we should be investigating opportunities for an innovation hub or creators hub within one of our villages. Ensuring we have ‘shovel ready’ land for various types of businesses in our community will be vital to attracting new businesses to Caledon. And review the Community Improvement Plan (CIP) to see if improvements can be made to assist businesses with better signage and beautification.
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?
Traffic Calming to slow down all vehicles through our villages is important and one tool used to make our roads safer. In Palgrave, the Region has completed its Environmental Assessment and residents are now seeing road and traffic calming improvements. This same process has commenced for the Village of Caledon East. As Chair of Government Relations for Peel Region, I have recently met with the new Minister of Transportation to advocate for the extension of the 427 North to Hwy 9. I will continue to advocate for this extension as it will greatly assist with reducing truck traffic from Regional Road 50 and Airport Road.
What will you do to ensure council works together in the new term?
Knowing and understanding the rules that regulates our ability to serve is important. Also conducting oneself in a professional manner is imperative. We all bring different opinions to the table and we must respect them and work together to find the best solutions for Caledon and Peel.
Previous Questions and Answers:
How long have you been a Caledon Resident?
Other than my time during University, I have proudly called Caledon Home my entire life. My children are the 6th generation to be raised on our family farm.
What would you change and/or improve in Caledon?
During this time of constant growth and change mandated by the Province, it is essential for our community’s future success to have someone at the Region of Peel that is experienced, knowledgeable and respected. I have proven myself as a strong voice and advocate for our community, for Caledon and for the Region of Peel.
Community is much more than charm, it is about the connection amongst its people, and it is about a community’s heart. During the next four years, as your Regional Councillor, I will continue to focus on building livable communities, where people are connected. Make Caledon a Senior Friendly community and help our seniors’ age in place. I will continue to focus on attracting investment and jobs to our community, so people can work where they live. And lastly, we need greater investment in our roads.
If you were to receive a million dollar grant for the Town of Caledon, what would you do with it and why?
If I was given a million dollar grant for the Town of Caledon, I would create an endowment fund where the annual interest would be used to offset the costs for community groups who organize local events within our community. We are truly fortunate to have so many volunteer groups who dedicate their time and resources to help bring our community together. From charity rides and walks, to annual fall fairs, community days and everything in between. These are the events that have heart and connect our community.
What is your favourite place in Caledon and why?
The obvious answer would be our family farm. It’s not just a home, it is part of me. My fondest memories as a child were made is this beautiful place with my amazing family. Connections to the earth, to animals and family were an everyday occurrence and it doesn’t get better than that. Outside of the farm, my favourite place would be our Toronto Region Conservation Authority properties and trails. They allow for residents to connect with nature and provide healthy and safe outdoor opportunities for all abilities and ages.
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