Joe Luschak – Area Councillor Candidate for 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?
Innisfil has started a program with Uber where that Town subsidizes a portion of the cost. We should look at possibly trying a pilot project with Uber, Lyft or other ride services before investing huge dollars into a transportation system for the town.
What will you do to bring in new business that can thrive in Caledon and how will you help existing small businesses succeed?
I intend to look at the Economic Development budget to see how effectively funds are being spent to promote Caledon as a destination to invest and expand. Perhaps giving new businesses a break on their taxes for a period of time in order for them to get started to help them over the initial start up phase which is typically the most crucial with new businesses.
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?
There is no sense in me saying what should be done when there are experts out there that are far more qualified to make recommendations than I am. There are numerous road widening and upgrades that should alleviate some of the congestion and improve the safe flow of traffic both in and around town. Let’s see what impact these upgrades have before we start making recommendations or changes.
All I, as councillor can do is study the reports from the Ministry and the Region and having public forums to discuss the relative merits of such recommendations.
What will you do to ensure council works together in the new term?
I expect to be able to look my fellow councillors in me the eye and tell me that the decisions that they make and support are truly in the best interest of the town. I don’t want him telling me one thing and then turning around and saying or doing something totally different. Four years is a long time for us to work together and I can’t stand special interest cliques.
Previous Questions and Answers:
How long have you been a Caledon Resident?
I have been resident of Bolton since 1973 and have witnessed a myriad of changes since then. In fact when we (my wife Fran and I) moved here, the closest traffic light was 20 minutes south of Bolton. The intersection of King and Queen St. in Bolton had a flashing orange light north and south and a flashing red light east and west. Today, there are 11 traffic lights on highway 50 between Mayfeild Road and Columbia Way!
I have served as a commissioner for Caledon Hydro for 6 years, a member of the Bolton Community Action Site Committee for 5 years, the Bolton Santa Claus parade committee for 43 years, chaired the beer garden at Caledon Day for 4 years, coordinated all of the craft and cider brewers for the inaugural Caledon Cheers Festival and still sit on the Board of Directors for the Home James designated driver organization.
I am an honours graduate from Ryerson and a retired successful businessman and entrepreneur. I served as President of the Kinsmen Club of Bolton and was awarded Life Membership in the Association.
What would you change and/or improve in Caledon?
Since I am running for Area Councillor in Ward 5, I will focus my response on Bolton which comprises the bulk of Ward 5.
Bolton is a wonderful place to live, if you can afford to live here. All of the new home construction consists of monster sized homes on postage stamp sized lots, semis or multiple story dwellings meant to attract affluent people. No developer wants to build 1,200 to 1,500 square foot homes that young couples starting out can afford.
Since a significant portion of our population is aging, we also need affordable accommodations for seniors looking to downsize.
As the Ward 5 area representative. I will ensure that the entire council does what it can to force developers to build homes that can appeal to all levels of the population.
If you were to receive a million dollar grant for the Town of Caledon, what would you do with it and why?
Although a million dollars won’t go far in today’s economy, I would certainly like to see what could be done with the south hill plaza on the east side of Queen Street. The insane conflict between the owners of the two adjacent properties has made our Town look ridiculous with that grotesque fence. Perhaps a million dollars might be required to pay the legal bills needed to negotiate a reasonable settlement.
What is your favourite place in Caledon and why?
My favourite place in Caledon is the Humber River which is now designated as a Canadian Heritage River. As it meanders through the town, it is a source of calm and serenity throughout its entire length. It is also home to abundant wildlife, vegetation and fish species.
One hundred years ago it was also a significant spawning river for the mighty Atlantic salmon that were once abundant in the river. I am happy to see that efforts are now being coordinated with the Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Ontario Streams, The Islington Sportsmen’s Club, Toronto Regional Conservation Authority and dedicated volunteers to reintroduce this magnificent species back into the Humber.
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