Joe Luschak – Area Councillor Candidate for Ward 5 (Town of Caledon)
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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