Johanna Downey – Regional Councillor Candidate Ward 2 (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 will continue to advocate for additional cycle routes on Caledon roads and continued improvements on both the Caledon Trailway and Etobicoke Creek Trail. As Caledon’s representative on the Credit Valley Trail Leadership Team we will be pushing forward for local partnerships to connect communities through the watershed from the Port Credit Lakeshore to Island Lake. Will continue to support adding paved shoulders to allow safer opportunities for walkers, joggers, cyclists to connect to communities or trail. Over the last 4 years we have been able to connect Valleywood, Southfields and Anthem via Etobicoke Creek Trail and an on road connection to the Caledon Trailway via Kennedy Rd. and will be supporting initiatives to further connect our communities.
What will you do to bring in new business that can thrive in Caledon and how will you help existing small businesses succeed?
Caledon’s position in the GGHS gives us the distinct opportunity to diversify our agricultural systems to serve the greater population. Consumers are becoming more conscious about their health and were their food comes from. I have served as the vice chair of the Golden Horseshow Food and Farming Alliance for two years, this has given me the opportunity to work hand in hand with OMAFRA to modernize agricultural policy to serve todays farmer. The agricultural systems including ag tourism is a major economical driver in Ontario (800,000 jobs) 1 in 9 people work along the value chain. Supporting farm business, cottage industry, and farm lane producers will benefit Caledon. Hand in hand with tourism, trails, and conservation, investing in visitor infrastructure such as public washrooms and parking will help to host those visiting all that Caledon has to offer and keep visitors here to enjoy our small 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?
Truck traffic is a fact. We live in a Region that is home to one of the largest goods movement hub in North America. This makes our Southern border very attractive for businesses. Over the last four years I have actively worked to build and foster relationships with the logistic industry to understand their challenges, while actively expressing the concerns of Caledon residents. Every challenge leads to opportunity for resolve. As we move through the OP review I am confident that the needs of all parties will be met through appropriate zoning, by-law, designated routes and active enforcement.
What will you do to ensure council works together in the new term?
I am proud to be part of the 2014 term of council, we have accomplished a number of initiatives outlined in councils work plan. Sitting at the Council table (and many other boards and committee tables) has been the greatest education one can get. Listening and learning from each other is key to serving the community. Government by its very nature is adversarial, a majority and minority vote. I will continue to build on professional relationships, respect and healthy debate around the table, this key to moving the work plan forward in a positive and constructive way.
Previous Questions and Answers:
How long have you been a Caledon Resident?
My parents, Bruce and Moira Chevalier met and married in 1970 in Bolton. I am the youngest of four children born and raised in Bolton. I attended Mayfield SS for the Regional arts program where I met my husband. We married in 2004 and have lived on the West side of Caledon since that time with our family, two sons and two daughters.
What would you change and/or improve in Caledon?
One of Caledon’s largest attributes is the open scenic landscape, 56% of the landmass of Peel Region. This is also one of our greatest challenges when delivering services to our rural hamlets and villages. Working to create higher levels of connectivity through service groups has been a priority for me this term of council.
If you were to receive a million dollar grant for the Town of Caledon, what would you do with it and why?
Grant dollars are always a welcome addition to Municipal budgets; allowing for completion of priority projects and implementation of best practices, green initiatives and partnerships that we may not otherwise embark on. At the beginning of the term council set out to develop council’s work plan, this guides us in our decision making and alignment of priority with the work of staff. Along that vein I would recommend that the Million dollars be allocated in priority sequence through the Council work plan.
What is your favourite place in Caledon and why?
I have intense pride of place when it comes to the Town of Caledon. I love where I live, because of the people who built this community. I love saying hi to friends I grew up with at the grocery store or baseball game, I love running into my neighbours biking on the trails, and seeing new residents take part in local activities and building relationships. Yes Caledon is beautiful and has many great places I could say are my favourite, but it’s the people who truly make every part of Caledon my favorite place to be.
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