Robert Rees – Area Councillor Candidate for Ward 1 (Town of Caledon)
How long have you been a Caledon Resident?
I moved to Ward 1 when I was 8 years old. I grew up on 5th Line West, now Shaws Creek Road, and left home to attend university and start my career in my twenties. Upon starting a family of our own, my wife and I chose to raise our children in what we feel is the best environment for them, and so returned to the Belfountain area 10 years ago.
What would you change and/or improve in Caledon?
Thirty years ago in our community, if you wanted any more than the most basic television stations, you required the expense of a satellite dish. Today, the same is true for many users of internet service. Internet has fast become an essential utility, and too many residents in our area are forced to live with substandard service. We need better roads, not only for drivers, but to protect the ever-growing number of cyclists who share them. We need housing solutions from developers which meet the needs of current residents, housing for seniors, and for those just starting out. In council, we need change in the dialogue between elected officials. The last four years have seen the wasting of precious time, efforts and the tax dollars of residents, in the name of local politics. Now is the time for common sense and forward thinking.
If you were to receive a million dollar grant for the Town of Caledon, what would you do with it and why?
Being a Financial Planner, my answer to almost any question surrounding a windfall is to invest wisely. In this case, I would set up a scholarship fund for our most deserving students. Investing in the youth of Caledon is vital and a million dollars, sensibly invested, could change the lives of hundreds of residents over the coming decades. These are people we need living and working, and most importantly, STAYING in our community.
What is your favourite place in Caledon and why?
There are countless places in Caledon that will always make me happy. From the sweeping views along Escarpment Sideroad, and favorite picnic spots on the Credit River, to walking through a cathedral of trees along the Bruce Trail. But none make me happier than time spent with friends and family in my own backyard.
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