William Motley-Bailey – Regional Councillor Candidate Ward 1 (Town of Caledon)
A Caledon resident for 10 years and our main residence in Ward One for 7 years, we married in Bermuda and moved into a renovated property on Airport Rd where we enjoy the rural life with two cats as pest control. Bill grew up in England, emigrated to Australia first and then switched over to Canada, I have two children both born in Canada and raised in Bruce County. I worked at the Bruce Nuclear site for 24 years and I first served as municipal councillor for 12 years in what is now known as Saugeen Shores after we went through amalgamation with Mike Harris.
Caledon improvements? our Ms Budd asks? well how can you improve paradise? ……..British humour! however I think as I’m now in the travel industry I see more than some how lucky we are in Canada and Caledon is atypical of what I like about the world.
I live rurally but in driving distance of the theatre, or other major events, I have lots of community activities on my doorstep, I greet people I know on the streets and I don’t always lock up my wheelbarrow (hands off), I have a safe community and our emergency services do a great job.
Improvement for me is therefore relative, I believe transparency in government at any level is paramount to the happiness of residents, perhaps “happiness” is stretching the truth. With new technologies every day I should not have to explain where your tax money is being spent, today, yesterday or tomorrow, I am of course accountable for how its spent and if you the resident will benefit.
As government we are a “not for profit” agency and the most efficient tax dollar is the municipal one, improvement means keeping it that way!
The One Million Dollar question? is of course designed to test our innovation skills or entrepreneurship is a more modern term. I would probably consider an overdue project that just never quite reaches the top of the budget list.
Every community has a few projects that get constantly dropped from the budget, celebrating our heritage is extremely important and I love the pioneer history of our country, not everything is a cause of celebration it is however important to preserve and record for those to come.
So!….it could be a cemetery renovation, a town plaque and welcome garden it could even be a 50ft silver bicycle above Hwy 10 marking the Caledon Trailway, I am NOT saying I have that as my agenda but often even the wacky ideas have some merit to them to enrich a community.
Now from the Sound Of Music we have a rendition of “My Favourite Things”. I did read many of the replies by other candidates (advantage of coming in late) and see their favourite place in Caledon is often their own backyard, go figure!
I’ll go out on a limb to say “your backyard” is one of my favourite places (craft beer please), however it is your “front yard” that is of more interest to me as this is the side we see as residents and visitors (those without a drone), this side of your property defines the community of Caledon itself.
How do we as a municipality and region help you keep your home and business tidy and at the high standard Caledon (you) and Ontario can be proud of? waste pick up and efficient disposal are excellent in Caledon but again we can always do better with new technology.
Also, it is often the red tape that discourages property improvement or plain upkeep, municipalities can help you with this too. Remember a policy cannot be changed, however if there is an application or appeal process its not a policy, it’s a procedure! don’t be afraid to ask about the procedure! staff can help and they do.
Thank you Ms Mira Budd, for this opportunity to bare my life thoughts to the potential elector of Ward One Caledon, lets hope my answers to your questions give a positive insight. Oh! did I mention my wife Diane, 10 year veteran of Caledon/Dufferin Victim Services, before that 20 year volunteer pin from Brampton Hospital, Past President (me too) of St Georges Society of Toronto and thirty plus years as President/Owner of Airstream Travel, now affiliated to Vision Travel.
Phew!!!……….when you add it up we should really retire…LOL… probably never happen!.
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