Carma Wil­liams

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“I be­lieve there are four main is­sues fac­ing North Glen­garry: Neg­a­tive pop­u­la­tion growth, in­ad­e­quate wastewater in­fra­struc­ture, the need for com­mu­nity re­vi­tal­iza­tion and the de­vel­op­ment of a long term plan for growth.”

Th­ese are the words of Carma Wil­liams, Maxville Ward Coun­cil­lor and one of three can­di­dates for Deputy-Mayor of North Glen­garry in next month’s mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion.

She says the answer to th­ese prob­lems is a vi­sion for growth, de­vel­op­ment and op­por­tu­nity.

“First of all we need to de­velop a plan to get the de­vel­op­ment freeze in Alexan­dria lifted by ex­pand­ing the wastewater la­goons,” she says. “This has been in­hibit­ing both res­i­den­tial and busi­ness growth for decades. Ex­pand­ing the la­goons will al­low the freeze to be lifted and al­low for sig­nif­i­cant growth and de­vel­op­ment.”

Ms. Wil­liams also cham­pi­ons a strat­egy on pop­u­la­tion growth that will “al­low us to grow our tax base and grow our com­mu­ni­ties.” She be­lieves this will help support the area’s schools and hos­pi­tals.

Re­gard­ing com­mu­nity re­vi­tal­iza­tion, Ms. Wil­liams ad­vo­cates for the Com­mu­nity Im­prove­ment Plan, which she be­lieves has been “very suc­cess­ful” at re­ju­ve­nat­ing the look of the down­town cores in Alexan­dria and Maxville.

“The next chal­lenge is to lever­age the Com­mu­nity Im­prove­ment Pro­gram to re­vi­tal­ize the ru­ral ar­eas and ham­lets in North Glen­garry,” she says. “This can be ac­com­plished by fo­cus­ing on agri­cul­tural as well as her­itage ini­tia­tives.” She would also push for long-term fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity. “I be­lieve in sta­ble tax rates and the need to build re­serves,” she says. “This helps cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment of con­fi­dence and con­sis­tency in mu­nic­i­pal bud­get­ing and spend­ing and al­lows us to seize op­por­tu­ni­ties when they arise.”

Trans­parency

Ms. Wil­liams be­lieves that lo­cal gov­ern­ment needs to be more re­spon­sive to the pub­lic. She would try to ar­range for the live stream­ing of coun­cil meet­ings and al­low­ing for re­mote ques­tions.

Coun­ties level

At the up­per tier, Ms. Wil­liams has two key pri­or­i­ties for her time on the coun­cil of the United Coun­ties of SDG. One is to im­prove mo­bile broad­band cov­er­age across SD&G. “Ex­panded cel­lu­lar cov­er­age will al­low the up­load and down­load of doc­u­ments which will al­low home based busi­nesses to thrive,” she says.

She would also work with Emer­gency Man­age­ment Ser­vices to im­prove re­sponse time for paramedics and im­prove safety for res­i­dents.

“The other pri­or­ity I would support is see­ing nat­u­ral gas ex­pan­sion in ru­ral eastern On­tario,” she says. “The United Coun­ties of SD&G is work­ing with En­bridge and Union gas to pri­or­i­tize ru­ral ex­pan­sion to help re­duce en­ergy bills in the agri­cul­tural and res­i­den­tial sec­tors.”

Ex­pe­ri­ence

Ms. Wil­liams has served on North Glen­garry coun­cil for eight years and has also sat on the boards of HGMH, Maxville Manor as well as

CARMA WIL­LIAMS

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