Meet SG’s coun­cil can­di­dates, part 1

The Glengarry News - - STRAIGHT TALK - Trevor Bougie

As an eight-year veteran on South Glen­garry coun­cil, Trevor Bougie knows that in­fra­struc­ture ac­counts for roughly half of the town­ship’s an­nual ex­pen­di­tures.

“It is im­per­a­tive to con­tinue to work with up­per lev­els of govern­ment (MP Guy Lau­zon MPP Jim McDonnell) to seek fund­ing for var­i­ous projects within the Town­ship i.e. roads, bridges, recre­ation for all ages, wa­ter and waste­water projects,” he says. “I want to con­tinue to work to re­tain and at­tract busi­nesses in the town­ship through eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and our newly de­vel­oped com­mu­nity im­prove­ment plan which al­lows busi­nesses to ap­ply for fund­ing for im­prove­ments to their façade, build­ing, and ac­ces­si­bil­ity.“

Mr. Bougie, 33, would also ex­pand South Glen­garry’s Celtic brand­ing and would at­tempt to rene­go­ti­ate coun­cil’s pre­vi­ous de­ci­sion to in­crease wa­ter and waste wa­ter by 37% and 34% in Lan­caster and Glen Wal­ter re­spec­tively.

He would also work with En­bridge to ex­pand nat­u­ral gas and bring in new tech­nol­ogy such as LED street­lights, “which low­ers the cost of those sys­tems for the tax­payer.”

Mr. Bougie, a born-and-raised South Glen­gar­rian, has been on the plan­ning ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee, her­itage com­mit­tee, Glen­garry County Ar­chives Board, Chair­man of the ice al­lo­ca­tion com­mit­tee, Glen­garry Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal Board, Com­mu­nity School Al­liance Ex­ec­u­tive and have brought mo­tions for­ward to the prov­ince to help our lo­cal res­i­dents i.e. mo­tion for paramedics to be a fully es­sen­tial ser­vice.

Claude Bourcier

South Glen­garry is a town­ship fac­ing many of the same chal­lenges of ru­ral town­ships across On­tario, says 76-year-old Claude Bourcier.

“With a lim­ited re­gional eco­nomic base, it is im­por­tant that the coun­cil be for­ward think­ing and ac­tively seek to at­tract eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties,” he says. “The lo­ca­tion of a ma­jor high­way in our town­ship of­fers the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop ware­hous­ing/in­dus­trial park hubs.

He says there’s also a need for sound fi­nan­cial man­age­ment.

“The wa­ter rate in­creases which res­i­dents are fac­ing un­der­lines why greater care needs to be taken in an­tic­i­pat­ing fu­ture ex­pen­di­tures,” he says.

He says coun­cil should be “a prob­lem-solv­ing body that works in the best in­ter­est of the res­i­dents of the town­ships.” He would pro­mote “a more open and trans­par­ent de­ci­sion-mak­ing process, and pro­mote in­put from con­stituents to en­sure that all voices are heard with the goal of achiev­ing the best out­come for town­ship res­i­dents.”

He adds that the town­ship needs to find means of rais­ing ad­di­tional rev­enue by so­lic­it­ing govern­ment fund­ing when­ever avail­able and by at­tract­ing and lev­er­ag­ing new busi­ness and tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Mr. Bourcier has been “a proud res­i­dent of South Glen­garry for decades” He worked 23 years as a main­te­nance fore­man at a chem­i­cal plant, for four years in the for­est in­dus­try as well as five years as a new con­struc­tion fore­man.

Joanne High

“I grew up in cen­tral Saskatchewan on a small mixed farm where all our fam­ily worked on what­ever chores and farm work needed to be done,” says Joanne High. “I joined 4-H first as a par­tic­i­pant, then be­came a leader and a judge. The motto: Learn To Do By Do­ing has served me well all of my life.

“My hus­band and I have moved many times be­cause of his work w i th Trans­port Canada. For me this meant be­com­ing part of a new com­mu­nity, meet­ing many new peo­ple and ways of life. I learnt to be open minded and ac­cept­ing of other peo­ple’s val­ues. It was a huge op­por­tu­nity to learn new things.”

Ms. High has lived in South Glen­garry for 25 years. For most of her pro­fes­sional life, she worked in non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing the On­tario Fed­er­a­tion of Agri­cul­ture, where a large part of her job was to de­velop lead­ers in the agri­cul­tural sec­tor to deal with mu­nic­i­pal, provin­cial and fed­eral govern­ment. “I have held con­tract po­si­tions where vol­un­teer re­cruit­ment and train­ing were crit­i­cal, as were stick­ing to a tight bud­get and time­lines,” she says. “My strong work ethic means that I al­ways de­liver on time and bud­get.”

Re­gard­ing bud­gets, she says: “There is never enough money to go around these days for all of the things on our wish list. What I can tell you is, if we work care­fully as a team, this Town­ship will con­tinue to pros­per and grow. I of­fer an open door pol­icy, so please ac­cept my in­vi­ta­tion to call or email me.”

Stephanie Ja­worski

Stephanie Ja­worski says that the record num­ber of peo­ple run­ning for South Glen­garry coun­cil shows that the peo­ple want change. And she has a num­ber of changes she’d like to make.

She’d like to change the per­cep­tion that it is harder to build in South Glen­garry than in sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties, which, she says “neg­a­tively im­pacts our eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.”

She’d like to change the wa­ter rate in­creases in some com­mu­ni­ties, mak­ing them as grad­ual as pos­si­ble. She would also im­prove com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the town­ship (“Can we cost- ef­fec­tively live stream coun­cil meet­ings or al­low ac­cess to the record­ings?” she asks) en­sure the long-term suc­cess of lo­cal schools, and im­prove ac­cess for cell phones, high-speed in­ter­net and nat­u­ral gas. Ms. Ja­worski, 41, would also ex­pand the “Celtic Heart­land” brand­ing, in­cor­po­rate pub­lic­ity for arts and crafts in­dus­tries and agro­tourism, to pro­mote tourism and in­vite new res­i­dents, and im­prove ac­ces­si­bil­ity to recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties, es­pe­cially for se­niors and those with re­duced mo­bil­ity.

She would also pro­vide more in­cen­tives, as op­posed to by­laws, to rec­og­nize the pub­lic ben­e­fit of main­tain­ing forested land, in­creas­ing waste di­ver­sion and max­i­mize our rev­enue from re­cy­cling, and cre­ate a Lo­cal Schools Com­mit­tee with reg­u­lar meet­ings of the trustees, school rep­re­sen­ta­tives and coun­cil mem­bers to pro­mote di­a­logue.

Ms. Ja­worski grad­u­ated from McGill Uni­ver­sity with a Bach­e­lor of En­gi­neer­ing and is a Se­nior Tech­ni­cal Ad­vi­sor with Im­pe­rial Oil.

Martin Lang

“In my opin­ion one of the most im­por­tant is­sues fac­ing the res­i­dents of South Glen­garry is the need to bal­ance the com­plex­i­ties of the On­tario Build­ing Code with the need to as­sist in­vestors in our Town­ship with their projects,” says Martin Lang, a 55year-old farmer from just west of Wil­liamstown.

“An­other im­por­tant is­sue for many res­i­dents is the dra­matic in­crease of the wa­ter rate fees for those us­ing this Town­ship pro­vided ser­vice.”

Re­gard­ing the build­ing code, he says that if elected, he would work with coun­cil and staff to rec­on­cile the need of the build­ing de­part­ment to en­force the build­ing code with a plan that en­sures build­ing per­mit ap­pli­cants are fully aware of their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and are helped and en­cour­aged though the process.

That process would be bal­anced by an inspection sched­ule that min­i­mizes de­lays and frus­tra­tion for the project owner.

Re­gard­ing wa­ter, he says “the mu­nic­i­pal owned wa­ter sys­tem is quickly ap­proach­ing a ma­jor main­te­nance and up­grade ex­pense but the user fee struc­ture for this ex­pense has not kept pace.

“A large fee in­crease to users be­comes an un­planned ex­pense for many – es­pe­cially those on fixed in­come. I would sup­port a more bal­anced fee in­crease to this prob­lem us­ing a longer term fi­nanc­ing plan.”

Mr. Lang is the Deputy Chief of the Wil­liamstown Fire De­part­ment and has also served as a vol­un­teer for the Wil­liamstown Fair, the On­tario Fed­er­a­tion of Agri­cul­ture, the Glen­garry Fed­er­a­tion of Agri­cul­ture, the Grain Farm­ers of On­tario, the SD&G Stew­ard­ship Coun­cil, the South Glen­garry Agri­cul­ture Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee, the Char- Lan Mi­nor Soc­cer and the Char-Lan Mi­nor Hockey.

Sam McDonell

Although Sam McDonell has heard a num­ber of con­cerns as he hits the cam­paign trail, he says that the big three is­sues are the Build­ing De­part­ment, Wa­ter and Waste Wa­ter, and ba­sic Cel­lu­lar and In­ter­net Cov­er­age.

Re­gard­ing the lat­ter, he says he would push the Eastern On­tario War­dens’ Cau­cus to im­prove ac­cess in the area.

He says res­i­dents are de­prived of “con­sis­tent qual­ity cel­lu­lar and in­ter­net cov­er­age, and ac­cess to nat­u­ral gas.

“Our cel­lu­lar cov­er­age is in­con­sis­tent to the point that it makes hav­ing a Blue­tooth sys­tem in your ve­hi­cle use­less.”

He’s con­cerned that lo­cal stu­dents don’t have the In­ter­net in place to al­low them to re­search projects.

“Nat­u­ral gas is an­other thing that we need to push for,” he says. “It is a great re­source to help our res­i­dents save on their en­ergy costs.”

He also wants to help area se­niors stay at home longer, partly by help­ing them ac­cess ap­point­ments or even just trips to the gro­cery store.

When it comes to the wa­ter hikes, he “would be in­ter­ested in vis­it­ing other op­tions to soften the blow to our tax­pay­ers.”

Mr. McDonell, 23, is a grad­u­ate from Char-Lan DHS. He ob­tained an As­so­ci­ated Diploma in Agri­cul­ture from The Uni­ver­sity of Guelph Kemptville Cam­pus, and then fur­thered his ed­u­ca­tion by at­tend­ing Olds Col­lege where he stud­ied Busi­ness Man­age­ment. He works part time on a dairy farm in Bridge End (North Lan­caster), as well as a full time po­si­tion with Maizex Seeds where he is an Ac­count Man­ager and Agro­nomic Sup­port for Eastern On­tario and most of West­ern Que­bec.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.