Address sidewalk issue
I attended the candidates’ meet and greet for Port Dalhousie ward on Sept. 27. The well-organized event provided hundreds of voters with an opportunity to hear the views of four candidates. A lot of the discussion and panel questions were related to issues specific to ‘the village of Port.’
However, the ward is diverse and there are other important issues, specifically, the housing development at Olde School Court, located off Cecil Street, and the challenge to the pre-approved city and council sidewalk installation to ensure safe pedestrian access to a pre-existing, well-used public walkway linking Cecil Street to Juliana Crescent, and Linwell Road at Ontario Street. Sidewalks are needed in this area, which is close to elementary and secondary schools, two longterm care homes, a seniors’ residence, Jaycee Park and bus routes.
Any elected official better become familiar with the city’s official plan, which endorses the principles of shared community assets, publicly accessible infrastructure, neighbourhood connectivity, equal access for the disabled, and general safety of all pedestrians, as it seems that one current incumbent, Carlos Garcia, had a memory lapse about it on Sept. 27.