Meet Your Candidates

The municipal election takes place on October 22 and campaigning for the positions of Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Councillors will probably begin in earnest in September.

The first thing you should know is that there will be no paper ballots this year. All voting will take place electronically. Votes can be cast either online through the internet or by telephone. Voting begins on October 12 at 10:00 a.m. and continues through to 8:00 p.m. on October 22.

To vote, residents should check first that they are on the voters list by going to: www.voterlookup.ca. This list is managed by MPAC, the group that compiles Ontario property assessment values for municipalities. Next you’ll want to identify candidates running in your Council ward. Innisfil has 7 wards. Go to: www.getinvolvedinnisfil.ca/innisfilvotes2018 to view a map with Innisfil’s ward boundaries.

Now, meet your candidates …

For Mayor

  • Barb Baguley
  • Stan Daurio
  • Lynn Dollin

For Deputy Mayor

  • Paul Best
  • Dan Davidson
  • Steven Fishman
  • Angela Gravelle
  • Henry Kooistra

Candidates & profiles, (Innisfil Votes)

Ward 2 is not being contested and Bill Van Berkel has been acclaimed as Councillor. Candidates for all other wards are on the Official List of Certified Candidates.

What do you think are the most important municipal issues?

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Get Involved Innisfil

We have an online resource to share our “great” ideas with municipal leaders and planners but I don’t know how many residents in Innisfil are aware of it. I’m referring to Get Involved Innisfil.

Site visitors can browse and read about other people’s ideas and suggestions, contribute their own ideas on how to improve Innisfil, and vote for the ideas they like. Some young people shared their ideas to have more activities for them like trampoline, paint ball, and movies as well as some casual places to hang out. Others would like more trails and bikeways to connect neighbourhoods. And there are suggestions for more festivals and musical events, especially in summer.

This is a novel resource to learn about and share ideas. It’s important because it could help build support, steer funding and gather volunteers to specific projects. What’s your great idea? What suggestions would you vote for? What ideas would you be willing to volunteer a few hours for? I have no idea how many Innisfil residents have already registered on this site. If you haven’t yet, please do – and share your ideas with all of us.

Mapping the Future

The last major Official Plan, Inspiring Innisfil, was released in February 2011. It focused on a strategy of creating a stronger community identity, linking scattered neighbourhoods, focusing on development of an urban centre, developing tourism assets, business development and retention, and heritage preservation.

This past week saw the release of Innisfil’s latest Official Plan review, Our Place which will guide development and employment to 2031. It proposes the development of numerous public spaces, gathering places, and commercial clusters to enliven each of our neighbourhoods as places to meet, play, entertain and thrive. It proposes uses for Innisfil Heights employment lands.

I have not had a chance to review it thoroughly but will be discussing many of these ideas in future postings. I think that many Innisfil residents will be intrigued, if not excited, about many of the creative ideas suggested for their area.

To begin consultations, a public Open House is being held on Wednesday, November 1 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall to inform residents and receive comments. This will be followed by a public meeting at Town Hall on Wednesday, November 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Residents should download the Official Plan documents to learn the specific proposals for their neighbourhood and for major Town locations such as libraries, Innisfil Beach Park and the Town municipal campus.

Our Place Official Plan Documents
email comments: ourplace@innisfil.ca
An online survey will also be made available on the Town website.

 

7th Line Gets a Lakeside Makeover

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A Public Open House is being held on Wednesday, October 11 to invite public comment on a plan to facilitate road improvements to the 7th Line from the 20th Sideroad to Lake Simcoe. According to the public notice, the purpose is to “accommodate future growth … and to address capacity and operational deficiencies affecting the subject corridor”. Yeah, I don’t know what that means either, but the notice goes on to say, “improvements will be made to the existing road cross-section and intersections including provisions for active transportation (i.e. walking, cycling etc.) and municipal servicing.” The project covers a distance of approximately 3 km.

This is the first of two planned Public Open Houses. Residents can drop by between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm on October 11 at the Town Hall to review “alternative solutions” being considered, ask questions and offer comments.

Those not able to attend the Open House will be able to access documents online at the Town website (www.innisfil.ca/7thea) after October 11. Residents will be able to submit comments to the Town on the plan until October 25.

Celebrate and Contemplate

Next week (July 22) Innisfil Beach Park will be the site for Celebrate Lake Simcoe. It will be in recognition of its importance to our lives and an opportunity to learn about efforts to restore and maintain a clean lake and watershed for this region. Indigenous people will participate this year with a traditional pow wow and displays of their own.

Recent events make it all the more important to celebrate clean water and motivate us to ensure clean water for everyone. The mercury poisoning scandal at Grassy Narrows caused by industrial contamination of the Wabigoon River (up to 50 years ago and continuing today) may be one of the most neglected environmental disasters in history. At the end of June the Ontario government committed $85 million toward clean-up of this “gross neglect”. But a resolution will require more years of effort while almost all members of the Grassy Narrows First Nation exhibit symptoms of some neurological damage.

I’m reminding my readers of this because of an alarming report published in the American Chemical Society Journal and recently described in Science Daily and Clean Technica. One headline reads, “Waste Water from Fracking Pollutes Pennsylvania Watershed”.  Continue reading

‘Our Place’ Public Open Houses

The Town of Innisfil has released Our Place, the Draft Official Plan which lays out objectives, planning policies, zoning and goals for our municipality. Residents have an opportunity to learn more about the plan at 2 drop-in Open Houses:

  • Thursday January 19, Lefroy Arena, 6 – 8 pm
  • Tues. January 24, IdeaLab /Library, Alcona 4 – 8 pm

The report outlines three goals:

  • Grow – “collaboratively develop a thriving community that embraces a managed level of growth, actively engages residents, attracts and supports business and promotes economic prosperity.”
  • Connect – “ensure opportunities exist for residents, businesses and organizations to connect in all ways that are meaningful – physically, socially, culturally and digitally.”
  • Sustain – actively maintain itself as a viable and vibrant community that fully embraces the principles of sustainability.”

Some of strategies for achieving these goals include:  Continue reading