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Economic Development

  • Oshawa needs to be able to offer serviced employment lands that are market ready, available for office/industrial investment as an incentive to attract employers and create new jobs locally.

  • Only one in three employed residents work in the Durham Region

  • To reduce commute time, we need better jobs here in Oshawa

  • Service and zone more employment land so businesses can choose Oshawa

  • Adequate infrastructure needs to accompany new growth

Infrastructure

  • Treat sewage effluent flowing into Lake Ontario to a higher standard to prevent algae growth

  • Water treatment should include adding ozone across the Region. There would be less need to purchase bottled water if it had better taste appeal to residents.

  • Make sure we are truly environmentally responsible in how we handle our solid waste

 

Heritage & UOIT – The Regent Theatre & Alger Press Building

Committed to maintaining our heritage legacy, I initiated the designation of the Regent Theatre to save it from demolition and continued working as the Co-Chair of the Regent Theatre Committee to re-purpose the downtown theatre with Folk Arts and other community members.  The theatre was awarded $25,000 from Ontario Heritage Trust as a result of a grant application I wrote that provided funds to repair the roof.  Sealing a building from the elements is such an important part of ensuring preservation.  Today, the Regent Theatre is the hub of the downtown university UOIT campus and a public theatre on evenings and weekends. If you haven’t been to the Regent. you should treat yourself to the wonderful acoustics in a performance there.  As Chair of Heritage Oshawa, I also worked on the Alger Press Building on Charles St., beside the Tribute Arena, along with UOIT’s heritage architect to enhance the building’s attributes for students to enjoy.  Both the Regent and 61 Charles are examples of successful adaptive reuse of a heritage building.  UOIT has been an excellent custodian of their heritage buildings.  Other preservation efforts included the McLaughlin Foreman’s stone house, the Magner-Robson stone house and Rundle House. Another successful heritage re-purposing I am proud of is the former Childrens’ Aid building on Centre Street which is now the Pinewood Treatment Centre for Lakeridge Health Oshawa.

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Housing

Governments at all levels are finally admitting there is a housing problem. Seniors, people with disabilities and low-income residents in particular face real challenges to find decent, affordable housing. New planning tools and money are available. The region has adopted an affordable housing strategy, so let’s use these tools to tackle the housing problem.

Oshawa has not been supportive of affordable housing, and instead has sold off much of its affordable housing stock to the private sector. This is reflected in the recent crisis of homelessness, as witnessed by the tent city on Oshawa Creek. The City must work with experienced builders to ensure there are properties available that qualify for Canada/Ontario affordable housing funding when it is offered.  This is an excellent program that requires the builder to have low rents at rates set by CMHC for 20 years and are also built with high energy efficiency to achieve low operating costs  I have always had a keen interest in affordable housing starting with my thesis at university done on public housing and my work with 2 local Legions on Canada/Ontario Affordable Housing funding applications.

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Property Taxes

Oshawa taxes are too high.  I support renewing the Auditor General position, to provide much needed financial oversight and transparency for Council. I will also move to have a complete audit of secret expenses such as legal costs and settlements which add greatly to our tax burden.