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Local news site Owen Sound Hub asked 24 municipal candidates to answer a series of questions in advance of the Oct 27th election. This informational resource was designed and compiled by Miranda Miller.

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2. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates Owen Sound Hub asked the 24 municipal election candidates to answer a series of questions for this guide to the Owen Sound Election. All candidate information in this guide was supplied by the candidates and/or their campaign representatives. owensoundhub.org

3. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates Meet Your Mayoral Candidates Ian Boddy Mike Zimon owensoundhub.org Deb Haswell Ruth Lovell Stanners

4. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates owensoundhub.org Deb Haswell • 10 years on City Council • 3 years as City/County Councillor • 1 term as Mayor Ruth Lovell Stanners • Mayor 2003-2010 • Founding chair of Residential Hospice, past chair Police Board, GRACE • 25 years in real estate Mike Zimon • Started 2 Owen Sound businesses • Varied industrial experience locally • Programmer/ Analyst & 4-time Dean’s Honour List Graduate Ian Boddy • 22 years operating a small business • 4 years on city council • Chair and member of a number of city committees

5. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates Mayoral Candidates were asked to describe their platform in just 3 words: Whole New Plan owensoundhub.org Integrity Leadership Vision Vision Opportunity Collaboration Change Understanding Persistence

6. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates Meet Your Candidates for Deputy Mayor David Adair Arlene Wright owensoundhub.org

7. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates Arlene Wright owensoundhub.org David Adair • 11 years on City Council; 8 of these on County Council • Warden of Grey County 2010 and 2011 • Owen Sound resident for over 40 years • 5 terms on council • Chair By-Law, Vice-Chair Library, Rec & Parks, Culture and Finance • Downtown merchant for over 10 years

8. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates Deputy Mayor Candidates were asked to describe their platform in just 3 words: Experience Integrity Record owensoundhub.org Independent Vision Leadership

9. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates owensoundhub.org Meet Your City Council Candidates

10. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates owensoundhub.org John Christie Francesca Dobbyn • Single parent, activist, feminist, artist • 10 yrs not-for-profit experience, 5 yrs tourism, various business ventures • Municipal staff, committee member and co-chair, community activist Travis Dodd • Raised in Owen Sound & returned after university graduation • Active in community; currently on Economic Development Committee • Youngest candidate, intent on diversifying council Jan Chamberlain • 4 years experience on council • Served on by-law, library, DIA, conservation authority • Operated a private vocational school for 12 years. • Accessibility Advisory, Environmental Waste Management, Library Board, Operations, Planning, Cultural. • Broadcaster, Professional Driver, Lay Minister, Writer, Small Business Operator.

11. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates Scott Greig Marion Koepke Peter Lemon • Experience on city council and as a reporter • Owen Sound Municipal Non Profit Housing, Black History Cairn Committee, Community Waterfront Heritage Centre Committee, Harrison Park100th Anniversary Committee owensoundhub.org Bryan Gibbons • Opened Runner’s Den in 2006, receiving the Chamber of Commerce New Business of the Year award • Relocated business in 2013 to expand size of business by 100% • On Parks & Recreation Committee • Long history of community involvement on various community boards • Professional Assessor for 34 years- Real Estate Broker for 10 yrs • 26 yrs as municipal employee, 19 years as Deputy Clerk & 3 as Clerk • On Owen Sound Police Services Board • Past President of North Grey Women’s Institute, VP of Grey County Women’s Institute, Owen Sound & Area Senior Centre

12. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates Rob Leonard Jim McManaman Colleen Purdon owensoundhub.org • Ran for council in 1997 • Served as a member of the Business Bylaw Regulatory Committee • 17 years of community volunteering. 15 years with Owen Sound soccer community. • 11 years experience on City Council • Chair of the Regional Recreation Centre steering committee • Owen Sound Minor Soccer- Past President & Executive Board member since 1987 • 4 years experience on council • Council committees: 4 yrs as Council rep. on the DIA; 3 yrs on Bylaw Committee; Chair of Harrison Park 100th Anniversary Celebration; Coordinator of the Owen Sound - Orillia First Impressions project; experience on 8 other committees.

13. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates owensoundhub.org Richard Thomas Bill Twaddle • 17 yrs experience on council • Chair Operations, Planning and Heritage and Waste Water Treatment Plant ad hoc committee • Former journalist, former weekly newspaper owner, now fundraiser for Alzheimer Society of Grey-Bruce • 11 years on Library Board, 7 as Chair • President of the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre which saved the Marine and Rail Museum • Member of the Owen Sound Hospital Board and longtime hospital volunteer We did not receive responses from: • Bobby Gillespie, • Steve Hencze, • Michael Helm, • Brian O’Leary, • or Robin Paul.

14. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates City Council Candidates were asked to describe their platform in just 3 words: owensoundhub.org Positive Friendly Hard Worker Integrity Transparency Trust Authentic Grounded Compassionate Proactive Energetic Dedicated Integrity Decisive Committed Commitment Energetic Integrity Hardworking Sincere Dedicated

15. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates City Council Candidates were asked to describe their platform in just 3 words: owensoundhub.org Honesty Commitment Team Player Listens Creative Integrity Experience Dedication Leadership Energy Experience Expertise Creative Collaborative Innovative Listens Creative Integrity (We did not receive responses from Bobby Gillespie, Steve Hencze, Michael Helm, Brian O’Leary or Robin Paul.)

16. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates Candidates were asked to choose their top 5 priorities from the list provided. owensoundhub.org

17. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates Top Priorities This issue… Is one of top 5 priorities for these candidates: owensoundhub.org Harbour development Minor sports & activities for youth Youth employment Employment in general Availability of public transit

18. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates Top Priorities This issue… Is one of top 5 priorities for these candidates: owensoundhub.org Building our reputation in tourism Reducing city expenditures Lobbying the province for funding Working with neighbouring municipalities to regionalize services Promoting Owen Sound to retirees

19. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates Top Priorities Issue One of top 5 priorities for these candidates: owensoundhub.org Reducing red tape & challenges for new & existing businesses Reducing emergency services costs Attracting developers to the city Low cost, high speed internet for all residents and businesses

20. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates Candidates were asked to answer five Yes or No questions. Each was allowed a short explanation if they did not feel either Yes or No was an appropriate response. Where a candidate explained without also clearly indicating Yes or No, their photo is under Unsure/Did Not Answer Yes or No and their explanations follow each chart. Yes/No answers may also have an explanation. owensoundhub.org Where no response was received, the candidate does not appear in the chart.

21. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates Do you support, in theory, the idea of Owen Sound transitioning from a full-time to a composite fire service, if possible? YES NO Unsure/It Depends (see next section) owensoundhub.org

22. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates owensoundhub.org On transitioning to a composite fire service… “The city is currently scheduled to appear before the arbitration board in February. I support looking into any and all possible opportunity to reduce fire services costs.” ~ Deb Haswell “Need to think much more regionally than that. A County wide fire service like Chatham-Kent, reduce everyone’s fire costs and increasing safety.” ~ David Adair “I do not support a Composite Fire Model, unless it is prompted by an expansion of response area for City Fire. Taxpayer savings would be offset by higher insurance premiums.” ~ John Christie

23. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates owensoundhub.org On transitioning to a composite fire service… “Yes, in theory, I would rather see an agreement with neighboring municipalities to help reduce the financial stress for all parties.” ~ Travis Dodd “In principle, maybe, but not without more investigation. My research indicates little savings and higher insurance costs. Other councils have not been convinced and problem is not new. Red flag?” ~ Bryan Gibbons “I support the theory of O.S. transitioning from a full time to composite fire service. Current costs are not sustainable for taxpayers with the province partly to blame.” ~ Scott Greig

24. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates owensoundhub.org On transitioning to a composite fire service… “I would only be willing to do this if the potential effects this would have on the residents is determined and we would not jeopardize the safety of our community.” ~ Marion Koepke “Yes provided the new system will provide good fire protection to City residents and consideration be given to grandfathering existing positions.” ~ Peter Lemon “Yes with a regional approach.” ~ Colleen Purdon “A composite fire service, combining with the Inter Township Department or even more regionally across the entire County is worth exploring. Any model that ensures public safety and is cost effective has my support.” ~ Jim McManaman

25. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates Do you believe Owen Sound’s harbour should be owensoundhub.org divested to a third party owner? YES NO Unsure/It Depends (see next section)

26. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates On the harbour being divested from the federal government to a third-party owner rather than the city of Owen Sound… “Yes, provided, public access is always maintained.” ~ Deb Haswell “The city should pursue ownership if cost and operations are feasible.” ~ Ruth Lovell Stanners “The harbour is owned by the Federal government. The City has a stake in the harbour but would not want to stand in the way of private development.” ~ David Adair “I want to see harbour dredging and divestiture DONE, whichever way it happens. City ownership is likely best.” ~ John Christie owensoundhub.org

27. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates On the harbour being divested from the federal government to a third-party owner rather than the city of Owen Sound… “There are too many variables for this to be a yes-no answer, the harbour is extremely important and all parties need to be at the table: city, federal government, private interests.” ~ Francesca Dobbyn “The City isn’t in a position to take on the financial implications of a harbour, nor do we have the expertise to manage an active harbor.” ~ Travis Dodd “No, just too expensive to maintain. Federal Responsibility, navigable water way. It is our life blood and Ottawa says no way. Maybe need to rethink support ?” ~ Bryan Gibbons “I believe in mixed usage for our harbour. Owen Sound does not have the resources or expertise for management of the harbour.” ~ Scott Greig owensoundhub.org

28. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates On the harbour being divested from the federal government to a third-party owner rather than the city of Owen Sound… “If we could divest only portions of the harbour to make it a viable venture for our economy I would be in favour.” ~ Marion Koepke “I believe it can be done with the City having partners with the skills we lack.” ~ Peter Lemon “I believe that Owen Sound’s Harbour should continue to be owned and operated by the Federal government. If that isn’t possible, divesture should only occur with the key principles the City has outlined to the Federal government.” ~ Jim McManaman owensoundhub.org

29. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates On the harbour being divested from the federal government to a third-party owner rather than the city of Owen Sound… “Yes, if the third party is not for profit organization. The harbour and harbour lands should remain publicly owned. I would like to see a harbour authority run the harbour.” ~ Colleen Purdon “If the City is unable to do so, yes.” ~ Richard Thomas “Preferably no, I believe it should remain federal. Unfortunately the long-term liability for the city to take ownership (multi-millions of dollars) is not something our taxpayers can afford.” ~ Bill Twaddle owensoundhub.org

30. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates Do you support the maintenance or expansion owensoundhub.org of our current transit system? YES NO Unsure/It Depends (see next section)

31. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates On maintenance or expansion of our transit service… “I support the maintenance of our current transit system.” ~ Ian Boddy “I support the expansion of our transit system.” ~ Ruth Lovell Stanners “I have always supported good and better transit for the city and now the region, and my record shows it.” ~ John Christie “I believe in the maintenance of our current transit system, the system is essential for individuals from all generations within the community.” ~ Travis Dodd owensoundhub.org

32. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates On maintenance or expansion of our transit service… “I believe that increasing usage of the transit system is vital. Small changes such as going to the Grey County Mall meet customer’s expectations and requests.” ~ Scott Greig “We need to have in place an economical business plan for transit service so it is a viable service and not let it become a burden on the taxpayers.” ~ Marion Koepke “Yes and grow the system going to the Sunset Strip” ~ Peter Lemon owensoundhub.org

33. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates On maintenance or expansion of our transit service… “Yes, and we need regional transit, and better transit links to urban communities to the south as well.” ~ Colleen Purdon “The transit system is essential to many and must be maintained. But I also firmly believe cost saving measures can make the service more financially viable for the City taxpayer.” ~ Jim McManaman owensoundhub.org

34. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates Do you believe the City of Owen Sound is a friendly environment for new and existing business? YES NO Unsure/It Depends (see next section) owensoundhub.org

35. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates owensoundhub.org On Owen Sound’s business-friendliness… “We can always do more to streamline approvals process.” ~ Deb Haswell “Yes but can always be improved.” ~ David Adair “No, Owen Sound has not been as open to, and for business as it needs to be. We have a shoddy reputation, and we need to fix it.” ~ John Christie “There seems to be distrust amongst the business community and the City. The City has a bad rapport with some of the large development companies from past projects.” ~ Travis Dodd

36. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates owensoundhub.org On Owen Sound’s business-friendliness… “Some improvement needed but that works two ways. No regulation creates chaos. Too much stagnates growth. The middle ground needs to be found. Remember, respect is an earned commodity.” ~ Bryan Gibbons “The current state of Owen Sound is not as customer friendly as it needs to be. There is a lack of comprehension how efficient and more streamlined that city hall must become to receive new investment.” ~ Scott Greig “Owen Sound needs to look at the type of business it wants to attract to be sustainable and focus on more remote technically based businesses, small manufacturing and small business.” ~ Marion Koepke “We must become a say yes community” ~ Peter Lemon

37. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates owensoundhub.org On Owen Sound’s business-friendliness… “City Hall must always strive to improve its development process to be encourage more investment. I believe Council’s role is to create a climate which allows business to grow and prosper. We must grow the tax base.” ~ Jim McManaman “We need to do more outreach and attract newcomers, new Canadians, young entrepreneurs, and be a more dynamic, supportive and welcoming city.” ~ Colleen Purdon “YES but there is always room for improvement.” ~ Bill Twaddle

38. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates Do you support the Tom Thomson Art Gallery’s plan to incorporate as a not-for-profit entity separate from the city? YES NO Unsure/It Depends (see next section) owensoundhub.org

39. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates On supporting the Tom Thomson’s plan to separate from the city to become a not-for-profit corporation… “I support all our institutions achieving maximum potential as long as all conditions can be met.” ~ Ian Boddy “This will allow the gallery more funding opportunities and reduce the financial support needed from the city.” ~ Deb Haswell “This is quite possibly a good idea, but I would want clarity around ownership of paintings and city’s expected contribution, as well as a business plan and legal advice.” ~ Ruth Lovell Stanners “I support all departments of the City exploring new and innovative ways of doing business. I support the Gallery investigating this.” ~ David Adair owensoundhub.org

40. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates On supporting the Tom Thomson’s plan to separate from the city to become a not-for-profit corporation… “I believe it is a good idea but I need more and better information.” ~ Arlene Wright “I cannot answer to the Art Gallery issue until more is known. In principle, it sounds good, but it is early.” ~ John Christie “While I believe the intention has merit, the process and the outstanding questions of ownership, consultation with the Gallery membership as well as future plans have not been clear, more information and consultation with the community is needed.” ~ Francesca Dobbyn owensoundhub.org

41. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates On supporting the Tom Thomson’s plan to separate from the city to become a not-for-profit corporation… “There are clarification issues that need to be resolved regarding ownership and the amount of funding from the City, but I do support the notion to expand the gallery.” ~ Travis Dodd “Further information relating to finance and the collection is needed. Membership wants control but continued support. How does that work? Sounds like a good idea but is it sustainable?” ~ Bryan Gibbons “I believe that the plan for incorporation has involved smart and educated contributors who have provided valuable research for consideration. Utilizing that I support the direction provided.” ~ Scott Greig owensoundhub.org

42. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates On supporting the Tom Thomson’s plan to separate from the city to become a not-for-profit corporation… “I will need more information on this matter and would only be in favour if this move will benefit the gallery and Owen Sound will not be losing one of its assets.” ~ Marion Koepke “Council approved ‘in principle’ the gallery board investigating further the idea, based on several core principles. It could become much more successful, so I am in favour of investigation and consultation with public.” ~ Jim McManaman “Yes as long as there is a strong partnership agreement with the City.” ~ Colleen Purdon owensoundhub.org

43. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates On supporting the Tom Thomson’s plan to separate from the city to become a not-for-profit corporation… “Possibly. It may be the best idea moving forward, but the Gallery has been unable to communicate effectively to garner the kind of public support it will require to proceed.” ~ Richard Thomas “YES, providing the principles established by council can all be met.” ~ Bill Twaddle owensoundhub.org

44. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates owensoundhub.org Information for Voters You can vote in the City of Owen Sound municipal election if you are: • a Canadian citizen, and • at least 18 years old, and • a resident of the City of Owen Sound, or • a non-resident owner or tenant of land in the City of Owen Sound, or their spouse, and • not prohibited from voting under any law. Are you on the Voter’s List? Check online at the City of Owen Sound website. See all Acceptable Documents for Voter Identification here.

45. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates owensoundhub.org Where to Vote For the 2014 municipal election the City of Owen Sound will have 5 full day Voting Locations in addition to specialty polls, which will be set up at retirement homes and long-term care facilities in the city. The five voting locations for Voting Day are: • Royal Canadian Legion, 1450 2nd Avenue West • Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre, 1900 3rd Avenue East • First Christian Reformed Church, 201 4th Avenue West • Alliance Church, 440 7th Avenue East • Owen Sound & North Grey Union Library, 824 1st Ave West The Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre will have additional technology features which will allow persons with disabilities to vote independently. (from the City of Owen Sound website)

46. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates owensoundhub.org The Fluoride Plebiscite This year, voters in the City of Owen Sound will be asked to vote on whether the city should discontinue the practice of adding fluoride to the public water supply. There has been confusion over the way the question is phrased on the ballot, which is: “Are you in favour of the discontinuation of fluoride in the municipal drinking water?” If you vote ‘Yes,’ you are telling the city to stop fluoridating the water. If you vote ‘No,’ you are telling the city to continue fluoridating the water. At least 50% of voters must answer the question for the vote to be binding. Answering the fluoride question is not mandatory.

47. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates Visit Owen Sound Hub for community news, commentary, and multimedia reporting on the issues that matter to Owen Sound residents. Or, join us around the web: owensoundhub.org

48. Owen Sound Election 2014 Voters Guide to Candidates owensoundhub.org Designed and compiled by miranda-miller.com

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