Integrity and Transparency

This campaign is my fifth election campaign. Yes, I ran three times for City Council and then – when I was convinced I was never going to do it again – I ran a fourth time. My fourth run was for Regional Council, and the decision to run came after Regional Council spent four solid years (2014-2018) engaging in what I’ll just call extremely problematic behaviour and decision-making. (Also my father-in-law had been telling me for years that I should run for Regional, rather than City, Council).

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Affordable Housing

In 2021, the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis presented to Regional Council that resolving Niagara’s affordable housing crisis would cost $60 billion. For contrast, the Region’s overall operational budget is approximately $1.1 billion.

The tweet says: “When it comes to the housing and homelessness crisis, the feds have the money, the provinces have the jurisdiction and the cities have the problems.” — @MikeSavageHFX, emphasizing the need for all levels of govt to solve affordable housing crisis in cities #FCM2022AC #CDNmuni

Whilst it’s imperative that we continue to find ways to increase our stock of affordable housing in Niagara – and this past term of Council did make some headway – we cannot solve this problem alone.

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Niagara Poverty Reduction Strategy

Asking Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark, about Niagara’s Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative funding, something I had been part of a delegation about with his Parliamentary Assistant, Parm Gill, earlier in the day

When I campaigned in 2018, I promised to work on a Niagara-specific Poverty Reduction Strategy.

The idea of developing a poverty reduction strategy for Niagara was not, initially, well-received, so I focused on issues around the Housing and Homelessness Action Plan, investing in affordable housing projects, advocating for Niagara’s fair share of Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative funding, and the Niagara Prosperity Initiative grant program.

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