Please vote for me on October 27th. I care for King Township's future.

I Want This Job!

I Want This Job!
Why am I running for Council?

I’ve been wanting to run again since the 2010 election, when I ran for the first time. My reasons haven’t changed much: for the most part they focus on the challenges of growth, pure and simple. King is such a gem in Southern Ontario, I love all of our communities, this is such a great place for my Wife Tracy and Daughter Brianna to work, play, create, exercise, learn, and enjoy life. We’ve made many deep friendships here I know we’ll have for decades to come.

Yet we learned early on in our residency that our rural, green and village-based lifestyles are under threat. Growth in the GTA is among the highest in Canada, and we struggle constantly to find the right balance between conservation and development. The tools we’ve had at our disposal to shape growth, enrich our village life and move toward complete communities have been dull at best. There’s vast opportunity for improvement.

I want to be at the Council table as a vote, not merely an advocate addressing Council as I have as Concerned Citizens of King Township (CCKT) Chair.

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What is Positive Leadership?

What is Positive Leadership?
It’s three things that will form my approach to working with Council:
  • Present a positive, strong, informed voice for Ward 4.
  • Contribute positively to the quality and commitment of Council.
  • Promote a positive vision that assures sustainable economic growth and preservation of our environment.

 

This is the kind of leadership I believe we require in Ward 4  – positive and active.

 

I will make a positive leadership difference to Ward 4 and King Township

 
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2014 Campaign Platform: My VISION for Ward 4 and King

2014 Campaign Platform:  My VISION for Ward 4 and King
My VISION  for Ward 4 and King:
 
A sustainable, responsibly planned and complete community that fosters growth and preservation of our ENVIRONMENT and CULTURAL HERITAGE.

 

Our love for our natural environment and cultural heritage in King I believe form the cornerstones of healthy, vibrant communities AND my Vision for Ward 4 and King.

Ward 4 and King require a proactive, adaptive and modern approach to realize the opportunities available to us in the coming years.

To do so, we need a VISION, and a plan to implement it.  And that “plan” is my 7-POINT PLATFORM.

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2014 Campaign Platform: 1) PRESERVE: Environment + GROW: Cultural Heritage

2014 Campaign Platform:  1) PRESERVE: Environment  +  GROW:  Cultural Heritage
I will fully support, defend and provide input to King’s recommendations to the upcoming 2015 Reviews of the Oak Ridges Moraine and Greenbelt Conservation Plans.

 

I will not support any measure that seeks, directly or indirectly, to reduce in size or scope the protections afforded by these Plans. They are critical to our rural lifestyle.

 

I will support initiatives that grow and enhance our cultural heritage, including our thriving arts and cultural sector; heritage protections and education; and growing tourism, including eco-tourism destinations within King.
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2014 Campaign Platform: 2) STIMULATE: Economic Development

2014 Campaign Platform:  2) STIMULATE: Economic Development
I’ll work with Council, staff and our Regional & Provincial industry and tourism partners to:

 

- Create sustainable and profitable industry on the nearly 200 acres of currently zoned industrial lands that respect our natural heritage and, where possible, leverage our small town/rural lifestyle.

 

- Make tourism and eco-tourism a sustainable and growing source of wealth to Schomberg and area residents and businesses.

 

- Champion, educate and promote our new Community Improvement Plans for the Schomberg business and tourist core.

 

- Support the redevelopment initiative of the old Schomberg Arena lands into an interim care facility. However should these negotiations not result in a contract (uncertain at present) I will motion to Council that we open up the Request for Expressions of Interest (ROI) once again, and advertised it more broadly, to attract more creative business proposals that may allow more direct enjoyment by our community.

Note that my economic development plan in no way recommends nor requires the expansion of our village boundaries, or the reduction in Moraine or Greenbelt lands (a pledge I have taken – click here).

JUMP STARTING KING’S ENGINES OF PROSPERITY

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Toxic Dirt Dumped in Ontario’s Prime Farmland

Toxic Dirt Dumped in Ontario’s Prime Farmland
Once elected I commit to ensure that King’s already strong landfill bylaw is is stringently enforced to protect our valuable lands that include 70% Oak Ridges Moraine and 30% Greenbelt designations. 

 

I commit to working with all Southern Ontario municipalities, environmental groups and Government ministries to ensure that landfill is (finally) properly regulated.

 
Toxic Dirt Dumped in Ontario’s Prime Farmland” is the title of an anticipated Toronto Star investigative article, written by Moira Welsh, that was just published today.  It’s an excellent article and I want to encourage you to read it. This is going all around us in Schomberg and King – just look at the multitude of dump trucks passing through the Highway 9 and 27 intersection on any given day of the week.

READ THE ARTICLE ON THESTAR.COM HERE

Most notably, Environment Minister Glen Murray told the Star in this interview that better controls are needed to deal with what he terms a “serious issue”, one that for him is at “the top of environmental and economic concerns” in Ontario.

To my knowledge this is the first I’ve heard him acknowledge the complexity and seriousness of this issue. This is an excellent step forward, as so far the Environment Ministry has been sticking to its guns that its current regulatory framework is adequate to manage landfill in Ontario. In my opinion nothing could be further than the truth, so I’m refreshed by Minister Murray’s statement.

That’s it for the good news.

This excellent piece of investigative journalism highlights the sheer magnitude of the landfill issue in Southern Ontario.

Landfill seriously impacts bylaw enforcement and land use planning issues critical to the environment and OUR health — not just King, not just York Region — but ACROSS SOUTHERN ONTARIO.

As recent Chair of Concerned Citizens of King Township, I’m very familiar with this area and I’ve done quite a bit of research om it, as well as networking with other concerned environmental groups.

Landfill in and of itself isn’t an issue: it’s the lack of an effective regulatory regime – from shovel to truck to landfill site – to ensure that these materials aren’t contaminated with pollutants and contaminants that will impact not just our water table and aquifers, but those downstream (the city!) who rely on this water for their survival.

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2014 Campaign Platform: 3) MANAGE: Responsible Growth

2014 Campaign Platform:  3)  MANAGE:  Responsible Growth
I’ll work with Council and Staff to ensure that:

 

- Future residential, commercial and industrial development is well integrated and in harmony within our existing communities.

 

- Developers clearly know what commitments they must meet in order to properly assess and plan for projects within King.

 

- Our planning “tools”, including the King Official Plan and Schomberg Plan, are effectively re-written within the Official Plan Review Process to ensure they have “teeth” as planning AND enforcement tools.

 

- Our planning efforts anticipate the evolving needs of YOU, our current and future residents, including public transit availability, senior-assisted living, recreation facilities, visible minority accommodation, and accessibility.

 
I’m dedicated to responsible growth in King. No doubt we’ve grown in 4 years and we’ll have to grow more in the coming decade, especially within King’s three main villages – King City, Nobleton and Schomberg.

If we’re going to have a sustainable community, we do need to build our economic base in King. We need jobs, higher-income ones preferably, and this requires some development. I really believe it can be done in a manner respectful of our environment, and that’s the voice I want to bring to King. That’s part of what I think’s been missing.

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2014 Campaign Platform: 4) CONTROL: Debt Load and Tax Rate Growth

2014 Campaign Platform:  4) CONTROL:  Debt Load and Tax Rate Growth
I’ll work with Council and Township staff to:

 

- Continue the trend to remedy the risks caused by the Township’s excessive deficit spending from previous Councils.

 

- Produce realistic, effective budgets that significantly address our need for proper fiscal management.

 

- With financial responsibility, our need to increase taxes beyond the rate of inflation are mitigated.

 

- Developer Contributions (DC’s) must indeed rise for all classes of development to move toward sustainable lifecycle funding of our infrastructure investments.

 

- With an increased industrial tax base (see STIMULATE: Economic Development) our need to increase residential taxes beyond the rate of inflation are similarly mitigated.

 
In 2010 King was in a near-perfect storm: We’d becoming increasingly indebted as a community while at the same time, economic growth had stalled (and to a large extent, still is).

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2014 Campaign Platform: 5) ENFORCE: Bylaws

2014 Campaign Platform:  5) ENFORCE: Bylaws
I’ll work with Council and Township staff to:
- Address glaring and ongoing bylaw enforcement issues in the Ward.

 

- Create better tools to guide how our communities are built and function.

 

- Invest in specific measures to assist in bylaw enforcement where justified through a transparent process of identifying alternative measures.

 
We’re proud of our villages and towns and yet we don’t always appear to be “on the same page”.

Businesses and residences co-exist in close proximity in the villages. Some practices are a reminder of our past, but also difficult stumbling blocks toward the Schomberg, Pottageville and Lloydtown of the future.

Some timely examples:

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2014 Campaign Platform: 6) ADVANCE: A Youth and Seniors Vision for Ward 4

2014 Campaign Platform:  6) ADVANCE:  A Youth and Seniors Vision for Ward 4
Evolving Resident Needs

 

I will work to ensure that our recreation and land planning efforts account for the evolving needs of our residents:

 

- Like much of Canada, our population is aging and our needs are changing.

 

- We also have a growing youth population in Ward 4, and I’m witnessing a percentage of them without anything to do outside of school, not anywhere to go.

 

- Our cultural make-up is also changing, and will continue to do so in the decades ahead.  We’ll welcome increasing immigrant populations who have special needs until they can become accustomed to our communities.

 

An Aging Population

Older residents require various levels of senior-assisted living.  To some extent Schomberg has become an excellent focal point for downsizing families, and this trend will likely continue.

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2014 Campaign Platform: 7) GET ENGAGED! My Web and Social Media Communications Plan

2014 Campaign Platform:  7) GET ENGAGED!  My Web and Social Media Communications Plan
“Have we, as Ward 4 constituents, been informed over the last 4 years?
How about the last 7? Or 10?”

 

“Have we been asked on an ongoing basis
what we think, value and want?”

 

This is the last of my campaign platform components. I’ve made it so as I believe it’s critically important that beyond whatever policies, programs and strategies I might support as your Councillor in Ward 4.

Post-election I promise to regularly engage my constituents (that’s you!) when and where YOU choose. 

I’m leveraging the power of my social media (especially this very blog) to get my messaging across.

For weeks now I’ve been knocking on doors and talking to voters, leaving literature to read, making phone calls, placing ads in newspapers, even turning my car into a virtual election sign to engage voters on the multitude of issues and challenges facing King today.

But the most success I’ve had engaging voters, is with my continuing investment in social media – that is, this campaign blog (greglocke.ca), my Facebook Page and my Twitter feed. Voters who have experienced any of my online interactive media have engaged me and the issues like never before.

I started using social media with my 2010 campaign for Ward 4 and I’ve ramped it up even more as they’ve matured and grown.

I’m finding that voters are increasingly tech savvy, and this is true regardless of age, sex, or ethnic background.  Voters want currency of information, ease of choice and use in engagement, and especially, interactivity!

Voters want to know what other voters have to say on topics, and they want to comment themselves!  This is one of the great powers of social media I’ve brought to this campaign.

And it won’t stop here.

Once elected I’ll continue to engage with YOU, my constituents, using these tools on an ongoing basis, so we can learn, debate, and inform ourselves, when and in what media YOU choose.

I decided to announce my 7-point campaign platform individually, over the course of 7 days, ending today, Wednesday October 22nd).  Each day you saw a significant article published detailing one of my platform components.

My goal was to inspire daily online conversations with YOU: to read each day’s platform component post, think about it, read others’ thoughts on it, debate it, share it with friends – and on October 27th make an informed choice with your vote!

This is democracy taken to a whole new level and I’m delighted I will deliver this transparency and accountability to Ward 4. It’s a pleasure for me to provide this service to you, and it’s one I think you should demand from your Council representative.

Now, after all 7 of my platform components have been revealed, and with discussion and feedback – here’s my pitch:

Please vote for me, Greg Locke, on October 27th:

Positive Leadership for Ward 4.

 

Thank you for your time, engagement  and thoughtfulness.

 

For those of you who are reading this for the first time and would like to Get Engaged with me on this blog and social media, below you’ll find some links and tips:

 

  • My Campaign Blog (here!): www.greglocke.ca

    Look for this in the right hand column ==>

    • SUBSCRIBE to email updates on the blog (see right hand column) to receive email notifications (so you won’t miss any!).
    • Note:  be sure to reply to the verification email to confirm your subscription.  Check your spam or junk mail folder if you don’t receive it.
    • READ and COMMENT on each daily platform announcement at the end of each article.

 

  • “Like” my Page.
  • Read and make comments on each daily platform announcement at the end of each “post” and/or click to see post on my campaign blog.
  • Twitter logo for links   My Twitter Feed: Twitter.com/Greg4Ward4
    • REGISTER to ”Follow” Greg’s Twitter feed.
    • CLICK on each day’s platform Tweet to learn more, RE-TWEET to your followers and read re-tweets to others.

 

Greg Locke - Positive Leadership King Council Ward 4 - HEADER

This is the 7th point of my 7-point 2014 Campaign Platform, released one day at a time commencing Thursday October 16th and ending Wednesday October 22nd on this campaign blog and my social media outlets.

 

You owe it to yourself to make an educated choice.

 

For more background on my social media platform release,
please read more here.

 

For my other platform components,
please read more here.
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Get Engaged Ward 4! I’m releasing my 2014 Campaign Platform on social media over 7 days

Get Engaged Ward 4!  I’m releasing my 2014 Campaign Platform on social media over 7 days

Read, comment, and see the interaction on my 7-POINT PLATFORM, released individually each morning until October 22nd.  A higher standard of interaction I’ll bring to Ward 4 as my standard practice.

“Have we, as Ward 4 constituents, been informed over the last 4 years? How about 7 years? 12 Years?” 

“Have we been asked on an ongoing basis what we think, value and want?”

I’m announcing today I want to engage voters (that’s you!) when and where YOU want to.  I’m leveraging the power of my social media (especially this very blog) to get my messaging across.

For weeks now I’ve been knocking on doors and talking to voters, leaving literature to read, making phone calls, placing ads in newspapers, even turning my car into a virtual election sign to engage voters on the multitude of issues and challenges facing King today.

But the most success I’m having engaging voters, is with my continuing investment in social media – that is, this campaign blog (greglocke.ca), my Facebook Page and my Twitter feed. Voters who have experienced any of my online interactive media have engaged me and the issues like never before. I started using social media with my 2010 campaign for Ward 4 and I’ve ramped it up even more as they’ve matured and grown.

I’m finding that voters are increasingly tech savvy, and this is true regardless of age, sex, or ethnic background.  Voters want currency of information, ease of choice and use in engagement, and especially, interactivity!

Voters want to know what other voters have to say on topics, and they want to comment themselves!  This is one of the great powers of social media I’ve brought to this campaign.

And it won’t stop here.  Once elected I’ll continue to engage with YOU, my constituents, using these tools on an ongoing basis, so we can learn, debate, and inform ourselves, when and in what media YOU choose.

This isn’t the first time I’ve utilized these tools:  I leveraged them extensively in the 201 campaign to help you make an informed choice:  Read More from the 2010 Aurora Banner article here.

Now onto the topic at hand:

I’ve been fine-tuning my 7-point campaign platform and I’ve chosen to announce each individually, over the course of 7 days, commencing Thursday October 16th (ending Wednesday the 22nd).  Each day you’ll see a significant article published detailing one of my platform components.

My goal is to inspire daily online conversations with Voters: please read each daily post, think about it, read others’ thoughts on it, debate it, share it with friends – and on October 27th make an informed choice with your vote!

This is democracy taken to a whole new level and I’m delighted I can deliver this transparency and accountability to Ward 4.

 

Please vote for me on October 27th :  Positive Leadership for Ward 4.

 

Here’s how to get engaged on my social media mix:

 

  • My Campaign Blog (here!): www.greglocke.ca

    Look for this in the right hand column ==>

    • SUBSCRIBE to email updates on the blog (see right hand column) to receive email notifications (so you won’t miss any!).
    • Note:  be sure to reply to the verification email to confirm your subscription.  Check your spam or junk mail folder if you don’t receive it.
    • READ and COMMENT on each daily platform announcement at the end of each article.

 

  • “Like” Greg’s page.
  • Read and make comments on each daily platform announcement at the end of each “post” and/or click to see post on my campaign blog.
  • Twitter logo for links   My Twitter Feed: Twitter.com/Greg4Ward4
    • REGISTER to ”Follow” Greg’s Twitter feed.
    • CLICK on each day’s platform Tweet to learn more, RE-TWEET to your followers and read re-tweets to others.

 

Greg Locke - Positive Leadership King Council Ward 4 - HEADER

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Official Plan Review: Come to Oct 8th Public Forum

Official Plan Review: Come to Oct 8th Public Forum

Wednesday (October 8th) join me at the Nobleton Arena (15 Old King Road) at 6:30 pm

As I detailed in my April campaign launch platform post , the Township’s upcoming Official Plan Review is a most critical undertaking for aligning our vision and goals for our villages and rural areas with our planning and other administrative tools.

Our current Official Plan dates from 1974!

I’ve been quoted in my tenure as Concerned Citizens of King Township Chair that our “planning tools are toothless”.  I remain true to this opinion, but not for long:  Our Official Plan and many of its supporting documents that support it, will be undergoing a thorough review and reconstruction.

The “tools” I refer to, though not exhaustively, include our:

  • Integrated Community Sustainability Plan
  • Economic Development Plan
  • Parks and Recreation Master Plan
  • Transportation Master Plan
  • Village Design Guidelines (one separate for all Hamlets and Schomberg, Nobleton and King City)
  • Township Bylaw (the “enabling” regulations that put all this visioning and requirements into law)
  • … not to mention our cultural heritage and accessibility tools.

This initiative will take well beyond the next Council term to complete.  Which is one reason why I’m positioning my candidacy as a 2-3 term (and full time) duration:  To fulfill my vision for Ward 4 and King Township will take at least this long.  Why?  Most importantly, this initiative will be demanding on both Staff and Council resources.  And it involves significant policy (read: political!) discussion and negotiation between Councillors.

 

I commit to be your FULL-TIME Councilor to make sure our needs are known and reflected in this new integrated planning tool.

 

IN THE MEANTIME  … you can help yourself and me understand and give input at the front-end of this process:

This coming Wednesday (October 8th) join me at the Nobleton Arena (15 Old King Road) at 6:30 pm for a public information and input session on this most noteworthy Official Plan Review.

Click here for the Township invitation (PDF).

See you there!

If you can’t make it, be assured I’ll be regularly updating you on the progress of this initiative and others in due time:  this blog will be my constituency blog post-election!

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Sustainability in Motion ==> Greenbelt Cycle Route Coming Right Through Schomberg & Pottageville!

Sustainability in Motion ==> Greenbelt Cycle Route Coming Right Through Schomberg & Pottageville!

Coming through King Township — specifically, Schomberg and Kettleby! Come all cyclists .. one and all! (Schomberg welcomes you).

The Waterfront Regeneration Trust has designed a route that passes right through King: Schomberg, Pottageville and Kettleby before continuing on the 19th through Newmarket.  (See images below).

The route, funded by our good friends at the Greenbelt Foundation, officially opens in August 2015.

If you’re adventurous you can take it now. Click the map for King I’ve clipped below that shows the complete route in detail. There’s a very slick interactive route map on route’s the website below.

What a great initiative to support tourism in alignment with our Sustainability Plan: This new cycling route passes right through King and will bring ever-increasing eco-tourism to our communities!

“Bicycle touring alone is already worth $300 million a year in Ontario, and the Ontario Greenbelt Route is ideally located to take advantage of an enormous urban market”, said Toronto Star journalist John Barber in the third of his 6 part series on the Greenbelt. Read the whole article on page A27 of the Oct. 27th Star.

I’ll work with Township Staff to ensure this route is improved from a safety perspective to ensure cyclists, pedestrians and vehicles alike can be well accommodated on the route through King, especially Schomberg where presently (and to no surprise!) traffic and parking along Main Street are problematic.

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Come to King Chamber of Commerce Candidates Forum ==> Thursday October 16th

Come to King Chamber of Commerce Candidates Forum ==> Thursday October 16th

Please come and hear my plan for business retention and growth in King!

The King Chamber of Commerce invites YOU to join the businesses of King, in a question and answer session regarding the future and retention of the business community in the Township.

This all-candidates’ forum takes place Thursday, Oct. 16 from 8 to 11 a.m. at Nobleton Lakes Golf Club.

This event is geared toward the entire business community of King, Chamber members and non-members.
Candidates (like your truly) will be  asked our thoughts and plans for sustaining local businesses and recruiting new ones.

How will I deal with issues that businesses have?   How will I make yourself available to the business owners in Ward 4?

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Come to CCKT Candidates’ Meetings!

Come to CCKT Candidates’ Meetings!

Just what you’ve been waiting for!  A chance to see, hear and meet your local candidates in a live venue.

Concerned Citizens of King Township (CCKT) is organizing a double venue for all King wards:

The first one is for candidates of Wards 4 (mine, that includes Schomberg, Pottageville and Lloydtown) 6 (“The Marsh”) and 3.  It’s set for:

Wednesday October 15th at 7:30 pm at the old Pottageville Lions’ Club Hall on the 7th Concession south of Lloydtown-Aurora Road.

The second is for Wards 2 (Nobleton) and 5 (King City west of Keele and Kettleby). It’s set for: 

Monday October 20th at 7:00 pm, at Villa Nova College, at 2480 15th Sideroad just west of Keele.

Here’s a link to the CCKT website for their Oct. 20th announcement.

Map to Villa Nova

See you there!

Greg

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Coming to your front door ….

Greg Locke Campaign Brochure - front

… soon!

 

I’ve completed my “Door Hanger” flyer to introduce myself to you and your neighbours!

This is the front of the Hanger to the left (for the back you’ll just have to wait and see!)

I’ve kept its content fairly “high level” so you’ll appreciate who I am and what my approach is to municipal politics in King.

If you’ve perused this campaign blog of mine at all, you’ll have quickly seen I have as much detail as most voters could possibly want!  (including comments from other voters).

If you’ve found one of these on your front door or garage door, I assure you I’ll return to introduce myself in person between now and the election on October 27th.

But you don’t have to wait until then.

Please Contact me and I’ll be happy to visit you in person, at a time of your convenience.

You can also engage with me on my campaign Facebook page, Twitter feed or read more about my background and interests on Linkedin.

See you soon!
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Organizational Announcement: CCKT Chair Greg Locke Stepping Down – Bruce Craig Incoming Interim Chair

Organizational Announcement:  CCKT Chair Greg Locke Stepping Down – Bruce Craig Incoming Interim Chair

After the last election in 2010, I engaged Concerned Citizens of King Township in order to further my interest and increase my knowledge and engagement with King’s environmental and sustainability issues. I became Chair in 2012.  A wonderful, challenging experience that has benefited me greatly.  I stepped down as Chair recently (and the CCKT Board) to pursue my desire to sit on Council to serve my community at this level of government.

Below is a link to CCKT’s announcement of my stepping down and departure from CCKT, as well as the appointment of my fellow Board member, Bruce Craig, as Interim Chair. (A similar version of this article appeared in the King Weekly Sentinel on September 18th 2014, Page 12).

Please click here to read this announcement on the CCKT website.

And feel free to browse around!  Lots of good stuff to learn about there! We are gifted in King with this 40+ year volunteer-driven organization that has preserved and enhanced our quality of life.

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I “Pimped My Ride” !

I “Pimped My Ride” !

You’ll know when I’m in your neighbourhood!

I had my car covered in vinyl to compliment my messaging and branding strategy for my election campaign!

And I kept it local:  Kettleby’s Kathy Cartan, owner of Motive Media, challenged her design and installation team to come up with this – well – eye catching design!  [My 2004 Honda is (was?) pure black underneath].

“Fine and Dandy” you say!  Well, I agree with you.

My desire to serve YOU, Ward 4 and all of King Township is much more than mere window dressing, which you’ll appreciate if you have, or will, take a few minutes to read more about my vision and platform!

I have made it a promise to myself (and to all Ward 4 constituents) that I will visit each and every home before election day.

Please Contact me if you would like me to visit you sooner, or merely discuss your issues and concerns for King!

 

Greg with Campaign Car

Vinyl wrap by Motive Media; Image by Robert Brown Photography

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I took the Greenbelt Pledge!

I took the Greenbelt Pledge!

I joined Municipal Leaders for the Greenbelt (MLGB) – 70 elected mayors and councillors from across the GTA – at Queen’s Park on June 23rd, urging the Ontario government to take some bold actions and stand up for Ontario’s green spaces, watersheds, farmland and natural heritage systems.

I was delighted and more than supportive to have been invited as a candidate to this event. As Chair of Concerned Citizens of King Township, I’ve been leading our Board to promote the protection and enhancement of our Greenbelt, Oak Ridges Moraine and Niagara Escarpment Plans.

The mandated reviews commencing in 2015 are critical to us in King, as 70% of our land mass is on the Moraine and 30% is on the Greenbelt.

As an Ontario Municipal Candidate, signing the MLGB Pledge is a “no-brainer” for me and I support it wholeheartedly. And I encourage all candidates to do so, not just in King, but across Ontario.

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A Great Month for Clean Soil Supporters!

A Great Month for Clean Soil Supporters!

If you’ve been following my previous posts on the egregious aerodrome-come-landfill operation at the old Volk Aerodrome in the Town of New Tecumseth on Highway 9, just west of Schomberg, you’ll appreciate these two recent developments that happened just recently:

1)  The first (of several) protests by concerned citizens at the aerodrome location took place June 4th, with me present.  There were over 70 protesters and media coverage was excellent.

Keep in mind that these lands are on the Oak Ridges Moraine in an area of identified aquifer vulnerability.  That means the waters flowing underneath them, that feed the wells of surrounding residents and many thousands of people downstream, are especially sensitive to contamination as well as from development that may alter or block aquifer direction.

2)  The City of Burlington was successful in defeating a higher court appeal brought by the aerodrome owner in that situation to quash the lower court finding that the City was within its rights to enforce its fill bylaw even though the lands in questions are federally regulated.  (Click here for coverage from The Burlington Post.)

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