The top 5 things that Christopher Gilmer Ward 2 Area Councillor Candidate advocates for:
A new wave has begun in Caledon. Companies like Amazon and Canadian Tire have (and will) move in, offsetting our tax base. People are working from home and starting new businesses off of their dining room tables and off of their families lands. We have a tremendous opportunity and responsibility to make sure that we are doing what it takes to support the responsible development of our town. Not only does this include broadband connections, but also includes sourcing and talking to potentially good business partnerships, and supporting our local home grown business talent. As a business owner who consults on the building and development of companies, we have a lot of room to refine and grow responsibly in this area.
Libraries and Community Hubs
Libraries are the hub of any community. Contributing to society by being something more than just books. Not only do they provide a gathering place, they are enablers of creative and artistic expressions, as well as a place to share and learn together as a community. As a member of the Caledon Library Board of Directors, I believe that we have an opportunity to grow our network of libraries into not only an advocate and launch pad for economic growth potentials, but as all encompassing hubs of communities for all ages.
Parks and Recreation for all
As our communities within our community grow, so should the facilities that are associated with them. This is where we have the opportunity to preserve and provide enough green space for families to enjoy, and recreation facilities for residents and their pets to stay active and healthy. These areas should meet the needs of the residents that call this area home – not what someone drew up because its a standard. A common voice should be heard and advocate on behalf of what our residents in the area enjoy as recreational activities – building spaces to meet their needs and the needs of new growth.
Seniors Living and Affordable housing
Over 60% of the population of Caledon residents are over the age of 65. With a number of these residents looking to downsize, where do they go? Brampton, Mississauga, and Toronto. They shouldn’t. They should stay right here in Caledon – close to their family, friends and land they love. With two senior living buildings currently under construction in Bolton and one in Southfields, we are slowly getting there. This is just a start, we need a lot more to accommodate these citizens and young homebuyers or those entering the market – especially on our quickly growing west side!
As our community continues to grow, so do the communities around us. Not only does this cause extra strains on our town roads, but it opens the doors to more questions about smart transportation alternatives. Serving on the Board of Directors of Caledon Community Services has also made it more clear for me over the years that having access to reliable transportation for disabled or senior citizens is crucial for our community.
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