MORRISBURG – Candidates for municipal council in South Dundas took to the stage at the Upper Canada Playhouse October 15th for their third and final all candidates meeting. The series of meetings were hosted by the South Dundas Chamber of Commerce. Nearly 250 people attended the two-hour-long meeting, asking questions and hearing the responses from the 11 candidates.
Below are select questions and responses from the candidates, as well as the candidates’ opening statements.
Opening remarks from the two mayoral candidates and three deputy-mayoral candidates.
Opening remarks from the six councillor candidates.
Question about how well a new council will work with new members elected.
Question about business attraction. Answered by Delegarde and Mellan.
Question about landfills and possible solutions to garbage problem including incineration.
Question about Forward House.
Question about the use of volunteer building trades, and about the environmental assessment by Ontario for the proposed changes to the Highway 401 and County Road 31 bridge that is underway.
Question about business retention and attraction, specifically about how many 50+ employee businesses were brought to South Dundas. Answered by Delegarde and Byvelds.
Follow up question about the possible eviction of the tenant at Carman House.
Question about use of revenue received from sales of legal cannabis in South Dundas. Answered by Byvelds and Gardner.
Question about why current members of council supported a motion to oppose Ontario Bill 148. Answered by Delegarde and Ewing.
Question about affordable long-term care options in the community. Answered by Delegarde and Byvelds.
Question about recreation, building a community pool, and recruiting doctors. Answered by Byvelds and Delegarde.
Question of why most of the new candidates for council had not attended council meetings before. Answered by Latulippe, Burton, and Lewis.
Affordable Child Care – Delegarde and Byvelds