Vote for positive leadership on Monday

It’s been an honour and a privilege to serve as your Mayor of Waterloo these past four years. With only hours to go before the polls open on Monday, I’m taking a few moments to pause and reflect on what we’ve accomplished together in the last term but more importantly, what work we have left to do. I’m running for Mayor because I love Waterloo. Over my term in office, we initiated the development of a new East Side Library,…

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Uptown Intensification and Zoning

Background on 2005 decisions  Many Uptown residents are concerned that the next 25 storey building is going to be built next door, as the sites are randomly rezoned. That is not the case. Here’s how zoning sets the rules on where large buildings can go. Waterloo is a growing city. Cities can either sprawl on to farmland or grow upward. We have reached our borders and so we must intensify our land use, per provincial requirements. Back around 2005, an…

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Getting around Waterloo

Getting around the city is a subject that comes up often as I speak to residents. My vision is that you should be able to get around our community safely with any form of transportation. Over the past term, we have created an award-winning asset management system at the City of Waterloo. It helps us forecast future needs and allows us to prioritize areas for repair, maintenance and expansion. Whenever the City starts a road project, we aim for “complete…

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Preserving, protecting and adapting to our environment

We’ve made incredible strides together in preserving, protecting and adapting to our changing environment. You’ve told me that making Waterloo a great place to work and play is important to you – that includes ensuring we have vibrant and viable spaces to do just that. Over the past four years, we’ve been focused on tangible actions that enable us to live sustainably, including: Installing electric vehicle charging stations at city hall and other locations Creating energy from dog waste (and…

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Tackling homelessness in Waterloo with affordable housing

It’s not about getting people off the streets, it’s about supporting people to create homes. That is something I believe in wholeheartedly. There are five factors for ending homelessness: adequate housing, income, support, belonging in the community and personal space At least 300 people are homeless in our community, according to our last count. We’ve created a plan at the regional level to help end chronic homelessness. The aim of the plan is to ensure anyone impacted by homelessness who…

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