Glenn Swinton’s Comment On All candidates meeting draws large crowd in Amherstburg

Glenn Swinton’s comment to the Windsor Star article is:
My apologies for anyone looking to connect with me that evening. The chamber was made aware well in advance that I was unable to attend their event. The Windsor Star’s report of me being a “no-show” was false. If there was a place set for me at the event it could have only been with ill intentions. As always, I am available 24/7 on my provided cell phone or via email for anyone who wishes to talk.

Aldo DiCarlo’s Comment On No Commitment To Remove OPP Clause In Police Contract

In response to the Commentary, “No Commitment To Remove OPP Clause In Police Contract,” Aldo DiCarlo’s comment is:

This is an issue that I have spent a considerable amount of time on, specifically because of the large potential savings, $1M or more. At last night’s debate, Deputy Mayor Suttherland stated that an OPP costing takes at least 18 months. As a taxpaying resident, not a just a mayoral candidate, this both angers and frustrates me. If it does indeed take this amount of time, why then did not a single council member make the motion to request the OPP costing. If one of them did, I would like to know who and why it was voted down. ALL contracts have an expiry date. Did a single one of the current council members do their due diligence in requesting an OPP costing early enough so that we could have reviewed our options now that the contract is being negotiated? I believe the answer is no, and I’d be happy to be wrong.

Aldo DiCarlo Only Mayoral Candidate To Answer Dr. Lloyd Brown-John’s Questions

Dr. Lloyd Brown-John prepared a series of Questions for the Amherstburg Chamber of Commerce related to Financial issues. There were two sets of questions; one for prospective Council members and more complex questions for Deputy and Mayor candidates.

The questions were posted here and sent to the candidates on September 19; although the Chamber of Commerce may not have used them, of the four Mayoral Candidates, Aldo DiCarlo is the only one who answered them: Dr. C. Lloyd Brown-John’s Questions To The Candidates – Aldo DiCarlo Answers.

New OPP Billing Model for Municipalities

The new model, which takes effect January 1, 2015, reflects input from the Auditor General and municipalities to more fairly and transparently distribute policing costs.

Quick Facts

  • The OPP provides policing services to 324 Ontario municipalities.
  • The current OPP billing model was introduced in 1998 and has not been updated in 17 years.
  • The OPP acted on the Auditor General’s 2012 report in revising the billing model.
  • The average per property cost for OPP services in 2015 is estimated to be $355, compared to an average of $787 (estimated) for self-policed municipalities.

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Newsroom

Question 40 For The Candidates

The following question has been submitted by a reader of the burg watch via the feedback form on the Ask The Candidates page:

Question 40:  Have you ever been personally declared bankrupt or been in a position of authority of a business that has been declared bankrupt?  Do you feel a bankruptcy declaration precludes candidates from running for municipal office?

Joshua Rene Answers Questions 31, 32

31.  Post Amalgamation Benefits
Amherstburg should not begin and end with its down town core! All residents should enjoy the benefits of being a part of this community. If elected I will do my best to ether work with the money available, or put plans in motion so that we can finally feel like one Amherstburg.                                                          

32.  Commit To Kingsbridge Improvements
As I mentioned in my previous answer I will do everything I can to bring together all the communities here in Amherstburg. Unfortunately with our debt so very high and our reserve accounts so very low, the next four years of Council will be about cleaning house and guiding Amherstburg back to where it truly belongs.

All answers to date are also on the candidate answers page.

Joshua Rene Answers Questions 34 To 39

34.  Two CAOs Pay?
A long line is right. I have stated before that Mr. Phipps should stay for the bare minimum once our new C.A.O takes over. The residents are demanding change! The general consensus is out with the old and in with the new! Mr. Phipps is a part of the old.

35.  Development Fees Collected?
Building a sustainable Amherstburg will require working hand in hand with the developers of these projects. Before undertaking any projects the town and developer must sit down and hammer out a contract. With clear and concise terms this protects the town from less then perfect developers, but also the tax payers who can literally pay no more! We have to start putting our residents first.

36.  Special Development Deals?
Agreed. No one should ever get special treatment.

37.  Where Are Our Voter Notifications?
Accountability,  accountability, accountability!  My wife and I just received our cards yesterday. There are still people I know who haven’t received theirs yet. No voter cards = low voter turnout.

38. Preferential Treatment?
Absolutely not! Equal treatment for everyone!

39.  Straightforward Answer Sought Re CAO
I believe that Mr. Phipps should stay on for the bare minimum. Simply this is this person, that is that department. That’s it! We CANNOT afford two C.A.O’s on payroll. Mr. Phipps though I do believe had good intentions, is part of the problem at town hall.

All answers to date are also on the candidate answers page.

14 Days To Go!

What do you think? Do you know the candidates well enough? How many have earned your vote? Did you remember that you do not have to vote for candidates for all seven seats?

Candidate Evaluation Resources:

Candidate Answers page

Which Candidates Are Answering Questions as of October 4; will be updated again.

Call Your Candidates – A list of phone numbers

Yes/No/Maybe Candidate Selection Checklist

Candidate Profiles – links from their names on the right side of the blog to the RTT pages

The Windsor Star Candidate Profiles

Candidate Evaluation Guide by Sherril Guthrie

Candidate Evaluation Guide by Paul Hertel

The Quiz at the ACRG website – who said what and when?

The Gang of Four (ACRG) – how current council members voted in the last 11 months

Media Links from the ACRG:

River Town Times questions to candidates and their answers:
Mayor candidates
Deputy Mayor candidates
Councillor candidates

.. “Ron Sutherland speaks” Blackburn News, Jason Viau click here

.. “Aldo DiCarlo speaks” Blackburn News, Jason Viau click here

Glenn Swinton Answers Question 39: Straightforward Answer Sought Re CAO

NO. If the proper referencing has been completed to verify the past performance and credentials of the new C.A.O. coming in, they should be a qualified enough individual to know what they are walking into. They should be prepared to do the job of a C.A.O. without the need for “on the job training”. If they need to be directed from Mr. Phipps then we obviously have hired the wrong person for the position. I think that hiring a new C.A.O. before the new council is elected is plain stupid. We’ve gone this far and clearly the majority of our current council has no clue what they should be looking for. In the plain english your asking for… another “hurry up lets vote” asinine decision.

All answers to date are posted on the Candidate Answers page.

Question 39: Straightforward Answer Sought Re CAO

A Question submitted via the feedback form, is below and has been added to all the questions to date on the Ask The Candidates page.

What I’m looking for here is a straight forward yes or no answer with your reasons why? Do not want a politically correct answer from someone pursuing a seat and trying not to offend anyone but also at the same time, not answering the question. There have been many of the candidates who have mentioned the 41 items or areas of concern brought forward from the Deloitte review. Are these not 41 issues of concern that have happened under our present CAO/consultant? This is a person hired because of his experience and knowledge of municipal procedures. Is this the same person we want teaching our new CAO? How long do we continue to pay Mr. Phipps once the new CAO comes on board? Either yes you want him to stay on or no, you do not see the need? Your reasons are?

If or when candidates respond, their answers will be posted on the Candidate Answers page.

Question For Jason Lavigne

A Question submitted via the feedback form, is below and has been added to all the questions to date on the Ask The Candidates page.

It was publicly mentioned that Councillor Candidate Jason Lavigne has declared personal bankruptcy TWICE in the past. Although he seems very vocal on a lot of issues, can he reflect on these allegations so that the public can be assured that he is a good choice for a town that already has financial issues?

If or when candidates respond, their answers will be posted on the Candidate Answers page.