the burg watch questionnaire – Molly Allaire

“I think one of my best qualities is access. I have been nothing but open and approachable. I have provided several outlets for residents to reach me. I will listen to the residents and try and choose the pathway that the majority chooses along with the one that is also cost effective for the town.” Continue reading Candidate Molly Allaire’s answers.

Candidate Marc Renaud – Open Air

As in the post, Candidate Linden Crain – Open Air, Candidate Marc Renaud’s position regarding Open Air has been public so I reached out to him too by email today:

In the Wednesday, July 27, 2022 River Town Times, your profile includes, Renaud supports Open Air Weekends in Amherstburg, believing that is an attraction for people to visit and a benefit to businesses.

On August 23, I emailed you, Will you remove barriers during Open Air weekends that block people with disabilities from driving to the bank, local stores, bars, and generally driving through town?

Your RTT profile also contains, Being accessible to residents is something Renaud stated he always tries to be. “I pride myself on getting answers for residents who call or e-mail as soon as I can,” he said. “No need to wait for the next council meeting to get answers.”

Renaud added he has been proud to serve the residents and looks forward to hearing concerns and questions.

Why not be transparent and answer the question?

Renaud’s unedited response:
Linda
Theres access to parking at precision jewelry parking lot 🚶‍♀️ Canada Post lots.Are open to driving into.  Allows walking to area businesses.. There’s access to the Legion lot.àn strèet parking.
The Navy yard parking is accessible to turn around spots and regular ,àcceble spots. All walking distance to areas business. So hopefully this  èxplains what’s happening during the open air week end
Marc Renaud

Confusing Or Credible Content

Voters like to make informed choices. ‘Do we trust the politicians’ changed to ‘do we trust the source?’ Is it misinformation? disinformation? copycats?

There were two Amherstburg Taxpayers Association Facebook pages – only one was official.

The town’s name is included in a number of sources but it is official?

There are a couple of Facebook pages with names that include Amherstburg election and Amherstburg votes but their identities are not publicly available.

One who is referred to as ‘Amherstburg’s local blogger’ does not publicly display any information about its identity.

Town Hall Blog and its associated Town Hall newsletter, written by Donald McArthur, is not an official town site.

There are only two social media accounts affiliated with the Town of Amherstburg listed on the official Amherstburg website.

I hope you like homework. Study the politicians, but question the source too.

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Candidate Linden Crain – Open Air Update

Good evening Linda,

Thank you for your question and also establishing the burg watch blog. This forum, and others, allows candidates to gain a further understanding of opinions in the community. Open discussions play an important part in the democratic process!

Please find my answer to your question below:

Yes. It is important that all members of the community can experience Open Air. If there are particular barriers in place, I am more than willing to investigate further and help find a solution. For those reading, please do not hesitate to contact me at (519) 560-1254 if you have any questions or concerns throughout the ongoing election.

Best regards,

Linden Crain

Candidate Linden Crain – Open Air

While candidates are under no obligation to answer questions from me, or anyone else, their reactions do make me curious and are a good reveal:

  • why would a candidate set two deadlines to answer but then not answer?
  • why are some candidates answering questions from an unidentified source?
  • how are candidates prioritizing their time and responses?
  • if they don’t answer, is it a good indication of how they’ll respond if elected?
  • are they well informed of their and the town’s obligations re subject of question?
  • if candidates’ publicly share a position or opinion, why not be transparent?

In the last instance, I was curious enough to reach out to candidate Linden Crain. According to the THRIVE website, he was part of the team that created the Open Air White Paper:Renée D’Amore (director) Sara Palmer (director) Kory Renaud (director) Richard Peddie (director) Kurt Reffle, Linden Crain.

I assumed he was in favour of open air and asked why not be transparent? Crain apologized for the delay; he didn’t see a due date and was planning to reply later this week.

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Homeowner Claims Heritage Designation Affecting Sale

Today’s Amherstburg Heritage Committee agenda for the 5:30 meeting includes an objection from Margo Wigle who states, in part, “Due to the home being on the consideration list for Heritage designation there are many unknowns which have been scaring buyers away.” The full letter and property background are listed below and link to agenda items. 

Item 6.5

356 Dalhousie Street – Notice of Objection to Listed Property of Interest:

  1. Notice of Objection to Listed Property of Interest.pdf  (letter from homeowner Margo Wigle).
  2. 356 Dalhouse.pdf

Question Repeated To Candidate Linden Crain

 

Amherstburg’s charm, history and vicious politics

Worth reading again. Anne Jarvis, the Windsor Star, wrote Amherstburg’s charm, history and vicious politics in June 2019:

“This issue has cost Amherstburg not only two investigations and more than $16,400. It has torn the town apart for 10 months. The election was ugly. The meetings on the issue were hostile. And social media has been vicious.

People in Amherstburg are engaged, to say the least. Council meetings are often packed. People comment aloud and applaud. There are several local bloggers. But the vicious politics — “it does seem to be endless,” admitted DiCarlo.

Candidate Question Open Air Barriers – Molly Allaire

Will you remove barriers during Open Air weekends that block people with disabilities from driving to the bank, local stores, bars, and generally driving through town?

The ninth candidate to answer:

Hey Linda,

I love Open Air Weekends, my family partakes every weekend for sure. I will be honest after going door to door my eyes have been opened up to a great deal of problems in our town that I was unaware of. Open air has many positives and negatives. I think the blockades that they created this year allow better parking for the majority. We could make it more accessible for people with disabilities by blocking off the waterfront parking area specifically for them allowing closer access to amenities. I also believe that open air is wonderful but should only be one day instead of 3. Many residents say that it is more of a nuisance trying to get to their bank, business, home etc. Business owners have stated that their business has actually done worse during these hours because lack of access to the area. I think having it one day would be a fair compromise and make it still an event for people to come and enjoy.

Election Signs Confiscated By By-law Officer

Some of the candidates have complained that their elections signs are being confiscated and they will have to pay to retrieve them.

In an email, Mayor Aldo DiCarlo advised, “To the best of my knowledge, there has been a total of 40 campaign signs removed.

All candidates were given a copy of the Sign By-law in their nomination packages and a reminder email went out to them on August 23, 2022 as well.”

Candidate Question Open Air Barriers – Nancy Atkinson

Will you remove barriers during Open Air weekends that block people with disabilities from driving to the bank, local stores, bars, and generally driving through town?

The ninth candidate to respond:

Hi Linda

I am not in favour of there being barriers on any of our streets that would hinder any resident from enjoying their community to it’s fullest.

While Open Air is certainly enjoyed by some, it was proposed as a ONE TIME expense to the taxpayers to help businesses during Covid when indoor dining was not available at a cost of $50,000. It has remained in place and the cost has grown. We have a beautiful waterfront and it is in my opinion closed off to all out for a weekend drive. It is a favourite thing for many to do in the summer….

Perhaps Open Air on a Saturday night from 4 – midnight would suffice and the expense should not be born by the taxpayers.

Nancy Atkinson

Candidate Question Open Air Barriers – Donald McArthur

Will you remove barriers during Open Air weekends that block people with disabilities from driving to the bank, local stores, bars, and generally driving through town?

The eighth candidate to respond:

Hi Linda,

Thanks for the opportunity to connect with the residents of Amherstburg!

Open Air Weekends has provided our youth a safe place to gather. I’ve been astounded this year to see how many more teens and younger kids are playing street chess, ping pong and corn hole instead of sitting at home staring into their phone. They come to Open Air on their feet, their scooters and their bikes and they get fresh air and exercise in the open and in the community, away from isolation and away from trouble.

Open Air Weekends has become a family-friendly attraction in a Town with so few things for our youth to do. I think we need to embrace that energy and that momentum and build on it, creating even more programming for our kids and young families. Open Air has improved every year and it still hasn’t reached its potential.

The Town has taken in feedback each year and made improvements. The footprint was made smaller this year, creating an intensified experience and more parking. The revised footprint added 21 additional spots, including two new accessible spots. There are accessible parking spaces in the King’s Navy Yard Parking lot and at the different entrances to Open Air. All told, there are 549 parking spaces within a six-minute walking radius of Richmond and Dalhousie and 312 within three minutes, according to an administrative report.

If there are persisting issues with accessibility, let’s work collaboratively to address them in consultation with the Town’s Accessibility Advisory Committee. Let’s not give up on something that engages our youth while promoting economic development, something that sets our Town apart in a positive way and creates the sort of bustling environment where a hotel cannot only open but flourish.

Thanks,

Don