Vote DATÉ for MAYOR of Whitchurch Stouffville

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Vote for Anand on Monday, October 24, 2022
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Areas of Focus

Transit and Transportation:

  • Go Services are treated as an after-thought until months before each election. Public transportation is a key part of the prosperity in our town.  Recent changes in service levels have impacted Stouffville residents and left us wondering if additional advocacy could have seen the increase in all-day service stop in our town, instead of Markham.  I will work to increase Go Transit Service to town with a focus on working with the province to decrease travel time to in-demand locations.

  • I am eager to support the exploration of innovative transit options. Public awareness programs in conjunction with dedicated bicycle lanes, transit booking services (taxi’s, Uber, Lyft, etc) and other emerging options could provide mobility solutions to address a variety of unique user types in a cost-effective manner.

  • I also wish to support signage on all two-lane thoroughfares to encourage slower moving vehicles to “stay right” where possible, and will work with Regional and Provincial representatives to that end. I am also in support of stronger programs that encourage enforcement of speed limits in areas around schools, parks and pedestrian areas.

Commitment to OPEX Methodologies:

We must strengthen our accountability and delivery of capital and operational projects. We must recognize that changes are needed from the way we approached projects decades ago. Operational Excellence (OPEX) is a well-recognized concept that all modern businesses utilize to contain costs, recognize innovation and drive successful results.

Attract New Business Investment

Key to the financial health of our community is diversifying the tax base. We have seen examples within York Region of other municipalities attracting business investment, but it is clear that those opportunities are not making their way to Whitchurch-Stouffville.  We need to be at the table and competing for investment opportunities.  This means we must cast our attention outside of our borders to learn about opportunities on the horizon and to make a professional and determined effort to show the business world that Whitchurch-Stouffville is a rewarding place to locate.

Retain and Grow Existing Businesses

A heavy burden is being placed on existing businesses that are presently operating in Whitchurch-Stouffville. We need to understand the unique issues these businesses face, and develop strategies to better support their operational plans. With stronger ties to existing businesses, we can better design plans to assist improving their engagement with customers to the betterment of all parties.

Attract Investment from Medical and Educational Institutions

Having already spoken to representatives in the medical service community, as well as the educational community, I can see a time where Whitchurch-Stouffville will break ground on a medical facility and a facility for higher education. The ancillary benefits of having these types of institutions in our town would not only help with addressing service demands of young families, retirees and people of all ages, but the resulting investments from other business ventures closely associated with medical or education facilities and activities is well established.

Support Innovative Thinking – Green Energy, Energy Neutral, Energy

Whitchurch-Stouffville may be the “Country Close to the City”, but we can also be “green” as we grow. Several opportunities to construct energy neutral buildings have been pitched over the last eight years, but for some reason have not been well received, either due to lack of understanding, or lack of commitment to reduce our environmental impact. Business investment and facilities improvement can be achieved in an environmentally responsible way, but it takes foresight, effort and moreover, a commitment.  Whether issuing RFP’s, or imbedding in an updated Master Plan, a commitment for environmental responsibility must be made in order to drive positive change.

Affordable Housing, Safe Age Housing

An agenda item for York Region is to influence housing type and availability keeping in mind the demographics of each municipality, and York Region as a whole. Our community becomes less and less affordable for middle income or low income earners to comfortably reside, or for individuals and families from outside of Whitchurch-Stouffville to relocate here. Affordable housing options can be achieved without damaging the increasing value of existing housing.  The benefits of “safe age” housing that can offer reduced use of stairs, main floor bedroom and personal hygiene areas (washrooms) is well known, but residential developers seem hesitant to construct as they see it as less profitable per lot.  We need to understand the changing demographics of our town, and to work with developers to encourage the types of residential offerings that will benefit our population.

Inclusiveness

My parents arrived in the 1960’s from their home in India with nothing but their education, a small amount of money, and each other. They are Canadian By Choice.  I was born at Scarborough Centenary in 1972. I am Canadian By Birth.  Whether you are Canadian By Choice, or Canadian By Birth, I hope you feel the same pride in our country as I do.  I was lucky enough to travel extensively from a pre-schooler to a teenager, and saw many interesting places and cultures around the world. I welcome all Canadians, I believe in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and I actively promote inclusiveness regardless of religion, ethnicity, race, gender or sexual orientation. I also support those fleeing from oppression or danger, and expect the treatment of all people to be uniform within our country’s borders.

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Family

Stouffville’s greatest strength is the families who live here. Levels of disposable incomes for Stouffville families have been rising as the town grows.  Average household net worth has also been steadily on the rise in the past decade, thanks in large part to an increase in property values. Sadly, it has been my observation that the families here in our town are spending a large amount of their disposable income outside of our town – in Markham, Newmarket, Toronto, and other areas. At present, we have one pool that is too short for provincial competition, a soccer facility with touch lines too close to walls for comfort, and a Library that when completed, will already be too small by provincially recommended standards. Of highest priority for my term in office will be to influence, encourage and build services, recreation, family infrastructures, and business services that are sought after and valuable to families of all sizes and economic levels. 

I want families to have every opportunity possible to spend their time and resources IN Stouffville.  And in that effort, I expect residents from areas outside our town to also start visiting more frequently to spend their time and money here at local businesses and facilities.

I will support any plans to increase the services and facilities related to family activities.

Finances

Presently, interest rates are the lowest I have seen in my lifetime.  Now is the time to invest in programs to bring our infrastructure to a level that is appropriate for one of the wealthiest and most prosperous towns in Canada.  Simple history teaches us that the cost of upgrades and expansion will not be going down over time.  We must not wait for tomorrow to do what should have been done yesterday.  The time is now.  I believe Stouffville residents deserve the best, and as a group, are willing to see their tax dollars spent in areas that will improve their lifestyles, business and recreation activities, safety and conveniences.  Reallocating spending from wasteful activities is no easy task, to be sure.  We are still financially “on the hook” for clumsy staffing decisions, unfavourable contracts, and poorly planned and executed town projects.

Future

For too long we have been satisfied with mediocrity disguised under the banner of financial austerity.  The economic truth is that insufficient and inferior facilities damage our future.  We have a pool that is too short, thereby missing out on an opportunity to host competitions that would bring families from all over Southern Ontario to our town who will spend their money on local businesses. We have a Library expansion that as soon as it opens will be too small and understaffed for adequate programming space for children, families, and seniors who often cannot register and pay for programs that could be available. There are several train stations that are key to attracting residents but whose service is actually being decreased in frequency.  Several key plots of land have been so badly contaminated that there has been no business use possible for over a decade.  We are “in the news” for all the wrong reasons, bringing embarrassment to a town that should be known for the size of our hearts and the sharpness of our intelligence. 

I will support programs that address the needs of families, that are fiscally responsible, and that satisfy the future needs of our great Town.

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