Thank You!

The results of the municipal election are in, and so is a mostly new Council. I am very grateful for your support and trust and I will work hard to try to live up to your expectations.

I want to thank my husband, Mike Maydan, and those who contributed to my campaign and worked visiting door-to-door with me. I received warm advice and support from so many former council members and residents, including but not limited to, the large PRATAC family led by Brian Gallagher and Gerry Belisle. The experience taught me about all of Mississippi Mills. I admire the courage of those who stepped up and those who supported them. Thanks to those residents who invited me into their homes – and sometimes families – who walked their neighbourhoods with me and educated me on their histories and concerns.

On August 1, Mike and I met two members of Canada’s Socchi Olympic Gold Medal Team: Ryan and E.J. Harnden. We have long been curling fans, especially of Team Jacobs.

I asked if I could take a picture with them, saying that I thought it might be lucky as I was running for Council in my little town. E.J. grinned and agreed, saying “You’d better hold this then,” handing me his heavy gold medal. I was awestruck.

I feel just that way to the power of ten today. Thank you.

So What Have I Done for You Lately?

Things I Achieved in Mississippi Mills So Far, Before Running

Canadian Cancer Society: I helped at the Office in Perth, and I replaced Lorna Hooper as the treatment drives co-ordinator for Mississippi Mills. I became a volunteer driver myself, taking residents from all over the area for treatment. I coordinated the fund-raising in Almonte for a couple of years.

PRATAC: I was a director of the Pakenham Ramsay and Almonte Taxpayers Advocacy Coalition (PRATAC), took leave from the Executive during my candidacy and resigned upon my election. I was a researcher, writer, and volunteer trainer.  I spoke at public meetings on topics such as the anti-SLAPP legislation (SLAPP: Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation, designed to intimidate citizens), correctly predicting the failed outcome of the publicly-funded personal lawsuits of Mayor McLaughlin and Councillor Edwards against Steve Maynard. I shared information on how to identify “fake news” and what questions to ask yourself about it. I donated funds for various events and prizes for Family Fun Day. Using my own equipment, I was at the computer search table at the PRATAC Community Official Plan meetings in Pakenham, Clayton and Almonte, helping people to locate their own properties to see if and how they were affected by changes proposed. Once people could foresee the effects, they demanded changes.

Don Maynard Park: I went door-to-door in our neighbourhood to circulate the petition against the sale, worked on park clean-up and replanting, uncovered facts such as the Park was never just Block 40, but actually included Block 42; the two formed Don Maynard Park in its entirety. I documented the history of it as well as the two efforts to arrange its sale, in 2000 and 2015/2016. I researched and presented fact-based objections at both the municipal and county levels, and prepared PRATAC’s submission to the Ontario Municipal Board.

Heritage Conservation District: In 2016, I researched the facts showing that some members of Council were in conflicts of interest by moving and voting on the HCD, without declaring their pecuniary interests within the heritage conservation district, thus benefiting by way of 25% rebates on the municipal portions of their property taxes and grants necessitating a subsequent quadrupling of the heritage assistance budget.  No residents outside the proposed Heritage Conservation District were ever consulted about it, only those within the chosen area, but we must all subsidize it. I think everyone needs to be involved in decision making on this, not just the beneficiaries.

Code of Conduct for Building Officials: I am personally responsible for the Municipality’s Code of Conduct for Building Officials  and requiring them to post it publicly for residents, as required by the Building Code. It was approved in October of 2014, and I was consulted on it.