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APPROACH TO GOVERNMENT

There are three key things that I believe are at the core of good representation and apply regardless of what issue is under discussion.

  1. Smart, respectful use of tax dollars. This approach aims to stretch each tax dollar further and puts your hard-earned money to its best use. This helps minimize tax costs. I define "best use" as "expenditures that make life as good as it can be for the most people possible." Just as we spend wisely in our own household, I apply this "best bang for the buck" thinking to government expenditures whether these are being spent locally, provincially or federally.
  2. A collaborative approach to decisions. This permits a range of opinions from youth to seniors, as well as from those elected to represent you at the municipal (local), provincial and federal levels to be truly useful and very much welcomed.
  3. Dealing with issues decisively. For me, that doesn’t mean quickly, but it does mean timely. Mistakes are part of the human condition, governments need to be careful to weigh haste against potential waste. Our decisions must be made based on sound research and evidence and a full exploration of options.

GREEN ENERGY AND GREEN JOBS

Each of us can accept some responsibility to do as much as possible to replace our fossil fuel use with green energy options.

During my first years as a Kings County Councillor, I advocated for a large green energy project to return a “brownfield site” to productive use as a "solar farm".

This idea originated in discussions with the volunteer board of the Meadowview Community Development Association and with our former MP, Scott Brison. This groundbreaking large solar project aims to cover the multi-acre, abandoned landfill site in Meadowview with a 4MW solar array, that would be the largest east of Quebec.

In 2015, a $8,000 study allowed the groundwork to be laid. It was possible through local fundraising, a CLEAN NS summer student, and the support of the Nova Scotia Community College's Energy Sustainability Engineering Technology Program.

Kings County council will soon complete the detailed engineering study required to move forward with this multi-million-dollar project. It's goals include creating green sector jobs, putting approximately 18-acres currently sitting idle to good use, and greening our economy.

I have been a keen supporter of finding a way to colloborate with interested residents keen to locate wind turbines in Kings County in isolated areas far from residential homes. 

Under the new council elected in 2016 green energy has become an important priority in the strategic plan supported by all councillors. Working with other similarly focused municipalities in Nova Scotia, we are finding innovative ways to take significant climate change action.

FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING

As a hard-working municipal councillor, over the last six years, I’ve taken a deep dive into the multiple issues that affect us all. While local governments are closest to the people and understand the issues that matter, solutions to many issues must be tackled at a national level.

Whether it’s policing, cannabis, climate change, roads, public transit, sewer or water services, waste management, or land use planning, during my six years as a municipal councillor I’ve seen the strong links between local, provincial and federal actions work to our benefit. I’ve been honoured and privileged through FCM to learn more about, discuss and influence decisions. Increased federal infrastructure dollars have helped stretch municipal dollars much further over the last four years.

Simply put, our Liberal government has truly delivered on many fronts. As a municipal councillor I've had strong working relationships with my counterparts at the provincial and federal levels. I've spent thousands of hours reading reports and participating in committee and board work in Kings and Hants-West. I’m ready to bring local knowledge regarding infrastructure needs and economic development forward.

 

AN INSPIRING SAMPLE OF YOUTH ENTREPRENEURS

In March 2018, Salomon Caplan, was an active participant in Annapolis Valley Refresh, where "kids and teens" learn software programming, participate in Build-a-thons, create original works and even compete successfully with university students. It's collaborative, it's creative, it's playful, it draws girls into a traditionally male field of endeavour. it's the kind of program we need more off across Kings-Hants and Nova Scotia.

In December 2018, Centreville resident Maddison Lent showcased her product during the holiday season with great success. Using recycled lobster trap rope, she created a wooden loom, made scores of doormats, and banked the money she earned. She is now exploring how and where to market her product for tourists visiting during summer 2019.

Enthusiasm for youth entrepreneurs, linking them to one another and to resources and support, is an endeavour we can take on as individuals and through business and community organizations. 

In this field, a little bit of funding can go a long way.

The results? Youth that learn how to run businesses in their own backyard, have the option of staying here as small business owners, of creating their own employment, and even offering employment to others.

THE RIGHT TO KNOW

In June 2015 I was invited to write a guest column for the Advertiser on the issue of in-camera meetings (closed-door). 

During this term of council, a policy was strongly supported that approved minutes to be kept of all in-camera sessions. Now, there’s a record of the private discussions and directions set by the council that can be released to the public once contractual or personnel issues would no longer be jeopardized by disclosure.

FARMS AND FARMLAND

Visitors to the beautiful counties of Hants and Kings look around and are in awe of our bountiful fields, beautiful dyke lands, sloping vineyards and farm markets.

I have strongly supported the Nova Scotian and Kings County Federations of Agriculture in their work to provide improved protection to farmland. As the song goes sometimes: "You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone!"

With a proven record of hard work on this issue, I’ll continue to use local knowledge to provide excellent representation regarding our goals of protecting farmland for future generations, promoting of locally produced foods and supporting access to the resources required for our farm sectors to thrive.

BROAD INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCES

My membership on several municipal and regional committees have provided the opportunity for me to build a broad base of knowledge and experience. I have served on:

  • Kentville Joint Fire Services Committee
  • Water Commission
  • Police Advisory Committee
  • Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre
  • Kings Transit Authority
  • Planning Advisory Committee
  • Valley Waste Management
  • Nominating Committee
  • Valley Community Fibre Network
  • Liaison and Oversight Committee Valley Regional Enterprise Network
  • Grand View Manor

I am grateful to the other elected representatives, staff and community members who serve on committees and boards with me. I am so fortunate to have had seven years of opportunities to learn and lead.

Youth Entrepreneurship a Great Form of Economic Development

A sampling of Youth Entrepreneurs

In March 2018, council heard from Salomon Caplan, an active participant in Annapolis Valley Refresh where "kids and teens" learn software programming, participate in Build-a-thons, create original works and even compete successfully with university students. It's collaborative, it's creative, it's playful, it draws girls into a traditionally male field of endeavour. it's the kind of program we need more off across Kings-Hants and Nova Scotia.

In December 2018, Centreville resident Maddison Lent showcased her product during the holiday season with great success. Using recycled lobster trap rope, she created a wooden loom, made scores of doormats, and banked the money earned. She is now exploring how and where to market her product for tourists visiting during this summer.

Enthusiasm for youth entrepreneurs and linking them to resources and support is an endeavour we can take on as individuals and through business and community organizations. 

In this field, a little bit of funding can go a long way.

The result? Youth that learn how to run businesses in our own backyard, have the option of staying here, creating their own employment, and offering employment to others.

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