Public Infrastructure, Transit, and Traffic Issues
From completing the sports complex to fixing construction delays, bus services, and city parking, Scott will fight for the needs of Ward 7 residents.
Crises of Opioids, Addictions, and Homelessness
We can help those in need, and clean up our city’s core areas, by supporting and using our local experts and social services that invest every working day learning and dealing with these inter-related crises. Listening to our local experts, police, and practitioners, we can implement evidence- and fact-based solutions on the ground.
The lack of affordable housing for Cambridge residents in need, and the skyrocketing costs of homes, presents a serious problem for our community.
Helping Our Core Areas and their Businesses
Our cores and their businesses are suffering from changing patterns of manufacturing, jobs, and ‘big-box’ shops and newer suburban neighbourhoods, placed on the outskirts of our city. We need to follow the successful examples in places like Europe by densifying our city’s core areas, having more people living, working, and relaxing, in our cores. This not only increases business and tax revenue, but increases the walkability, atmosphere, and community spirit of these areas.
Small businesses are the heart of a community, and we need to make sure they are supported. If small businesses thrive, they boost a community’s ‘economic ecosystem’ and attract medium- and large-scale businesses, as well as boost community spirit and quality of life.
Let’s Fix Our Lack of Affordable Housing
A lack of housing and affordable rental units creates dire social and economic effects that ripples through the community, increasing homelessness, crime, anxiety, trauma, and drug use. We need new solutions to affordable housing that do not put lower-income residents, seniors, and those in need, out in the cold.
There is a progressive new type of home that would Cambridge alleviate this problem, put a roof of one’s own over the heads of many, and bind us together as a community under an exciting initiative: ‘tiny-homes’ or ‘container homes’.
As councillor, I would work with the city, region, social services, and other agencies, to pass a motion allowing for ‘tiny homes’ in Cambridge. This is following the example of Kitchener, and the great success across the world and in Canadian cities such as Calgary. Homeowners, renters, landlords, would all benefit from this change.
I’ve spoken with social service organizations, the Chamber of Commerce, labour groups, and Ward 7 residents, and everyone is excited for this possibility to help our neighbourhood. It provides fast, low-cost, high-quality homes for seniors that cannot afford to downsize out of large homes at current rates; Millennials and students looking for their first home to ‘get into the market’ as they build their career; and of course, homes for those on low-incomes, or with special needs or issues, to have a safe, clean, place of their own.
If we want to solve our old problems, we have to think in new ways. We can look to cities around the world, take what works, and discard what doesn’t.
Fighting Climate Change and Making a Sustainable Cambridge
We need to make every resident aware of the future climatic changes affecting Cambridge, Waterloo Region, and Canada, so they can (1) make changes to secure their own home and property if desired, and (2) pressure their elected representatives at ALL levels of government for real, non-partisan solutions that match the scientific requirements for real change, rather than ‘words’ that link up with the next electoral cycle.
Taxes and Budgets
Being fiscally responsible with tax dollars, if we densify our city’s cores we will grow our economy.
A city councillor must be the guardian and shepherd of the public purse. Every expenditure of a tax dollar must be for services directly benefitting residents, or for an INVESTMENT in the community that will yield a higher return later on. There must be NO frivolous spending or pet projects, but only expenditures that will benefit our community.