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As the 1st election Advance Poll opens today (noon - 8 p.m @ Civic Rec Centre, 99 Thornton Rd. S.) I'm taking a moment to share some of my campaign experiences these past couple weeks.
Ward 1 has many wonderful attributes, along with some areas for improvement.
I'll start with saying how enjoyable it is walking our Ward 1 neighbourhoods east to west between Ritson and Townline and south to north between Taunton and Conlin. (I will write about the Ward 1 rural community in another post).
Blessings during this time: ♥ the weather has been wonderful, sun and blue skies, ♥ being warmly met by so many constituents, ♥ seeing their dogs, ♥ beautiful gardens and a Little Street Library!
Who says Oshawa residents don't like politicians? These past 12 days I've been welcomed inside for tea, coffee (which I've taken rain checks on) ♥ seen a lot of smiles, heard a lot of people in Ward 1 say they are happy with their community and City ♥ been given a couple large garden tomatoes (best tasting ever!) and learned some gardening tips (Zinnias are on my list to plant for 2023!) ♥ observed with great relief that the Region is now beginning the installation of a proper bus stop at the north east corner of Ritson and Conlin (something I wrote to Durham Region Transit about last November after many residents raised this concern) and watched with interest the clearing out of the Wilson Rd. N water retention pond.
I want to thank those who spoke with me about their concerns, which are also my concerns, the need for:
Although some concerns that were expressed to me were beyond the reach of Oshawa's local government (such as the high cost of groceries and gas), you may notice that many of the above concerns point to how 'good neighbourhood planning' is key to avoiding certain issues...hindsight may be 20-20, but time for City planners, developers, their consultants and Oshawa Mayor and Council members to realize the need is now for