There are many young families who are just starting out in Ward 3. One of them has bought a duplex on Burns Road as a way to enter the housing market. They have young children and mom is staying home with them. They can not afford a second car so they have to walk on their outings. A big treat for them during the day might be a walk to Tim Horton’s or to the Bulk Barn on Woodlawn. But there are no sidewalks on Edinburgh leading up to Woodlawn, and no sidewalks there on Woodlawn, so their fun outing can actually be quite dangerous. City Hall says it encourages active transportation (walking, cycling), but it is clear that parts of Ward 3 have been left out of the plan.
There are many retirees in Ward 3. One couple on Applewood Crescent does what they can to cut back on water consumption, like using rain barrels for their gardens, and doing the laundry one day a week, but they are not seeing decreases in their bill. Like many of the retirees in Ward 3, they have limited pensions and, though still quite healthy, worry about how much longer they can afford to stay in their house if taxes keep going up at the rate they have been. Various residents have decided that they can’t afford to stay in Guelph, and are moving away.
Many people in Ward 3 have lived in the same house for over 40 years. One woman lives near Paisley Road. She sees her taxes going up but she doesn’t see services improving. The water main, pavement, sidewalks and curbs in front of her house have been patched numerous times but never replaced. Many of the corner curbs have not been cut for accessibility. She likes to walk to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church but the sidewalk on Paisley is just too uneven. Orange strips of paint don't really make it safer. Similarly, the walk ways that connect to neighbouring side streets are not maintained in the winter. Long-time residents have heard that the stormwater system needs updating and wonder when something is going to be done, or if it will ever be done as long as big, new projects always get priority.
These are just a few of the many stories that Bob has collected while campaigning for election in Ward 3. He looks forward to giving full-time attention to serving as a Councillor, and to start balancing the progressive projects in other parts of the city with the everyday concerns of residents in Ward 3.