Sunny, warm days are finally here after a wicked winter and a stressful provincial election. Let the good times roll but please drive carefully and look out for kids playing and cycling.

Following last autumn’s municipal elections Mayor Housefather has assigned new portfolio responsibilities to council. While I am still overseeing Emergency Preparedness (EP) and our volunteer Citizens on Patrol (vCOP) program I have also taken on new responsibilities in Public Affairs, Communications and Information Technology. Nevertheless, I am still passionate about issues of public safety, especially our incredible EMS

vCOP continues to grow as our volunteer corps approaches 80 members, allowing for more patrols day and night, and more folks ready to help when disaster strikes. Our crews are also trained by the Fire Department to inspect your smoke detectors, which are required by law. Please invite them in when they ring your doorbell for a free inspection. And consider joining us by visiting the vCOP website at

This year City Council is focusing efforts on EP and disaster planning. Already a leader in these issues, we are upgrading plans, training staff and volunteers, and involving and educating you. You will soon be able to sign up for emergency alerts by phone and email. Watch the local papers and my blog for important updates over the coming months.

The Parkhaven Courtyard Townhouse project is in full swing.  The old Griffith McConnell infirmary is demolished and there is much activity in preparation for the construction of 50 townhouses. The long term prospects for this site are very positive.

Welcome to several new residents who have moved in to their beautiful new homes on Kellert (between Kildare and Mackle), now part of District 6.

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