About Andrew

Since 2014, I have had the privilege to serve Ward 1 residents as Councillor for the Town of Tecumseh. With my background in municipal public works, my record of professional experience and community engagement can be put to extensive use to keep Tecumseh a great place to live.

I am ecstatic to have been a part of the Town's progress over the last four years and to have been acclaimed to serve a second term as Ward 1 Councillor from 2018-2022. You can continue to count on me to deliver responsive, reliable and responsible town oversight, decision-making and advocacy on your behalf.

What's New

January 26th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 5pm with a meeting concerning the new Tecumseh Official Plan.  This is a vision document governing the intended future direction for land development within the municipality and the aims and goals of the municipality with respect to the built environment.  Resident submissions have been made with requests specific to cannabis, land disposal, intensification and building materials.  The agenda can be found here.  The proposed Official Plan document can be found here.

Regular business begins at 7pm and the agenda can be found here.

Communications - For Information includes
1. Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks dated January 11, 2021 Re: Conservation Authorities Working Group.  The Province has announced the creation of a working group involving stakeholders from across the Province and from various conservation authority and municipal stakeholders to develop recommendations for the implementaiton of regulations surrounding the general mandate of conservation authorities

2. Municipality of West Grey dated January 13, 2021 Re: Schedule 8, Bill 229, Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19.  West Grey requests repeal of Schedule 8 of Bill 229, the legislation that spoke to bringing forward changes to the general mandate of conservation authorities.

3. Town of Lakeshore dated December 15, 2020 Re: ZBA-9-2020, Beachside Development Inc.  Lakeshore advises that it has granted approval for three additional multi-storey residential buildings located on the former Tecumseh Golf property between Amy Croft Drive and the future Lanoue Street.

4. Township of South-West Oxford dated January 11, 2021 Re: Automatic Speed Enforcement (Photo Radar).  South-West Oxford requests that municipalities be able to use Automatic Speed Enforcement (photo radar) in their communities.

5. Township of Larder Lake dated January 12, 2021 Re: Municipal Insurance Costs.  Larder Lake requests that the provincial government adopt a model of full proportionate liability to replace joint and several liability, that it enhance existing limitations period including the continued applicability of the existing 10 day rule on slip and fall cases given recent judicial interpretations and whether a one-year limitation period may be beneficial, to implement a cap for economic loss awards, to increase the catastrophic impainnent default benefit limit to $2 million and increase the third-party liability coverage to S2 million in government regulated automobile insurance plans, to assess and implement additional measures which would support lower premiums or alternatives to the provision of insurance services by other entities such as non- profit insurance reciprocals, to compel the insurance industry to supply all necessary financial evidence including premiums, claims and deductible limit changes which support its and municipal arguments as to the fiscal impact of joint and several liability, and to establish a provincial and municipal working group to consider the above and put forward recommendations to the Attorney General

6. County of Perth dated January 19, 2021 Re: Extension of Grant Deadlines. Perth supports the Township of Matachewan resolution regarding the extension of grants.

7. United Counties of Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry dated January 18, 2021 Re: Small businesses to reopen with required health guidelines and protocols in place.  Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry request that the Province of Ontario allow for small businesses to immediately reopen with the required health guidelines and protocols in place.

8. Municipality of Mississippi Mills dated January 18, 2021 Re: Request for Revisions to Municipal Elections.  Mississippi Mills requests a review of the Municipal Elections Act that provides amendments for clearer, stronger wording, to assist municipal Clerks in addressing issues to allow for a more definitive decision to be made when adding names to the voters list and to ensure that there is a clear and accessible way to report election fraud and that the rules described in the Municipal Elections Act are actually enforceable even if there is not a current case law.

Reports
1. Corporate Services & Clerk
a. CS-2021-02 2020 Open and Closed Meetings.  The Clerk reports the 2020 and historical meeting durations.  There was more time spent in regular Council meetings in 2020 vs. 2019 however there were fewer Special Council Meetings, Public Council Meetings and In Camera meetings.

2. Financial Services
a. FS-2021-01 Taxes Receivable - December 2020.  Administration reports that although there were slightly more tax arrears in 2020, the net value of those arrears in total has declined.

3. Public Works & Environmental Services
a. PWES-2021-01 Traffic Analysis - 2020 Radar Speed Surveys.  Administration presents its listing of Radar Speed Trailer locations and findings.  It was noted that southbound Holden Road, southbound Malden Road, northbound Manning Road (between Riverside and Little River), eastbound Riverside between Grace and Centennial, and westbound Tecumseh Road outside of the water tower are areas where speeds are exceeded beyond the 85th percentile.  Locations were submitted to the Ontario Provincial Police and will be monitored for future recommendations should conditions persist.

b. PWES-2021-02 Drainage Act Regulatory Proposal.  Administration has prepared a response to the Province's invitation to comment with respect to the Drainage Act changes and is requesting Council's concurrence in submitting them.

I have also put forward a motion surrounding investigation of a Rodent Control Subsidy Program for investigtation by Administration.

For questions on these or other municipal matters, please contact me at andrew@andrewdowie.ca or 226-773-1910.

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January 12th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins for the public at 7pm.  There will be an in camera meeting prior to this.  The agenda can be found here.

Communications - For Information includes:
1. City of Hamilton dated November 24, 2020 Re: Temporary Cap on Food Delivery Service Charges.  Hamilton asks that the Province implement a temporary cap on commissions for food service delivery companies.  The Province did enact this direction on December 19, 2020.

2. Municipality of Southwest Middlesex dated December 7, 2020 Re: Drainage Matters, CN Rail.  Southwest Middlesex requests that the Province of Ontario work with the Federal Minister of Transportation to address concerns regarding municipal drainage matters and need for coordination with the national railways.

3. Township of Perth South dated December 16, 2020 Re: Drainage Matters and CN Rail.  Perth South requests that the Province of Ontario work with the Federal Minister of Transportation to address concerns regarding municipal drainage matters and need for coordination with the national railways.

4. Dufferin County dated December 14, 2020 Re: Aggregate Resource Properties.  Dufferin County Council does not consider the revised provincial criteria for assessment of aggregate resource properties as a fair method of valuation for these properties and believes there is a need to review the current assessment scheme for aggregate resource properties to address the inequity of property values so that aggregate resource properties are assessed for their industrial value.

5. Town of Orangeville dated December 8, 2020 Re: Bill 229 - Conservation Authorities Act. Orangeville requests that the Province of Ontario repeal Section 6 of the Budget Measures Act (Bill 229), and that the Province continue to work with conservation authorities to find workable solutions to reduce red tape.  Bill 229 was passed on December 8th, 2020.

6. Municipality of Chatham-Kent dated December 8, 2020 Re: Bill 229 - Schedule 6, Conservation Authorities Act.  Chatham-Kent requests that the Province of Ontario repeal Schedule 6 of the Budget Measures Act (Bill 229) and that the Province continue to work with conservation authorities to find workable solutions to reduce red tape and create conditions for growth, and that the Province respect the current conservation authority/municipal relationships, and that the Province embrace their long-standing partnership with the conservation authorities and provide them with the tools and financial resources they need to effectively implement their watershed management role.

7. Township of Lake of Bays dated December 16, 2020 Re: Bill 229 - Conservation Authorities Act.  Lake of Bays requests that the Province of Ontario repeal Schedule 6 of the Budget Measures Act (Bill 229) and that the Province continue to work with conservation authorities to find workable solutions to reduce red tape and create conditions for growth, and that the Province respect the current conservation authority/municipal relationships, and that the Province embrace their long-standing partnership with the conservation authorities and provide them with the tools and financial resources they need to effectively implement their watershed management role.

8. Township of Puslinch dated December 8, 2020 Re: Bill 229 - Schedule 6, Conservation Authorities Act.  The Township of Puslinch requests the Province to withdraw Schedule 6 from Bill 229 until a more thorough analysis of the appropriate solutions can take place, with more clarity on what problems were identified through the consultation process. The Township of Puslinch also encourage the Province to engage with municipalities and Conservation Authorities as the Province works on regulations that will eventually define the various Conservation Authorities Act clauses. The Township of Puslinch feels this is critical to ensure that the focus and performance of Conservation Authorities is actually improved where required.

9. Town of Amherstburg dated December 22, 2020.  Re: Bill 229 - Protect, Support and Recover from COVID19 Act - Schedule 6 - Conservation Authorities Act.  Amherstburg is requesting that the Province of Ontario repeal Schedule 6 of the Budget Measures Act (Bill 229), continue to work with conservation authorities to find workable solutions to reduce red tape and create conditions for growth, respect the current conservation authority and municipal relationships; and embrace their long-standing partnership with the conservation authorities and provide them with the tools and financial resources they need to effectively implement their watershed management role.

10. Township of Lake of Bays dated December 16, 2020 Re: Bill 229, Conservation Authorities Act.  This is the same resolution already circulated.

11. City of Hamilton dated November 24, 2020 Re: Temporary Cap on Gas Plant and Greenhouse Gas Pollution.  Hamilton requests that the Government of Ontario place an interim cap of 2.5 mega tonnes per year on our gas plant and greenhouse gas pollution and develop and implement a plan to phase-out all gas-fired electricity generation by 2030 to ensure that Ontario meets its climate targets.

12. Town of Lincoln dated December 22, 2020 Re: Cap on Gas Plant and Greenhouse Gas Pollution.  Lincoln supports the above-noted resolution by Hamilton.

13. Township of Matachewan dated December 14, 2020 Re: Extension of Grant Application Deadlines.  Matachewan has sent a letter to the Hon. Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing acknowledging the appreciation of the grants but requesting that the application deadline on any further grants have a longer tum around time.

14. Town of Carleton Place dated December 14, 2020 Re: COVID-19 and Childcare Funding Impacts.  Carleton Place requests the Government of Ontario prioritize children and childcare as part of its overall post pandemic recovery plan and develop, adequately fund and release publicly a comprehensive plan that can support facilities through the provision of licensed childcare and early learning education; and provide increased funding to childcare providers reflective of COVID-19 operating cost increases to ensure a safe reopening and long-term sustainability for the sector.

15. City of Port Colborne dated December 15, 2020 Re: Proposed Regulation Under the Ontario Heritage Act (Bill 108).  Port Colborne requests that Schedule 11 of Bill 108 be amended to remove the powers provided to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, retaining authority for hearing certain appeals by the Conservation Review Board; and that Schedule 11 of Bill 108 be amended to return the authority for final decisions to municipal councils as the elected representative of the communities wherein the property and its features of cultural heritage value exist.

16. Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services dated December 16, 2020 Re: Building a Strong Foundation for Success: Reducing Poverty in Ontario (2020-2025).  Minister Todd Smith announces the release of the provincial Poverty Reduction Strategy, Building a Strong Foundation for Success: Reducing Poverty in Ontario (2020-2025).

17. Township of Lake of Bays dated December 16, 2020 Re: AODA Website Compliance Extension Request.  Lake of Bays requests that the Province of Ontario delay the deadline for Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act from January 1, 2021 by a minimum of one (1) year to at least January 1, 2022 and requests that the Province of Ontario consider providing funding support and training resources to meet these compliance standards.

18. Town of Amherstburg dated December 22, 2020 Re: Formal Endorsement of Bill C-213 The Canada Pharmacare Act.  Amherstburg supports Bill C-213, the Canada Pharmacare Act, proposed by MP Peter Julian, which specifies the conditions and criteria that provincial and territorial prescription drug insurance programs must meet to receive federal funding.

19. Town of Amherstburg dated December 22, 2020 Re: Removal of Windsor International Airport from NAV Canada Closure List.  Amherstburg requested that Navigation Canada (NAV Canada) remove Windsor International Airport from their list of airports currently being studied for possible removal of air traffic controllers, and noting the economic impact that loss of air traffic would have on the region.

20. Town of Amherstburg dated December 22, 2020 Re: Development Approval Requirements for Landfills - Bill 197.  Amherstburg requests that Bill 197, COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020 be amended to eliminate the development approval requirement provisions from adjacent municipalities and that the ‘host’ municipality be empowered to render final approval for landfills within their jurisdiction.

21. Town of Amherstburg dated December 22, 2020 Re: Opposition to Further Amalgamation.  Amherstburg opposes further restructuring and amalgamation within its municipality.

22. Town of Kingsville Re: Opposition to Further Amalgamation.  Kingsville opposes further restructuring and amalgamation within its municipality.

23. Office of the Solicitor General dated December 24, 2020 Re: New deadline for Community Safety and Well-Being Plan is now July 1, 2021.  The Solicitor General Sylvia Jones advises that due to the resource pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic the deadline to complete the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan has been delayed.

24. Town of Lincoln dated November 17, 2020 Re: Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.  Lincoln requests that the Province of Ontario consider providing funding support and training resources to municipalities to meet these compliance standards.

25. Town of Lincoln dated November 17, 2020 Re: Funding for Community Groups affected by pandemic.  Lincoln requests provincial and federal funding for community and service groups affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

26. Town of Lincoln dated November 17, 2020 Re: Funding for Community Groups and Service Clubs affected by pandemic.  This is a similar resolution to the above.

27. Town of Lincoln dated November 17, 2020 Re: Amending AGCO Application Process Cannabis Retail Stores.  Lincoln requests that the Province consider amending its licensing and application process for Cannabis Retail Stores to consider radial separation from other cannabis locations.

28. Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative dated December 30, 2020.  The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative provides its report card for the previous year.

29. Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and the Associate Minister of Energy dated January 5, 2021 Re: Release of Long-Term Energy Plan.  The Ministers report that the Ontario Government has revoked Ontario Regulation 355/17, effective January 1, 2021, removing the requirement to release a new Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP) every three years.

30. Township of Huron-Kinloss dated January 6, 2021 Re: Property Tax Exemptions for Veterans Clubs.  Huron-Kinloss requests that the 2020 budget bill (Bill 229) amend the Assessment Act to provide a full property tax exemption to veterans’ clubs retroactive to January 1, 2019.

31. Association of Ontario Roads Supervisors dated December 21, 2020 Re: Adam Sokoloski, Public Works Labourer, Certification.  The Association of Ontario Road Supervisors recognizes that Aaron Sokoloski of the Town of Tecumseh obtained his Associate Road Supervisor certification.

32. City of Windsor dated January 7, 2021 Re: Pathway to Potential (P2P) Programming - Extension.  The City of Windsor as the Social Services Delivery Agent advises that the Town will be allocated an additional $40,000 through the Pathway to Potential Program.

Reports include

1. Chief Administrative Officer
a. CAO-2021-01 OPP Policing Contract.  The CAO is recommending that the current OPP contract be extended by 3 years at a 2021 estimated cost for policing of $3,483,602.

b. CAO-2021-02 Mayor's Taskforce on 100th Anniversary of Town and Fire Service.  Administration is recommending that it be authorized to proceed with striking a Mayor’s Task Force to plan a celebration event for the Spring of 2022, and that Administration be authorized to pursue community sponsors and apply for available senior government funding opportunities to assist with offsetting the costs of the event, and that Administration report back to Council to seek approval of the final event plan prior to implementation.

c. CAO-2021-03 Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program - COVID-19 Resilience Stream.  Administration recommends that the Town claim $342,607 in grant funding from the Federal Government and that $210,000 be transferred from the Lifecycle Buildings Reserve to the Lifecycle Fire Apparatus Reserve in order to enable the purchase of a High Water Rescue Vehicle.


2. Corporate Services & Clerk
a. CS-2021-01 OPP Building Licence Agreement.  Administration recommends entering into a licence agreement for the Ontario Provincial Police for occupation of the Town's building at 963 Lespernace Road for the period January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2023based on a continuation of the current arrangements.


3. Fire & Emergency Services
a. FIRE-2021-01 Fire Equipment Five (5) Year Capital Works Plan 2021-2025.  Administration recommends approval of the following items to be used by Fire & Emergency Services as follows:

1 Pager $600; 210 Firefighter Helmets5,000; 37 Bunker Gear $18,200; 410 Leather Boots $5,500; Locker Replacement Station 1 $ 16,000 for a total of $45,300

 

4. Parks & Recreation Services
a. PRS-2021-01 2021 - 2025 Arena and Pool Five (5) Year Capital Works Plan

Administration recommends that following projects with renovations and repairs to Municipal Buildings and facilities be approved for 2021:
Arena
Replacement HVAC Units (2) $60,000
Refrigeration Electrical Upgrades $130,000
Arena Rink Lighting Upgrades $65,000
Arena Roof Refurbishment $35,000
Annual General Repairs $20,000
Total $310,000
Pool
Pump Replacement $10,000
Chlorine Tank Replacement $12,000
Annual General Lifecycle Repairs $20,000
Total $42,000
Combined Grand Total Costs $352,000
In addition, 2 By-laws are being proposed: 

1. By-Law 2021-01 Being a by-law to amend By-law No. 2019-03 being a by-law appointing members to the Youth Advisory Committee for the term of Council 2019-2022

2. By-Law 2021-02 Being a by-law to authorize entering into a Second Amendment Agreement to the Agreement of Purchase and Sale between The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh and Briday Inc. for the sale of the McColl Lands.  This extends the closing date of the previously approved sale by six months if passed.

For questions regarding these or other municipal matters, please call me at 226-773-1910 or andrew@andrewdowie.ca

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