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

September 8th Meeting

This week at Tecumseh Town Council, business begins with a Public Meeting at 5pm.  The agenda can be found here.

The meeting will consider feedback from the community with respect to changing permitted uses under the “Agricultural Zone (A)” to exclude livestock intensive agricultural uses and greenhouses.  In addition, it will continue to prohibit mushroom farms.  Currently, greenhouses are allowed and one is currently under construction at 2085 Highway 3 which is proposed to house a Cannabis crop.

The purpose of the meeting is to hear public comment on a proposed Housekeeping Zoning By-law Amendment to the Sandwich South Zoning By-law 85-18 pursuant to the provisions of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990.

Currently, there are three separate settlement areas in the Town’s Official Plan pertaining to lands within the former Sandwich South area, that collectively, identify areas where long-term urban uses are to be established.  Within each of these three settlement areas, future development lands are either within a Hamlet Development Designation (requiring further study and Official Plan amendments to determine and identify the ultimate preferred urban land uses) or a specific urban land use designation (such as the Maidstone Hamlet Residential designation).

The proposed housekeeping amendment would have the effect of changing the zoning on these lands to a site-specific “Agricultural Zone (A)” that would permit all of the uses in the “Agricultural Zone (A)” with the exception of livestock intensive agricultural uses and greenhouses.  In addition, it will continue to prohibit mushroom farms.

  • When compared to 2018, Essex Powerlines undertook less planned outages in 2019 and 2020. 2020 Construction in Progress has 32 transformer replacements ongoing.
  • In 2020, Essex Powerlines experienced an increase in Loss of Supply (3) events. These types of outages by their nature (feeder lock out) usually result in the largest number of customer outage hours.
  • In 2019 and 2020, Essex Powerlines also saw an increase in defective equipment related outages when compared to 2018.
  • In 2019 and 2020 the Town of Tecumseh did experience some adverse weather and lightning related outages which were not experienced in 2018. 
1. Town of Mono dated July 28, 2020 Re: Investment in Rural Broadband Infrastructure.  Mono is requesting federal consideration for rural broadband internet funding.
2. Town of Essex dated August 14, 2020 Re: Request for more detailed information regarding the spread of COVID-19 in Essex County.  Essex advises that it requires of the Health Unit more granular information that allows the public to note positive cases by neighborhood not just at the Municipal level. To receive this more detailed information on a timelier and even daily basis if possible will better equip the public and their municipalities to evaluate health risks, identify potential hot zones and plan and use precious taxpayer/municipal resources more efficiently. 
3. Town of Essex dated August 13, 2020 Re: Formal Apology from Canadian Government to African Canadians for Slavery.  Essex is requesting a formal apology from the Canadian Government to African Canadians for slavery.
4. Township of Huron-Kinloss dated August 28, 2020 Re: Support for Cultural, Service and Sporting Clubs.  Huron-Kinloss  supports Oshawa in their request that the Federal, Provincial, and Regional Government help local municipalities assist their local social cultural, service clubs, and children/youth minor sporting organizations with clear and definitive relief funding programs directed to help sustain the aforementioned groups through these trying times inflected on them by the effects of COVID-19.
5. Township of Huron-Kinloss dated August 28, 2020 Re: Emancipation Day in Canada.   Huron-Kinloss is in support of designating August 1 of every year as Emancipation Day in Canada.
6. Town of Fort Erie dated August 25, 2020 Re: Private Members Bill M-36 to Declare August 1 as "Emancipation Day" in Canada.  Fort Erie is in support of designating August 1 of every year as Emancipation Day in Canada.
7. Township of Huron-Kinloss dated August 17, 2020 Re: Farm Tax Credit Review.  Huron-Kinloss supports the Council of the Township of Mapleton in their request that: The Province of Ontario undertake a review of the Farm Property Tax Class Rate Program.
8. City of St. Catharines dated August 17, 2020 Re: Support to the City of Toronto in their Legal Challenge of the Amendments made under Bill 184, Section 83.  St. Catharines supports the City of Toronto's legal challenge to Bill 184, section 83, respecting tenant eviction due to rent arrears.
9. Town of Gore Bay dated August 18, 2020 Re: Support for COVID-19 Funding.  The Town of Gore Bay is in support of The Corporation of the City of Oshawa requesting support of their motion to request the Federal, Provincial and Regional Government to help municipalities assist their local social cultural, service clubs and children/youth minor sporting organizations with clear and definitive relief funding programs. 
10. City of Port Colborne dated August 18, 2020 Re: Funding and Inspections for Long Term Care Homes due to COVID-19 Pandemic.  Port Colborne supports the resolution from the Township of South Glengarry regarding funding and regular inspections for Long Term Care facilities.
11. City of Port Colborne dated August 18, 2020 Re: Endorsement of Bill 164, Protecting Vulnerable Persons in Supportive Living Accommodation Act, 2019.  Port Colborne supports Private Member’s Bill 164: Protecting Vulnerable Persons in Supportive Living Accommodation Act, 2019.
12. Town of Amherstburg dated August 26, 2020 Re: Support for Increased Provincial Funding.  Amherstburg supports the Greater Essex County District School Board – Chairperson of the Board’s recommendation regarding Support for Increased Provincial Funding to allow the Board to offer the health and safety standards at an enhanced level.
13. Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs dated August 31, 2020 Re: Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act.  Minister Ernie Hardeman has announced a partial proclamation of the Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2020 that will come into effect on Wednesday September 2, 2020 at 12:01AM.  Included are sections 6(1), 7, 14(1)[3] and 15(1) of the Act, making it an offence to stop, hinder, obstruct or otherwise interfere with a motor vehicle transporting farm animals.
1. CN Rail, dated August 20, 2020 That the week of September 21 - 27, 2020, be proclaimed as “Rail Safety Week” in the Town of Tecumseh.
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August 11th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 5:30pm with the first public meeting to discuss a proposed rezoning at 3455 North Talbot Road (at Hennin).  The streaming link is at https://video.islive.ca/tecumseh/live.html

The property owner is requesting a land use change from  “Industrial Zone (M1)” to a site-specific “Business Park Zone (BP)”  in order to permit the addition of general/business offices, professional offices, union hall, restaurants, craft industries/specialty workshops and retail sales as permitted uses. In addition, the proposed site-specific BP Zone will establish site specific yard and lot requirements. The subject property is designated “Business Park” in the Sandwich South Official Plan.

The agenda can be found here.

At 6:30pm there is a second public meeting to discuss a proposed condominium on a vacant 1.08 hectare (2.68 acre) parcel of land situated at the northeast corner of the Tecumseh Road/Southfield Drive intersection at 11870 Tecumseh Road (the proposed Gateway Tower building in which the land use and site plan were previously approved for the site).  The agenda can be found here.

The proposed Draft Plan of Condominium includes:

  • A total of 99 residential units;
  • 132 parking spaces reserved for individual unit owners (104 uncovered and 29 covered) and 14 parking spaces reserved as visitor parking spaces;
  • 57 storage areas located inside the building that are associated with the individual dwelling units; and
  • 16 exclusive-use patio areas associated with 16 residential units located on the first floor of the proposed building.

Regular business begins at 7pm.  The agenda can be found here:

Communications incluide:

1. Enbridge Gas Inc. dated June 30, 2020 Re: 2020 Rates - Application and Evidence.  Enbridge is requesting a rate increase for all of its customers with the most significant increase being for former Union Gas customers including Tecumseh.  The proposed increase for our area is $8.91 annually.

2. Town of Lakeshore dated July 17, 2020 Re: Notice of Electronic (Virtual) Public Meeting to consider a cannabis production facility.  Lakeshore is proposing a land use change at 417 Jutras Drive South for a medical cannabis production facility.  The public meeting will be held on August 11th at 6pm.

3. Township of South Glengarry dated July 20, 2020 Re: Long Term Care Homes.  South Glengarry urges the Ontario government to provide funding to increase full-time positions in place of casual and part-time labour in long term care homes and requests that the Ministry of Long-term Care acts to regularly inspect all long term care homes, and sound infection control measures are put in place at all Ontario long term care homes.

4. Town of Gore Bay dated July 21, 2020 Re: Support of OPP Diversity Training.  Gore Bay supports the Town of Orangeville in its request for improvements to OPP Diversity Training and that although the OPP have Indicated they have a comprehensive diversity training program, there may not be the same resources available throughout the province detachments; and whereas there is public concern regarding the use of force, such as neck restraints, and oversight, they support efforts to encourage common training requirements to all members ofthe Ontario Provincial Police Force.

5. Town of Mono dated July 24, 2020 Re: Diversity Training Program for Municipal Police Services.  Mono endorses the Orangeville resolution and would like to see it extended to all municipal police forces.

6. Town of Gore Bay dated July 21, 2020 Re: Support of Universal Basic Income.  Gore Bay requests federal and provincial consideration of a Universal Basic Income program.

7. Town of Gore Bay dated July 31, 2020 Re: Support of The Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities for The Municipality of McDougall.  Gore Bay disagrees with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario recommendation to replace OPP Detachment Boards with Northern Ontario District Social Services Boards.

8. Town of Kingsville dated July 31, 2020 Re: Request for More Detailed Information and Data Regarding the Spread of COVID-19 in Essex County.  Kingsville advises that it has sent a letter to the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit Board of Directors and Medical Officer of Health Dr. Wajid Ahmed, requesting more detailed information and data regarding the spread of COVID-19 (to a neighbourhood level consistent with other named jurisdictions).

9. Town of Amherstburg dated July 28, 2020 Re: Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program Grant.  Amherstburg supports a Town of Renfrew resolution requesting that Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program grant applications be fast tracked.

10. Town of Amherstburg dated July 28, 2020 Re: COVID-19 Financial Relief for Municipalities.  Amherstburg and Essex request that their MPP read aloud a letter in the Ontario Legislature seeking financial relief from the Province.

11. County of Essex dated July 29, 2020 Re: Support for Federal Assistance for People with Disabilities - COVID-19 Pandemic.  Essex County requests additional funding from the Federal government for certified holders of the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) to assist with the added financial burden that many people living with disabilities are facing during the COVID-19 Pandemic;

Communications - Action Required
1. Essex Region Conservation Authority dated July 31, 2020.  Town Council is being asked to consider endorsing the following individuals’ appointment to the Essex Region Source Protection Committee:

Albert Dionne, Town of Lakeshore, appointment date: September 10, 2020; expiration of appointment September 10, 2025;
Ian Wilson, City of Windsor, appointment date: September 10, 2020; expiration of appointment September 10, 2021;
Nelson Santos, Union Water Supply System, appointment date: September 10, 2020; expiration of appointment November 30 , 2022.

I have declared a conflict on this decision.

Reports
1. Chief Administrative Office
a. CAO-2020-06 Boundary Adjustment Agreement and the County Road 43 Class Environmental Assessment Study.  Administration reports that to be consistent with its 2003 agreement, Essex County had committed to realign Banwell Road with the 11th Concession Road to form a single continuous north-south roadway, with the County undertaking and implementing the Class EA study with construction completed within 5 years of EA completion.  The EA study was first completed in 2009.  The Lauzon Parkway/County Road 42 EA upgraded the intersection design to a roundabout, and a third EA for Banwell Road was completed in September 2016.  Essex County proposes to further delay detailed design to 2021 or 2022 which does not respect the legal agreement signed by Essex County.  The County does not propose to conform to the recommended solution approved in the CR43 ESR; the limits of the proposed detailed design accounts for only two-thirds of the CR43 ESR study area length, omitting that portion of CR43 from Shields to the CPR tracks; and the proposed timing of the design does not comply with the terms set forth in the Agreement, and there has been no commitment to date from the County on the timing for construction.  In addition, County Administration are not responding to efforts to resolve through Town Administration.

2. Corporate Services & Clerk
a. CS-2020-15 Golden Age Club Parkette.  Administration has received a request to acquire a portion of currently unused lands adjacent to the Golden Age Club.  Administration is not recommending acceptance of the offer.

b. CS-2020-25 Face Covering Policy for Visitors and Contractors.  Administration is recommending compulsory face coverings for all visitors and contractors to Town Facilities.

3. Financial Services
a. FS-2020-11 2021 Business Plan and Budget Timetable.  Administration recommends that the proposed 2021 Business Plan and Budget Timetable, as follows, be approved:

  • Council consultation September 22, 2020
  • Public engagement September 24 – October 16, 2020
  • Table proposed business plan and budget December 8, 2020
  • Council deliberations TBD January, 2021
  • Council consideration and adoption January 26, 2021

b. FS-2020-14 Budget Variance Report - June 2020.  Administration projects a year-end deficit of $144,000 (Tax Supported $165,000 deficit and Rate Supported surplus of $21,000) as a result of adjustments resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the flooding emergency.

4. Planning & Building Services
a. PBS-2020-26 Tecumseh Transit Service, 2020 6-month review.  Use of Transit service has been severely impacted by COVID-19 with a significant drop in ridership relative to 2019.  Total ridership has decreased by approximately 50% (or 7,080 riders) during the first 6 months of the year.
b. PBS-2020-28 Six Month Permit Report.  Administration reports that construction value was $7,950,095, which is down by $4,775,870 or 38 percent, and permit applications have declined by 17%.

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

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