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

Feburary 23rd Meeting

Tecumseh Council begins at 7pm with a regular meeting.  The agenda for the meeting can be found here.
1. Town of Kingsville dated January 8, 2021 Re: Removal of the Windsor International Airport from NAV Canada Closure List.  Kingsville supports the Essex County motion requesting that NAV Canada remove Air Traffic Control services from the Windsor International Airport.
2. Township of Perth South dated February 2, 2021 Re: Ontario Announces Working Group to Better Focus Conservation Authorities.  Perth South supports the proposed changes the Ontario government passed respecting conservation authorities in schedule 6 of Bill 229, the Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act (Budget Measures), 2020 (“Bill 229”).
3. Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks dated February 5, 2021 Re: Conservation Authorities Act.  The Ministry is proposing that the remaining un-proclaimed provisions of Bill 229 be proclaimed in two further stages over the coming months to align with the roll out of proposed regulations and policy. These include: i) Provisions related to natural hazard management, mandatory programs and services, community advisory boards, the agreements and transition period, and fees; ii) Provisions related to municipal levies, and standards and requirements for non-mandatory programs and services.
4. Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs dated February 11, 2021 Re: Food Premises Regulation under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.  Minister Hardeman has announced changes to the Food Premises Regulation under the Health Protection and Promotion Act that allow more flexibility for small, independent businesses to sell their low-risk, home-prepared foods from their homes or at special events like farmers’ markets, festivals and fairs. Some clarification of the rules was required and revisions have now been published to http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/docs/selling_low_risk_food.pdf.
5. Township of Guelph-Eramosa dated February 8, 2021 Re: Advocacy for Reform on MFIPPA.  Guelph-Eramosa requests reform to the Municipal Freedom of Infromation and Protection of Privacy Act as follows:
  1. That MFIPPA assign the Municipal Clerk, or designate to be the Head under the Act;
  2. That MFIPPA be updated to address current and emerging technologies;
  3. That MFIPPA regulate the need for consistent routine disclosure practices across institutions;
  4. That the threshold for frivolous and/or vexatious actions be reviewed, and take into consideration the community and available resources in which it is applied;
  5. That the threshold for frivolous and/or vexatious also consider the anonymity of requesters, their abusive nature and language in requests to ensure protection from harassment as provided for in Occupational Health and Safety Act;
  6. That the application and scalability of fees be designed to ensure taxpayers are protected from persons abusing the access to information process;
  7. That administrative practices implied or required under the Act, including those of the IPC, be reviewed and modernized;
  8. That the integrity of the Act be maintained to protect personal privacy and transparent governments.
6. Town of Amherstburg dated February 8, 2021 Re: Support for Bill S-216, an Act to Enact the Modern Slavery Act and to Amend the Customs Tariff.  Amherstburg supports Bill S-216, an Act to enact the Modern Slavery Act
7. City of St. Catherines dated February 8, 2021 Re: Universal Paid Sick Days in Ontario.  St. Catharines endorses legislated sick leave and calls on the government of Ontario to permanently legislate universal paid sick days for all workers in Ontario during the pandemic and beyond, regardless of workplace size, type of work or immigration status.
8. Town of Orangeville dated February 10, 2021 Re: Greenhouse Gas Emissions.  Orangeville requests that the Government of Ontario develop and implement a plan to phase-out all gas-fired electricity generation as soon as possible, with an emphasis on proven renewable energy technologies and energy storage, to ensure that Orangeville and other municipalities are enabled to achieve climate action goals (or “GHG emission reduction targets”); and direct the IESO to accelerate the use of renewable electricity supply, energy storage, and energy efficiency in all sectors, in order to reduce provincial greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible and bolster our competitiveness in the global cleantech marketplace and overall emerging low-carbon economy.
9. Township of Georgian Bay dated February 10, 2021 Re: Insurance Rates Reduction.  Georgian Bay supports the Municipality of Charleton and Dack to immediately review the recommendations to investigate the unethical practice of preferred vendors who are paid substantial amounts over industry standards, despite COVID-19 delays, as insurance premiums will soon be out of reach for many communities.
10. Save the OFC dated February 5, 2021 Re: Save the Ontario Fire College.  This unsigned letter asks for municipalities to support retaining the Ontario Fire College in Gravenhurst.
11. Town of Gravenhurst dated February 11, 2021 Re: Ontario Fire College.  Gravenhurst asks that the Province of Ontario reconsider the closure of the Ontario Fire College; and that if the closure occurs, the facility and site in the Town of Gravenhurst be considered to be the location of a Regional Training Centre for Fire and Emergency Services, and that the Province engage the Town of Gravenhurst and community partners to use the site in a matter that fosters growth of the community in a responsible way.
12. Town of Amherstburg dated February 12, 2021 Re: Ontario Fire College.  Amherstburg requests that the Province of Ontario reverse their decision to close the Ontario Fire College, and should the College continue to be closed as announced, that the Funds associated with the operation of the Fire College be retained for the exclusive use of the Ontario Fire Service to offset the financial impact of Fire fighter training.
13. Conmee Township dated February 10, 2021 Re: Criminal Records and Municipal Election Candidates.  Conmee requests amendments to the Municipal Act and Municipal Elections Act, as may be, so that people with a criminal record who have not had their record cleared from the RCMP Data Base by order of the Governor General of Canada, be prohibited from becoming a candidate in municipal elections, and that an elected local government official be disqualified from office upon conviction of a serious criminal offense and must resign.
14. Enbridge dated February 17, 2021 Re: Panhandle Regional Expansion Project.  Enbridge is inviting potential customers of natural gas consumption to contact them as they are build capacity as part of the Panhandle Regional Expansion Project.
15. AMTCO dated February 18, 2021 Re: Open Letter to Municipal Councils, Services during COVID-19.  AMCTO requests that municipalities continue to support staff training during the COVID-19 pandemic.
16. Windsor Construction Association dated February 18, 2021 Re: COVID Stimulus Funding.  The Windsor Construction Association requests of senior levels of government financial stimulus funding that do not require municipal investment.
c. PBS-2021-06 Site Plan Control Approval, 1840 Blackacre Drive.  Administration recommends that the Site Plan for this property which depicts the existing 1560 square metre (16,800 square foot) industrial building and two proposed 1114 square metre (12,000 square foot) industrial buildings, along with the respective associated on-site works on a 1.98 hectare (4.89 acre) property located on the north side of Blackacre Drive, immediately north of its intersection with Roscon Industrial Drive (1840 Blackacre Drive), be approved, subject to:
i) the Owner obtaining approval of Minor Variance Application A-14-21, providing relief to allow a third driveway access, from the Committee of Adjustment without appeals;
ii) the Owner depositing with the Town security in the form of cash or letter of credit in the amount of ten thousand dollars ($10,000) to ensure that all of the services and other obligations of the Owner are completed to the satisfaction of the Town, which cash or letter of credit security deposit shall be returned to the Owner uponcompletion and final inspection of all obligations of the Owner for the first (most easterly) proposed building, as shown on the aforementioned plans. In addition, in the event the security is returned to the Owner upon completion of the first proposed building, the Owner shall be required to deposit a further $10,000 deposit for the construction of the second proposed industrial building; and
iii) storm water retention calculations and associated drawings being approved by the Town, all of which is in accordance with Section 41 of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990.
By-Law 2021-10 Being a by-law to adopt the new Town of Tecumseh Official Plan.
By-Law 2021-11 Being a by-law to authorize the execution of an Agreement between The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh and Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Ontario as represented by the Minister of Government and Consumer Services
By-Law 2021-12 Being a by-law to authorize the execution of a Servicing Agreement between The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh and Municipality of Lakeshore and April Pawluk and Ryan Pawluk.
For questions on these or other municipal matters, please contact me at (226) 773-1910 or [email protected]
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February 9th Meeting

This week, Tecumseh Town Council begins at 7pm.  The agenda and reports described below can be found here.

Delegations include Bob Hamilton our Fire Prevention Officer who is retiring from the Tecumseh Fire Re: Retirement Recognition.


Communications - For Information
1. City of Port Colborne dated January 22, 2021 Re: Drainage Mattters on CNR Lands.  Port Colborne asks 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.

2. Town of Plympton-Wyoming dated January 18, 2021 Re: Drainage Matters and Coordination with National Railways.  Plympton-Wyoming asks 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. Municipality of West Nipissing Dated February 1, 2021 Re: Municipal Drainage Matters and the Need for Coordination with National Railways.  West Nipissing asks 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. Municipality of West Nipissing dated January 7, 2021 Re: Request to Support Communities with Emergency Operational Funding.  (The request is a duplicate of the one above)

5. City of Port Colborne dated January 25, 2021 Re: Tile Drainage Installation Act.  Port Colborne requests that the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs amend the Tile Drainage Installation Act and/or the regulations under the Act that would require tile drainage contractors file farm tile drainage installation plans with the local municipality.

6. Municipality of Grey Highlands dated January 20, 2021 Re: Insurance Rates.  Grey Highlands has resolved to support reforms to Joint and Several Liability including:

  1. The provincial government adopt a model of full proportionate liability to replace joint and several liability.
  2. Implement enhancements to the 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 1 year limitation period may be beneficial.
  3. Implement a cap for economic loss awards.
  4. Increase the catastrophic impairment default benefit limit to $2 million and increase the third-party liability coverage to $2 million in government regulated automobile insurance plans.
  5. Assess and implement additional measures which would support lower premiums or alternatives to the provision of insurance services by other entities such as nonprofit insurance reciprocals.
  6. Compel the insurance industry to supply all necessary financial evidence including premiums, claims and deductible limit changes which support its own and municipal arguments as to the fiscal impact of joint and several liability.
  7. Establish a provincial and municipal working group to consider the above and put forward recommendations to the Attorney General;

and further to investigate the unethical practice of preferred vendors who are paid substantial amounts over industry standards, despite COVID 19 delays, as insurance premiums will soon be out of reach for many communities.

7. Town of Gore Bay dated January 25, 2021 Re: Municipal Insurance Rates.  Gore Bay has resolved to support the above.

8. Town of Bracebridge dated January 22, 2021 Re: Infrastructure funding.  Bracebridge requests that the Federal and Provincial Governments provide immediate broad and substantial municipal funding opportunities for well-planned, shovel-ready projects already prioritized under municipal asset management plans to provide immediate stimulus to the local, provincial and the federal economies in order to rebound from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

9. Township of Lake of Bays dated February 3, 2021 Re: Municipal Infrastructure Funding.  Lake of Bays supports the above.

10. Municipality of Leamington dated January 22, 2021 Re: Removal of Windsor International Airport from NAV Canada Closure List.  Leamington supports the County of Essex in requesting 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.

11. Essex Region Conservation Authority dated January 25, 2021 Re: Essex Region Source Protection Committee, Municipal Representation and 2020 Annual Report.  Municipal Councils are asked to endorse Mr. Kevin Webb as a member of the Source Protection Committee prior to his formal appointment by the Essex Region Source Protection Authority.

12. Township of South Stormont dated January 25, 2021 Re: Reopening small businesses.  South Stormont requests that the Province of Ontario allow for small businesses to immediately reopen with the required health guidelines and protocols in place.

13. Township of North Glengarry date January 25, 2021 Re: Support to reopen small businesses.  North Glengarry requests that the Province of Ontario allow for small businesses to immediately reopen with the required health guidelines and protocols in place.

14. City of Port Colborne dated January 26, 2021 Re: Unlicensed and Unmonitored Cannabis Grow Operations.  Port Colborne supports Blandford-Blenheim in urging the Federal Government to amend the legislation under which cannabis grow operations facilities operate to ensure the safety and rights of the local communities in which they are situated are respected.

15. Norfolk County dated January 22, 2021 Re: Endorsement of Bill 197.  Norfolk County calls upon the Government of Ontario (Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MOECP) to amend Bill 197, COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020, 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

16. Township of Augusta dated January 25, 2021 Re: Ontario Fire College.  Augusta requests that the Province of Ontario reverse their decision to close the Ontario Fire College as the OFC is one of the best and most cost-effective methods for municipalities to train their firefighters which assists us in protecting our residents.

17. Township of Baldwin dated February 1, 2021 Re: Ontario Fire College.  Baldwin requests the Province of Ontario to reconsider closing the Ontario Fire College.

18. Township of Lake of Bays dated February 3, 2021 Re: Ontario Fire College.  Lake of Bays supports the resolution noted above from Augusta.

19. Township of Asphodel-Norwood dated February 1, 2021 Re: Community Safety and Well-Being Plan Extension Request.  Asphodel-Norwood calls upon the Solicitor General to review the imposed deadline for municipalities to complete and adopt a Community Safety & Well-Being (CSWB) Plan in consultation with local governments to address the unique challenges facing individual regions.

20. Town of Amherstburg dated February 1, 2021 Re: COVID-19 Child Care Funding.  Amherstburg supports Carleton Place in its request of the Government of Ontario to:

a. prioritize children and childcare as part of its overall post pandemic recovery plan;

b. develop, adequately fund and release publicly a comprehensive plan that can support facilities through the provision of licensed childcare and early learning education;

c. 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.

21. Town of Amherstburg dated February 1, 2021 Re: Request for Longer Grant Application Timelines.  Amherstburg supports Matachewan's request that application deadlines on any further grants have a longer turn-around time.

22. Township of Lake of Bays dated February 3, 2021 Re: Bill 229, Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act.  Lake of Bays supports the resolution from the Municipality of West Grey requesting support to repeal Schedule 8 of Bill 229, Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act, 2020.

23. Township of Lake of Bays dated February 3, 2021 Re: Municipal Elections Act.  Lake of Bays hereby supports the resolution from the Municipality of Mississippi Mills regarding support to amend the Municipal Elections Act to provide 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.

24. Perth County dated February 2, 2021.  Re: Significant Negative Impacts of Current Value Assessments.  Perth County asks to move forward with implementing reassessment based on Current Value Assessments.


Reports
1. Chief Administrative Officer
a. CAO-2021-04 Community Safety and Well-Being Plan Update and Forthcoming Public Consultation Opportunities.  Administration supplies a report regarding the “Community Safety and Well-Being Plan Update and Forthcoming Public Consultation Opportunities”.  There will be a virtual consultation for the Town of Tecumseh on Saturday, February 27, 2021, 10:00-11:30am.

2. Corporate Services & Clerk
a. CS-2021-03 Parking Lot Lease Agreement Renewal 12150 Tecumseh Road J Kalbol Enterprises Inc. Administration is requesting that direction be given on the terms proposed by J. Kalbol Enterprise Inc., for a Lease Payment $6,990 (net of snow removal), and for repair costs to be shared on a 50/50 basis for renewal of a Parking Lot Lease Agreement for the Town of Tecumseh’s exclusive use of 26 parking spaces at 12150 Tecumseh Road.  With respect to the repairs, the negotiated agreement is to move to a 50/50 cost share from 63/37, with the Town continuing to be responsible for all maintenance costs, except snow removal.  In 2020 the cost is $1,968, the 2019 cost was $1,995 and the 2018 cost was $1,904.

3. Planning & Building Services
a. PBS-2021-02 Site Plan Control Agreement, D11 SKY, Skyline Real Estate Holdings, East Side Southfield Drive.  Administration is bringing forward a recommended Site Plan for the Skyline multi-residential development south of existing buildings on Tecumseh Road including revamped driveway access, an improved trail from Arbour Street to Southfield Park, and trees along the Southfield frontage of the property.

b. PBS-2021-03 CIP Report, DC Grant, Skyline Apartments, East Side Southfield.  Administration is recommending a $100,000 Community Improvement Grant towards the above-noted development as it complies with the required terms of the Tecumseh Road Mainstreet Community Improvement Plan.

4. Public Works & Environmental Services
a. PWES-2021-03 DMAF Agreement for Climate Change and Flooding Resiliency Project.  Administration proposes entering into an agreement to receive federal funding from the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund for the flood resiliency project that includes the following:1) Construction of a new consolidated Scully and St. Mark’s Pump Station and a Riverside Drive Trunk Storm Sewer; 2) Decommissioning of the existing St. Mark’s Storm Pump Station; and 3) Construction of a new Peter J. Cecile Pump Station.  The Town’s portion of the total project costs will be $16.05M of the total $26.75M, and be funded through a combination of Lifecycle Stormwater Reserves and Debt with up to $15M of Debt to be incurred.

b. PWES-2021-06 Food and Organic Waste Management Plan.  Administration reports on the progress of a regional Organics Collection program that would be required for Windsor, Tecumseh, LaSalle, Amherstburg and Leamington under provincial legislation.

c. PWES-2021-07-2021 Supply of Various Vehicles.  Administration is recommending various vehicle purchases in the amount of $723,000 plus associated costs for outfitting, $15,000, for a total of $738,000 be funded from the Fleet Vehicle Reserve, as well as funding for the purchase of the 2021 Supply of Various Vehicles in the amount of $210,000 plus associated costs for outfitting, $5,000, for a total of $215,000 be funded from the Lifecycle Fire Apparatus Reserve, subject to confirmation of approval of the Town’s Investing in Canada’s Infrastructure Program (ICIP) application.

d. PWES-2021-08 Tecumseh (Water) Distribution System 2020 Inspection Report.  Administration reports on the most recent regulatory inspection report for our water distribution system.  The Town’s inspection risk rating is 0.00% and the final inspection rating is 100.00%. Those ratings represent the best possible rating achievable.

e. PWES-2021-09 Annual Summary Report for the Year 2020 Town of Tecumseh (Water) Distribution System (260004969).  Administration report on the findings from the 2020 summary report demonstrating that the Town of Tecumseh meets all regulatory compliance requirements prescribed through applicable legislation.

In addition, a By-law amendment is proposed to appoint Paul Jobin to the Property Standards Committee for the term of Council 2019-2022.

 

For questions on these or other municipal matters, please contact me at 226-773-1910 or [email protected]

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