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Friday, September 30, 2022

Peterborough County All Candidates Meetings

BY VANESSA STARK & MARNIE CLEMENT

The Peterborough and Kawarthas Chamber of Commerce are hosting nine all-candidate debates this week for the city and each of the townships within Peterborough County.

These debates have a heavy focus on the business community within the townships while also hearing input from the greater community.

The first two debates took place on Monday Sept. 26 via Zoom.

First up from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. was Douro-Dummer Township. In addition to opening and closing statements, there were four questions asked within the allotted time frame of the debate.

1. How do you see the growth of the township over the next four years?
2. What is your plan to attract workers to the township?
3. What role should the township play in the bigger picture of the county and region as a whole?
4. What are your thoughts and plans to manage short term rentals in the township?

Though the debate happened live over Zoom, the recorded version is posted on the Chamber Facebook and YouTube channel.

The next debate the chamber hosted was Asphodel-Norwood at 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. which was also hosted live via Zoom and will be available to view over the Chambers social media.

On Tuesday Sept. 26, the Township of Otonabee-South Monaghan was the first debate of the night at 5:30 p.m. with the Municipality of Trent Lakes up next, taking place at 7:30 p.m. virtually

Eleven of the 14 candidates running in Trent Lakes took part in the event.  The questions were similar to those asked in Douro Dummer and were provided by members of the business community.

1. What are the next steps to increase access to housing in Trent Lakes?
2. What are the infrastructure priorities for the municipality?
3. In some parts of the municipality short term rentals create conflict and opportunities.  What is your plan for growth?
4. How do you see Trent Lakes growing and developing over the next four years?5. How can tourism be supported and how can tourism opportunities be increased?

The chamber debate for Selwyn Township is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., with North Kawartha Township up right after from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Residents can participate live via Zoom or watch the recorded versions at a later date.

For more information on the Chamber debate line up, visit peterboroughchamber.ca/2022-municipal-election.html

There are two in-person debates scheduled, one for Trent Lakes and the other for Douro Dummer.

In Trent Lakes, the Buckhorn Ratepayers Association is holding a municipal all-candidates meeting at the Buckhorn Community Centre on Oct. 3, 2022.

All municipal candidates have accepted invitations to attend the event.  Each will be asked a number of questions that have been submitted by members of the public.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  

Douro-Dummer’s in-person all-candidate debate will take place on Oct. 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Douro Community Centre and is being sponsored by the Douro Dummer Residents Committee. All are welcome to attend to hear candidates talk about their ideas and thoughts about the future of the community.

Municipalities across Ontario are holding elections on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. Contact your local municipality for more information on how to vote.