Responses from Candidates for Ward 3 – Wellington


RSVPs

With the aim of increasing voter turnout in the upcoming municipal election, candidates for Mayor and Ward Councilor in Prince Edward County are being invited to share their thoughts on a wide range of issues once a week.

Responses from candidates for Ward 3 – Wellington are here:

Respondents

Invitations
Candidates for Ward 3 – Wellington (1 office) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Jennifer COBB
Corey ENGELSDORFER
Heather NORLOCK

Responses to Invitation 5

Candidates received Invitation 5 on September 20, 2022 and were asked to forward their responses by September 26, 2022. Candidate responses were published here and on Facebook on September 28, 2022.

Respondents

Jennifer Cobb

Candidate photo - Jennifer Cobb
1. Please rate your level of agreement (Strongly disagree | Disagree | Neither disagree or agree | Agree | Strongly agree) with the following:

“Council should adopt a Strategic Initiative to respond to [the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s] Calls to Action 43, 47 and 57.”

Agree.

2. Please explain your rating.

We need to have a consistent and comprehensive set of Human Rights that apply to all Canadians. The Calls to Action should be implemented by all levels of government, PLUS Anti-Indigenous Racism training should be a requirement of all people who hold public office. We need to collectively, publicly and consciously begin to change the intrenched racism within Canadian Society.

3. Please rate your level of agreement (Strongly disagree | Disagree | Neither disagree or agree | Agree | Strongly agree) with the following statements:

“The cost of maintaining a public register of requests for County records would likely outweigh its benefits.”
Strongly disagree.

“The cost of the routine disclosure of County records would likely outweigh its benefits.”
Strongly disagree.

“The cost of the active dissemination of County records would likely outweigh its benefits.”
Strongly disagree.

4. For any one of your ratings above, please describe your analysis of the different costs and benefits that lead to your conclusion (max. 500 words).

I am shocked that the County doesn’t have a registry, nor an Ombudsperson to resolve complaints. All public governance bodies that I know of, have a registry.

As public officials, the work of the County should be a matter of public record. We have a long history of ‘old boys’ networks’ making back-room deals. This is not democracy, and under Public Sector Accounting Practices, is illegal.

We need to be fully accountable for public funds. That means having a registry should be a requirement – it proves accountability, and demonstrates that there is nothing to hide.

When we can learn from our mistakes, we can improve. When we make our records open, transparent and accessible to all citizens, we are able to better identify those who are not following PSAP Procurement Guidelines, or are in violation of other municipal, provincial or federal laws. This further enables the County to weed out any violation of the laws which equally apply to us all.


Corey Engelsdorfer

1. Please rate your level of agreement (Strongly disagree | Disagree | Neither disagree or agree | Agree | Strongly agree) with the following:

“Council should adopt a Strategic Initiative to respond to [the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s] Calls to Action 43, 47 and 57.”

Agree.

2. Please explain your rating.

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation should be a moment for everyone including leaders in every government to reflect upon and recognize the trauma of the Residential School system. There must be a change in the way systems continue to operate and negatively impact Indigenous Peoples, and ultimately one that doesn’t fail to create equal opportunities for all.

3. Please rate your level of agreement (Strongly disagree | Disagree | Neither disagree or agree | Agree | Strongly agree) with the following statements:

“The cost of maintaining a public register of requests for County records would likely outweigh its benefits.”
Disagree.

“The cost of the routine disclosure of County records would likely outweigh its benefits.”
Disagree.

“The cost of the active dissemination of County records would likely outweigh its benefits.”
Disagree.

4. For any one of your ratings above, please describe your analysis of the different costs and benefits that lead to your conclusion (max. 500 words).

As the publisher of a local newspaper, I believe all documents should be easily accessible for the general public. County ratepayers have a right to know how their money is spent. I view ratepayers as shareholders in the corporation.

Openness and Transparency equals Accountability. The essential purpose of access to information is to support the democratic process: When municipal government proactively provides routine access to government held information, it creates accountability.

As far as cost benefit analysis, I am not sure I am qualified to comment. A by law would need to be made for fees and charges.


Heather Norlock

1. Please rate your level of agreement (Strongly disagree | Disagree | Neither disagree or agree | Agree | Strongly agree) with the following:

“Council should adopt a Strategic Initiative to respond to [the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s] Calls to Action 43, 47 and 57.”

Strongly agree.

2. Please explain your rating.

It is very important we continue to do better and better. We must educate, continue to learn, and do our part. It is very important, and it is what every municipality should be doing.

3. Please rate your level of agreement (Strongly disagree | Disagree | Neither disagree or agree | Agree | Strongly agree) with the following statements:

“The cost of maintaining a public register of requests for County records would likely outweigh its benefits.”
Strongly disagree.

“The cost of the routine disclosure of County records would likely outweigh its benefits.”
Strongly disagree.

“The cost of the active dissemination of County records would likely outweigh its benefits.”
Strongly disagree.

4. For any one of your ratings above, please describe your analysis of the different costs and benefits that lead to your conclusion (max. 500 words).

It is important to be transparent while still protecting privacy. I would need more information of estimates for the costs of active dissemination of County records in order to speak on this properly, but I do believe this is important and would appreciated by the community. We need to be transparent and honest with the community.


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Responses to Invitation 4

Candidates received Invitation 4 on September 14, 2022 and were asked to forward their responses by September 19, 2022. Candidate responses were published here and on Facebook on September 20, 2022.

Respondents

Jennifer Cobb

Candidate photo - Jennifer Cobb
1. Please identify and describe the general nature of any conflict of pecuniary interest – real or apparent, direct or indirect – that you would foresee needing to declare, given the sort of conflicts that have been disclosed by your predecessors in 2020-2022. [We later clarified the reference to 2020-2022 here. As the preamble re: “Pecuniary Conflicts of Interest” notes, these three years are the ones reported in the County’s online Annual Registries of members’ disclosoure of conflicts of interest.]

None.

2A & 3. Please indicate your agreement with the following statement: “The County should adopt a Council Code of Conduct that addresses non-pecuniary conflicts of interests.” Please elaborate.

Strongly agree.

As an elected Public School Board Trustee for 12 years, the Trustee Code of Conduct has been a finite resource which has guided voting on a variety of issues. When there is a detailed, established Code of Conduct, it becomes de-personalized, so one Trustee (or Councillor) doesn’t have to ‘call out’ another. It is just another professional tool used for conducting business in an open, transparent and fair manner.

2B & 4. Please indicate your agreement with the following statement: “The County should adopt a Council Code of Conduct that addresses the pecuniary conflicts of interests of a family member who is not a parent, spouse or child.” Please elaborate.

Strongly agree.

We have many long term, extended families who have been established in the County for a long time. To place family interests over County interests should be a violation of the Councillor Code of Conduct, and so I support the definition of family to include relations beyond immediate family, to include extended family as well.

5. In the voter’s own words, please identify the most difficult-to-answer question that you’ve been asked in your campaign.

The most difficult questions I continually am asked to answer (for which I have no answer) is: Why are two people who don’t even live in Wellington/Ward 3 running to represent Wellington/Ward 3?

6. Please explain why this question was the most difficult-to-answer.

It is difficult to answer because I don’t have an answer to this. I believe that residence in the Ward should be a requirement for candidacy.

7. On October 21, 2020, Council voted unanimously to deny a rezoning application from Picton Terminals to bring in container and cruise ships. If presented with a similar vote today, how would you vote (deny or approve)? Why?

I would deny this request. The entire County already has a huge backlog of issues that haven’t been fully researched. We don’t understand the long term environmental and social effects of most of what is currently defined as an ‘issue’. Until we can develop a slow-moving, cohesive, and soundly planned out development plan for the entire County, we need to halt decisions which could potentially have a disastrous effect on the County, in part or whole, and its natural resources and environment.


Corey Engelsdorfer

1. Please identify and describe the general nature of any conflict of pecuniary interest – real or apparent, direct or indirect – that you would foresee needing to declare, given the sort of conflicts that have been disclosed by your predecessors in 2020-2022. [We later clarified the reference to 2020-2022 here. As the preamble re: “Pecuniary Conflicts of Interest” notes, these three years are the ones reported in the County’s online Annual Registries of members’ disclosoure of conflicts of interest.]

Advertising: As owner of The Times, there could be a pecuniary interest when it comes to advertising. If council has any say on County advertising and where it gets placed and how often, I would have to declare an interest as I would profit from it.

This one might be more of a reach, but there could be a conflict of interested on advertising from developers. If a developer advertises with The Times, it could be seen as a way to make me vote a certain way. The County has an Integrity Commissioner who I would be able to work with on deciding whether a conflict of interest should be declared.

2A & 3. Please indicate your agreement with the following statement: “The County should adopt a Council Code of Conduct that addresses non-pecuniary conflicts of interests.” Please elaborate.

Agree.

It’s hard to argue against a more transparent government, and this would be a big step towards that.

2B & 4. Please indicate your agreement with the following statement: “The County should adopt a Council Code of Conduct that addresses the pecuniary conflicts of interests of a family member who is not a parent, spouse or child.” Please elaborate.

Agree.

I believe council members should not participate in activities that grant, or appear to grant, any special consideration or advantage to a family member which is not available to every other individual. I could see this being an issue with County tenders, employment, or the Grant process.

5. In the voter’s own words, please identify the most difficult-to-answer question that you’ve been asked in your campaign.

It’s been both a question and a comment: How do we stop future development?
And we don’t want anymore development in Wellington.

6. Please explain why this question was the most difficult-to-answer.

It’s hard to answer because the reality is we need development, but it is hard to convince a resident who doesn’t want it.

One key issue that relates to Wellington includes urban sprawl and development north of the village. Growth is coming. I will work to ensure the pace of this growth is managed and the design of the communities fit with the existing village. I will also advocate that the Secondary Plan be enforced and that Belleville Road not turn into a maze of stripmalls, pulling commercial out of downtown.

7. On October 21, 2020, Council voted unanimously to deny a rezoning application from Picton Terminals to bring in container and cruise ships. If presented with a similar vote today, how would you vote (deny or approve)? Why?

Deny. The environmental impacts far outweigh the tourism benefit.


Heather Norlock

1. Please identify and describe the general nature of any conflict of pecuniary interest – real or apparent, direct or indirect – that you would foresee needing to declare, given the sort of conflicts that have been disclosed by your predecessors in 2020-2022. [We later clarified the reference to 2020-2022 here. As the preamble re: “Pecuniary Conflicts of Interest” notes, these three years are the ones reported in the County’s online Annual Registries of members’ disclosoure of conflicts of interest.]

If I understand the question correctly, I do not see myself needing to declare any conflicts of interest. Should a family member come to council with something that would qualify I would act with honesty and transparency.

2A & 3. Please indicate your agreement with the following statement: “The County should adopt a Council Code of Conduct that addresses non-pecuniary conflicts of interests.” Please elaborate.

Strongly agree.

The councillor should always advocate on the best interest of the ward as a whole. Any conflict of interest should be told to maintain transparency.

2B & 4. Please indicate your agreement with the following statement: “The County should adopt a Council Code of Conduct that addresses the pecuniary conflicts of interests of a family member who is not a parent, spouse or child.” Please elaborate.

Strongly agree.

Filling out a form to advise all on the conflict of interest would be necessary.

5. In the voter’s own words, please identify the most difficult-to-answer question that you’ve been asked in your campaign.

As of right now I have not received a question I could not answer. Some have taken further research and to develop a full understanding, but I have always made sure to come back with an answer.

6. Please explain why this question was the most difficult-to-answer.

N/A.

7. On October 21, 2020, Council voted unanimously to deny a rezoning application from Picton Terminals to bring in container and cruise ships. If presented with a similar vote today, how would you vote (deny or approve)? Why?

I would deny, as I believe more studies would need to be done on the Marina and surrounding areas, including aquatic and environmental. I would want to see data from studies of neighbours, nearby businesses, and other users to determine public opinion.


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Responses to Invitation 3

Candidates received Invitation 3 on September 7, 2022 and were asked to forward their responses by September 12, 2022. Candidate responses were published here and on Facebook on September 14, 2022.

Respondents

Jennifer Cobb

Candidate photo - Jennifer Cobb
1. Please rate your overall satisfaction with each of the following strategic initiatives:

Strategic Initiative Very dissatisfied Dissatisfied Neither Satisfied Very satisfied
By-law and policy review
Downtown revitalization
Healthcare initiatives
Municipal Accommodation Tax
PEC Affordable Housing Corp.
Short-Term Accommodations
Tourism management
Understanding Growth and Water/wastewater infrastructure

2. Please explain two of your ratings.

Short-Term Accommodations
I find it infuriating that Council spent money on a consultant who brought a variety of best practices from similar sized communities to ours regarding their management of STA’s forward, but then elected to ignore the advice of the consultant. It often appears that whoever speaks the loudest, and most forcefully, can sway Council’s decisions.

PEC Affordable Housing Corp.
We have had a desperate lack of affordable housing for many years, and yet the initiative is slow moving and hasn’t made any progress. The old arena in Wellington has sat derelict for a decade, and should have been turned into affordable housing years ago.

3. Please outline one County-wide strategic initiative that is missing from the above and should be adopted by Council.

Environment
We should have a far more comprehensive environmental initiative. Our tree canopy is dwindling, we have faced regular and persistent flooding, and have experienced a variety of climate related storms and damage.

Climate change is something that affects us all, not just we humans, but our land, our water, our homes, our agricultural sector, animals and our communities.

We need to have an overarching theme that cohesively guides our identity, policies, procedures, and practices. If we were to become a ‘Green’ community, or an ‘Environmental’ community, it would affect how we do planning and development, guide our tourism practices, improve our waste management practices, and entirely change how we promote the County. An ‘Environmental’ County is not one to be consumed, but to be preserved; not developed but enhanced; not ruined but protected.

With a widespread Environmental policy, we would limit the proliferation of signage, slow down traffic, promote walking, hiking, cycling and paddling; preserve our healthy communities, neighbourhoods and villages; and promote something that benefits us all. Environmentally sound practices could guide every one of the previously mentioned Strategic Initiatives, and be the theme that unites the work of Council across the expanse of these varied issues, promoting a livible community not just now, but long into the future.

An environmental County promotes our natural assets – parks, wetlands, the great Lake Ontario, West Lake and East Lake, and targets environmental tourism and tourists.

As one of the most ecologically diverse areas in all of Ontario, we have a great wealth of beauty, nature, diversity and wonder to share. Let us adopt an official ‘environmental’ status and let it guide how we do business in every other area, moving from knee jerk actions to a coordinated philosophy of ecological preservation and environmental sensitivity, which could guide us reliably and beautifully into the future.


Corey Engelsdorfer

1. Please rate your overall satisfaction with each of the following strategic initiatives:

Strategic Initiative Very dissatisfied Dissatisfied Neither Satisfied Very satisfied
By-law and policy review
Downtown revitalization
Healthcare initiatives
Municipal Accommodation Tax
PEC Affordable Housing Corp.
Short-Term Accommodations
Tourism management
Understanding Growth and Water/wastewater infrastructure

2. Please explain two of your ratings.

Tourism Management
I feel that some management was needed, but I do think that what was put in place was a bit of an overreach. The County was struggling after a crazy COVID summer in 2020. I feel council reacted, and a bit harshly. This summer has shown that tourism has slowed quite a bit allowing for a return to normal. I think a lot of the policy that was put in place was not needed. Especially the $400 fines for non-residents, or the Wellington Beach Pass. I am not a huge fan of playing the “us” vs “them” game.

Growth and Waterworks
We talk about it a lot in the pages of The Times. We have known that the County, specifically Wellington has been expecting growth for decades. It wasn’t planned for properly, and we are now going down the path of spending $100,000,000 on new waterworks features without a guarantee of the growth coming to fruition. There are apparentl up front financing agreements but the public and ratepayers haven’t seen them. I worry that if the growth doesn’t come, then waterworks users will be stuck footing the bill.

3. Please outline one County-wide strategic initiative that is missing from the above and should be adopted by Council.

Transparent Government
I believe one of the most common strategic initiatives should be a Transparent Government.


Heather Norlock

1. Please rate your overall satisfaction with each of the following strategic initiatives:

Strategic Initiative Very dissatisfied Dissatisfied Neither Satisfied Very satisfied
By-law and policy review
Downtown revitalization
Healthcare initiatives
Municipal Accommodation Tax
PEC Affordable Housing Corp.
Short-Term Accommodations
Tourism management
Understanding Growth and Water/wastewater infrastructure

2. Please explain two of your ratings.

Healthcare initiatives
PEC is in desperate need of doctors, there needs to be immediate effort in finding doctors enticing them to stay here.

PEC Affordable Housing Corp.
After attending the affordable housing meeting, I believe we are moving in the right direction.

3. Please outline one County-wide strategic initiative that is missing from the above and should be adopted by Council.

Roads
A County-wide strategic initiative that should be adopted by Council is road studies.


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Responses to Invitation 2

Candidates received Invitation 2 on August 31, 2022 and were asked to forward their responses by September 6, 2022. Candidate responses were published here and on Facebook on September 7, 2022.

Respondents

Jennifer Cobb

Candidate photo - Jennifer Cobb

1. Please identify two internal and one external committee or board listed above whose areas of municipal responsibility would showcase your skills and interests in municipal government.

  1. Audit Committee
  2. Heritage Advisory Committee
  3. Quinte Conservation Executive Board

2. For these three committees or boards, please highlight your skills and experience (work, volunteer, life) in those areas of municipal responsibility.
3. For these three committees or boards, please describe the impact you’d hope to make in those areas of municipal responsibility.

Audit Committee
I have been a member of HPEDSB’s Audit Committee for 9 years, and its Chair for the past 5 years. I have received training in, and learned a lot about, Public Sector Accounting Practices, Audit Committee liability, fiduciary responsibility, and how to read an Audited statement in order to present financial information in a transparent manner so that all stakeholders can understand it.

The impact I would hope to have is to increase my constituents understanding of the Corporation’s financial situation, and help them to feel assured that public funds are being used responsibly and to the best of Council’s ability.

Heritage Advisory Committee
As a long-time resident on Main Street in Wellington I live in the proposed Heritage Designation District. As a self employed person I have used the historic Wellington Town Hall for 17 years to offer classes on a weekly basis. I currently hold classes in the newly renovated Wellington Heritage Museum.

As a long term member of the Wellington Recreation Committee, and a member of the Friends of Wellington Town Hall Committee, I understand the difficulty and expense involved in the maintenance of our historic asset properties. And, I have seen the tides of change in Wellington, and understand that history helps to determine our future.

The impact I would hope to have on the Heritage Advisory Committee is to carry multiple stakeholder voices, needs and opinions forward to the Committee so that it is as fully informed as possible when making decisions which affect Wellington residents, residences, businesses and public assets, and to attest to the success of investing in our public assets, which are heritage properties, and increasing their financial viability as community resources, gathering places and community icons.

Quinte Conservation Executive Board
I am a lifelong outdoors woman, a ‘leave no trace’ back-country camper, hiker, paddler and adventurer. I have enjoyed a multitude of Quinte Conservation properties, and as an environmentalist, I have a vested interest in preserving and maintaining these natural spaces.

I have been a member, supporter or fundraiser of: Friends of Hillier Beaches and Dunes, South Shore Joint Initiative, the Millennium Trail Committee, Eastern Ontario Trails Association and Outdoor Adventurers Club.

The impact I would hope to have on the Quinte Conservation Executive Board is to add to the diverse voices, experiences and skills on the Executive. As a County resident I would carry the voices and concerns of County residents into that forum, and contribute to the conversation on conservation.

4. How would you account for these rates of voter turnout in the County in recent municipal elections?

I believe that not feeling heard, not being adequately informed, not having clear, complete and transparent information, and not feeling valued, has produce a great level of disconnection from the electoral process. Many people express a frustration with the limited sphere of choice in candidates, and that they have felt ‘what’s the use’, ‘none of these people represent me, or my politics’. There is also a general feeling of ‘they say one thing to get into office, then they change their tune’.

Here in Wellington, Ward 3, our demographics are somewhat different from other parts of the County. We are a community with more elders, people who have lots of experience. Many of them are retired, and have are active, interested and involved in the community. Community involvement often fosters a sense of community pride, and this translates to increased voter rates.

5. Please relate an occasion when you (nearly) decided not to vote in an election.

While I have never neglected my responsibility to vote, I have on many occasions wondered if there was a candidate who would actually act as my ‘elected representative’. Too often I have found that candidates seek to gain office, but then fail to actually ‘represent’ their constituents. It has many times left me feeling jaded both by candidates and the so-called ‘representational’ government system. I have heard this sentiment reflected by many people who also feel they are not being ‘represented’. In part, this is why I have declared my intention to stand for Council. I seek to be a conduit of open and transparent communication between the Corporation of the County of Prince Edward, and the Wellington, Ward 3 constituents. By engaging open, transparent and consistent communication, I seek to enable more constituents to feel engaged, heard and involved in municipal government.

6. How would you propose to work with other candidates to increase voter turnout in the County in the upcoming municipal election?

I have reached out to other candidates and offered to share everything I know about campaigning with them. I have had three fruitful sessions with other candidates, and feel a spirit of collaboration and communication has been forged.

Encouraging other candidates to campaign door-to-door is encouraging them to more directly meet, speak and listen to, their potential constituents. This practice encourages increased voter turn out by creating engaged and informed voters.

In addition to the three candidates I have met with, I have reached out to two more, and offered whatever help I can provide. It is important to me to encourage greater diversity in candidates.


Corey Engelsdorfer

1. Please identify two internal and one external committee or board listed above whose areas of municipal responsibility would showcase your skills and interests in municipal government.

  1. Heritage Advisory Committee
  2. Community & Economic Development Commission
  3. Quinte Waste Solutions

2. For these three committees or boards, please highlight your skills and experience (work, volunteer, life) in those areas of municipal responsibility.

The only true experience I have on these are from following the meetings and writing about them in The Times.

3. For these three committees or boards, please describe the impact you’d hope to make in those areas of municipal responsibility.

Heritage Advisory Committee
As a lifelong County resident, I am very interested in preserving our natural heritage.

Community & Economic Development Commission
As a business owner in the County, I have a vested interest in the economic development of the community. I believe it is a positive to have business owners on this committee.

Quinte Waste Solutions
From following trash bash the past few years, it is clear we have an issue with garbage and recycling ending up on our roadsides. I think there is opportunity for public awareness, as well as pilot programs that could be run to help with this issue.

4. How would you account for these rates of voter turnout in the County in recent municipal elections?

A few reasons:

  1. I believe a lot of eligible voters believe their vote won’t make a difference. I have heard “they just do what they want too anyway” an awful lot.
  2. I believe there are some that aren’t interested in municipal politics. They live their daily lives, and pay their tax bills and water bills. It’s just a part of life to them. I relate this to publishing The Times. We cover a lot of municipal issues but often receive little response.
  3. Easy access to voting. As a person with a young family, life can sometimes be hectic. I think it might be a benefit to make voting easier (online).

5. Please relate an occasion when you (nearly) decided not to vote in an election.

In the recent Provincial Election. It was already a hectic day and we had to get two young kids and a baby ready, packed and in the car, and then entertain them while we voted. When we arrived to our polling station we were told we were at the incorrect one and had to visit two more before finally finding the correct location. It was a somewhat stressful outing.

6. How would you propose to work with other candidates to increase voter turnout in the County in the upcoming municipal election?

I believe there needs to be better engagement. Reminding eligible voters that they can vote and that their vote does make a difference while campaigning.


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Responses to Invitation 1

Candidates received Invitation 1 on August 24, 2022 and were asked to share their thoughts by August 29, 2022. Candidate responses were published here and on Facebook on August 31, 2022.

Respondents

Corey Engelsdorfer

1. How long have you resided in the County?

I was born in 1986 and lived in Wellington from then until 2004, when I left for college but would still return each summer for employment. I graduated from Durham College in 2007 and took a job in Oakville with Metroland from 2007-2010. After that time I moved back to the County and have lived here since.

1b. (Additional question for candidates for Ward Councilor only): How long have you resided in the Ward in which you are running to be Councilor?

I lived in Wellington Ward until July of 2020. I currently reside in Ameliasburgh Ward, but my business office and day-to-day life revolves around Wellington. My kids also attend school at CML Snider in Wellington.

2. Please identify your membership on Council, committee, commission, board, or other body associated with the municipal government in the County during the current term of Council (Fall 2018 – present).

Past Chair of the Wellington Recreation Committee. Current Vice Chair of The Wellington Recreation Committee. Member of the Wellington Waterfront Task Team.

3. Please identify your membership on Council, committee, commission, board, or other body associated with the municipal government in the County during the previous term of Council (Fall 2014 – Fall 2018).

None.

4. Please identify your membership or volunteering in a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization associated with the County during the current term of Council (November 2018 – present).

None.

5. How do you understand talk of tension between “old” and “new” residents in the County?

I am not quite sure what qualifies someone as an old resident and a new resident. Spending time on issues of old and new residents only draws away from the issues that affect each and every taxpayer in the County.

Please indicate your agreement with the following statements:

6a. Tension between “old” and “new” residents in the County influences Council’s agenda. [Strongly disagree | Disagree | Neither disagree or agree | Agree | Strongly agree]

6b. Tension between “old” and “new” residents in the County influences Council’s decisions. [Strongly disagree | Disagree | Neither disagree or agree | Agree | Strongly agree]

Unfortunately, I can’t make an assumption whether this did influence the decisions of council.

7. Please identify any role you see yourself in addressing any tension between “old” and “new” residents in the County.

I found this question quite polarizing and divisive. I believe Prince Edward County should foster an environment for all, whether they be “new” residents or “old” residents. I often explain to folks that the County wouldn’t have the economy or tax base it currently has without new residents. There are plenty of smaller town across Ontario who didn’t market themselves and accept change, and they are ghost towns now. Is that what some really want for the County?


Heather Norlock

1. How long have you resided in the County?

I have lived in the County my entire life.

1b. (Additional question for candidates for Ward Councilor only): How long have you resided in the Ward in which you are running to be Councilor?

I lived in Wellington my entire childhood. I moved just North of Wellington on County Road 2 many years ago and am now in the process of buying my family home from my mom so that I can stay here forever.

2. Please identify your membership on Council, committee, commission, board, or other body associated with the municipal government in the County during the current term of Council (Fall 2018 – present).

I am running for Wellington Ward Councillor.

3. Please identify your membership on Council, committee, commission, board, or other body associated with the municipal government in the County during the previous term of Council (Fall 2014 – Fall 2018).

None.

4. Please identify your membership or volunteering in a not-for-profit, non-governmental oganization associated with the County during the current term of Council (November 2018 – present).

None.

5. How do you understand talk of tension between “old” and “new” residents in the County?

If I understand this question correctly, I do understand the tension as we have seen such dramatic growth over the last few years. This has become overwhelming for some lifetime residents. Many locals feel they can no longer live here anymore due to changes.

Please indicate your agreement with the following statements:

6a. Tension between “old” and “new” residents in the County influences Council’s agenda. [Strongly disagree | Disagree | Neither disagree or agree | Agree | Strongly agree]

6b. Tension between “old” and “new” residents in the County influences Council’s decisions. [Strongly disagree | Disagree | Neither disagree or agree | Agree | Strongly agree]

7. Please identify any role you see yourself in addressing any tension between “old” and “new” residents in the County.

As a lifetime local resident, I would act as a mediator between the concerns of “old” and “new” residents. I would educate all parties and try to validate all feelings and try to come up with a full understanding of all sides, in the hope to create a workable relationship with mutual respect.


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