Wendy Gaertner – Councillor 2018-2022

AN OPEN, TRANSPARENT AND ACCESSIBLE GOVERNMENT

Serving on Aurora Council since 2003

I believe one of the hallmarks of a democracy is to ensure the public has easy access to clear and complete facts and effective input before decisions are made by Council.

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

Politicians must be responsible with all public money. This includes your tax dollars, money received from developers to provide services for new residents, money received from sales of town-owned land, reserve funds, and supplementary taxes needed to prepare for growth.

FOLLOW AURORA’S OFFICIAL PLAN

This directs how our community should grow. It was approved by Council, the Province and the Region. Staff and Council must use it to evaluate developer’s proposals. Are they appropriate, compatible with what exists and in the public interest?

PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT

I was pleased to help establish and serve on Aurora’s Frst Environmental Advisory Committee. Fighting to ensure the integrity of the Oak Ridges Moraine, and its function of protecting our water, has been an ongoing challenge. In this new normal of severe weather, I want Aurora to work seriously to help mitigate causes and effects of climate change. My Facebook page has some ideas on how to tackle this.

HERITAGE

Aurora respects and honours its past. I will continue to play an active role in preserving and promoting built and natural heritage.

ACCESSIBILITY

Everyone in our community, including seniors, must be able to access programs and services in a way that respects the core principles of independence, dignity, equal opportunity and integration. I have actively supported this.

YOUTH

I started and ran the Hot Spot youth club for 18 years. This Friday night drop-in was to give pre and young teens an acceptable gathering place and alternative to ‘just hanging out’.

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