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52WeeksNG: What do you love about North Grenville?
John Barclay: Besides seeing the stars at night, I love the independence, self-reliance and generous spirit of the people who call North Grenville home. I love Carey’s handshake, Fran’s smile and the way Jim sighs when he’s a bit frustrated.
52WeeksNG: Can you share a hidden treasure in your corner of NG?
John Barclay: Not so much hidden, as under-utilized – Maplewood Park, Maplewood Hall and the former Oxford-on-Rideau Township Hall. They are all historic “jewels” located in Oxford Mills, the heart (and soul) of North Grenville.
52WeeksNG: What are 3 – 5 issues that you would tackle if you were elected?
John Barclay: The issues I’d like to tackle are:
- How do we best to handle growth while maintaining a strong sense of community?
- How do we improve fiscal responsibility, accountability and transparency?
- How can we have a stronger voice at County Council and at the other levels of government in Toronto and Ottawa?
- How can we implement the 2013 Community Strategic Plan more effectively and on a faster timeline?
- Finally, how do we improve job opportunities and recreational options for North Grenville’s many young families? ?
52WeeksNG: Why is it important to vote in municipal elections?
John Barclay: How else do you earn the right to complain?
52WeeksNG: How do you like to spend your spare time?
John Barclay: Sailing, vegetable gardening (beets for pickling), reading (non-fiction mostly) and building community through volunteering.
52WeeksNG: What is one thing the people of NG might be surprised to learn about you?
John Barclay: I’m the Producer of “Resolving Conflict Creatively” an educational video series on conflict resolution that has been acclaimed and sold worldwide to schools, libraries, college and community centres. One popular episode entitled “Healing Circles” is used as an Anti-Bullying Resource.
52WeeksNG: What would you like to say to the people of NG?
John Barclay: Economic development and social development are inextricably linked together. We need to strengthen the ties that bind us together including an appreciation and respect for nature, an interest in growing local business opportunities and support for our volunteer organizations and faith communities. I understand the economic and political realities of North Grenville – we need to maintain our infrastructure and manage growth. I’m prepared to make the difficult decisions that need to be made over the next four critical years and to communicate effectively the reasons why. I will be an effective voice for North Grenville at both the County and at Federal and Provincial levels of government.