To ensure the voters of Temagami know where their candidates stand on the key issues facing our community this election cycle, the Keep Temagami Beautiful campaign has posed the below questions to all candidates standing for Municipal Office. You can get an overview of each candidates answer and read their full interview transcript by visiting our Candidate Interviews Grid.
Question 1: DOES TEMAGAMI ACCESS ROAD HAVE NEGATIVE TOWN IMPACT?
Full Question: The Temagami Access Road (aka The Mine Road) provides a convenient and centralized access point (and parking) to the Hub area for cottagers, camps, contractors, deliveries, tourists, and guests. In addition, Temagami First Nation manages a sizeable footprint in the vicinity of the Mine and Manitou landings. The Mine Landing is the most convenient trash and recycling point for much of the Lake. However, the road’s location results in many users bypassing the services and access points offered in Town, resulting in lost revenues for businesses.
Q.1a. Do you feel that the Temagami Access Road (aka The Mine Road) has negatively impacted business in the Town of Temagami, and allowed/encouraged lake visitors and residents to shop elsewhere and perhaps not even go into town?
Q.1b: What is your vision for the Temagami Access Road and associated landings to balance access, convenience, and services for the users listed above (including TFN), with the Town of Temagami and its local businesses' economic needs?
Question 2: ARE THE TENETS AN INHIBITOR OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT?
Full Question: Temagami’s pristine natural environment, which the Tenets endeavour to preserve, gives the region a priceless brand that could be sustainably exploited for the broader economic benefit of all stakeholders in the Temagami community. Further development of Crown Lands surrounding the Lake devalues that magical Temagami brand. We also live in a time when new technologies and work patterns might create new more sustainable and clean paths towards prosperity than past drivers of economic growth. With these thoughts in mind: Do you view the Tenets as a significant inhibitor of economic activity?
Q.2b. Are there other factors that are deterring investment and household formation in the area — for example, do high business and property taxes discourage both “clean” industry and remote workers from relocating to Temagami?
Question 3: CAN TEMAGAMI SUPPORT SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT?
Full Question: Q.3a Does the townsite and Municipality of Temagami have the infrastructure to support “sustainable development”?
Q.3b. In your opinion what constitutes sustainable development?
Q.3c. What are the main factors deterring investment and new-comers to the area? Select the top two from the list below: Tenets; business obstacles; property taxes; non-property taxes; internet services; skilled labour; or, other things we might not have listed.
Question 4: WILL CROWN LAND DEVELOPMENT INCREASE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT?
Full Question: Will further Crown Land lot development on or near Lake Temagami generate lasting/recurring economic activity on a meaningful basis?
Question 5: DO YOU SUPPORT DEVELOPMENT OF FERGUSON POINT?
Full Question: Keep Temagami Beautiful respects the rights of patent property owners. Likewise, we are opposed to any additional development of the Lake Temagami mainland as detailed in the Tenets. With this in mind would you support development of the “Ferguson Point” and "Ferguson Mountain” properties if development included the purchase of the adjacent waterfront Crown Land strip from the Province?
Question 6: WILL YOU RESPECT CONFLICTS OF INTEREST/ PRACTICE GOOD GOVERNANCE?
Full Question: Conflicts of interest arise in many different ways, some overt and others less obvious. The clear avoidance of conflict of interest, or even the appearance of a conflict, on the part of public officials is essential to building trust among constituents, to providing good governance and to attracting/enabling sustainable economic development. Bearing in mind your current professional occupation and/or your ownership of any business or other entity that may be active in the municipality, do you have, either directly or indirectly, any conflicts of interest and, if elected, how will you manage those conflicts?
Question 7. DO YOU SUPPORT ALL TENETS IN OP?
Full Question: Will you vote to keep the Tenets of Temagami in its current form in any future revisions and rewrites of the Municipality of Temagami’s Official Plan?