Rae Dulmage Municipal Election Candidate Profile
Name: Rae Dulmage
Municipality: Carleton Place
Position Sought: Deputy Mayor
Currently Retired or Working (where?): Semi-retired. I do contract work in the area of codes, standards and regulations. This is done from my house and also out of town meetings if required.
Former Elected Positions/Terms if applicable: I have not held elected position before at the Municipal level.
However, I have held and hold the following appointed positions at the federal and provincial levels. Appointed member (2011-2016) of the Council of the Standards Council of Canada, non-voting; member of the Canadian Commission on building and Fire codes (2010-2016)– Standards Development Organizations – major partner representative. I currently hold since 2016, 2 appointed positions at the Technical Standards and Safety Authority Ontario. These are as a consumer representative on their Consumer Advisory Council and on their Liquid Fuels Advisory Council.
Community volunteer experience (service clubs, local committees, fundraising, etc): Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital (member of Board of Trustees, Chair Resource Procurement and Utilization Committee, treasurer, member of ethics and quality committee) from 2010 to 2014. In Canada and internationally, I have held and currently hold volunteer positions as member, chair and vice-chair of various standards committees.
Top 3 issues facing your municipality and its residents that council has control or major influence over:
A functioning Council that adheres to the Code of Conduct. Integrity and Ethics are trust issues for the residents of the town. They also affect the reputation of the town in the eyes of others. Council members are to act in the interests of the town at all times.
Affordable housing is a pressing issue. This affects the homeless, single parents, millennials and seniors. It has many aspects that have to be dealt with.
Infrastructure strains brought by the growth in the town. As the town has moved from 4600 to 10,000 and more in population, the water, sewage, road and service structures have needed to be updated and sustained. Having a good and well-maintained infrastructure can positively impact the industrial and residential sectors of our town. It is important to deal with some pressing issues ahead of time in order to mitigate impact on taxes and service delivery.
Your solutions/approach to those 3 issues:
Approach: Maintain a high level of integrity and ethics. This is what residents expect and are owed. It means that Council works as a team seeking to collaborate and to achieve consensus.
To address affordable housing take 2 actions in parallel; Ist how can we adjust our bylaws within the codes and legislation we operate under. At the same time research how other jurisdictions deal with this. From this develop a set of options that can be implemented in an executable plan.
Infrastructure status should be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Set plans to move forward. Priorities will need to be evaluated. Budgeting/funding/tax parameters have to be addressed. Communicate to the residents on status and concerns to ensure broad engagement.
Do you own (or have a stake in) or operate a commercial/industrial business in your municipality? (Including vacant development lands or rental units): No