Janet Maydan Municipal Election Candidate Profile
Name: Janet (Jan) Maydan
Municipality: Mississippi Mills
Position Sought: Councillor for Almonte Ward
Currently Retired or Working (where?): Retired (federal government: Director of Religious Entities and Litigation Management)
Former Elected Positions/Terms if applicable: N/A
Community volunteer experience (service clubs, local committees, fundraising, etc): Victim-police-court counsellor at Winnipeg’s first Rape Crisis Centre (now Klinic, Inc); fundraiser and campaign contact at the United Way in Winnipeg and Ottawa; past fundraiser co-ordinator (Almonte), volunteer driver and district ride co-ordinator for Canadian Cancer Society (Mississippi Mills); currently on leave as a volunteer director of the Pakenham Ramsay Almonte Taxpayers Advocacy Coalition Inc. (PRATAC) and the lead on the community’s appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board against the sale of Don Maynard Park.
Top 3 issues facing your municipality and its residents that council has control or major influence over:
Financial management: Taxation, fees and the debt increase annually, but there is no regular public financial or analytical reporting.
Democratic Processes: The last session of Council was marked by secrecy, disrespect, and even abuse of residents, critics, media and the democratic process itself.
Crumbling infrastructure: The Downtown core, and streets and sidewalks throughout Almonte are in poor condition.
Your solutions/approach to those 3 issues:
Financial management requires regular, clear public reporting with ongoing evaluation. We need fairer contracting and a review of the delegation of authority to staff and committees. Attracting businesses, residents and services to support our fiscal health is a priority.
Crumbling infrastructure: Infrastructure repair, construction and services for sewers, sidewalks, waste, and utilities in Almonte need to be a priority.
Democratic Process: We need to change certain bylaws, codes and processes to reinstitute respect for residents’ rights under the Charter and Bill of Rights, including freedom of speech, association, assembly and the press.
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