John Edwards Municipal Election Candidate Profile
Name: John Edwards
Municipality: Mississippi Mills
Position Sought: Councillor for Ramsay Ward
Currently Retired or Working (where?): Retired
Former Elected Positions/Terms if applicable: Ramsay Councillor 1994-97; Mississippi Mills Councillor 1998 – 2000 and 2003 – 2018; Lanark County Councillor 1998- 2000.
Community volunteer experience (service clubs, local committees, fundraising, etc): Former Almonte General Hospital Board member, AGH Fundraiser Paddle & Puppets, Mill of Kintail Museum Chair 2000 – 2014, member – Carleton Place Canoe Club.
Top 3 issues facing your municipality and its residents that council has control or major influence over:
1. Balancing development with rural and small-town character.
2. Improving Community Health & Wellness
3. Support strategic Community & Economic Development
Your solutions/approach to those 3 issues:
Mississippi Mills has struck a good balance between growth and the preservation of its rural and small-town character. The municipality is meeting its growth targets while we also benefit from the preservation of rural environmental and heritage resources. The only concern on the horizon is a shift to an older population which is not maintaining a healthy balance in the populations and could lead to the closing of a school unless the Town is proactive.
Declining health and wellness in the general population is a concern of the Public Health Unit. Many diseases can be better addressed if individual fitness levels are increased. We are all aware of the younger generation’s decline in physical activity which has also led to a rise in Juvenile Diabetes. The Municipality is the key leader in providing a safe and accessible walking and cycling environment. We can’t wait for the Province or the Federal Government to improve our community health.
Mississippi Mills has followed a very successful strategic community and economic development model which has focused upon its Quality of Life, support of cultural activities, and enhancement of heritage resources, natural resources, protection of farmland and environmental resource and construction of trails. An active Almonte Main Street area and booming Business Park sales is a consequent hard core economic benefit. Finally, the provision of high speed internet to all the rural residents is a high priority to spread the economic benefit to the entire population.
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.