Mississippi Mills mayor candidate – Steve Maynard

Steve Maynard
Steve Maynard
Posted on: September 14, 2018

Steve Maynard Municipal Election Candidate Profile

Name:  Steve Maynard

Municipality: Mississippi Mills

Position Sought: Mayor

Currently Retired or Working (where?): Self-employed, waiting to be licensed as a Paralegal

Former Elected Positions/Terms if applicable: Almonte Councillor 1991 – 1992

Community volunteer experience (service clubs, local committees, fundraising, etc): 25 year member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 240 Almonte; Organized 2018 Mississippi Mills Family Fun Day; Brushed, weeded and planted flowers and decorative plants in Don Maynard Park. Most of the things my friends and I do for the community are to help those in need so they are kept private.

Top 3 issues facing your municipality and its residents that council has control or major influence over:

1. Crumbling Finances, Over-taxation and Out of Control Spending – Long term debt (excluding the Wastewater Treatment Plant debt) is projected to be $ 14.8 million; double the 2017 debt. Reserves are projected to be $ 4.27 million, a decrease of 25% in just two years.

2. Generally Poor Condition of Roads, Sidewalks and Infrastructure – Roads, sidewalks and infrastructure throughout Mississippi Mills are generally in a bad state of repair. Capital funding for repair and replacement has been inadequate for years and we now face significant expenditures just to make the worst safe and useable.

3. Opportunities for Youth – Mississippi Mills’ youth have few opportunities for fun, recreation, employment and volunteer work.

It’s very difficult to narrow the issues to only 3. In addition to the above, these very important matters need to be addressed as soon as possible: Council and staff accountability, transparency and openness; rural broadband internet and cell phone services; accessibility and inclusiveness; Community Official Plan Amendments taking away control of landowners; and affordable housing.

Your solutions/approach to those 3 issues: 

1. With over 25 years accounting experience, I can lead Budget reviews to find savings to be used elsewhere. I will work towards delaying “nice to have” capital projects in favour of “must haves”. I will work with the new Council to permit rural development, and expand settlement boundaries to increase our residential tax base throughout Mississippi Mills.

2. I will work with the new Council and staff to identify roads, sidewalks and infrastructure requiring immediate attention and have the work completed as a priority over other projects. We have to re-direct money into these projects starting in 2019. The municipality’s share of funding requirements will come from existing sources; no tax increases will be needed.

3. I will try to find a new location that will allow for the complete planned skate park including lighting and places to sit and eat. I will volunteer to sit on the Youth Centre Board to have direct communication with Board members and our youth. I will encourage businesses to hire more youth. I will encourage organizations to advertise volunteer opportunities directly to youth. I will look for financial help for youth wanting to play sports but unable to pay fees or for gear.

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

Email: steve@maynardformayor.ca
Web: maynardformayor.ca

5 thoughts on “Mississippi Mills mayor candidate – Steve Maynard

  1. Maureen Holt Dagg

    I have some serious concerns about the character of one of the people running for Mayor of Mississippi Mills, Mr Steve Maynard. His “waiting to become a paralegal” is quite misleading, as his application was refused, as well as his appeal. I would point people to the following public document: https://www.canlii.org/en/on/onlst/doc/2017/2017onlsth93/2017onlsth93.html#
    In this document, Mr Maynard is referred to as a “litigation terrorist”. A simple Google search of his name will show information declaring him to be a person of questionable character. People who vote for Mr Maynard, who may be doing it out of fond memories of his late and amazing father would be making a mistake. I wish Mr Maynard no ill will, but I do feel that it is my duty as a resident of this fair town that people are fully informed about him.

  2. JoAnne Judd

    It concerns me that with all the new residences being built, that very little has been addressed regarding increased traffic flow on March rd. Rush hour is now bumper to bumper traffic from Almonte to the 417. An accident waiting to happen! Have you any thoughts on this problem?

  3. Nathan Rudyk

    ” … waiting to be licensed as a Paralegal?” In which country does Mr. Maynard propose he will enter the profession?

    Below is a summary of Mr. Maynard’s failed appeal (i.e. a second attempt) to secure his paralegal license, and an overview of his experience with the legal system as compiled by The Law Society of Upper Canada in Sept. of 2017:

    https://www.canlii.org/en/on/onlst/doc/2017/2017onlsta32/2017onlsta32.html

    “MAYNARD – Appeals – Licensing – Good Character – Failing to Obey Court Order – The applicant appealed from a decision denying him a paralegal licence after a finding that he was not of good character – The hearing panel had thoroughly considered the evidence but rejected the written character evidence and assigned more weight to the applicant’s own evidence than to the oral character evidence, as it was entitled to do – The panel properly found that the applicant’s admitted breach of the court orders was intentional – The appeal was dismissed.”

    Further, another document states he owes the Law Society $8,000 for his failed appeal to gain his paralegal credentials:

    https://www.canlii.org/en/on/onlst/doc/2018/2018canlii36284/2018canlii36284.html

    Mr. Maynard’s reference to “crumbling finances” is also interesting in light of the money he owes after losing his appeal to join his chosen profession. According to the Law Society:

    “While the appellant’s financial circumstances are such that he is not currently in a position to pay a costs award, this can be addressed by extending the time for payment of costs. Further, if the appellant does not bear some of the costs of this proceeding, all of the costs fall inevitably on the fees-paying licensees of the Law Society.”

    … We award the Law Society costs of $8,000, to be paid within 24 months of the date of the Appeal Division’s Order on Costs, failing which interest will accrue at a rate of 3% per year, on any unpaid portion. We also order that the financial information filed by the appellant on this appeal shall not form part of the public record.”

  4. Kristen Ray

    Point #3 is laughable (I mean they all are, but the 3rd one I actually laughed out loud). There are tonnes of volunteer opportunities for students (where does he get his intell????) – it’s actually difficult to get youth to volunteer. And why in gods name would you want to move the skate park after all that money has been spent to build it? That goes against your point on only spending money on “must haves” (point number one). And good luck forcing businesses to hire more kids…lol. Also – sport organizations have subsidies for kids who can’t afford to participate in sport. I’m only picking apart ONE point – can you even have faith that point ONE and TWO actually have legs??

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