PAST EXPERIENCE & ACHIEVEMENTS
I have voted for a new University in Brampton. Ryerson University, in partnership with Sheridan College, is bringing a new campus in downtown Brampton to accommodate at least 2,000 students. The University will offer programs focusing on new programming for cybersecurity and data science.
I supported and voted for the Light-Rail Transit (LRT) project to come through Hurontario into the city’s downtown core. When it came down to it, the majority of council voted “no” to building the route and forfeiting the $400 million and instead the LRT will now stop at Steeles Avenue and Hurontario. Brampton, one of Canada’s fastest-growing cities, was robbed of an essential service that would have made the lives of many people, especially those who rely on transit, easier. It would have brought Brampton into the 21st century and made it more attractive for businesses to invest and for developers to build. The $400 million of funding from the Provincial and Federal Government does not come by every day, so cities like Hamilton and Toronto got the funding that Brampton refused.
I was involved in the negotiations between Wild Water Kingdom and Premier Park to build a state-of-the-art water park in our city, which brought more than 700 jobs to Brampton. Wet’n’Wild Toronto is Canada’s newest waterpark built on the site of the former Wild Water Kingdom. The park features $25 million in new rides and attractions and 45 acres of water adventure.
The Urgent Care Centre (UCC) at the new Peel Memorial Centre for Health and Wellness Campus (Peel Memorial) is now up and running. However, Healthcare continues to be a demand in Brampton due to high population growth and volume. As a member of Council, I will continue to advocate for a Phase 2 of the Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness and to start planning for a third hospital in Brampton.
As a member of the Accessibility committee, I have also advocated for the equipment replacement at playgrounds, making them more accessible for all to use.
I worked very hard with our city staff and residents to ensure that renovations for state-of-the-art designs are met for our old recreational Centres in the Bramalea area that have been neglected for many years.
Construction of a new Howden Recreation Centre will begin in 2019. The demolition and expansion of the existing building will cost approximately $27M, which includes land acquisition, design and construction of the new facility. The expansion of the new building will be approx. 40,000 – 57,000 sq.feet.
Balmoral recreational Centre will be undergoing construction in 2019, from 17,000 – 30,000 sq, feet. The construction and design will cost approx. $10M.
Plans are also in place to renew other recreation Centres in the Bramalea area like Greenbriar and Terry Miller.
I continue to work with staff to provide our seniors with better accommodation in the parks such as picnic benches, sitting benches, gazebos and play area for children. I have also supported bringing the new outdoor Ice Skating and water splash pads facility to Chinguacousy Park.