Peace Says Shoemaker’s Platform ‘Rings Hollow’

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In a statement sent to SaultOnline, mayoral candidate Robert Peace dissects Shoemaker’s game plan piece by piece and refutes his thoughts on appropriate remedies for the issues at stake.


As the community calls for a change in leadership, Councilor Mathew Shoemaker, who has served on council for eight years, is proud of the mess we find ourselves in.

Shoemaker’s campaign book, which he waves through the air, is full of that — “air,” says his mayoral opponent, Robert Peace.

If these questions were and have been so urgent, why have none of them been brought forward?

“Looking at his solution to address the crisis of mental health and substance use disorders raises

more questions than answers. Robert Peace

Shoemaker’s desire to bring Indigenous peoples to the table at City Hall — eight years and he’s never been on a council that asked chiefs to sit at the table, Peace says. He never sat down and never went to their table either. I have. I met Andy Rickard and his counsel. I didn’t always agree with the chef, but we broke bread together. I sit and talk with Chef Batchewana Dean Sayers who has so much to offer and teach us. I met with Métis President Kim Powley and her council to learn and understand the issues facing their people. Meanwhile, Shoemaker runs for office with zero relationships built after eight years and expects credibility?

Shoemaker claims to have consulted extensively with the community, but when I am regularly with these community groups, none of them have ever been consulted by him on anything, Peace says. Yet no one questions that.

Oh yes, there is no doubt that he has close contact with the administration of the town hall, but what about the people involved in the provision of services? Frontline workers say they only ever saw him for a photo op.

Shoemaker’s policy of creating a safe injection site and having a rally at GFL is about as out of touch as it gets if you think that’s going to solve the mental health and addiction crisis here,” Peace says. The community groups aren’t even all on the same page at this point. Is he even aware of it?

To break down the silos that all frontline workers claim exist, on day one I would proclaim a health emergency and summon ALL agencies and community organizations, Peace says.

People want to see barriers come down and progress made, so how can we promote the Sault as a place to live until we really start to tackle this issue?

Since Mr Shoemaker voted a few years ago to cut funds for the reduction scheme, we now have a worsening rat problem in the Soo. Every day I get calls about this. According to Peace, landlords are now required to address an issue that now affects the entire neighborhood.

I would immediately reassess the problem, especially in severe areas such as the old hospital and surrounding areas. I would reevaluate now and launch an aggressive campaign to reduce it. This campaign should be carried out throughout the city and launch intense reduction efforts, adds Peace. This is all due to neglect at the political level, says Peace. Being disconnected from what is happening for too long leaves us with costly corrective measures.

As part of its “tax relief program,” Shoemaker says it will provide “a property tax relief program for homeowners affected by extreme poverty.”

Obviously, he’s so out of touch with what extreme poverty is that he thinks these people own homes, Peace says. How can we have a leader who obviously has no idea what extreme poverty looks like?

Change the status quo? – Shoemaker IS the status quo, says Peace.

I have proven that I am on the ground listening and ready to act. I will dedicate full time hours to this position. Speak to every employee like a real CEO does and motivate our people to the city and be on the ground in every neighborhood. This is what we need and this is what the citizens of Soo deserve.

I demonstrated that I was listening and ready to act. I will devote full time hours to this work. Motivate our team in the city, talk to every employee like a real CEO does, and be present in every neighborhood. It’s what we need, and the people of Soo deserve it.

Shoemaker has responded in previous press releases that being mayor is not considered a full-time job and he doesn’t think it should be.

“That alone should raise a big red flag,” Peace says. “Given the current situation we are facing, does anyone think the position of mayor should be filled on a part-time basis in 2022?”

Shoemaker’s plan then talks about tax breaks for developers. “Matthew will continue to oppose any effort to implement development charges in Sault Ste. Married”.

Do people realize that it is these development charges that pay for the road, sewer and services to these subdivisions or homes? said Peace. Who does he think will pay for those? I can tell you… you and me.

Even the AMO (Association of Municipalities of Ontario) in their 2019 report said:

A reduction in development charges collected will increase the cost of utilities for all residents.

This will increase demands on the already stretched property tax dollar. AMO

Reducing development charges will not lower housing prices or increase the supply of land. Reducing DCs could exacerbate housing problems and create other barriers to the long-term financial sustainability of municipalities. Higher water rates would reduce affordability for Ontarians, including seniors and low-income residents.

“Matthew will seek a mandate from Council for the strict enforcement of property standards for potential owners and developers,” states his policy platform.

Will it be the same developers he just waived all development fees for? asks Peace. “Do you see the absurdity? »

“And let’s not forget his continued defense of the right of developers to build new rental developments without having to provide even affordable housing,” says Peace.

People want change, but it’s hard to break through and let them know there’s an option,” Peace says. We need a deep house cleaning, and the good thing is we have some wonderful new nominees and a few former board members who seem to have made the effort,” Peace says.

People want change, but it’s hard to break through and let them know there are other options, according to Peace. We really need to clean the house. The good news is that we have some fantastic new candidates and a few former board members who seem to have done the job,” adds Peace.

Peace says, “I hope I can be everyone’s mayor.”

People are already aware of the fact that I’m not shy about going into the field, looking at problems first hand and paying attention to the public, who often have the best solutions and who aren’t always the Toronto consultant though. paid.

Traffic, housing, mental health issues, substance abuse, shrinking tax base and the need to attract new innovative and creative service businesses that will bring and retain talent and wealth in the Soo are a few -some of the problems mentioned by Peace. What we need is this: A new Vision. A new leader. Someone who is not beholden to the previous administration.

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