Full-Slate of Candidates for Owen Sound and Surrounding Communities


The Grey Bruce Business Journal distributed a questionnaire to candidates for Mayor and Council for Owen Sound and surrounding communities. The answers are varied and display a lot of ideas with a common thread – keep more business local, improve access to internet.

To find out what each candidate has to say, check out the individual posts in the Community section. Here are quick links to what each has to say.

Note: At time of publishing some candidates had not yet replied so check back to this page for periodic updates as replies come in.
Owen Sound
The Blue Mountains
South Bruce Peninsula

Owen Sound Mayor

Ruth Lovell-Stanners

Deb Haswell

Ian Boddy

Owen Sound Deputy Mayor

David Adair

Owen Sound Council

Jim McManaman

Bobby Gillespie

Robin Paul

Travis Dodd

Richard Thomas

Colleen Purdon

Scott Greig

Jan Chamberlain

Rob Leonard

Brian O’Leary

Bill Twaddle

Marion Koepke

John Christie

Francesca Dobbyn

The Blue Mountains Mayor

Duncan McKinlay

John McKean

The Blue Mountains Council

Michael Martin

Hanover Mayor

Andrew McBride

David Hocking

Hanover Council

Steve Nielsen

Tony Diaco

Steve Fitzsimmons

Mike Schierz

Hazel Pratt-Paige

Jack Lisenchuk

Meaford Mayor

Jim McPherson

Barb Clumpus

Meaford Deputy Mayor

David Long

Meaford Council

Lynda Stephens

Jaden Calvert

Evelyn Dean

Tim Traut

James McIntosh

Glen Tichbourne

Steve Nickels

Meaford Grey Highlands Council

Tom Foster

Terry Mokriy

South Bruce Peninsula Council

Matt Jackson

3 Responses


Remove all development charges to encourage industry, business and new residential to be built. Each new home created in Owen Sound creates about $3,000 in taxes each year. Owen Sound had 3 residential permits in the first 7 months of this year while Georgian Bluffs had 28; 9 times more and Meaford had 11; almost 4 times more.

We are doing something wrong, very wrong and I want a special new committee of Council to meet with developers to find out what is our Owen Sound problem.

My question to Peter Lemon is, why would we want to build more houses when there is a surplus of under-valued houses already? New housing supply will compete with the supply of the existing stock and further diminish the value of existing homes and cost tax revenue by lowering their market value.

This seems to me to be the wrong kind of growth. In any case, it isn’t population growth we need, it is growth in prosperity and well-being for those already here, especially for those near the bottom.

Furthermore, all development costs the city money to service. Developers should pay these costs, or we will have to pay for them.


Developer have and will pay the full cost of city services both on and off their site. Further each new home contributes about 3 thousand dollars in new taxes to the City. Over the past several years we have constructed less new residential than the wearing out of our housing stock plus demolitions.



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Meet local business people and find out how networking is one of the most effective methods for marketing your business.
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Business Enterprise Centre Workshops

Basics of Bookkeeping (Three part workshop)
Tuesday September 19th and 26th and Tuesday October 3rd, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Business Enterprise Centre Training Room $95 (HST included)
Facilitator: Jane Gallagher
This three part Bookkeeping Workshop will allow you to use the tools and information to confidently understand your financial statements and your own books. Class size is limited to 8 to allow a hands-on, individual learning opportunity for everyone.

Business Enterprise Centre Workshops

How to “Really” Start a Business
Wednesday September 20th, 9:00 am – 11:30 am, Bayshore Community Centre
FREE – Pre-registration is required
Facilitator: Cliff Bilyea
Discover the basic steps involved in starting a business, evaluating your idea, determining your market and basic rules and regulations. Attending the is workshop is mandatory for anyone applying to the Starter Company Plus Program.

Business Enterprise Centre Workshops

Introduction to Quick Books (Two part workshop)
Tuesday October 17th and 24th, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Business Enterprise Centre Training Room, $80 (HST Included)
Instructor: Jane Gallagher
The first session of Quick Books provides participants with an overview and access to a trial version of the program. The second session will be questions and answers to address specific issues. Knowledge of basic bookkeeping principles is required. Limited to 8, you must bring your own laptop. (This workshop does not cover the online version of Quick Books)


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Owen Sound, ON N4K 2J3

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