Election Update


I will not be using this email or my current website www.shiraward7.ca for campaigning as the new rules from the Province restrict the use of existing social media accounts for campaign purposes.  I will still be sending updates from this account but they will not reference my campaign.

Shira and Tay on Canada Day 2018My new Campaign website will be www.electshiraward7.ca. It is currently under construction. Please visit www.electshiraward7.ca in the near future to register for a sign, submit a testimonial and get updates on my platform.

Check that you are registered to vote October 22nd:  voterlookup.ca


Tottenham Airfield Corportation (TAC) Bi-annual Review

I received support from council for a bi-annual review on the Fill and Site Alteration Permit for the Tottenham Airfield Corportation (TAC). The bi-annual review is on the agenda for this Monday August 27th at 7:00 p.m. in the council chambers.

Along with regular monthly meetings between with the Town, TAC and WSP (our consultant), the minutes from these meetings are available on the town’s website.  As well, there are regular meetings with the residents of Tecumseth Pines, town staff, myself and the Mayor.

The report to council this week outlines the list of deficiencies that TAC needed to comply with or have their permit revoked. While they have been moving in a positive direction and supplying reports more punctually, there is still room for improvement. WSP recommended increasing the frequency of well testing and TAC’s consultant agreed.

Currently TAC has suspended their importation of fill as Free Cyanide was detected in the fill.  How this contaminated soil was even allowed on-site is being investigated. Is it caused by a reaction to other soils? Is the source site testing inadequate? These are some of the questions I will be asking tomorrow night.  Thanks to the protocols we put in place, the contamination was caught and the contaminated soil will be removed.

The cost for our consultant, all the legal fees, and the cost for staff to monitor the site, are paid for from the $.50/truck fee, something I advocated for. This means that this fill operation, which is of no benefit to the town, will not deplete town financial resources.


Paving of the 15th Sideroad

Shira and volunteers for Tottenham Community WeekThe 15th Sideroad will be paved up to the 10th by the end of this month.  While campaigning 4 years ago, I heard from the residents that paving this road was a priority.  Let me know what your concerns are for Ward 7 by sending me an email or text me at 905-936-9642.

High Speed Internet

Fibre is being installed along Highway 9 to the residents who live in the communities along this stretch of road.  This includes Tecumseth Pines and the community at Burnell St.  I are currently working with town staff and the ISP (Internet Service Provider) to identify any current policies that would present an impediment to installing internet infrastructure. Following this I will be pushing to remove any unnecessary bureaucracy so that it is straight forward for an ISP to deliver fibre to the rural residents of Ward 7.


Fireman facing large fireThe New Tecumseth Fire Rescue Service Recruitment

The New Tecumseth Fire Rescue service would like to invite interested members in our community to an open house to learn about on our Volunteer (paid on-call) Firefighter Recruitment drive for 2018.

The open house will be taking place on Tuesday, August 28th, 2018 at Station #2 – Beeton located at 130 Prospect Street, Beeton from 7 pm – 9 pm.

We will be providing a presentation on our operations, training, and prevention & education services and programs. Interested applicants will also have the opportunity to ask questions of our Firefighters, look around the fire hall and see our equipment.

We are recruiting for all stations, located in Alliston, Beeton, and Tottenham. A detailed job description and requirements can be found on the Town’s Employment/Volunteering web page here: Volunteer Fire Fighters Application »

Applications must be submitted and received by September 1, 2018 at 3:30pm.


Secondary Suites

The Secondary Suites Program provides funding of up to $25,000 per unit for the creation of a secondary or garden suite which is an effective means to increase the supply of affordable housing.​​

Application intake for the Secondary Suites Program is year round. Funding is limited, but is currently available for eligible applications.


Doors Open – September 29th 2018 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

The Town of New Tecumseth is working with Tourism Simcoe County and its municipal partners to offer Doors Open, a free event aimed at opening doors to our community’s cultural and heritage sites.

Each year, communities across Ontario take part in the Doors Open program to provide complimentary access to cultural and heritage locations to the public for one day. This County-wide event aligns with Culture Days weekend and offers a tremendous showcase of our heritage and cultural sites.

On September 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven sites across New Tecumseth will participate in Doors Open. Whether you are exploring on your own or with family and friends, Doors Open has something for everyone.

Enjoy complimentary Doors Open programming between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at each participating site:

  • Beattie’s Distillers (6673 Line 13)
  • Museum on the Boyne (250 Fletcher Crescent)
  • Historic Tour of Alliston hosted by the Alliston Business Improvement Association (Departing from 51 Victoria Street East)
  • Historic tour of Beeton hosted by the Beeton-Tottenham Business Improvement Association (Departing from D.A. Jones Library, 42 Main Street West)
  • Seven Star Masonic Lodge (28 Victoria Street West)
  • Sir Frederick Banting Homestead (5116 Sir Frederick Banting Road)
  • South Simcoe Railway (Mill Street West)

Please join us in making New Tecumseth’s first ever Doors Open event a success. For more information on Doors Open, please call 705-435-4030 x.1802 or visit www.doorsopenontario.on.ca.