Cambridge needs more representation on regional council, says candidate

“We need to make sure there are enough programs and add more programs for youth and low-income families,” says regional council candidate Crystal Whetham.

Crystal Whetham

Age: 37 years old

Occupation: Property management

How long have you lived in the Cambridge/Waterloo area?

I am ninth generation from Cambridge and Waterloo Region; I’ve lived here all my life

Why are you running for this election?

I’m running because I believe I can make a difference in Cambridge and the region, ever since I was young I’ve sat around the kitchen table talking politics with my family. I am a second generation politician and I want to devote my time as a public servant to my community.

What qualifies you to represent the city on the regional council?

I am currently a WRDSB School Board Trustee for Cambridge and North Dumfries. I sit on both the audit committee and the discipline committee.

Why should people vote for you?

I will be there for my constituents in Cambridge and area at the council table. Cambridge needs a Regional Councilor who has the energy, youth and vitality necessary for our future growth in the region.

What do you think are the main issues facing residents of Waterloo Region?

Affordable housing for low income and homeless people. We must be aware of climate change and do our part to reduce climate change. We need to make sure there are enough programs and add more for youth and low-income families.

What do you think are the main issues facing residents of Cambridge / Greater Waterloo Region?

Our services must match those of our other cities and townships. This includes services such as low rents with more units and buildings to accommodate those who need them most.

What is the most important thing you want to see changed regionally to have a positive impact on Cambridge?

The townships have an equal vote to Cambridge with a much smaller population, which gives the effect that our neighbors are unaware of our own needs and wants as a town at the council table. I believe we need one more regional councilor as we are the second largest city in the region.

What services need to be improved in the region?

Our services in Cambridge should match those of other cities on our board, for example our provincial courts. Our police presence for pedestrians and our downtown/upper town businesses, possibly a 24/7 foot patrol.

Is Cambridge/Region of Waterloo growing too fast, just enough or not fast enough?

I think we need to focus on building growth, rather than ending. Each area of ​​our region is its own little hub of communities, and we need to start saving our farmlands a little better than we have been. We must be aware that it is easier to move people thanks to our GRTs and LRTs. We need to make sure we have enough water for the growing population

What to do with rising housing prices?

This is based on the supply of interest rates, development fees and permits and this demand is the reason prices are rising.

What can be done locally on the issue of homelessness?

I think tiny houses or shipping containers turned into shelters would be a better support to that community that would be a short term solution so we need to go after the provincial and federal government for more funding for more houses to long term.

How can we make the Waterloo/Cambridge region an even better place to live?

We listen to what our community wants, finding ways to get more feedback; by having more public forums to listen to the desires of specific communities. We need to further promote the establishment of businesses in the region to give employment to people.

To learn more about Crystal, visit the following links:

Twitter: Crystal Whetham

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 226-755-1616

Elna M. Lemons