Ward 8: on the hustings

Candidate says she is available and accessible to Ward 8 residents despite not living in the ward

As Jennifer Robinson canvasses in Ward 8, she says three main issues top the list of residents’ concerns: residential speeding, taxes and the reconstruction of the Allandale train station.
The future of the station is of particular interest to residents, says Robinson, especially those living in close proximity to it.
“Everyone is really excited about the project, but they are concerned with maintaining an historical element to Allandale.”
GO Transit has announced its intention to rename the station the Barrie Waterfront GO Station. Plans call for the station to include a kiss-and-ride drop-off and pick-up area, heated shelters and a side platform. A pedestrian tunnel is to link the station to Gowan Street.
The structure itself will retain the Allandale link, to be known as Allandale Village, a mixed-use development of commercial, retail, condos and a 112-room hotel.
The YMCA was to have built a new facility next to the station but those plans fell apart when the Y backed out of the project in January.

Jennifer Robinson

Robinson, a former Olympian and six-time Canadian women’s figure skating champion, entered the race for the Oct. 25 election following a draft-Jennifer campaign launched on Facebook; the site’s administrators include current Ward 8 councillor Jerry Moore, who is not running again, and MP Patrick Brown, himself a former municipal politician.
“I’ve been approached for a number of years, probably for the last 10 years, about doing something along these lines. But this is the first time that it’s able to be a better fit for me. With my family and my family support, it was just the right time.
She is running against Alison Eadie, John Webb, Don MacNeil, Ghulam Jilani and Don McLaurin.
Robinson doesn’t live in the ward, or the city, calling Oro-Medonte home. She says she does own property in the ward, and responded to questions about criticisms of her not living in the ward by saying she is there every day. She teaches figure skating at the Allandale Recreation Centre.
“I spend my entire day in Barrie. So, I’m always there, I’m always reachable. I’m in a public building (Allandale) and people can come and talk to me at any point in time, whenever they want.”
According to the candidate’s guide produced by the City of Barrie, to be eligible to run in the municipal election, “a candidate must be a Canadian citizen, be at least 18 years old, be a resident of the City of Barrie, or own or lease property (or be the spouse of the owner or lessee) in Barrie, and not be legally prohibited from voting or disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office.”
With the number of people standing for election this time out, there’s bound to be a number of new faces around the council table. Teamwork and cohesion will be necessary from the new group, says Robinson.
“With council you want to make sure that you have the amount of cohesion necessary to be a great team. The more you can work together as a team, the better it’s going to be for everybody that’s involved. Basically, that’s what I want to focus on.”
The first-time candidate says if elected her constituents will drive her agenda, “I want to focus on what Ward 8 needs and what they want me to do.”
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