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Sarnia and District Labour Council Endorse Meghan Reale

Sarnia and District Labour Council has endorse Meghan Reale You can read more from the Sarnia Observer here. You can read more from Blackburn News here. Here were my questions with answers to Labour Council. ---------------- Thank you for inviting me to address questions regarding the upcoming election. I look forward to working alongside and supporting Sarnia’s labour force as a city councillor. ~ Meghan Reale   At the Sarnia and District Labour Council, we believe our city requires a forward looking City Council, focused on building Sarnia, not focused on the past. How will you ensure Sarnia isn’t held back by the past? While I believe the general quality of life in Sarnia is good, I believe there are more ways to improve our economic and social aspects of our community. It will require a like-minded group of councilors, myself included, that [...]

September 19th, 2018|Categories: Endorsement|

Sarnia Journal: Candidate Profile

Meghan Reale I’m a wife, mother to a beautiful daughter (Evelyn), and a proud resident of downtown Sarnia. Currently, I am a college science professor (Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology) teaching future frontline health care providers. With a growing family and roots in Sarnia, I have a vested interest in fostering a socially diverse and inclusive environment for citizens (and soon to be citizens) of all ages. As a board member of the Sarnia Historical Society, I have a deep appreciation for our city’s past. But as a councillor, I will work to advance the economic, social and environmental interests of our citizens. My motivations for running are multifaceted and all based on the concepts of back-to-basics fiscal accountability and a common sense approach to growth and continuing to build on the many people, places and local businesses that make Sarnia [...]

September 19th, 2018|Categories: Articles|

Jason McMichael Endorsement

Jason McMichael endorses Meghan Reale for Sarnia City Council. Question: Our community was built around organized Labour. With almost 17000 unionized workers in Lambton County currently, how important do you feel the Labour Movement is to our community? Answer: In my previous role as a Canada Border Services Agent as well as in my current position as a college professor, I was (and am) fortunate to be represented by strong union leadership and representation. One of Sarnia’s great strengths is its dynamic and highly skilled labour force. Not only is it the basis for much of our city’s economic success, it is an attractive asset to be promoted as we work to attract new businesses and developers. Moreover, having a strong labour community giving voice to the interests of our skilled trades can be a basis to draw new tradesmen to live and [...]

September 19th, 2018|Categories: Endorsement|

Q & A: Sarnia Municipal Elections Facebook Page

I was asked questions from the Facebook Page: Sarnia Municipal Elections   that is hosted by Jay R. Peckham.  I want to thank Jay for being an engaged citizen and asking these important questions of all candidates.   What do you think is the most pressing issue facing Sarnia-Lambton in the next four years? My visions for the city are centered around two main themes, growth and retention. These are the most important issues our city is facing as a whole. According to the latest census data as well as the enrollment of students in our local schools, Sarnia has seen a drop in population. This drop is projected to continue over the next decade if we do not take active strides to reverse the trend. As our population decreases, so does our tax base and economic incentives with it. There are a number of ways [...]

August 29th, 2018|Categories: Q and A|

Q and A: e-voting

Question: This election cycle, our city will be voting exclusively using an e-voting format (internet and phone). The internet based method is being introduced for the first time this year, with paper ballots no longer being an option. What are your thoughts on this year's voting process?   Answer: The choice to convert our voting systems to an electronic format was done in the name of efficiency. I believe emerging technologies do play a key role in government/civic process and am eager to see how this new format performs in our city. E-voting does offer a number of advantages that the paper ballot does not including 'ease' of voting anywhere there is a wifi connection. However, many believe it compromised accessibility and sense of data security without consulting the voters. No citizen should feel anxious about the voting process, a staple of our democracy. According to Intellivote, the [...]

August 29th, 2018|Categories: Q and A|

Q and A: Fluoride

Question: Meghan, I am considering adding my vote to your list of voters. I like the idea of having someone with a scientific mind on the council. However in another discussion I hear that you agree with the fluoride being added to the water. I feel the opposite. Can you explain your position to me on that? Thanks!   Answer: My personal view is that I support the principles of water fluoridation as a public health action.  This action is taken to provide sufficient fluoride intake in areas where this is lacking, so as to minimize tooth decay. Following the removal of their fluoridation program, Calgary has seen a significant rise in the rate of tooth decay  in children (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/cdoe.12215). Beyond that, there is an ever growing body of scientific literature linking poor dental health in life with a number of other significant health [...]

August 29th, 2018|Categories: Q and A|

Q&A with Sarnia and District Labour Council’s Political Action Committee PAC

Thank you for inviting me to address questions regarding the upcoming election. I look forward to working alongside and supporting Sarnia’s labour force as a city councillor. ~ Meghan Reale   At the Sarnia and District Labour Council, we believe our city requires a forward looking City Council, focused on building Sarnia, not focused on the past. How will you ensure Sarnia isn’t held back by the past?   While I believe the general quality of life in Sarnia is good, I believe there are more ways to improve our economic and social aspects of our community. It will require a like-minded group of councilors, myself included, that will focus on moving forward from outdated plans or ‘legacy’ projects entrenched in past budgets. It will require opening communication channels between city hall, city services, labour groups and Sarnia citizens. Introducing ‘town hall’ type interactions [...]

August 28th, 2018|Categories: Q and A|

Because I’m a Girl

Meghan Reale was published in The Sarnia Journal on August 22nd, 2018 for her opinion piece "Because I'm a Girl." The shorter version of this story can be found at The Sarnia Journal here. On the morning of July 28th, my daughter Evelyn and I set out for a special garage sale I had been invited to in London. This event was organized by the remarkable group of young and diverse ladies, who call themselves the ‘Girls Giving Back’. Raveena Duggal (11), Diya Duggal (8), Amelia Glazier (11) and Aliya Dennis (12) have been fundraising for charities since November 2016. It stemmed from the groups desire to help girls who didn’t have all the amenities they have. Wanting to empower young girls like themselves, these ‘Girls Giving Back’ organized a number of fundraisers in order to contribute to the “Because I Am a Girl” [...]

August 22nd, 2018|Categories: Articles|

Interview on “The Show”

The S.C.I.T.S Preservation Committee On April 25, 2018, David Burrows from "The Show" interviewed Meghan Reale about The newly formed "S.C.I.T.S. Preservation Committee" that Meghan is the chair of. As part of the Sarnia Historical Society the S.C.I.T.S. preservation committee is looking into several options for the use of the school that is scheduled to be closed in the fall. A special time capsule event is also taking place this Satuday at the schools location. Meghan Reale explains.

August 7th, 2018|Categories: Articles|

SCITS Land Sale: Sarnia Journal Article

Great Lakes move on schedule, no discussion on SCITS land sale This Article can be found at The Sarnia Journal and was published on March 27th.   This article was reported by Cathy Dobson One idea proposed would see the SCITS building converted to a community centre containing a civic museum, City Hall and non-profit offices after the high school closes.Journal Photo The public school board says the move of 1,000 students to a new and improved Great Lakes Secondary School on Murphy Road is still on track for September. But the board has not discussed a grassroots effort to convert the iconic SCITS building the students are about to leave into a multi-purpose community hub, said Gary Girard, superintendent of capital planning and accommodation at the Lambton Kent District School Board. “We’re pleased people are expressing interest in the [...]

August 7th, 2018|Categories: Articles|

SAVE SCITS: First Monday Article

Sarnia Historical Society Board Member Says Save SCITS The article was originally published in the May Edition (page 53) of First Monday. Interview by Katie Horvath at First Monday. Megan Reale wants to take steps now so Sarnia is not left without a plan to preserve the former SCITS building. A board member of the Sarnia Historical Society, she believes in the importance of preserving local history and cultural heritage. “I got involved in the Save SCITS committee because it’s an important historical heritage site in our City.”  The bridge between the downtown and Mitton Village, it’s at the heart of our downtown core. “It should be preserved.  There are so many buildings we’ve lost through this mentality of ‘this is old, knock it down,’ only to look back and ask ourselves why we did that.  We’re fortunate [...]

August 7th, 2018|Categories: Articles|

Question: E-Voting

Q: Fab 5 have just kicked all Veterans that have fallen in battle that protected our right to put our X on a paper ballot. A lot of Seniors also are not computer literate and therefore will not be able to vote. I do not trust the city hall people to put in the right selection if I have to go to them. Also, it eliminates the secret vote. This type of voting is wrong and should be scrapped and paper ballots reinstated. I do not like the fact that a company in Spain is controlling our election and its outcome. A: Your sentiments were shared by many who attended the first information session, including myself. The best plan of action at this stage is to make sure you do vote and help others do the same. Our voices matter, and we shouldn't let the technology barrier [...]

August 1st, 2018|Categories: Q and A|

Question: IT and City Hall

Q: Do you support the continued investment in developing and modernizing the cities I.T. department, website revamp and online capabilities? A:  I fully support the growth of the IT capabilities of city hall. Not only will this help increase the transparency of decision making but will serve to help citizens, entrepreneurs, event planners, ect interact with the city in a more cost effective and timely manner. I have had the opportunity to speak with event coordinators, small businesses and developers/site planners, all of whom would welcome streamlined online processes to expedite their applications and permit procedures through city hall.  When city hall becomes modernized and is supported by a strong IT department, job functions currently carried out by city staff can and should be rendered obsolete through restructuring and attrition.  Steps can be taken to develop and train core city staff to utilize new tools developed [...]

July 31st, 2018|Categories: Q and A|