Mayor's Year-end Address 2016

Each year, the Mississippi Mills mayor presents an annual address looking back at the year just ending. This is my address for 2016.

The past year has challenged us all as people and as politicians.


Why a Few Years of High Taxes are Good for Us

The most frequent complaint I hear is, “why do property taxes in Mississippi Mills keep rising so much?” Yes, taxes have risen about twice the inflation rate for four years. That was necessary to get the town on solid financial footing. It is short-term pain for long-term comfort. Starting in 2019, tax increases will be at the inflation rate or less. Also, 2019 will be the year we stop borrowing from banks for most capital purchases.


Economic Report for 2016

On December 6, I provided an economic update to Council, the first of what I hope will be an annual report. Below are the details. We have had a very good year.

Mississippi Mills is growing in the number and breadth of businesses. Several years ago, the Community and Economic Development Committee came up with a simple economic development plan: if you make Mississippi Mills a nice place to visit, some visitors will move here, and some will start businesses here. It’s working.


SchoolBOX Founder Tom Affleck Receives Meritorious Service Cross from Governor General

Today, November 25, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, awarded the Meritorious Service Cross (M.S.C.) Civil Division to Tom Affleck at a ceremony in Rideau Hall, in honour of Affleck’s  creation of SchoolBOX. The cross recognizes a deed or an activity performed in an outstandingly professional manner, or with uncommonly high standards. The activity is often innovative, sets an example for others to follow, improves the quality of life of a community and brings considerable benefit or honour to Canada. Past M.S.C. recipients include Olympian Clara Hughes and astronaut Chris Hadfield.