Architectural Conservancy of Ontario holding ‘open mic’ with provincial candidates on affordable housing

ELORA – The Wellington branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario is hosting an ‘open mic’ conversation with citizens and local candidates running for office in the June 2 provincial election.

The session is on May 12, from 7 to 8:30pm at Knox Presbyterian Church in Elora.

“Affordable and attainable housing is recognized as a national, provincial and municipal issue of paramount importance,” organizers say. 

“Municipalities across the province have rejected the anti-democratic recommendations of the Housing Affordability Task Force to disenfranchise local councils and citizens and dictate solutions from Queen’s Park.

“Now it is up to residents to register their opinions.”

Organizers suggest posing these questions:

  • What solutions to our housing affordability crisis do candidates propose?
  • What do residents think about these issues?
  • Where and how should intensification be mandated?
  • What impact will it have on the small town feel and heritage of Centre Wellington communities?

The open mic format offers all citizens of the township the chance to discuss this topic and hear what the candidates think.

Organizers invite township staff, councillors and advisory committee members to attend and participate as well.

“It is an important opportunity to explore and foster well-planned growth through collaborative community conversations, which permit discussion and compromise in the best interests of all,” the release states.

Those attending are encouraged to wear masks.