Your Councillor, Ward 3. Putting Ajax First.
A message from Joanne

"In every election, incumbents are called to answer for how they discharge their responsibilities. I am proud of my achievements and proud to have been able to serve Ajacians for the past three terms.

The next term will be even more challenging and difficult. It will require wisdom, experience and strength of character; I am well prepared to meet the challenges. 

I have always voted independently, responsibly, and in the best interest of the residents of Ward 3 and the people of Ajax. 

Please vote to continue my work to make Ajax the best place to live in Ontario."

Joanne Dies

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Question: What's behind a slogan? 

Answer: Three consecutive terms of hard work, team work and leadership.

As Ward 3 Councillor, Joanne Dies has worked hard with fellow councillors and staff to help create a town with a high quality of life. She is enthusiastic about continuing that work.

How has Joanne, for the last three terms, put Ajax first?

  • Maintained the lowest tax increase in Durham Region for the past seven years (24% lower than the regional average)
  • Tripled the town's reserves
  • Built necessary infrastructure


Sound management of our town's finances

  • Accessed 8.3 million dollars of federal infrastructure grants to refurbish heritage buildings and facilities, redevelop our downtown and revitalize the Village


Investing in the future of our town

  • Built a clean, green environment with an undeveloped waterfront park and enhanced trail system that is the envy of the GTA
  • Built new LEED certified facilities (Leader in Energy and Environmental Design)
  • Developed a forward looking Pedestrian and Cylcing Master Plan to connect neighbourhoods and provide viable alternative forms of transportation


Putting our environment first

  • Refused contributions from the development industry
  • Not aligned with any federal or provincial political party
  • Has no conflicts of interest
  • This is integrity in government and putting the people of Ajax first

Joanne is an independent person who always votes responsibly in the best interests of the people of Ward 3, and all the people of Ajax. Her record demonstrates vision, teamwork and committment.

Joanne Dies. Putting Ajax first.

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When and where can you vote?

Election Day is Monday, October 27, 2014 and polls will be open between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

The town has initiated a new Vote Anywhere policy to make voting more convenient. On election day, regardless of where you live in town, you can vote at any one of the town's 13 polling locations.

For a complete list of these locations, visit www.townofajax.com/vote.

On election day in Ward 3, there will be three voting locations:
Ajax Community Centre, 75 Centennial Road (Clements Road W. and Harwood Avenue. S.)
• Roland Michener P.S., 95 Ritchie Avenue (Kingston Road W. and Westney Road S.)
Lakeside P.S., 4 Parkes Drive (Lake Driveway W. and Parkes Drive)

In an effort to encourage and improve voter turnout, the town is holding eight Advance Voting Polls at Maclean Community Centre, 95 Magill Drive, and Ajax Community Centre, 75 Centennial Road.

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What is smart growth?

Smart Growth” is a term which embraces many planning concepts. Smart Growth also addresses many issues which frequently concern residents, such as traffic congestion, endless new subdivisions on previouisly zoned rural lands, disconnected neighbourhoods and inadequate public transit. 


 

Smart Growth in action:

• Curbs urban sprawl by creating firm limits for residential growth
• Preserves green space and farmland
• Offers housing choices to meet a variety of needs.
• Incorporates water and energy efficient design standards
• Plans for and designs for climate protection
• Considers environmental protection
• Promotes public health
• Connects communities through public transit, trails and bike lanes


How has Ajax incorporated “Smart Growth” concepts?

Ajax has an official plan that sets firm urban growth limits: Taunton Road to the north and Audley Road to the east.  North and east of these boundaries lies The Greenbelt. This is an area of agricultural lands, watersheds and greenspace deemed so valuable it is protected from development by provincial legislation, legislation that Ajax actively endorses.

The Town of Ajax currently completed reviewing and updating its' Official Plan to ensure a mix of housing that suits many lifestyles. Providing housing for young people, couples, families, and seniors, provides a well balanced diverse community. Ajax municipal housing is currently completing an 84 dwelling complex on Station St. 

Future planning envisions compact neighbourhoods that include energy efficient features, features for water conservation and permeable surfaces to adapt to severe weather experiences. 

Residents want to work close to home. Ajax has dedicated employment lands despite challenges from the development industry to convert these lands into subdivisions. Our goal is to provide quality  jobs that provide salaries to support families so Ajax residents can work close to home.

Ajax's pedestrian and bicycle master plan reconnects neighbourhoods and provides alternative modes of transportation through public transit, trails and bicycle lanes resulting in less congestion and pollution in our community.

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"I strongly endorse Joanne Dies in her
campaign for re-election as Councillor of Ward 3 so that she may continue her outstanding accomplishments, not only for Ward 3, but for all of Ajax."

– Dr. Romas Stas

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Joanne is proud that
  • In her role as 2010 Budget Chair, Ajax maintains the average lowest tax increase in Durham region
  • "Slot" revenues build reserves and keep taxes low
  • Ajax continues to deliver high quality services
Joanne supports policies that
  • Curb the growth of urban sprawl to preserve green space and farmland
  • Protect employment lands
  • Provide a range of housing choices and transportation options
Joanne continues to
  • Refuse financial contributions from the development industry
  • Demand fair and equal representation for Ajax at Regional Council
  • Fight for direct election of the Regional Chair
You can help Joanne's campaign
  • Volunteer your time
  • Put up a lawn sign
  • Contribute financially
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