Wilson pleased to support Georgian Bay Mayors and 'Stop the Drop' to launch Mayors' Challenge
(August 16, 2013) Today, Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson joined the Mayors from around Georgian Bay who are working to produce an account of the impact of low water levels on their communities. Together, they are reaching out to citizens and asking them to come forward and tell their stories with pictures illustrating the impact, and estimates of the costs those citizens had to bear in 2013. Hoping to hear from hundreds of affected parties, the mayors will share the results with provincial and federal governments in an effort to secure support for addressing the water level issue, both in the short and long term.
"Marinas and businesses throughout my riding have had to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars due to declining water levels in order to stay afloat," said Wilson. "This is a serious problem, which is why this initiative and others like it are so important. I really applaud Colin Dobell, Executive Director of the 'Stop the Drop' campaign, for coming up with the idea."
"This is a natural partnership for us," said Dobell. "Overall, our campaign has two objectives: to engage the public in the water levels issue so that they can get informed, get heard, and get involved; and to make sure public opinion on this issue is heard and understood by governments. This partnership furthers both of these objectives, and it leverages our online community platform to benefit communities around the Bay."
To take the Mayors' Challenge, simply go to www.stopthedrop.ca, and register to use the site (which is free). Once you are registered, you will be delivered to the common landing page. Simply click on the "Take the Mayors' Challenge" box in the upper right hand corner and follow instructions. Scan the questions and make sure you have collected your digital images and financial estimates before you begin to complete the form. Once you start, it should take no more than 5 minutes.
Stop the Drop has agreed to support this program with a media campaign aimed at informing the public that their voice needs to be heard. Simultaneously, mayors will reach out to their ratepayers associations, service clubs and other community groups in an effort to get them to communicate with their members. So far, mayors from Owen Sound, Blue Mountains, Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Penetanguishene, Midland, Tay, Carling, McDougall and Little Current / NEMI are represented on the Stop the Drop site. This group is expected to get larger in the coming days.
Stop the Drop is a non-profit campaign that aims to sign up 15,000 - 20,000 members to its online community by Labour Day. At that time, it will publish an overview of the demographics of all of it members. The community is designed to make it easy for members to "get informed, get heard and get involved", in support of long-term action on water levels. Stop the Drop will also make public opinion on this issue visible so that our leaders can understand how many people care, and how members think and feel about water level issues.