Why Doesn’t Brighton’s Emergency Control Group Use Social Media?

Posted by on Apr 22, 2015 in Commentary, Local Politics, Politics |

I sent the following email to Brighton Mayor Walas and Councillors this morning regarding the lack of a social media presence by the Municipality of Brighton during the current state of emergency.

Dear Mayor Walas and Councillors,


During the ongoing “water main emergency” there has some criticism of the methods and detail of the communications sent out from the Municipality. One area of communications that has been totally absent throughout is social media. Although there have been efforts by a number of citizen volunteers and some Councillors to disseminate information online and via email, the lack of an official social media presence in an emergency in 2015 is shocking to say the least.


There was some talk of the Brighton Fire Department setting up a social media presence, but currently this has not yet materialized. However, the administrative assistant for the Fire Dept. was previously managing the Municipal Twitter and Facebook accounts. In emergency situations it is important that all responders have an “all hands on deck” mindset so that all available resources are employed to most efficiently and effectively deal with the situation at hand.


Therefore, my question is, why has the Emergency Control Group not utilized the trained personnel and the established social media accounts to deliver timely updates and information to residents?


Considering the aforementioned and since this emergency situation is ongoing, will the ECG be utilizing social media to provide further updates and information to residents?


Thank you,

Adrian Ellis


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Boil Water Advisory for Brighton remains in effect

Posted by on Apr 19, 2015 in Commentary, Local Politics, Politics |

April 19, 2015 – 8:47 a.m. A boil water advisory remains in effect for all residents on the Brighton Municipal Water Supply. Visit the Municipal website at www.brighton.ca for updates as they become available.

UPDATE: April 19, 2015 – 11:45 a.m.

A Boil Water Advisory is a public notification advising the public that their water has tested unsafe to drink and they must bring their water to a rolling boil for 1 minute prior to drinking, preparing food, making beverages and ice cubes, washing fruits and vegetables or brushing teeth. These preventative measures are issued to protect public health from waterborne infectious agents that could be or are known to be present in drinking water.

Please share this information with residents that may not have access to online resources.

Emergency Preparedness Guide


What is a boil water advisory?

Anyone requesting further information or questions should contact the Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577.

Or visit the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care website at www.health.gov.on.ca.

Other resources:

Brighton Emergency Preparedness Guide

Brighton Emergency Response Plan


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Eastern Ontario’s Economic Development Strategy

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Commentary, Local Politics, Politics |

Eastern Ontario’s Economic Development Strategy
Eastern Ontario’s Economic Development Strategy – Appendix A
Eastern Ontario’s Economic Development Strategy – Appendix B


Eastern Ontario’s Economic Development Strategy 2014

Eastern Ontario continues to be impacted by a dramatically and radically transforming economy from what has gone before. Long term challenges of an aging society, market globalization, increasing energy costs, and changes in technology, promise to create ongoing issues for the region. This is coupled with evidence of heightened levels of investment by peer communities and regions looking to improve their level of service to existing and potential businesses. This reality affirms the need for a timely and collective regional approach that gives consideration to new approaches and new tools that recognize the systemic issues and challenges that are impacting our economic performance.


Where historically economic development has been driven by a competitive tax structure, the availability of serviced land, buildings, and an educated workforce, today’s economic development efforts are adding new elements to the traditional approach that require more comprehensive and collaborative strategies.


These include:

  • Supporting innovation and productivity within the business community;
  • Development and deployment of workforce that is responsive to the existing and emerging needs of business;
  • Leveraging cultural diversity to create linkages to emerging markets; and
  • Deploying a broader regional view of sectors, markets, infrastructure and workforce to reflect the reality of business, industry supply chains and trade.

Eastern Ontario must rethink the way it engages with its economy and with the opportunities it presents. To accomplish this, it must look beyond its past experience and envision the world as it will be – and as it could be if it is able to channel efforts and ideas in constructive, innovative and productive directions.


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Municipality of Brighton Civic Awards 2015

Posted by on Apr 12, 2015 in Commentary, Local Politics, Politics |

It was truly an honour to be nominated for the Citizen of the Year Award. Thank you to those that nominated me for the award and thank you to the many volunteers that that work tirelessly to make Brighton the wonderful place that it is to live and raise a family.


Congratulations to all of the 2015 Brighton Civic Awards winners:

– Outstanding Achievement in the Arts – Sharon Caswell
– Outstanding Community Service – Dennis & Dorothy Fletcher
– Mystery – Community Promotions – Anja Croes
– Junior Citizen of the Year – Caroline Birch
– Citizen of the Year – Dave Sharp



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