Friday, June 7, 2013
It was a great weekend at FCm and I am humbled by the support I have recieved. Here is my speech I gave that morning to the delegates.
Good Morning Everyone, Bienevue
I am Clark Somerville, a Local and Regional Councillor for Halton Region, and I am a asking for your vote for 3rd Vice President.
I share your passion for strong local government. I believe that municipalities are the true keepers of democracy in Canada as we ARE the order of government closest to the people. We listen, we work together and we respond. But we can’t do it alone.
Comme j’ai dit, je m’appelle Clark Somerville et je suis (CAN-DI-DA) pour devenir le (TROI-ZI-M) Vice-président de la FCM. Je sais que mon français n’est pas le meilleur mais je crois fortement que la FCM est une organisation bilingue et je proments (pro-mai) que je vais apprendre.
My Council role, like being 3rd Vice President, requires balance. I deal with issues like poverty reduction, housing, public transit as well as the vitality and sustainability of our agricultural communities. I deal with places that have high as well as no growth. I am someone who will meet YOU on the level.
I am willing to learn to improve myself and serve you.
We don’t know what the next 5 years will bring, but I feel I have the VISION to lead us as we move forward. I AM committed to FCM and to serving you and your communities.
Increasingly a rural /urban divide is being felt and we must remember that all of us have a tremendous amount to contribute to the agenda and WE AS AN ORGANISATION must strive to reach that, we need to build bridges, not of steel and concrete, but of understanding between our large urban centers and our smallest rural areas.
We need to find ways to keep OUR members engaged through innovative ideas like webstreamed meetings, and pooling travel rewards programs to assist smaller communities in attending. Let’s have the discussion.
We have made great strides with the Federal government but we can’t rest on our laurels. We need to advance OUR municipal agenda and lay the ground work to build 22nd century Canada.
Infrastructure means different things to different people. Transit is not just roads but includes active transportation and public transit. It must include our hospitals, recreational, senior and youth centres and a host of other projects we fund off our property tax base. We need to make sure that ALL infrastructure is discussed.
We need to get aggressive on items that may be falling behind.
We all know we need a better financial deal.
We need to enhance our partnership on trade issues as ALL trade and economic growth in Canada begins on Main Street. We ARE the front line.
Canada is only as healthy as our cities, towns, regions and rural areas.
We must take EVERY opportunity to remind the Federal government of our needs.
Together let’s make our voices heard. Together, elect the candidate with vision, passion and commitment to advance your needs as your future President. Together elect Clark Somerville as your 3rd Vice President.
Je vous demande d’élire Clark Somerville pour le (TROI-ZI-M) vice-président de la FCM.
Remember Click on Clark
Clique Sur Clark
I ask for your vote.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
I’m Clark Somerville a Local/Regional Councillor for the Town of Halton Hills and Halton Region. I’m also a candidate for 3rd Vice President of FCM.
I have served on the Board of Directors and the Ontario Caucus of FCM for the last 4 years on various committees. I am currently the Vice Chair of the Rural Forum and have served as the Chair of the Housing Subcommittee and Vice Chair of the Social Economic Development Committee. I have actively participated in the annual Advocacy Days and other FCM events, such as the Sustainable Communities conference.
All of us who run for municipal government have a passion to serve our constituents, to make our communities better and to help plan and guide them into the future. I share that passion. We know we need to collaborate, build consensus and listen to our citizens. We need to be willing to adapt to, and
listen and learn as new items
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I feel my background provides me with a unique perspective and balance to represent you as 3rd Vice President. My community, while on the edge of the Greater Toronto Area, is both urban and rural. I see daily the challenges and conflicts that happen as our cities and towns grow and the pressures that it places on our rural and agricultural communities. As Chair of the Halton Health and Social Services Committee, I see the need for affordable housing and other social programs that assist those in our communities who may be on the lowest spoke of life’s wheel.
All of us are facing challenges with our infrastructure deficits and tightening budgets. We need to ensure that when we talk about building much needed infrastructure, that it’s notonly roads and bridges but also the social infrastructure our communities need.
Over the last few years FCM has made tremendous gains with the Federal Government and we need to capitalize on this and ensure that our voices continue to be heard. We need to listen to the concerns of our communities and act on them.
It’s important that all FCM members are able to participate and we must explore innovative ways to engage them.
Municipalities have a role to play in the economic development and the strength of our nation. Whether it is manufacturing, agricultural, resource based, or tourism, municipalities must be recognised for the role they play in building our nation. All trade travels on Main Street and we should be treated as partners.
FCM is a dynamic organisation and its 3rd Vice President should be someone who will work and help advance our agenda. FCM needs someone who will work to bridge the rural/urban divide that is felt increasingly as Canada grows. It needs someone with a vision and passion for municipalities.
On June 2nd Vote Clark Somerville for 3rd VP of FCM.
Please contact me if you have any questions or comments. My email is email@example.com or phone at 905-703-6388. Visit clarksomerville.com
Friday, May 10, 2013
Growing up on a farm just outside of Acton, Clark saw first-hand the value that agricultural and rural areas play in the vitality of our communities. Clark has served as a Halton Hills Local Councillor and Halton Regional Councillor for over 17 years His ward encompasses both urban and rural areas, and as a result Clark has continuously advocated for protected the countryside and the Niagara Escarpment from being designated for future highway corridors and growth areas.
Municipally, Clark has served as a member of the Halton Regional Police Services Board, Chair of Halton’s Health and Social Services Committee, Vice President of the Halton Community Housing Corporation and a variety of other committees.
Clark has worked with various community groups such as Poverty Free Halton, and has been an advocate for accessible and affordable housing. He has supported transit passes for low income earners as well as worked to ensure that all official plans include inclusive neighbourhoods and affordable housing options
During his 5 years working on FCM, Clark has served as the Vice Chair of the Social Economic Development Committee as well as the Rural Forum. He also served as Chair of the Housing Committee and has been a member of the Municipal Finance and Intergovernmental Relations Committee, Municipal Infrastructure and Transportation, International Relations and the Corrections Canada Working Group along with the DFAIT Working group on trade issues. He was instrumental in founding the “Men4Women” Group that annually raises money for the Mayor Andree Boucher Memorial Scholarship. Clark also led a fundraiser for the Angel Street Women’s Shelter, in Iqaluit, which brought much needed supplies to the residents of that area.
“I feel my background and unique perspective provides me with the valuable tools to be the 3rd Vice President of the FCM, “ said Clark Somerville . “As a Local and Regional Councillor, I understand the issues facing our communities, whether its immigration services, affordable housing, transit or other services that matter to our residents. There is a need for us to continue to work in partnership with the Provincial, Territorial and Federal government to ensure our communities are sustainable.”
It’s important that whoever is elected, understand the uniqueness of all the areas of our country. Canada’s rural communities have huge housing challenges as well as infrastructure needs that could cripple their ability to pay. As our natural resource sectors grow its essential to ensure that the rural communities have the necessary services in place.
“I have the experience and the balance as a Councillor who represents a largely rural and urban area, in the fast growing Greater Toronto Area, to understand and work with all areas of the country. I believe in being open and approachable and always welcome feedback on all the issues,” commented Clark Somerville “I look forward to and appreciate your support.”
À propos de Clark Somerville
Ayant grandi sur une ferme juste à l'extérieur de Acton, Clark a vu de première main la valeur que les zones agricoles et rurales jouent dans la vitalité de nos communautés. Clark a servi de Halton Hills Conseiller local et régional pour plus de 17 ans sa paroisse englobe à la fois les zones urbaines et rurales, et en conséquence Clark a toujours pousser en faveur de la protection de la nature et de l'escarpement du Niagara d'être désigné pour corridors routiers futurs et les zones de croissance.
Localement, Clark a servi en tant que membre de la Commission des services de police régional de Halton, présidente du comité des services sociaux et de santé de Halton et, vice-président de la Société de logement communautaire de Halton et une variété d'autres comités.
Clark a travaillé avec divers groupes communautaires tels que la pauvreté gratuite Halton, et a été un défenseur de logements accessibles et abordables. Il a soutenu les titres de transport pour les personnes à faible revenu ainsi que veillé à ce que tous les plans officiels comprennent quartiers inclusifs et des options de logements abordables.
Au cours de ses cinq années de travail de la FCM, Clark a servi comme vice-président du Comité de développement socio-économique ainsi que le Forum rural. Il a également servi en tant que président du Comité du logement et a été membre du comité des finances municipales et le Comité intergouvernemental sur les relations, les infrastructures municipales et transports, relations internationales et le Groupe de travail sur les services correctionnels du Canada avec le groupe de travail du MAECI sur les questions commerciales. Il a contribué à la fondation du groupe "Men4Women" qui soulève chaque année des fonds pour la Bourse d'études pour la maire Andrée Boucher. Clark a également mené une collecte de fonds pour le refuge de l'Ange, rue des femmes, à Iqaluit, qui a apporté des fournitures indispensables pour les habitants de cette région.
Je croie que ma jeunesse et mes expériences et la perspective unique me fournit les outils précieux pour le 3ème vice-président de la FCM », a déclaré Clark Somerville. «En tant que conseillère municipale et régionale, je comprends les problèmes auxquels font face nos communautés, qu'il s'agisse de ses services en matière d'immigration, le logement abordable, de transit ou d'autres services qui comptent pour nos résidents. Il est nécessaire pour nous de continuer à travailler en partenariat avec les gouvernements provinciaux, territoriaux et fédéral pour que nos collectivités soient durables ".
Il est important que celui qui est élu, comprenne le caractère unique de toutes les régions de notre pays. Collectivités rurales du Canada ont des problèmes de logement énormes ainsi que les besoins d'infrastructure qui pourrait paralyser leur capacité de payer. Comme nos secteurs des ressources naturelles poussent il est essentiel de s'assurer que les communautés rurales aient les services nécessaires en place.
«J'ai l'expérience et de l'équilibre comme un conseiller qui représente une zone essentiellement rurale et urbaine, dans la région du Grand Toronto et sa rapide croissance, de comprendre et de travailler avec toutes les régions du pays. Je crois qu'il faut être ouvert et accessible et toujours recevoir des commentaires sur toutes les questions », a commenté Clark Somerville" J'ai hâte de vous entendre et je vous remercie de votre soutien. "
Monday, March 4, 2013
New federal long-term infrastructure plan must provide secure, predictable funding for Ontario rural communities, says FCM(26/02/2013)
TORONTO - The federal government's new long-term infrastructure plan must provide secure, predictable funding for rural municipalities, said Federation of Canadian Municipalities' board member Clark Somerville, to delegates gathered today in Toronto for the 2013 Combined Conference of the Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA) and Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA).
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Regional Councillor Clark Somerville announced his intention to file to run for FCM's third Vice President
For Immediate Release
February 6, 2013
Today, at Regional Council, Halton Hills Regional Councillor Clark Somerville announced his intention to file to run for third Vice President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). He received unanimous support from Regional Council. Councillor Somerville has served as a Board member for FCM for 5 years and is one of 11 elected to serve Ontario. He has served on the rural forum, and committees dealing with Infrastructure, Finance, Social Economic Development and Intergovernmental relations.
“Clark has been instrumental in advocating for Halton and for the much needed funding for our projects,” commented Regional Chair Gary Carr. “It’s because of the advocacy efforts of Clark and Regional Council that we have been successful in receiving funding for infrastructure and housing projects across Halton.”
“Clark has the advantage of a balanced perspective on both rural and urban issues,” said Rick Bonnette, Mayor of Halton Hills. “If elected, this will give a stronger voice to FCM about the needs of Canadian communities.”
“After careful consideration and consultation with my colleagues across Canada, I have decided to file my papers to run for third Vice President of FCM,” said Regional Councillor Clark Somerville. “I am humbled by the support shown by Regional Council, and am looking forward to this opportunity to better represent Halton and advocate for our community’s needs.”
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is the national voice of Canada’s municipalities, speaking for almost 2000 cities and communities representing 90 per cent of Canada’s population. Its national Board is comprised of municipal leaders from across Canada, and meets quarterly to set policy priorities. The election will take place at the FCM annual conference in June 2013.
The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 500,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; emergency medical services; waste management; public health; social assistance/Ontario Works; children’s and seniors’ services; social/non-profit housing; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, dial 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at www.halton.ca.
Senior Strategic Advisor
Office of the Regional Chair
Monday, November 26, 2012
With the federal government wrapping up nearly six months of consultations on its long-term infrastructure plan, the Town of Halton Hills is backing the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) proposal that says Canada needs a 20-year plan with predictable funding to fix its crumbling infrastructure.
That’s the message delivered by the FCM recently as it released its recommendations on the Government of Canada’s long-term infrastructure plan.
“A long-term federal funding commitment that reflects the life-cycles of the infrastructure it is meant to fix is needed to allow municipalities to invest wisely and strategically in priority areas over decades, not just years,” said FCM president, Councillor Karen Leibovici. “It also means breaking away from budgets built on application forms and providing a predictable funding envelope for all municipalities.”
“The Town of Halton Hills has benefited from programs such as the Federal Gas Tax Fund and one time programs such as the Economic Action Plan,” said Halton Hills Mayor Rick Bonnette. “With increasingly tightened budgets and rising costs, we need all levels of Government to work together on infrastructure programs. Long term stable funding will allow us to plan our projects and save our taxpayers money.”
The Federation says the inefficiencies and uncertainty resulting from application-based programs is even more acute for smaller and rural communities that do not have the staff resources of larger municipalities.
“As an FCM Board Member it was an honour to work on the Long Term Infrastructure Plan with my colleagues from across Canada,” said Halton Hills Councillor Clark Somerville, FCM Board Member for Halton. “We developed a Plan that recognizes the challenges smaller communities face with replacing our aging infrastructure. It can be difficult to meet the Program requirements due to a lack of staff resources, tight time frames or budget capacity. We must remember that municipalities receive only 8 cents of the Canadian tax dollar but are responsible for over 60% of its infrastructure.”
The FCM proposals also call for an increase in annual federal investments dedicated to municipal infrastructure from $3.25 billion to $5.75 billion to bring it in line, as a percentage of GDP, with historical levels from the 1950s to the mid-1970s that allowed proper infrastructure maintenance and growth.
The money would build roads, bridges, trails, recreation facilities, reduce gridlock and improve quality of life.
The FCM identified in 2007 that the infrastructure deficit in Canada was $123 billion. The Town of Halton Hills has estimated the deficit here at about $153 million.
FCM is proposing maintaining the existing permanent gas tax transfer, but with a cost-of-living indexation to protect its buying power. It is also proposing creating a number of new federal programs designed to efficiently leverage matching investments from municipalities and provinces with a minimum of red tape and bureaucratic costs.