President David Saunders called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. There were 31 Members present including Mayor Foster and Federal MP Kim Rudd. One executive member Bob Malone, was unable to attend due to other commitments. Mrs. Marion Saunders welcomed our speaker Mr. John Henry, CEO and Chair of the Region of Durham.
Mr. Henry opened by expressing an enthusiastic optimism for the Region. He described new business ventures such as a new Kubota Tractor Manufacturing plant, the Bowmanville Toyota parts distribution centre and on Church Street Pickering south of the 401, a casino, hotel, and movie complex with the potential of over 2000 jobs. The Region is presently negotiating with the Province to change their plans to have a Go train station at the 5thWheel site in Bowmanville instead of the previous plans via the CPR line. They are also negotiating to make the 407 feeder highways (412, 418) toll free to allow local commuters easy access to the 401. Our Tech expertise was executed by Oshawa’s OTU students competing in an international Tech competition. They won over the top competitor, Saudi Arabia. The Region’s AAA credit rating will be under pressure by the Province’s proposed new rationalization plan to share services to struggling neighbouring communities outside the Region. The Province also asked for a 4% budget reduction. This is difficult to accomplish when a large percentage of the budget is wages. In Durham Region 10,000 Health workers and 6000 teachers will not be looking for a wage reduction! Mr. Henry finished with a Q&A.
George Rickard thanked Mr. Henry for his excellent presentation.
Secretary Warren Tait read the minutes from May 21, 2019. Masood Vatandoust moved that they be accepted and John Pierrepont seconded. This was carried.
Treasurer George Rickard reported that as of April 30ththe bank balance was $927.94. George made a motion to accept the report and Rod McArthur seconded. It was carried.
Padre Saunders announced that we were still seeking volunteer directors.
Date of Next General Meeting:
The next General Meeting is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. The speaker in November: TBA.
Moved by Linda McGregor at 9:00 p.m.