Happy Labour Day #StCath!

As we work through the middle of the last long weekend of Summer, and get ready for the busy season of election time in Niagara, a quick Happy Labour Day to one and all. Hopefully the weekend gives us all a chance to connect with friends and family one last time before the Fall begins.

And as I sit here with my youngest trying to climb me like a jungle gym, a quick reminder that, again this year, I’ll be collecting food for Community Care with Councillor Matt Harris at tomorrow’s Labour Day parade in Merritton. If you’re planning on heading out, bring some food and/or some money to help fill the bins for Community Care.

Enjoy the rest, all.

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No Fixed Address 2014 – want to sponsor? #StCath #NFA2014

To any folks out there who are interested and/or motivated – No Fixed Address is happening today at the Pen Centre. I have had the opportunity to take part in this 24 hour event for the last 3 years, and it is a great time for the family while also presenting a great opportunity to raise money to fight homelessness in our region.

If you are of the means, a donation would mean a lot. The money goes to the YWCA and helps to fund programs that will provide life skills for women who are living, sometimes with their children, without permanent shelter. It helps provide food, clothing and a warm bed for people who don’t have enough to have any of these things.

Donations can be made here, and thank-you for the support!

#StCath arena on-time, on-budget #VoteSTC

Great news after a touch of miscommunication on Wednesday; the downtown Meridian Centre project is indeed on-time and on-budget. Full kudos should go out to Rick Lane and his team at the City, as well as Ball-Rankin construction for their work in making sure the building is ready for the open houses in October and the first big acts. A kudos to the Ice Dogs as well, for being quick on the ball to set the record straight.

We’re blessed in Niagara to have some awesome community partners that are committed to the task of revitalizing the Region. Ball-Rankin and the Ice Dogs are two of those community partners, and they’re helping to transform downtown. Here’s to looking forward to their success!

RELEASE: Siscoe files nomination papers; begins re-election bid in St. Patrick’s Ward #StCath #VoteSTC #NiagPoli

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

August 14th, 2014

St. Patrick’s Ward City Councillor Mat Siscoe officially filed his nomination papers on Thursday morning, kicking off the beginning of his re-election bid in St. Patrick’s Ward (Ward 4).

“I’m excited by the challenges ahead, and look forward to talking to residents about their priorities in the next 4 years, as well as my accomplishments during this last term of Council” said Siscoe after submitting his forms to the Clerk at St. Catharines City Hall on Thursday.

“There’s a lot of work to do in the next term of Council. We’ve worked hard to continue the revitalization of the City, but Council needs to come to grips with the fiscal realities our residents face, and hold the line on taxes through cost-saving measures.”

Siscoe indicated his platform would consist of three straight-forward priorities:

  • A real commitment to fiscal accountability by holding the line on tax rates in St. Catharines;
  • Dealing with residents priorities for the ward, such as
    • The ongoing traffic problems on Third St,
    • The continued danger of a 406 interchange in the middle of two school zone on First St,
    • The ever-present frustration over the vacant GM lands on Ontario St;
  • A comprehensive strategy to engage residents through better communication from the City and Ward Councillors.

“I’ve been proud to find success on Council this term, by instituting accountability through the recording of Council votes, voting to renew old and damaged infrastructure, and pushing through asset management reforms that will save money for taxpayers in the long-run” Siscoe stated. “As those measures pay off, and Council finds ways to save money on the operational budget, residents will see the payoff of some tough decisions that Councillors will have to make.”

Siscoe is currently completing his first term as St. Patrick’s Ward Councillor, having been elected in the 2010 Municipal Elections.

CONTACT: Mat Siscoe – 289-990-8162 – mathew.siscoe@gmail.com