SCUGOG: Regional Chair Roger Anderson gave members of the Scugog Chamber of Commerce an update on Regional accomplishments, and spoke about future initiatives at a Latcham Centre luncheon, held on Thursday, June 30.
Among the topics discussed, was the importance of the Pickering Airport project. Mr. Anderson said the project would not only benefit Pickering, but other Durham municipalities such as Scugog.
“We opened up the 407 to Harmony Rd., 10 minutes down the road.. Not everybody wants to live near the airport or work near the airport, they just want to be close to the airport,” he said. “You are 5 to 10 minutes, from the 407. You are 15 minutes from the airport. This is a win for us.”
Mr. Anderson also spoke about the need for social housing in the Region. He said the Region currently has a waiting list for housing of over 6,500 people, in addition to a deficit of $250 million for housing that needs to be brought up to standard.
“In a country as good as Canada, in a province as good as Ontario, nobody should have to go to bed without a roof over their head,” he said.
Mr. Anderson told the members the Region will receive about $16 million, over two years, as part of the Social Infrastructure Fund Agreement, to be delivered under the Investment in the Affordable Housing program, a joint initiative between the Federal and Provincial governments. He added he expects the Federal government to make an announcement about Infrastructure funding, for social housing, soon.
Durham is going to be back in the social housing construction business, I hope sooner rather than later,” he said. “It is not just in the south that we need housing, you need it in the North. You need it in Beaverton, you need it in Sunderland, you need it in Port Perry.”
The Regional Chair also said there is a need for more transit in the Region.
“We need money for transit. Is there anybody in this room that is 75 per cent happy with the service that you get on transit? It’s because you don’t see the bus, you don’t get the bus enough,” he said. “We need buses coming every morning and every afternoon to Scugog.”
The Scugog Chamber of Commerce’s next event is their best ball tournament on Thursday, Aug. 18, at Sunnybrae Golf Club in Port Perry.