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Lynda M. White - County Ward 4

162 Conestoga Street North, ArthurLynda White 2014


I am an experienced, dedicated councilor with 20 years experience in municipal politics. I served for 6 years on Arthur Village Council (1992-95 as a councilor & Deputy Reeve for 1995-98). The last 14 years (2001-2010) I have representing the residents of Ward 4 on Wellington County Council.  I was elected Warden in 2004 by my peers. As the Warden, I was a member of every committee that is responsible for the administration of services for the County. For almost 35 years Arthur has been my home where I reside with my husband George. I was born and raised in Fergus and attended Centre Wellington District High School.  I am the mother of two daughters and 5 grandchildren.


The responsibility of administering county services has been an important part of my job, and I will continue to ensure that these services are managed with fiscal responsibility. I will continue to support the Green Legacy Program; now the largest municipal tree planting project in North America.  There are many benefits to this program including the living snow fence project which helps to protect roads from blowing and drifting snow.  Tree planning is an easy, extremely successful way to improve our environment and help reduce the effects of climate change.

Fiscal responsibility is a very important part of my job. I will continue to ensure capital projects remain within the means of Wellington County and be part of the team that wisely manages our resources for every county department. This is done as we prepare for the future through the annual budget process and the five year plan that is brought forward to council in the fall of the year.  

Business Attraction Programs and Opportunities

I have been a supportive member of the Economic Development Committee formed at The County level two years ago. We have most definitely taken a lead both in supporting the retention and expansion of existing businesses and in the attraction of new investment.


  1. Countywide Business Retention and Expansion project (in person interviews with 270 businesses within our communities) in partnership with each of the lower tiers. County staff collected a significant amount of data on our economy and our businesses, with whom they did not have contact before.
  2. Workforce Strategy approved by Council this spring, this contains a review of the workforce challenges our employers are facing and recommended projects, which we have already started to undertake and which will continue into the next term.


  1. Wellington Economic Development webpage: this site will be inclusive of the first ever Wellington business directory, available land and buildings, a one stop shop for site selectors and entrepreneurs wanting to know how to start or expand a business in the County. This webpage will be launched in conjunction with the Grand Opening of the Governor’s Residence Oct. 21, 2014.
  2. Wellington Photography project: in the summer, we visited over 30 businesses with a letter from our Council saying that we are glad they’re doing business in Wellington, that we are building a webpage and instead of stock photography, we want authentic Wellington business owners, with their products, in front of their plants, at their site of work, promoted on our digital and print material. The reception was great as are the photos. You will see them Oct. 21!
  3. Sector Investment Profiles: we have four key sectors in the County, key as in they have a strong presence here and they’re growing. We want to support this growth and so we are creating materials with which to show why (manufacturing, agriculture, health care, creative professional services) are doing well in Wellington, what our locational assets are, our key players and where we’re heading.

These are the main projects spearheaded by Council members and County staff but there are many others.


Questions & Answers

Question from S. Brown for All Candidates, except School Board

Micro chip scanner for dogs.  Most dogs have micro chip identification and when I bought my dog licence learned Elora does not have a scanner – why not?

White, Lynda M.:  No response yet.

Question from Jeremy Woods, President, Wellington Standard Condominium Corporation No.149 for All Candidates, except School Board

The unit owners and tenants of the Wellington Standard Condominium Corporation No. 149 (The Beckett Centre), at 820 Gartshore Street in Fergus would like to know the candidates’ views of the current Commercial Tax Rates and Classification.  In particular the possible creation of Commercial and/or Industrial Condominium Classifications.  We feel that we are being unfairly taxed – as an example, each of the 26 units are being taxed as if they are stand-alone buildings on their own lots, instead of one building, on one lot, broken into 26 units.  MPAC does allow for this in their assessments, and other municipalities in Ontario have created these additional classes.  By creating these classifications and reducing the overall tax base on these companies, may encourage more of these commercial condo buildings to be built.

White, Lynda M.:  No response yet.

3 Question from Karen Hudson for any wishing to respond  (her 4th question was asked at the meeting on October 1st)

We have roads and bridges in poor repair.  Is there money to repair these, and is it really our money, or are we operating in a deficit?  Is there actually any plan?

White, Lynda M.:  No response yet.

What can we do to have influence over the slow progress in the building of a new hospital?  Genuine influence.

White, Lynda M.:  No response yet.

Why did the mayor agree to such an elaborate expansion of the Fergus library?  It needed work, but this is far beyond what is sensible.

White, Lynda M.:  No response yet.

Questions (2) from Steven Wright, Wrighthaven Homes for Mayoral, Township and County Candidates

Nimby Syndrome:  Not in My Backyard or "NIMBY" is a major concern for builders and developers who are faced with community opposition to important new developments including affordable housing, higher density housing mixed use developments and other housing options that provide choice for everyone.  Do you agree that NIMBY needs to be addressed?  If so by what methods will you address NIMBY attitudes in the community?

White, Lynda M.:  No response yet.

Places to grow legislation has increased pressures on planning departments to adhere to new rules and density requirements encouraging intensification in existing residential subdivisions and particularly downtown areas whereby often homes and buildings of heritage value exist.  Quite often these older buildings are in jeopardy as a result of requests to demolish so as maximize density requirements when a developer submits new plans to develop these building consistent with the places to grow legislation.  As a councillor do you feel you have the fortitude to resist pressures of the act and vote to deny the requests to demolish heritage resources?

White, Lynda M.:  No response yet.


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