Dan Graver


A 31-year resident of Stratford, Dan is a retired Waterloo Regional Police detective living with his wife Cathy on Water St. Dan is presently starting a new business in the downtown core and teaches part time at Conestoga College


Email: dano50@rogers.com

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1. Over the last five years, how have you contributed to the City of Stratford (volunteering, boards, etc.)?

Actively involved in sports as youth, he has also given back to the community coaching for 7 years and convening at the Inter County Baseball level. Dan has also mentored youth through the local scouting program for 5 years, which he was apart of growing up and has campaigned for the refurbishment of National Stadium.

2. What do you believe your unique contribution will be to council (strengths)?

Dan’s unique strength’s lie in his strong belief, in the equitable treatment and process for all. Examination of legislation and its interpretation are strong working components of his skill set and the ability to ask tough questions and expect answers.

3. What would you like to see achieved over the next four years (be specific)?

In the next four years he wishes to accomplish the overhaul of transit. Get us out of the 1980’s and put us in the 21st Century. Explore other community models of subsidized ride share programs such as Innisfill Ontario and the Taxi Bus of Rumoski Quebec. Eliminate, the Committee as a whole, in the process at City Hall. We have Councilors recommending to themselves. Establish “real” public consultation not merely going through the motions so...[]

4. What committees do you see yourself sitting on and what experience qualifies you for those committees?

If elected he would be very pleased to be on the Transportation Committee and the Police Service Board and has the interest and knowledge to bring new life to these areas.

5. What means of transportation are you using in the city, and/or in and out of town and what improvements do you recommend?

Typical transportation for Dan is walking in the downtown core for most day-to-day items, for longer distances outside the core, travel by automobile.

6. Describe what you believe the Cooper Site should look like in 10 years?

Dan see’s the Cooper site in ten years as an active Community Hub, with the, Seniors, YMCA, University and a multifunctional auditorium within that building.

7. What are your objectives with respect to housing and how do you expect to accomplish them?

Stratford housing objectives: are to increase the density of our City especially our downtown core.

  • Create incentives for developers to make affordable living units, accessible housing. -Take a solid look at our zoning parameters and make sure we are encouraging these developmental needs.
  • Streamline the building and planning department to facilitate much of this.

8. If elected, what three steps would you take to put our city on a firmer financial footing?

To establish a firmer financial footing we need real change at City Hall. We need a council that is not afraid of success and the willingness to try. Age old ways of that’s how we do it need to stop.

9. How will the new provincial legislation with respect to conflict of interest on municipal councils, coming into effect January 2019, hinder your effectiveness on council?

Conflict of interest is nothing new and you will have this from time to time as those who run, have a vested interest in our community. It would be a sad state of affairs if the ideal candidate were a disengaged citizen. Changes are coming in the spring, with a mandated Integrity Commissioner. This is welcomed whole-heartedly.

10. How will you encourage youth engagement, retention, re-attraction and skills development?

Stratford Jobs- Gone are the days one could work at a local factory and retire with a decent pension. Our manufacturing base cannot be relied upon to supply what once was. We have a toe in the door the tech sector along with the University; we need to expand upon this. It will take time and there are many things we need to do like fix our transportation system both internally and externally from the...[]