Marcus Niebler is a: Visionary, Optimist, Thinker, Educator, Friend, Original, Reliable,Magical, Able, Realistic, Creative, Unique, Solid, Nice, Inventor, Empathic, Brilliant, Loyal,Energetic, Responsible, Caring, Intelligent, Thoughtful, Youthful, Confident, Obvious,Understanding, Noble, Charismatic, Individual, Lovable. This should spell it out to you why he is your best choice.
Many of you have already met me yet you may not know it. During the morning and afternoon, I drive a special needs school bus. On the weekends and many evenings, I can be found at the Escape from Reality in town, as I am “the escape room guy!” For those of you that care about my education level and previous work history here is the short synopsis. Educated at both University of Toronto and Seneca College. My previous business was a mobile planetarium company that would bring onsite field trips to schools, I studied Astronomy as a minor at U of T, physical geography was my major. It might surprise many of you to learn that I spent 5 years working in the Early Years program. I understand early childhood development after all I did go to school for both, an Early Childhood Diploma and an Outdoor Recreation Diploma. I have spent over 10 years working in Childcare centres. I spent the first 5 years of my career working in the field of Outdoor Education. You will not see my name on any lawn signs as I find this type of campaigning antiquated and not an environmentally sound practice by todays standards. I will be my own sign. Social Media will be my medium.
You can find my platform on the facebook page entitled Vote Marcus Niebler.
If you are a voter looking for change let me be your candidate of choice. I promise to be accessible, approachable and your champion if elected. Marcus.
Each Candidate was asked to send a bio, photo and to respond to the ten questions below with a limit of 75 words per answer. We have identified any truncated content with “...” Please feel free to reach out to each candidate for more information.
1. Over the last five years, how have you contributed to the City of Stratford (volunteering, boards, etc.)?
Over the last 5 years I have opened a business in Stratford. My business donates numerous gift certificates to a variety of charities within the city such as the House of Blessing. These are the people who really work for the community. I support local business by buying local and enjoy many of the wonderful flavours, our city cuisine has to offer.
2. What do you believe your unique contribution will be to council (strengths)?
The greatest 2 assets I will be bringing to council are Creative Thinking and Wisdom. I grew up in an "old boys" town that struggled with change. The mistakes Stratford has made in my 7 year residency needs to stop. I have seen first hand bad urban planning can cripple growth. Seriously, who builds a recreation center without a pool? Stratford and 30 years ago Aurora.
3. What would you like to see achieved over the next four years (be specific)?
I would like to see a safer road system, we seem to have a high number of accidents for a small geographical area. I would also like to see buildings like the Cooper site and the old Legion hall minimally leveled. We do not need these eyesores in the downtown core. I would also like to see a new senior centre, a new police station and a new indoor pool.
4. What committees do you see yourself sitting on and what experience qualifies you for those committees?
I do not see myself on any committees. The word itself is one of the few words in the English language that uses 3 sets of double letters. The sheer definition of inefficiency. You want something done today, do it yourself. If you want something done next week, ask someone else to do it. If you never want it done send it to a committee! I am a doer not a talker and yet I...
5. What means of transportation are you using in the city, and/or in and out of town and what improvements do you recommend?
In the city I either walk or drive. I recommend that we remove 2 parking spots on the north and south sides of Ontario street and allocate them for delivery drivers only. Quite tired of UPS, Canpar, Purolator stopping in the middle of the road to drop off packages. Let’s start with little things that will help make things better, like a 4 way stop on Lorne and O'loane. 1 km of walking and bike...
6. Describe what you believe the Cooper Site should look like in 10 years?
In 10 years from now the Cooper Site should be called the University of Stratford complete with a student residence. The arboretum trail shall be added as a walking and bike trail on the land too.
7. What are your objectives with respect to housing and how do you expect to accomplish them?
I would like to see more affordable housing. We need to look at building town houses and semi-detached houses. Three, 10 story apartments would help with the housing pinch. This will help with youth retention problem we currently experience. My plan goes beyond 75 words.
8. If elected, what three steps would you take to put our city on a firmer financial footing?
If elected to put our city on firmer financial footing, I would consider tendering out some services. I will assess what assets we no longer have a use for; we could liquidate them to build up the bank. I would stop spending money on outside consultants.
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 will not arise during my term on council. I am not running to self serve, nor am I anyone's minion. If this issue ever came up with respect to me, I will be stepping down. The decisions we make have too be good for the greater good, the future and never question our integrity.
10. How will you encourage youth engagement, retention, re-attraction and skills development?
With Youth we need to figure out more low cost or no cost activities. Travel teams need to be for the best, not for the best who can afford to be there. Schools are public buildings which could be better utilised on weekends and evenings. We need to encourage more community involvement by all ages. We need to be willing to offer free spaces to groups. Here too my plan goes beyond 75 words.