Doug's Record for Cambridge

Economy and Infrastructure

  • Helped to accomplish the building of a $30 million dollar bridge over the train tracks near the Delta intersection
  • Established Boxwood, a 110 acre industrial park in order to bring industry and jobs to our community
  • Worked with the other local governments and the Region to organize a regional development corporation in order to bring international and national businesses to the region
  • Continued the policy of no development charges in the core areas
  • Took the lead on streetscaping projects in all the core areas that will be completed in the next three years for a total cost of 10 million dollars (Hespeler and Preston)
  • Worked with the region to compile a report to bring an alternative GO train route to Cambridge
  • Supported the initiative to work with IBM to establish the finest Asset Management programme in the province
  • Worked with the Region to invest 70 million dollars into roadwork in the Preston area
  • Created the City’s first Digital Library at the Old Post Office
  • Supported the Gaslight District
  • Supported the retention and redevelopment of the Preston Dam
  • Constructed the Pedestrian Bridge across the Grand
  • Obtained 53 acres for the 11 pitch soccer fields in Preston
  • Participated in the initial meeting with Toyota officials to bring 1.4 billion dollars to invest in our Cambridge assembly plant

Culture, Arts and Events in our Community

  • Brought Dunfield Theatre to Cambridge
  • Started an annual event called “the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts”
  • Started annual charities such as: Arts Connect and the Mayor’s Movie Night
  • Established annual Christmas Festival: Christmas in Cambridge with highlights such as Unsilent Night , Candyland and Lights in the Village
  • Supported the establishment of the Master Plan for Arts and Culture

Heritage in our Community

  • Oversaw the rehabilitation of the old city hall for 5 million dollars
  • Was successful in helping to see the Fire Museum Rehabilitated
  • Supported the proposed restoration and reuse of the Old Galt Post Office for a Digital Library
  • Supported the Library’s s decision to protect the Carnegie Library in Hespeler with a major, award-winning addition

Other Significant achievements

  • Helped to bring about the investment of $250 million dollars into our Cambridge Memorial Hospital
  • Spoke at APEC the (Asian, Pacific Economic Conference) outside Beijing about asset management in the City of Cambridge
  • Recommended a city wide policy named, Back to the River in order to encourage greater development of our natural resources
  • With six other Mayors met with the Premier to encourage a greater flow of provincial dollars into the auto sectors of our communities
  • Was part of the first meeting that eventually saw 1.4 million dollars invested by Toyota in our local plant
  • Spoke at the Global Forum conference about our unique Cambridge Digital Library
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