Council Redux!

Well, I’m back!  Thanks to all those who are following this blog despite the many months of hiatus.   I also want to say a thank you on here to all those who supported me during the recent election.  It was a historic night on many fronts.  I’m delighted to have so many returning Councillors as well as three energetic new members and am looking forward to this term of Council.

Lots to talk about – jobs reports, transit ridership numbers were both released in the last couple days and showed amazing strength.  At the same time, demand remains high for social services, showing income polarization continues (or at least, that cost of living continues to make it difficult to make ends meet).  This points to one of the big issues for this new Council – affordable housing.

I’ve had a request for some more visual and video content on this blog.  That’s a great idea.  I’ll be doing more of that this term.

My inaugural speech addressed some of the challenges I see ahead – will post that here shortly too.




About jefflehman
Jeff Lehman is the 46th Mayor of the City of Barrie. The Ward 2 Councillor for the City of Barrie from 2006 to 2010, he was the Chairman of the Finance Committee of Council, chaired the City’s Growth Management Working Group, and created the Historic Neighbourhoods project, a new initiative to protect and revitalize Barrie’s oldest neighbourhoods. Jeff has lived in Barrie for most of his life, having grown up in Allandale and attended Barrie Central Collegiate. Jeff holds a B.A. from Queen’s University, and a Master’s Degree with first class honours from the UK’s prestigious London School of Economics. He was hired to teach at the LSE following his graduation, and lived and worked in London for two years as an academic. Since that time, as an economist, he has worked with cities across Canada to manage redevelopment and invest in their urban infrastructure. In 2005, he established the Growing By Degrees Task Force to assist in expanding university education opportunities in Barrie, and has volunteered his time with many organizations in the City. Jeff lives near Downtown Barrie with his wife, Jennifer, a part-time professor of political science, and their young daughter Cassie, who is already smarter than her father.


2 Responses to “Council Redux!”
  1. Robert Viera says:

    I’m curious about the transit ridership numbers.

    I was surprised to read that the ridership numbers are ‘calculated’ and not based on the collection of ridership numbers, but on revenues.

    Having used transit for many years and noticed transit drivers pressing a button on their side of the fare box as each passenger gets on, emitting a beep, I assumed that the drivers were counting riders.

    Using revenues to estimate ridership seems fraught with problems.

    Sales of monthly passes and ride cards do not tell us how often those cards are used.

    Riders overpaying due to lack of exact change would inflate cash-paying ridership numbers.

    Riders who aren’t required to pay, e.g. the visually impaired or riders using GO tickets, would not be counted.

    Rides taken using transfers would be unaccounted for by revenue-based estimates.

    I was pleased to see that system maps are actually available on buses again. Information is key to the usefulness of a transit system and not everyone has a smartphone to access such information online. I shake my head when I see buses stopping for people who don’t actually want to get on the bus, but want to ask the driver for transit information.

  2. Robert Viera says:

    Here are some less than ‘awesome’ transit numbers:

    Number of bus stops removed: 173

    Number of bus stops added: 41

    Change in number of bus stops: -132

    Source (old stops) City of Barrie website ‘Stop # Lookup’ (Nov. 2013) (Note: Did not include stops with no routes associated.)
    Source (new stops): Google Docs stop lists for all current 16 routes linked to from City of Barrie website.

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