Eric Beauregard is a City Councillor of Port Colborne, and was first elected by his Ward Two constituents in 2018. Councillor Beauregard studied at Wilfrid Laurier University where he graduated with both his Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science. Currently, Councillor Beauregard is a licensed paralegal employed at Sullivan Mahoney LLP. as a member of the Municipal and Administrative Law Department.
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With all of our conversations we begin with the following topic areas beginning with the guests personal story, then rising through geography and people level to better understand their community and how it fits into SW Ontario. Some of the questions include but are not exclusive too:
- Who are you? What is your day job (if not a full time politician)? How do you engage the community? Why did you run for council? What drives you?
- Who are your people? If you represent a ward what does that ward look like (urban, suburban, rural)? Who are your constituents – what do they do for a living, what are the issues you see in your inbox or talking to people week in and out.
- Describe your municipality as a whole. Paint a picture for someone who has not been to your town or community before or has only seen it as a sign on the side of a road. What is working, and what is not, what are you building towards?
- What is your region, what is in common/different between your community and your neighbourhood? Most municipalities are a part of some upper tier government, how does your community fit into that upper tier?
- Finally, how does your community and constituents fit into SW Ontario as a whole? Why should someone in Kitchener or London (as examples) care about your community? What should a Torontonian know about your community and why it is important?
In our conversation not only do we hear Eric’s story, what is happening in Port Colborne we also dug into some specific topics facing Port Colborne and it’s residents including:
- COVID Impacts on Port Colborne
- Including beach access issues from Summer 2020 – local only access; road access beaches
- Affordable Housing pushback in the community.
- Touched on climate mitigation and lake flooding.
- Where do you want Port Colborne to be in 10 years? Challenges/Opportunities
- Magic policy wand – change one thing, what do you change and why?
- And more!