Editor’s Note: A version of this article also appeared in the April edition of the Squamish Reporter
By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: Oct 25, 2014
A Squamish citizen for 13 years, Weys was a part-owner for a local business, Haymack Glass, and is now a regional manager for a company called the Freudenberg Group.
Services for local youth, better management of district revenue, better business and economic development, transit and transportation would be his priorities if elected.
“If we have qualified people working for us, then why do we need consultants.” Rob Weys
Weys said the district needs to control spending on consultants and on hiring more district staff.
“If we have qualified people working for us, then why do we need consultants,” he said.
Whether it’s branding, Recreation Master Plan or Squamish Oceanfront Development Corporation (SODC), district has outsourced a lot of its work to consultants.
He also reminded the community the councillors voted salary raises for themselves in 2012.
“They need to spend money more wisely and manage the current revenue better,” he said.
He said the town needs new, progressive people in the council chambers making decisions.
“A number of people have been in council for too long,” he said.
Weys is also passionate about youth sports, youth education, and access to counselling.
Citing the recent proposal to increase the fees for soccer and other youth activities, Weys said the community suffers when these activities are scaled back.
He also said the council needs to pursue and attract more business ventures and industry to town, be it tourism, commercial, light or heavy industrial.
Transit and transportation issues, too, need to be brought to the fore. As an example, he said the council needs to actively lobby the province for a better regional transit.
“We need to push our MLA and BC Transit…I don’t think the district has pushed hard enough,” he said.
Weys said he was supportive of the Woodfibre LNG project, as long as the interests of the Squamish are kept in mind.
With LNG, the sustainable tax component can be used to pay for amenities such as new pool, ice arena, fields, etc, he added.
“This fosters a strong relationship and commitment to the community,” he said.
An expanded university and a better regional transit, including transit to Vancouver, are among other things he would like to advocate for Squamish if elected.