During our post-council interview with Mayor Provenzano, we asked him about why the city is allocating funds to new arenas, downtown plaza’s etc., when it is apparent that a significant portion of the population appear critical of this type of spending and these projects, in particular.
“When you look at development of your community, and you know, when you look at kind of caring for [and] providing for the people that live in your community, and also trying to position yourself as an attractive community to come to, you need to have these types of facilities available.” said Provenzano. “Not only do you need to have the functions available, like swimming, and soccer, and hockey, and walking, but you need to have them available in nice, newer facilities.”
He also made note that our population is getting older and we need to attract new people to our city.
“As a municipality, it’s pretty competitive, were you’re competing with other communities to attract people to live in your community. And we’ve seen, with our community, we have an older demographic. It’s pretty consistent with a lot of the demographics in Northern Ontario,” said Provenzano. “We need a lot of people to either immigrate here, or migrate here, or move here from other places in the country and Ontario to maintain our current population levels and to maintain our current economic activity.”
Other key quotes from the interview –
- “And I think to do that, you need to develop a community that has attractive features and feels vital and it feels like it’s reinvested in.”
- “If you actually compare the city with either our northern Ontario competitors or competitors in other parts of the province, that are similar communities, of similar size, we really stay in our wheelhouse. We don’t have a lot of recreational activities or operations that are outside of our wheelhouse.
- “To those things that we are doing, my belief is we should do them. Well, we should do them properly.
The full section of this interview can be seen by clicking the YouTube link above. Stay with SaultOnline as we continue to break down responses to questions we asked during our post-meeting interview with the mayor.