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Gowling Bids for Woodstock City Council

Gowling would like to address pricy residential taxes, the frequency of recycling and garbage pickup, homelessness and more.

WOODSTOCK - He's new to the Friendly City, but he is looking to make change right away.

Allison Frederick Gowling is running for Council in Woodstock after moving here only two years ago from Haldimand County. He says he's already noticed quite a few issues he'd like to address.

Gowling mentioned the pricy residential taxes, the frequency of recycling and garbage pickup, as well as homelessness.

"We have to deal with the homelessness, the mental illness and the drug addiction as one. You can't deal with only one of the three. If you do that, you're doomed to fail."

He would like to address these issues with more affordable housing options, increased police presence downtown and a by-law that forces financial institutions to close after hours.

Gowling also has another by-law in mind. No private signs, particularly election signs. He believes people take them down for the most part, however, a lot of them also become litter.

Gowling ended with a final statement:

"I think it's time for a change. I'm retired and I'm running a campaign that is not accepting nor soliciting any donations. I am here to make a difference, I promise no panacea, I promise no instant solutions, I promise you hard work, I am available, I am accessible and if you have a problem, then it's my problem, and I will help you resolve it."

Woodstonians can cast their votes in the municipal election on October 24.

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