It’s now official as the 2019-2022 Parry Sound Town Council was sworn in at Tuesday night’s inaugural meeting.

New councillors Vanessa Backman and Roger Burden joined returning councillors Bonnie Keith, Doug McCann, Brad Horne, and Paul Borneman as well as re-elected Mayor Jamie McGarvey as they were Piped into the Council Chambers by Morley MacDonald.

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Piper Morley MacDonald. Photo: Tom Mangos

The evening continued with a blessing by the Reverend Nelson Small and a performance by the Little Spirit Singers from the Wasauksing Kinomaugewgamik.

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Little Spirit Singers. Photo: Tom Mangos

Following the swearing-in ceremony, Mayor Jamie McGarvey addressed Council with his Inaugural speech.

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Mayor Jamie McGarvey. Photo: Tom Mangos

In his address, the Mayor reflected on the last municipal election and the questions that he got during the campaign.

He said it became very clear to him based on those questions that either some only start to pay attention every four years or they’re not looking for the answers on their own.

His message for the next four years: pay attention.

He reminded those in attendance and watching online that the information is out there, both on the town’s website and the Labour Market Group’s website.

He added the municipality tries to get as much information as it can out on local media as well.

He says paying attention is important because the next four years will be interesting ones, citing rumblings from the province that we’ll have to tighten our belts, then promised more money to be put back in the pockets of Ontarians.

The Mayor pondered if this means a shift in funding, with the province paying less and municipalities paying more resulting in the taxpayer not really winning and the municipalities grappling with the fallout.

The Mayor concluded by saying “as a regional centre, we have a great town with great neighbours”.

He added the town will continue to work with its municipal and First Nation neighbours so that all of the area will succeed.

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