Let’s get off the path of controversy, Bevilacqua says

4 Oct

The following appeared in our sister publications Tandem and Corriere Canadese last week.

By Alessio Galletti

Vaughan must look forward, think of the future and, learning from past mistakes, put on display all that it has to offer using a positive approach, to make us forget that derogatory slogan “the city above the law.”

In an exclusive interview with Corriere Canadese/Tandem, Maurizio Bevilacqua reveals, “Vaughan First,” the former MP’s strategy for changing the image of the city above Toronto.

An image that must improve, he says, but not by continuing along on the same path of controversy, but rather by promoting the side of Vaughan that functions, the Vaughan with many assets, as it learns the lessons from its past and looks to the future with confidence.

“This is the approach that is required and that’s what my campaign is based on,” explains Bevilacqua. “A lot has already been done, and now we must continue building this city.”

Putting aside the recriminations, and taking up an action government, the right approach according to him is a policy of possibilities in case of election victory: “I’ll concentrate on anything that is attainable and not on what has not been attained.”

Vaughan First, according to the document’s footnotes, is a strategy “inspired by the citizens of the city who believe that our image needs to be changed to better reflect their hopes and aspirations as proud ‘city builders.’ ”

A mission that calls for leadership in guiding a campaign of positive suggestions that “highlights the strengths of Vaughan in economic, social, environmental and cultural terms.”

And there are many assets to the fastest-growing city in North America. Bevilacqua lists them one-by-one in his Vaughan First plan, beginning with geographical location, economic growth, job growth forecasts for the next 20 years, and the creation of an urban centre that offers citizens all the advantages of an urban life style.

If elected, Bevilacqua promises to utilize this “to project, not only to York Region or Ontario, but also to Canada and on an international level as well, a positive image of the city,” – a city that, with stable government, will have the opportunity to promote along precise channels, according to the plan document.

This involves promoting the city through “international cultural and sports events” as well as collaborating with “provincial and federal government offices such as the foreign trade and commerce departments, and with business, labour, media, academic and cultural organizations, to promote the city in those headquarters where decisions are made or where they can be influenced.”

Beyond the necessity of changing Vaughan’s image, which is at the heart of this first part of his plan, Bevilacqua does not lose sight of the other important issues that are dominating this campaign, such as the hospital and transportation.

On the latter, he states that beyond the Highway 427 extension and the arrival of the subway, what needs to be done is to change citizens’ habits, providing them with an acceptable alternative the automobile – public transit that is comfortable and convenient also from an economic point of view.

For those who continue to use the automobile, new technologies must be incorporated that are able to better improve traffic flow.

But to do this, he underlines, it’s essential to take into consideration the urban fabric and the development of the large urban centre that Vaughan is developing into and that is being predicted for Vaughan.

“What we need to promote is neighbourhoods, places where people can live and work and do without the car.”

The hospital is, instead, a critical aspect regarding the quality of life for citizens, says the former MP: “but it’s also a great opportunity to develop our city.”

What Bevilacqua has in mind is a partnership with a large university that would also serve to bring to Vaughan a post-secondary education facility, which at the moment is also lacking —  an ideal place for training doctors and nurses.


3 Responses to “Let’s get off the path of controversy, Bevilacqua says”

  1. avg free download October 7, 2010 at 7:46 AM #

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  2. Stop Bevilacqua! October 8, 2010 at 10:45 PM #

    Mr. Bevilacqua is no alternative. This guy is not the man to fix the city.


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