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Published on Thursday, January 9, 2003

Rob Burton to run for Mayor

YTV founder announces run for Mayor's office

By Jennifer Lobo, Oakville Today

Come next November, Oakville will be in the midst of municipal elections and this time, Mayor Ann Mulvale will have some competition in the form of Rob Burton who announced his bid for the Mayor's office on Tuesday.

We need an election that can be a referendum on the way growth has been managed in this Town, Burton says
The 53-year-old father of three moved to Oakville in 1994 after selling his interest in the YTV cable television network that he founded.

He and his wife Wendy Burton, who is a member of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, have been active in community affairs since moving here.

Burton, resident of Ward 3, and former three-time president of Joshua Creek Ratepayers, is a member of the Board of the Minor Oaks Hockey Association and has volunteered with the Burloak Canoe Club, the Gairloch Museum and the Oakville Public Library.

He also helped form Clear the Air Coalition in 2000, an organization of eight area residents associations, that were against the Sithe electrical generating plant being located on Winston Churchill Blvd. The Coalition is now one of the groups appealing the Town's decision to pass OPA 198 (the amendment to the Town's Official Plan that urbanizes the lands north of Dundas) to the Ontario Municipal Board.

Burton believes that growth will be the issue driving the election.

"We need to have an election that can be a referendum on the way growth has been managed in this Town, and so I'm offering myself," Burton said.

His goal is "to get growth under control and make it pay its way." He has strongly advocated against the subsidization of development charges and believes that Oakville is a "premium area" and "we shouldn't have to discount to attract industry and business."

Burton says that many people specifically asked him to run for Mayor rather than council. He believes that's where he's needed. Oakville, he says, needs a new vision which includes putting the people of Oakville and their priorities first.

When deciding how to vote, Burton wants Oakvillians to ask themselves if they're happy with how the Town has grown and the speed with which it has grown. If they're not happy he invites them to speak to him directly.

The most important thing in the coming election, says Burton, is for people to "get involved and make a choice.'
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