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Councillor John Bath

Councillor John BathI arrived in Sioux Lookout in 1975 with my wife Myrna and our three children Jeff, Chris and Lianne.

When we arrived we bought the only house available at the time, the rooming house located at 19 King Street. We lived in and operated the rooming house until we built our new home in 1978, on Centennial Drive, where we lived for the next 32 years. In 2010 Myrna and I built again and moved to 391 Moosehorn Road.

I had trained, in 1964, as a Forest Technician at the Ontario Forest Ranger School and following stints with the Ministry of Natural Resources, Dryden Paper Ltd., The Manitoba Government and as a logger. I came to Sioux Lookout to work with Abitibi at Camp 23 on the Vermillion River Road. I stayed with Abitibi and later Great Lakes Forest Products until 1978 when I purchased 50% of DeKelver Electric and began my career as an electrician and businessman. I remained fully active in this and subsequent businesses until I semi-retired in 2009. I'm still active as the Master Electrician and occasion "helper" for Sioux Mechanical.

My initial experience with local government came about when I was appointed to the Sioux Lookout Hydro Commission in 1986. I was elected and re-elected for several more terms until 2006. During this period I served on several hydro related District and Provincial Associations and Boards and served through the tumultuous period of restructuring the Ontario electrical distribution system.

I decided to run for Municipal Council primarily to reverse the slide of control from Mayor and Council to administration, and to ensure that the Municipality is following a sustainable growth pattern that enhances the well-being of its current and future citizens.

My favourite activities are summer and winter camping, snowshoeing, hiking, running, boating, canoeing and fishing. I also like working at problem solving endeavours involving energy saving and solar initiatives and an occasion BBQ with friends and neighbours certainly has a place in my list of favourite activities.

My aim for 2011 will be to finish all the unfinished odds and ends at our new home and I'm planning on running another marathon, hopefully with some of my grandchildren.

By 2014, and the end of this Council's term, I'll be satisfied if this Council has established a governance structure that clearly places the Mayor and Council in charge of the directions and pace at which Sioux Lookout develops. I'll also be looking to have in place a planned budgetary system that accurately predicts our revenue and expenditure stream well in advance of taxation changes that never exceed the rate of inflation.

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