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This post shares news that I will not be running in this year's municipal election. The comments below were part of an announcement at the Council meeting in Niagara-on-the-Lake on April 28.



It has been an absolute honour and privilege to represent the residents of Niagara-on-the-Lake as your Municipal Councillor and Deputy Lord Mayor. I will leave this role with a very deep sense of gratitude to the thousands of people who put their trust in me to speak up for them, for their businesses and properties and families, for their fears and hopes for the future of NOTL.

I will also finish this term feeling most proud of my contributions to the Draft Official Plan for Niagara-on-the-Lake; supporting the Community Centre expansion for the Niagara Nursery School from its very beginning; advocating for our local history and heritage; pushing for a strategic, positive and refreshed leadership culture in the Town's administration, and seeing the launch very soon of a completely new website to showcase and serve this amazing community.

Of course there have been disappointments along the way, some of them incredibly bitter and frustrating, but such is life. Nobody runs for Council because it's going to be easy. In this chamber we are each one of nine voices that are all intended to equally matter, and I appreciate that we have been a Council who did not always have to agree, and mostly worked very well together.

A lot can happen in four years. Niagara-on-the-Lake's population is now more than 19,000 people. The Niagara Nursery school's wait list continues to grow. This is an incredibly desirable place to live, and Niagara-on-the-Lake is growing. That means Niagara-on-the-Lake is a living, breathing and real community, and that should be a fact to embrace and work with, rather than to fear.

Change is hard, inevitable and healthy.

My decision not to run for re-election will hopefully make space for someone new to contribute their time and energy to the quality of life in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Politics isn't a game, it's a calling, and politics shouldn't be assumed as a career. Politics is about being in the service of people, all people; and the decisions made in this chamber need to be focused on what is good for the total community, not for any one person, a carefully counted voting block, or a very vocal and privileged few. Anyone who cares enough and is determined enough has what it takes to do this work, and no-one was perpetually written in the stars to run this place forever.

So to anyone who has ever read an article about municipal council and gotten mad, or passed a capital project and wondered why it's being done, or wanted to be a decision-maker in this community, or even had the slightest inkling that they could probably do great things from this chamber, now is your opportunity: run. There is no perfect time to hold public office, yet it is such an important service. It requires commitment, not eternity. Run, build your team, and bring your new ideas. Run, share your visions for what NOTL can be, and stick to those visions. Find your voice and use it. The Town needs people like you.



For all the latest updates and a local take on life in Niagara-on-the-Lake, follow me @niagaraclare on Instagram.


You can also follow Clare Cameron on Town Council in Niagara-on-the-Lake through Facebook, and Twitter @theClareCameron.


This will be my last website News update for a while. At any time however, you can reach me for contact and a conversation via clare.cameron@notl.com or the social media handles above.

Finally, 2020 is behind us and we can all look forward to the hope and opportunities ahead in 2021.



The last two months have seen Niagara-on-the-Lake welcome a new CAO to the organization, and our volunteer Fire Department has provided outstanding response to some very unusual and dramatic situations. The business community continues to perform to the best extent possible amid COVID-19 restrictions, and Niagara-on-the-Lake remains a highly desirable place to be despite the inability to see our friends and family as we normally would.


In addition to our normal meeting schedule posted at notl.org/calendar, Council will meet on January 27 to finalize the 2021 budget after months of review and deliberations at the Audit and Finance Committee. While it will be a difficult financial year, the Town is well-positioned to make the decisions necessary to continue providing municipal services under remarkable pressures.


With the new year my contact information has changed, with a new mobile number. To reach me directly via phone or text, please use 905-658-4637.


Email contact remains clare.cameron@notl.com and you can share opinions or views to all of Council at any time to council@notl.com.


In another change for 2021, this is the last time I will be sharing news and updates through email.


All of the agendas and documents for Council are available through the Town's website at https://domino.notl.com/sites/notl/NOTLCOTW.nsf/webCOTWFiles?ReadForm and related tabs for Committee of the Whole, and Advisory Committees.


I will continue to update the News section of clarecameronnotl.com periodically through the year, and maintain a Twitter account @theClareCameron, Facebook through Clare Cameron on Town Council in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Instagram @niagaraclare.


For the quickest response possible, please connect via phone or email above.



In this very unusual time, I am wishing you and family, loved ones and friends all the best possible health, safety and comfort. Community is so often built on people meeting together. While we can't do this in person right now, even a simple phone call can make a big difference. Stay safe, be well, shop local and please continue sharing your thoughts, experiences and ideas for how to continue making Niagara-on-the-Lake such an amazing place to live.