Re-elect Ian Chadwick

Councillor, Town of Collingwood

Thanks for your support

Thanks to everyone for re-electing me to Collingwood Council for the 2006-2010 term. I will do my utmost to live up to your confidence in me. I will retain these pages so you can check on how well I've kept to my goals and my promises.

Where I stand on issues

I have fought for and advocated for many issues, institutions and goals during my term on council. I have laid out my stand here, as well as my accomplishments, and my goals for the future. Please click on the topic links above to read my comments on where I stand on various issues.

For a PDF version of my brochure, click here. For my comments on the proposed pesticide ban, click on environment, above.

To make comments on municipal issues, please register and leave your comments or questions on my forum. You can also call me (see below) or stop into The UPS Store on First Street.

My responses to the V.O.T.E. questionnaire sent to all candidates, as well as other responses to residents are on this page.

I welcome your comments and questions on any of these or other issues. You can call me at home in the early evening, or stop in at my business during the day to discuss your concerns.

My community service

I am a long-time volunteer in this community and have served on numerous boards and committees since we moved here.

I served on the Collingwood Library Board for 14 years - I was chair of its publicity and technology committees, and served on its policy and planning committee. I am now a council representative on the board.

For several years, I sat on the town’s Vision 2020 Committee as chair of its environment subcommittee. During that time I made several presentations to council on environmental issues.

I was chair of the Collingwood Museum Board, a member of the Environment Network's Greening of Collingwood committee; the Collingwood & District Information Centre's automation committee, and Chair of the Ride For Sight’s local host committee.

I was a volunteer with the Special Olympics, Winterfest 2000, Collingwood Jazz & Blues Festival and Collingwood Horse Show. I have been involved with the Georgian Bay Wine Society, the Collingwood Cinema Club, the Ride For Sight ,and was a long-time volunteer at Rogers Cable TV.

I am a member of the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce, and served on its board of directors.

Before moving to Collingwood, I was a volunteer for the Toronto Humane Society, Danes in Distress and helped various animal and pet advocates and groups.

My background

For a dozen years, I reported and broadcast on this community. I was reporter and editor at the local newspaper, local correspondent for CBC Radio 1 (Ontario Morning) and interviewer and host on Politically Speaking on Rogers TV. I am still a freelance writer and columnist for Canadian and international media.

My local media experience taught me how our bureaucracies, councils and boards work, and provided me with valuable contacts throughout the area. That helped me achieve my goals in my last three years on council and helped me cement relationships with staff and other councils.

I have been a full-time resident in Collingwood for the past 16 years. I have been married to my loving partner, Susan, for 21 years. She continues to support me in my endeavours and my political work and shares my passion for both the Humane Society and the Library.

I have one daughter, Jessica, a nurse practitioner who works in Canada and volunteers her services internationally.

For more than seven years, Susan and I have owned The UPS Store (formerly Mail Boxes Etc.), a retail shipping, printing, office supply, copying and graphics business on First Street. We are the proud winners of the Chamber of Commerce's award for Customer Service in 2004.  My staff is also supportive of my campaign. I am keenly aware of the day-to-day issues local businesses face. That’s why I fought to moderate the former sign bylaw and give business owners more options without cluttering up the town.

I have spent almost 30 years working with computers and technology. I write a weekly column on emerging technology for a Canadian newspaper. I understand today’s emerging technologies, and can make informed, appropriate choices about them for our future.

I pride myself in listening to people, weighing the issues carefully, and voting what both my reason and my conscience tell me is the best choice for the greater good of this community.

I believe the role of government is to guide and plan strategically, not micro-manage day-to-day events. I believe strongly in accountability, open government, and public consultation.

Vote Ian Chadwick for
a sustainable Collingwood

This November, make a statement about our community's future. Re-elect a councillor who will continue to be a positive presence at the table. I am committed to, and care deeply about, this community and its future. I have the experience and the knowledge to continue as an effective, dedicated and conscientious member of Collingwood Council.

Re-elect a councillor who faces the challenges of a rapidly changing world with confidence and understanding; a councillor who provides fair treatment to every resident and business. I will always keep the public both informed and a part of the process. I will continue to help Collingwood plan, grow and develop intelligently.

 I hope I can count on your support.

Contact us

Please feel free to contact me with any questions, issues or comments, to make a campaign contribution or to request a lawn sign. Call 444-2023 days (444-1492 evenings) or email me at