Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Election 2010 is Over

I would like to thank all those who supported me during this campaign. It feels good to have represented the Town of LaSalle as your Councillor for the past 4 years. It has been a great experience that I will always have. It is unfortunate that after all the great achievments that were achieved that the electorate wanted change. I hope that the new council will be able to continue the great things started this past term. Sometimes we look at personalities instead of what is accomplished for the betterment of the Town of LaSalle as a whole. I wish the Town of LaSalle and the new Council well during the next 4 years.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Pavement Goes Down on Front Rd.

Front Road has finally received pavement during the last couple of days. Pavement has been laid down from Reaume Rd. to Laurier Dr. Care is still required as you travel through the area but the end is near for Front Rd. construction.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Re-Elect Wayne Fortin for LaSalle Council

About Wayne,

I am in the manufacturing business and I have the experience and understanding of what it takes to manage. In this Global Economy we have to manage our tax increases and we have to be wise with each dollar we collect and spend.
A "LaSalle lifestyle" has to be the envy and the draw for all those people who may be looking to move into our town. The place people want to move to.
An even GREENER Environment for our children to inherit.

I am accountable

I am accessible

Vote for Experience, Vote for Wayne Fortin for LaSalle Council

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Support LaSalle Businesses

During the many construction projects that are going on in LaSalle at this time I encourage everyone again to Support our Local Businesses. They need our local support the same as we always encourage everyone to support our local famers that grow local food for us every year.

Election Ballots have been Mailed Out

The Election Ballots have been mailed out to all registered Voters on record. If you are new to LaSalle or have not received your voters package or your name was not on the package that you received then please contact the Town Hall at 519-969-7770 or go to the Town Hall at 5950 Malden Road and Register all eligible voters in your home. You have until October 25th to make your vote count. If you do not want to mail your ballots back in then you can drop them off at the Town Hall in the drop off box located at the back door of the building.

I hope you will support me for a second term so we can continue the great work we have done during the last 4 years.

Re-Elect - Wayne Fortin for LaSalle Council

Friday, September 24, 2010

Merchants suffer during Construction

Many of our town businesses are hurting during construction work that is taking place. I know that we like to avoid the construction zones but if you are looking to purchase something, I encourage everyone to support these merchants in any way possible, especially during the construction period. They ARE open for business and you can get to them. When business is down at these establishments, the employees are also affected as well with reduced hours of employment and subsequently they lose wages that they rely on. Please do what you can and


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Laurier Parkway (update)

The long awaited Laurier Parkway is finally taking shape. If you travel along Disputed, or Huron Line you will see the road base in place and the street lights installed. Mine you the lights should have been LED and not high pressure sodium. The asphalting should begin in a week or so which will add a whole different dimension to many of our travel routes in the future.

Candidate's Meeting 2010

The Candidate's Meeting held few surprises this year. The attendance was down indicating that people are generally satisfied with what is going on. It was a good opportunity for all the candidates to meet each other. A record number of candidates are running and all were present. I will say this, I am very impressed with the candidates this time. We have a lot of good people trying for the first time to move into Municipal politics and I wish them all well.

Question and answer sessions held no contentious issues. One of the main concerns came from small business and how can we as a municipality help out our small business especially through these economic time.

What did you think of the Meeting?

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Candidates Meeting Sept. 20, 2010

Mark this date on your calender to attend the Candidate's Meeting on Monday September 20, 2010 at Sandwich Secondary School. Meet the Candidates from 6 to 7 followed by the formal part of the program where all Candidates will speak followed by a question and answer session.

Do make it a point to attend. Get answers to the questions that you have. It is important to VOTE and have informative information on on all the candidates.

VOTE - By Mail or By dropping off your ballots at the Town Hall
any day until October 25, 2010

Trinity St. finally opens in LaSalle

Trinity Street has finally opened. This is a roadway that is behind the Price Chopper Grocery Store on Delmar St. If you are looking for a alternative route along Malden Road around the construction, you can turn East on Suzanne St. and at the first intersection turn left, go over the bridge and continue on to Ellis St. and you will come to Normandy St. Continue straight on Ellis and it will go behind the Zehrs Grocery Store. Ellis becomes Trinity and you continue to Wyoming St. Turn right and it will take you by Sandwich West Public School and from there you can get to Todd Lane.

You can also access all the stores in all the Malden Road plazas a lot easier if you use this route. All the way to the Tim Hortons!!!!!

Monday, August 30, 2010

RE-Elect Wayne Fortin as LaSalle Councillor

October 25, 2010 Please vote.

wayne fortin This has been a "Successful Term". Many projects got accomplished in the last 4 years and we want to continue the successes in the town of LaSalle in the next term.

Mission Statement

I promise to effectively utilize my knowledge and experience to better serve the interests of LaSalle residents, as they perceive it.

Call Wayne at 519-734-1331 or email to

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


New home construction permits are up substantially this year to date for the first 6 months of 2010. For the last 3 years LaSalle has averaged just under 38 new home permits for the first 6 months of each year. For the first 6 months of 2010 there have been 74 new home permits which is almost double. This is great news.

To date we have lost 93 properties to the new DRIC highway. They are not all residential homes but the majority are. We do not know where all these tax payers have relocated but it is safe to say that a number have relocated into LaSalle either by buying an already existing home for sale on the real estate market and by the looks of the increase of new homes being built it tends to leave the image that others must be opting to build new homes again in LaSalle. I don't believe that the economy has picked up enough to justify the substantial building increase. I believe people are staying in LaSalle because they want to be here. What do you think?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

LED Streetlighting in LaSalle

Something I have tried to push for in LaSalle for the last 4 years is installing LED street lighting. Sometimes it takes time and a whole lot of effort to move a mountain. With all the road and parking lot projects in progress I still haven't been able to convince people that we should switch to LED lighting.

Every council meeting that we have, council has to approve expenses from the previous meeting and I see the cost of electricity for street lights and know we can save 30% to 40% of electricity cost alone not including the maintenance costs of the high pressure sodium. With electricity increases coming in the new year I think that it only makes sense to start now and put in LED. Take time and check out LED lights. The Town of Essex has some installed and you can go and see first hand what they would look like and let me know what you think.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Coyotes in LaSalle

Coyotes have been populating in our town over the last number of years. The Ministry of Natural Resources has published a number of tips for the public in dealing with them.

- do not approoach or feed coyotes
- secure garbage
- keep all pets on leashes or conffined to a yard
- prevent predation on livestock with barns or sheds

You can also learn more by visiting their website at www.mnr.gov.on.ca

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 594 is Moving

594 as we all know the Legion by is moving because of the new DRIC highway requiring the property. The Legion has scuccessfully negotiated a sale of the property to DRIC and will move by the end of this year. What would have been ideal is for the Legion to relocate in LaSalle. After all they have played a promenent role as a service club in LaSalle since 1961. I will explain the importance of having "Service Clubs" in LaSalle in a future posting.

They were not able to secure a deal with a sight in LaSalle to rebuild or buy and that is unfortunate for the town. They will relocate on Howard Ave. but on the Tecumseh side of the road. We are fortunate that they will still play a large roll in LaSalle with everything that they do and provide including the Remembrance Day Celebrations. Their physical (building) presence in the town will surely be missed.

Municipal Elections "Do" Matter

Thursday's Windsor Star had an article by Lloyd Brown-John titled Municipal Elections Matter. If you have the chance do read it. He is so true when he says that "small municipality councils tend to be less formal but municipal obligations remain just as demanding." He goes on to drive home the point that VOTING does matter and your vote does count. It is important that we familiarize ourselves with the candidates and know we are voting for the right people and for the right reasons.
This election you will be able to vote by mail in ballot. You will be able to spend some time at home deciding on which candidates you think are best suited to do a good job.
Please make sure you vote!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

New Home for LaSalle's Rowing Club

The LaSalle Rowing Club will be a tenent in the new Riverdance Community building going up next to Gilmore Park. They will be in by October and their old building will be removed as part of phase 1 of the redevelopement of land. The much needed extra room will be a welcomed addition to the Rowing Club.

Tornado Warning System For LaSalle

Does LaSalle need a warning system? What would work? Sirens are not in LaSalle and there is no formal system in place. Would Sirens work? People generally keep close to the television or radio when the weather gets nasty for up to the minute advice. What do you think?

Czech Replublic Hockey Team comes to LaSalle

The Czech Replubic under 20 Mens's National Hockey Team is coming to the Vollmer Recreation Centre to play the University of Windsor Men's Hockey Team in an exhibition game. The game will take place on Friday September 10, 2010. It will certainly be a sellout so get your tickets early. I am sure there will be some special events taking place in conjunction with this special event. So watch the media for details.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


I have finally decided to create a Facebook page. I have also added a link to this blog. I hope the information on my blog is informative and if you have any concerns or questions please feel free to send them.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

DRIC Project - Windsor Essex Parkway

The DRIC project (Detroit River International Committee) has been busy during the last 4 years aquiring the needed properties along the projected new highway and border crossing route. To date they have successfully negotiated with 93 of the 139 projected property owners. I believe that all 93 property owners have been very happy with their compensation packages. This was one of my concerns 4 years ago in that everyone would be treated fairly in compensation and I now feel confident that all will be compensated adequately. I don't know how many property owners have relocated in LaSalle but I encourage all of them to do so.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

2010 LaSalle Election

This election will consist of a few changes. First of all you will be able to vote by mail. Everyone will receive their ballot in the mail in late September or early October. You will have time to decide your selections and submit also by prepaid mail. You can also drop it off at the Town Hall on Election Day. Make sure you mail early to allow the mail system to return your ballot on time.

All positions have more than 1 individual running so there will be no acclamation of any positions. This makes for a healthier election as people should have a choice and yes everone should vote.

Election will take place on October 25th, 2010
For a list of Candidates go to the town website at @ http://town.lasalle.on.ca


Riverdance Update

The new Community building at the Riverdance project was started this week. Footings are being installed and the building is slated to arrive in August.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Laurier Parkway Construction

If you get the opportunity take a ride and get a feeling and a view of where the new Laurier Parkway road will intersect Disputed Road and Huron Line and come out onto Howard Ave. It will be a great connection for anyone needing to get to the 401 for travelling. It will be a great alternative for just getting to work for some and also simplify directions for out of town people to find LaSalle.

Colonel Bishop Park Begins

LaSalle has began building the much anticipated Colonel Bishop Park on the old site of the former school of the same name. The playground has been installed already as one of the first items. Path ways and picnic areas will follow. There will be some other sorts of amenities to follow and a number of trees will complete the park setting . I know many of you have been waiting for this park to be completed for some time. I hope it meets everyone's expectations.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Riverdance project under way

A lot of activity on the weekend as many loads of top soil were hauled into the project. It will be levelled out as part of the landscape that will eventually be a major part of the first phase project. It will be a passive park area that will be adjacent to the building that will begin construction shortly to the south and house the University of Windsor fish research lab. More details will follow.

Declared my Candidacy for LaSalle Council for 2010

Today on the first day of Summer I have filed my papers to seek re-election to LaSalle council. I will be seeking your support for the next 4 years on October 25th. A great deal of accomplishments have taken place during the last 4 years and we will continue in the same way during the next term.

In doing so, I would be interested in hearing from you. Opinions and Comments on anything that you may perceive important. It is important to know what people think. Feel free to contact me on this blog or at the following.

Wayne Fortin 519-734-1331-Home

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Dubbed this term as a "Successful Term"

I have dubbed this term as a "Successful term." We have been very fortunate to receive a lot of stimulas dollars from the Federal and Provincal Governments. The town applies for financial assistance for large projects, typically infastructure projects. If approved it has to be blessed by both Federal and Provincial levels because they each provide 1/3 of the funding and the town has to fund 1/3 as well. The town's share is typically in a reserve fund that has been accumulating over a period of time. A lot of projects this summer will hamper getting around town but the end results will well out weigh the inconviences.