I was born and raised in Cobourg and have lived most of my life here. Cobourg is the envy of visitors from all over the world - with good reason. The excellent management of our town is something I would wish to uphold as a potential councillor and continue Cobourg's legacy as the 'feel good town'.
This website is intended for the electorate of Cobourg who wish to learn more about me. I feel that people should know who they're voting for, and this information is to help in that regard shall they or myself not be able to meet in person.
My full name is Karl vom Dorff. My surname is difficult to pronounce so it's easier for people to just use my first name. I was born and raised in Cobourg and have lived in our beautiful town most of my life. I am single, male, and almost forty years old this year!
Q & A with the NCCofC and DBIA
The Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Business Improvement Association wrote all candidates to answer a survey of ten questions. I would appreciate any corrections or criticism. I am here to listen and learn - email me! Click on the image below to read the PDF:
Inclusivity - Vote Karl
After attending an all canditates forum to discuss the voting system that will be used in the upcoming elections, the issue of website accessibility came up. Many visually impaired individuals don't end up voting just for the simple fact that navigating websites is too difficult. I am proud to announce that votekarl.ca is one of the few councillor candidate websites in Ontario that has an integrated text reader for the visually impaired!
I just wanted to give a quick report about the Sustainable Cobourg all candidates meeting on Friday, Oct. 12th at Venture 13.
Firstly, thank you Gigi and Sustainable Cobourg for organizing and hosting this event! It's a great initiative. I think for many of the candidates (that made it), it was probably the most challenging meeting as sustainability is a highly complex issue, and I believe one requires a decent background or understanding of science to formulate appropriate responses. The forum was well attended (approximately 150 people), with extra seats beings set outside. Unfortunately for those sitting outside of the lecture hall, I heard many complaints that all speakers were inaudible. Perhaps a speaker could also be put into the hallway next time...
Election sign seeding!
Cobourg is sprouting 'Elect Karl' signs. It was a hot one out yesterday! I managed (with the help of one of my loyal volunteers) to spread out quite a few signs around Cobourg (and vicinity). You can see a distribution map below.
All candidates at the Salvation Army
I'm just posting my handout from the all candidates meeting at the Salvation Army regarding affordable housing. Click the PDF below for my thoughts and plans.
For what it's worth, I found this article extremely helpful in identifying endless examples of what municipalities can do in terms of affordable housing (click below):
How your money is spent
Ever wonder how money in the Town of Cobourg is distributed - how much of our budget gets allocated to certain departments!? Take a look at the visual below and guess... Scroll your mouse over to display those hidden easter eggs! *values in percent out of 100 | Based on 2016 data.
How I rate my strengths and weaknesses
We all have our strengths and weaknesses. We can't all be good at everything, and there's always someone smarter than you in the room! Below is a subjective display/rating on how I place my strengths and weaknesses.
Math & Accounting
Maintain and improve our town's infrastructure.
Brainstorm and implement affordable housing investment in Cobourg.
Increase long term care beds and increase accessibility in Cobourg.
Keeping tabs on the budget via expenditures and savings
This is a limited example of my core focus. I will further explain my platform and campaign through my blog
in the coming weeks, including my support for important local organizations such as the CTA, DBIA, Rotary Club, Lion's Club, Knights of Columbus etc.