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!
Sponsor me by offering to post my sign!
Would you like to sponsor my election campaign!? The best thing you could do without opening your wallets is offer a place for my sign at your residence of business. As a token of my appreciation, I will put all commercial sponsor logos with links to their websites on my website.
Door to Door & Pamphlet in Newspaper
I have been trying to hand deliver my pamphlets alone and with the help of some volunteers, but I estimate I can only deliver to 2/10 homes because of stairs. I apologize if you haven't seen my literature yet, but I am pleased to let you know that it will also be in Northumberland News this Thursday.
Town Council Meetings on YouTube
Do you want to know what's been decided in Cobourg, how often council meets, how your money is being spent, who complained about 'x, y and z'. The Town of Cobourg posts its council meetings regularily on YouTube for everyone to enjoy!
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):
Automated Pay Toilets & Public Space Monetization
Automated Public Washrooms
Part of the Waterfront District's Final plan is to upgrade and expand public washrooms around the beach area. Why not have a two-tier system? In addition to the free public washrooms that are already there, if new ones are going to be built, it could be beneficial to offer tourists and residents a choice - free or automated pay toilets. After travelling Europe, I wondered why APTs (automated pay toilets) weren't as popular here. It is very common to see APTs everywhere in Europe.
Meeting with the CTA
Today I had the privelege of meeting with the directors of the Cobourg Taxpayer's Association (CTA) for breakfast. We all got know eachother a little bit, and I was able to ask the CTA several questions to gauge where their interests are, how our Town Council could be improved, and Cobourg in general. A lot of feedback was given and I took some notes. I found the meeting very helpful and eye-opening. I was questioned and grilled myself thereafter! It was all very cordial and courteous, and I tried to answer the CTA's questions to the best of my ability and understanding.
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!
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.