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Mayor Mayberry's April 2017 Blog

During the March break, I travelled with the Woodstock Collegiate Institute students and teachers to Taiwan for their exchange with Tam Kang High School. As warden, it was an honour to represent Oxford County.  The relationship between Oxford and Taiwan is the result of the missionary work of Dr George Leslie Mackay in the 1870 and 80s. Dr Mackay, originally from the Embro area, built schools, churches and medical clinics with support from the Presbyterian Church in Canada and the people of Oxford County. Today, the original “Oxford College” has developed into a junior, middle and high school and university. The Dr. Mackay medical clinic has been replaced by the very modern Dr. Mackay Memorial Hospital, equivalent to our University Hospital in London.

Taiwan is a small country (about the size of SW Ontario) of about 23 million people, with the second highest density per square kilometer in the world, about 625. (Canada’s density is about 3.5). Taiwan has very limited natural resources and imports most of its resources, energy and food. Because of their dependence on imports, they have learned to maximize their efficiency in the use of everything. They attempt to reduce their waste by designing many consumer products to be recycled. In fact, they are now creating “Industrial Parks” where any “waste” from one process can be utilized by another manufacturer within the park. Excess heat or scraps from one process can become the resources for the next.

This determined drive for efficiency is one of the reasons this tiny country can compete with the elephant next door, China. There is a lesson here for Canada (and Oxford), if you want to go head to head with the super powers, you better focus on being more efficient and productive. Any waste, is potentially wasted opportunity.        


Municipal Contacts
Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)
Mary Ellen Greb
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 225
Email: cao@swox.org
 
Clerk
Julie Forth
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 223
Email: clerk@swox.org
 
Treasurer
Diane Larder
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 224
Email: dlarder@swox.org
 
Revenue Officer
Stacy Weicker
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 222
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Chief Building Official (CBO)
Aaron Stewardson
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 229 
Email: cbo@swox.org
Building Inspector
Jason Brunt
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 233
Email: jbrunt@swox.org
 
Administrative Assistant - Building
Deb Dawson
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 228
Email: building@swox.org
 
Development Planner
Community and Strategic Planning Office,
County of Oxford

Adam Ager
Phone: 519-539-9800 Ext. 3210
Email: aager@oxfordcounty.ca
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Jason Brunt
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 233
Email: jbrunt@swox.org
 
Drainage
Jason Brunt
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Email: jbrunt@swox.org
 
Treasurer
Diane Larder
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 224
Email: dlarder@swox.org
 
Revenue Officer
Stacy Weicker
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 222
Email: revenueofficer@swox.org
 
Payroll Administrator
Brooke Crane
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 226
Email: payroll@swox.org
 
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 221
Email: generaladmin@swox.org
 
Fire Chief & CEMC
Jeff VanRybroeck
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 257
Email: firechief@swox.org
 
Works Superintendent
Bill Freeman
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 260
Email: bfreeman@swox.org
 
Foreman
Larry Hughes
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 258
Email: lhughes@swox.org
 
Lead Hand
Adam Prouse
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 258
Email: aprouse@swox.org
 
Chief Administrative Officer
Mary Ellen Greb
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 225
Email: cao@swox.org
 
Clerk
Julie Forth
Phone: 519-485-0477 Ext. 223
Email: clerk@swox.org
 
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