survey – The North Grenville Times http://www.ngtimes.ca The Voice of North Grenville Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:24:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Local Agri-food Expo survey results http://www.ngtimes.ca/local-agri-food-expo-survey-results/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/local-agri-food-expo-survey-results/#respond Wed, 10 Jan 2018 20:17:30 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10497 The North Grenville Times recently conducted a survey intended to seek input from residents on the types of topics that they would like to see discussed at the upcoming Local Agri-food Expo that is scheduled to happen on Saturday, April 7. The Expo is being organized to encourage people in the region to start an […]

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The North Grenville Times recently conducted a survey intended to seek input from residents on the types of topics that they would like to see discussed at the upcoming Local Agri-food Expo that is scheduled to happen on Saturday, April 7. The Expo is being organized to encourage people in the region to start an agri-food business of their own, or expand their existing small scale agri-food business. Agriculture and local food represent significant potential opportunities for economic growth in our area and the organizers want to encourage everyone to get involved.

The first question asked about various formats for the Expo. The results were: Workshops: 31.4%; Moderated discussion panels: 22.09%; Keynote speakers: 33.7%; Breakout sessions (small group discussions): 24.4%; Watching a video as part of a large audience: 7%; and A mix of the above formats: 54.7%. In the comments section, most of the comments were based around ways to (and the importance of) engage people to get them interested and keep them interested.

When asked, “What topics would you like to know more about or like to see discussed at this event?”, the results were: How to start a home-based agricultural or local food business: 43%; Which funding options are available for starting or expanding an agricultural or local food business: 58%; Which health regulations do I need to know about for starting an agricultural or local food business?: 46.5%; Where can I get help for creating a marketing plan, business plan or feasibility study?: 36%; The same percentage chose How can working with a farmers’ market help to provide a secondary income, and “How to tell which soil type I have and which plants grow best in that soil type.

Other options were: How do I get started in raising livestock (chickens, beef, pork etc.)?: 15%; How can I organize my garden to maximize my yield of the space?: 37%; How can I get access to space to grow food if I can’t afford to buy a piece of property?: 14%; What are the latest small scale farming methods that I could use to grow food?: 41%; What are the municipal zoning options available to allow me to start or expand an agricultural or local food business?: 35%; How to start a local co-operative to provide a service to the agricultural community: 23%; and What is involved in setting up an agricultural or local food social enterprise and what are the benefits and differences compared to a regular business model?: 28%.

In the comments section, some alternate topics mentioned were “permaculture”, “engaging youth”, “creating edible gardens for schools and other institutions” and “connecting local food networks and finding ways to collaborate on different community projects and initiatives.”

When asked: how much would you be willing to pay for a full day event like this (bring your own lunch)?, it was clear that people understood the value of an event like this, as most respondents chose the highest price, $25.

The other questions provided options for post-Expo dinner, with or without wine. Naturally, people preferred the cheapest option in each case.

Thank you to everyone that took part in the survey, it will be very helpful for the event organizing committee so that they can have the type of information and discussion focused on what you want to learn about. There will be information released soon giving the details on the event and the committee hopes that everyone will come to the event and be inspired to start or expand an agricultural or local food business.

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Discussion topics for Rural Expo 2018 http://www.ngtimes.ca/discussion-topics-rural-expo-2018/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/discussion-topics-rural-expo-2018/#respond Sun, 12 Nov 2017 20:48:48 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=9594 We’re asking what topics would you like to see discussed at a conference in Kemptville on agriculture and local food? We want to know! Whether you’re a backyard gardener, just thinking about gardening or you operate an agricultural business of any size, we want your input! START SURVEY  

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We’re asking what topics would you like to see discussed at a conference in Kemptville on agriculture and local food? We want to know! Whether you’re a backyard gardener, just thinking about gardening or you operate an agricultural business of any size, we want your input!

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The results are in! What you said about County Road 43 http://www.ngtimes.ca/results-said-county-road-43/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/results-said-county-road-43/#respond Wed, 25 Oct 2017 18:29:10 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=9171 In our most recent survey we asked you your opinion about what should be done to make County Road 43 a safer, more efficient main road. It was one of our most popular surveys, which is not surprising, considering it is such an important road for everyone that lives in the area. It connects North […]

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In our most recent survey we asked you your opinion about what should be done to make County Road 43 a safer, more efficient main road.

It was one of our most popular surveys, which is not surprising, considering it is such an important road for everyone that lives in the area. It connects North Grenville, Merrickville-Wolford, and many other neighbouring municipalities to Highway 416 and has increasingly become the main street for new businesses and development in the municipality.

The survey asked seven questions which all had to do with safety and efficacy of the county road. There has been a long-standing plan to widen the road, which most people believe, according to the survey, is something that would be extremely beneficial in supporting the growing influx of people who use the road on a daily basis.

While most people said they feel safe driving along County Road 43, some people did say that there was no form of transportation that would make them feel safe using the busy road. Driving at night wasn’t an issue for 62% of respondents, but 38% say that they don’t feel safe, presumably because stretches of the road are not well lit at night.

When asked what people believe is most needed along County Road 43, 41% of respondents said that more lanes, sidewalks, traffic circles, streetlights, and beautification were all high on their priority list for street. However, if they could only pick one, more sidewalks would be the number one choice.

The municipality has estimated that all the upgrades along County Road 43 would cost around $30 million. While around six per cent of people said they would support the $30 million price tag, over 80% said they would support any cost that would make the road safer and more user friendly. Less than 1% of respondents believe that no cost should be incurred, as it is fine the way it is.

Overall, the survey suggests that the majority of people feel that there are many upgrades that need to be made to County Road 43 to improve the safety and efficacy of the road.

Unfortunately, all the proposed upgrades are largely dependent on funding from the province, which is something that the County and municipality has had no luck securing to date. While there are a number of reasons why this could be the case, the majority of people seem to think that it is being swept to the wayside because it is not one of the current government’s political priorities. A few people blame our municipal politicians for not being effective enough in advocating for the project, but more people reported they have no idea why something that is such an important part of the well-being of Leeds-Grenville as a whole has had so much of an issue getting recognition and funding from the province.

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County Road 43 – Have your say! http://www.ngtimes.ca/county-road-43-say/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/county-road-43-say/#respond Mon, 28 Aug 2017 02:02:22 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=7941   START SURVEY

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Leeds Grenville transit survey results May 2017 http://www.ngtimes.ca/leeds-grenville-transit-survey-results-may-2017/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/leeds-grenville-transit-survey-results-may-2017/#respond Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:29:18 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=7072 Recently, the North Grenville Times posted an online survey on transit. We wanted to know: if people feel there’s a need for a transit system, what people would use it for, how often people would use it, how much people would be willing to pay to use it and would people be comfortable seeing money […]

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Recently, the North Grenville Times posted an online survey on transit. We wanted to know: if people feel there’s a need for a transit system, what people would use it for, how often people would use it, how much people would be willing to pay to use it and would people be comfortable seeing money for it in the municipal budget. The survey ran for two weeks and 151 people answered the ten multiple choice questions. Each question allowed people to make an additional choice or leave a comment or both.

Question #1 asked: “Would you like to see a transit system developed that Leeds Grenville residents could use for school, work, shopping, medical appointments, community events, errands and other activities?” Respondents could make only one choice, but could make a comment. The results were: 76.16% of people responded “Yes” and 23.84% of people responded “No”. Nineteen people commented, with the majority of people seeing transit as a positive, but unsure as to the details and tax implications.

Question #2 asked: “How often would you use a transit system, if one was available to use?”. Respondents could make only one choice, but could leave a comment. The results were: 13.25% of people answered “Daily (at least five times per week).”, 7.95% chose “Once a week.”, 7.28% chose “Twice a week.”, 0% chose “Once a month.”, 41.72% chose “It would vary depending on need.” and 29.8% chose “I wouldn’t use the transit system.”. Thirteen people commented, with most people commenting about what they would use it for.

Question #3 asked: “What activities would you use a transit system for?”. Respondents could choose multiple answers including making another choice of their own creation. The results were: 32% chose “For weekly shopping.”, 40% chose “For medical and other appointments.”, 8.8% chose “For going to school.”, 29.6% chose “For going to work.”, 44.8% chose “For going to community events and activities.”, 50.4% chose “For date nights, having a few drinks, and other social occasions.” and 48% chose “A variety of errands.”. Twenty-three people chose to make another choice. Ten people stated that they wouldn’t use it and other people mentioned using it to go to Ottawa and for kids to use it to get around. Twenty six people skipped the question.

Question #4 asked: “What would a reasonable amount of money be to pay for a full day pass for the transit system (that would allow you to use it as many times in a day as you want)?”. Respondents could only make one choice, but could leave a comment. The results were: 55.63% chose “$10”, 9.86% chose “$15”, 2.11% chose “$20” and 32.39% chose “I wouldn’t use the transit system.”. Eighteen people left a comment, with people commenting that they felt $5 was a more reasonable option. People also suggested a monthly pass or per use option. Nine people skipped the question.

Question #5 asked: “What would a reasonable amount of money be to pay for a one-way trip to a destination somewhere in Leeds Grenville?”. Respondents could make only one choice, but could create a choice of their own. The results were: 35.33% chose “$5”, 11.33% chose “$7”, 2.67% chose “$10”, 27.33% chose “I wouldn’t use the transit system.” and 23.33% chose to submit a choice of their own. Some of these included basing the amount on distance travelled and some people felt less than $5 would be their preference. One person skipped the question.

Question #6 asked: “What would a reasonable amount of money be to pay for a regular monthly transit pass for an adult?”. Respondents could make only one choice, but could create a choice of their own. The results were: 35.14% chose “$100”, 10.81% chose “$110”, 7.43% chose “$120”, 24.32% chose “I wouldn’t use the transit system.” and 22.3% chose to submit a choice of their own. Some of these included many people felt that all of the options were too high and a number of people mentioned that they wouldn’t buy a monthly pass. Three people skipped the question.

Question #7 asked: “Should there be different prices for monthly passes for youth (under 25) and seniors (65+)?”. Respondents could only make one choice, but could leave a comment as well. The results were: 90.71% chose “Yes” and 9.29% chose “No”. Thirteen people chose to comment with some people suggesting a further reduced amount for residents with disabilities and those on lower incomes. Eleven people skipped the question.

Question #8 asked: “Would you be comfortable having money for a transit system appear in the yearly municipal budget (on top of user fees for riders)?”. Respondents could only make one choice, but could leave a comment as well. 60.69% chose “Yes” and 39.31% chose “No”. Fourteen people chose to comment with some people concerned about the tax implications or how much the amount would be. Six people skipped the question.

Question #9 asked: “How much money would you be comfortable seeing in a yearly municipal budget for a transit system (FYI – the total operations and capital budget for North Grenville for 2017 is approximately $28 million)?”. Respondents could only make one choice, but could create their own choice. The results were: 22.46% chose “$25,000 or less”, 25.36% chose “$50,000 or less”, 15.94% chose “$75,000 or less” and 36.23% chose to submit a choice of their own. About a third of these submissions said they didn’t want any money in the budget for a transit system and approximately half of the submissions said that people were unsure what the amount should be.

Question #10 asked: “Would you be comfortable using a transit system if it used different types of vehicles (buses, vans, cars etc.) and volunteer drivers?”. Respondents could only make one choice, including leaving a comment. The results were: 42.18% chose “Yes”, 36.05% chose “No” and 21.77% chose to leave a comment, with approximately one third of the comments having concerns about volunteer drivers.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey, it was very helpful for us to understand your feelings and thoughts about the possibility of a transit system for Leeds and Grenville. Respondents appear to be in favour of a transit system, however, it’s important to note that people would want to know the details of how it would work. The cost of using the system was important to people and there was a diverse range of reasons on what people would use it for and a differing range of how frequently it would be used.

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Survey – Considering A Ward System http://www.ngtimes.ca/survey-considering-a-ward-system/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/survey-considering-a-ward-system/#respond Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:20:20 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=7067 This survey is designed to seek input on ways to improve political representation for residents of North Grenville. We’ll explore two subjects in the next two surveys: the possibility of creating a ward system and the possibility of changing the size of our municipal council. Please be sure and complete both surveys.”   START SURVEY

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Survey – The Size Of Municipal Council http://www.ngtimes.ca/survey-changing-the-size-of-our-municipal-council/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/survey-changing-the-size-of-our-municipal-council/#respond Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:17:08 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=7064 This survey is designed to seek input on ways to improve political representation for residents of North Grenville. We’ll explore two subjects in the next two surveys: the possibility of changing the size of our municipal council and the possibility of creating a ward system. Please be sure and complete both surveys. START SURVEY

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Transit System Survey http://www.ngtimes.ca/transit-system-survey/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/transit-system-survey/#respond Sun, 28 May 2017 15:52:43 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=5978 The purpose of this survey is to gather input from residents about the possibility of developing a transit system that Leeds Grenville residents could use to travel to and from work, school, community events, shopping, medical appointments, and other errands. This system could contain many elements including private businesses, community organizations, municipal governments and volunteers. […]

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The purpose of this survey is to gather input from residents about the possibility of developing a transit system that Leeds Grenville residents could use to travel to and from work, school, community events, shopping, medical appointments, and other errands. This system could contain many elements including private businesses, community organizations, municipal governments and volunteers. The system might also operate with a variety of different types of vehicles and a schedule that may mean that the service would only be available certain days of the week or only at certain times.

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Local food survey results May 2017 http://www.ngtimes.ca/local-food-survey-results-may-2017/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/local-food-survey-results-may-2017/#respond Thu, 25 May 2017 19:18:44 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=5902 Recently, the North Grenville Times posted an online survey on local food. We wanted to know: if you buy it, where you buy it, why you buy it, what you buy and how important it is to you to buy it. The survey ran for two weeks and 213 people answered the six multiple choice […]

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Recently, the North Grenville Times posted an online survey on local food. We wanted to know: if you buy it, where you buy it, why you buy it, what you buy and how important it is to you to buy it. The survey ran for two weeks and 213 people answered the six multiple choice questions. Each question allowed people to make an additional choice or leave a comment or both.

Question #1 asked: “What does ‘local food’ mean to you in terms of distance?” Respondents could make only one choice including making a comment or an additional choice. The results were: 8.92% of people chose “Anything grown/made in North Grenville.”, 17.84% chose “Anything grown/made in Leeds and Grenville.”, 28.64% chose “Anything grown/made within two hours drive of where you live.”, 26.29% chose “Anything grown/made in Eastern Ontario.”, 11.74% chose “Anything grown/made in Ontario.” and 6.57% chose to make an additional choice or comment. The majority of comments stated a preference for within an hour’s travel or some variation of this (within Leeds Grenville/North Grenville etc.).

Question #2 asked: “How important is it to you to buy locally grown/made food?”
People could make only one choice including making a comment. The results were: 7.98% of people chose “Absolutely essential.”, 48.83% chose “Very important.”, 38.03% chose “Somewhat important.”, 2.82% chose “Not important.”, 0% chose “I don’t buy local food.” And 2.35% chose to leave a comment. The comments all pointed to pricing as a factor when making the choice to buy local food.

Question #3 asked: “Why do you buy local food?”
Respondents could choose multiple options including making a comment or giving an additional reason. The results were: 72.64% of people chose “It’s fresher.” as one of their reasons, 47.64% chose “It tastes better.” as one of their reasons, 89.15% chose “I’m supporting local business.” as one of their reasons, 52.83% chose “I feel more secure about how it’s grown/made and the ingredients.”, 53.77% chose “I like knowing who’s growing/making my food.”, 47.17% chose “It’s more environmentally responsible.”, 0.47% chose “I don’t buy local food.” and 7.08% chose to comment or gave an additional reason. Among the comments and reasons, a number of them were along the theme of being supportive of local farmers, farms, local business and the community.

Question #4 asked: “Why do you think that some people might NOT buy local food?” with people able to choose multiple options including making a comment or giving an additional reason. The results were: 83.1% of people chose “They think it’s more expensive.” as one of their reasons, 36.15% chose “They’re not sure where to buy it.” as one of their reasons, 70.89% chose “It’s not sold where they normally buy food (inconvenient – means an extra trip or more driving), 24.41% chose “They’re not exactly sure what is local and what isn’t.”, 41.31% chose “They don’t know about the range of local food products that are available.”, 23% chose “They have a negative perception of local food (oddly shaped produce, ugly packaging, food safety concerns etc.)”, and 11.27% chose to comment or gave an additional reason. The comments were varied, but “some people don’t care” was the most frequently mentioned reason.

Question #5 asked: “What types of local food do you buy regularly?” with respondents being able to choose multiple options including making a comment or offering another choice. The results were: 75.12% of people chose “Local meats and proteins (eggs, sausages, beef, pork, poultry etc.) as one of their choices, 88.73% chose “Local produce.” as one of their choices, 66.67% chose “Locally baked goods.” as one of their choices, 55.87% chose “Locally made prepared foods (honey, pickles, salsa, cheese, yogurt, jams etc.)”, 37.09% chose “Locally grown/made foods that are found at food service establishments (restaurants, cafes, coffee shops etc.)”, 0.47% chose “I don’t buy local food.” and 6.57% commented or gave an additional choice. The comments were widely varied with a few people unhappy that honey was included in the “prepared food” choice.

Question #6 asked: “Which of the following are your favourite sources for local food?” with people being able to choose multiple options including making a comment or offering another choice. The results were: 81.69% chose “B&H grocery store in Kemptville.” as one of their choices, 21.13% chose “Heather’s Healthy Harvest food store in Kemptville.” as one of their choices, 18.78% chose “Nature’s Way food store in Kemptville.” as one of their options, 73.24% chose “Kemptville Farmers’ Market.”, 40.38% chose “Farmgate/roadside stands.”, and 25.35% commented or gave an additional option. A number of responses indicated that people grow their own produce, while some people get local food through the Two Rivers Food Hub, some visit other farmers’ markets and a few mentioned Jonsson’s Your Independent Grocer.

Thank you to those who contributed to the survey as your input was very helpful. You’ve indicated that there are some gaps in information that have arisen around local food. Subjects like a general lack of public awareness for some people about local food, a lack of education about different aspects of local food and specific concerns over the perception that local food is prohibitively expensive. These are great subjects that we’ll discuss in the coming weeks in the North Grenville Times and online at www.ngtimes.ca.

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Local food in North Grenville Survey http://www.ngtimes.ca/local-food-in-north-grenville-survey/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/local-food-in-north-grenville-survey/#respond Wed, 10 May 2017 19:45:22 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=5464 Your opinion is important to us and we want to know what you think. So please fill out the survey and we’ll let you know about the results when it closes. Feel free to share this post with your fellow North Gren-villains or anyone else Start survey   

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