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Candidate in the 2010 Charleswood - Tuxedo Council Ward race.
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1. Why did you decide to run in the 2010 Winnipeg election?
When I heard that Bill Clement had passed away, I realized it was vital to find someone as qualified as possible to represent us as councillor. I would like to combine my professional experience as a real estate and small business lawyer, with my 46 years in our community, to be a knowledgeable, experienced and approachable advocate for our ward. I know that I can serve as an independent, unbiased representative. My agenda is simply to make our community the best it can be.
2. What experience will you bring to complement your role as councillor?
I grew up in Charleswood and have lived here all my life. My family has been involved in so many of Charleswood’s organizations since the 1960’s. My wife and I and our two step-daughters live here and attended our schools. I have practiced law for 18 years, 16 years in private practice in our community; dealing with issues such as senior’s estate planning, real estate and small business law. This gives me valuable experience in dealing with community issues, the City, Province, courts, community committee meetings and municipal councils. I’m used to helping the public navigate the complexities of bureaucracies and get results.
3. What are the major issues you would like to stand for and why did you choose these issues?
Infrastructure: We need a careful watch over preserving what we value in our community, while overseeing improved roads and traffic flow, inevitable infill development, and development of new communities in open spaces. This includes ensuring Kapyong Barracks is redeveloped in a manner that compliments the existing neighbourhood. Transparency: I feel strongly about increased transparency in government, and believe an honest government has nothing to hide. Fiscal responsibility: I want to see value for my tax dollar, but see a careful need to balance that with preserving and renewing an aging infrastructure.
4. Is there anything in particular you would like to change in our city?
I would like to see more forward thinking and planning. For example, proper roads should precede development. I look forward to hearing the proposals from the Infrastructure Funding Council, as to alternatives to funding infrastructure renewal, aside from relying entirely on property taxes.
In your ward? Roads and drainage need more attention. Traffic lights are needed by the senior’s centres on Grant. Intersections and roads leading to Wilkes need improvement and traffic control. Completion of the inner perimeter (for us, extending the Parkway South to Wilkes and beyond) will allow access to new communities being developed, relieve congestion on Kenaston and spare Charleswood homeowners who live South of Grant excessive volumes of traffic. Whyte Ridge has traffic and traffic light design problems that need to be addressed, as well as playground maintenance issues. Community centres need attention, and discussions need to be entered into as to how to have them best serve our community.
5. Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?
It is my intention to scale back my law practice to make serving our community my full time priority. I would like to set up a community advisory panel to assist me by providing their perspectives and advice from a broad range of representatives.
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