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Candidate in the 2010 Elmwood - East Kildonan Council Ward race.
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1. Why did you decide to run in the 2010 Winnipeg election?
Mayor Katz wants to entrust our water & sewage treatment to Veolia, a French-based multinational conglomerate with an abysmal health & safety record & a notorious reputation that includes bribery of public officials, illegal political contributions, kickbacks, price-fixing & fraudulent accounting.
After watching Judy Wasylycia-Leis struggle in her mayoral bid, I felt compelled to join her in the quest to save our waterways & enter the race for Winnipeg City Council.
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men (and women) do nothing." Edmund Burke
2. What experience will you bring to complement your role as councillor?
In addition to my educational experience, I have spent many years working with developmentally challenged people through numerous organizations in various capacities.
During the past 4 years, I have engaged in activism by partnering with groups & individuals to work against ethically challenged people (i.e. City Hall Caucus, OlyWest, True North Inc. & BODIES: THE EXHIBITION).
The combination of these two disciplines plus my devotion to Green issues in the past decade have provided me with a solid ethical foundation as well as exceptional communication & networking skills.
3. What are the major issues you would like to stand for and why did you choose these issues?
I believe that seeding, growing & protecting our communities must be Elmwood - East Kildonan’s #1 priority. In order for that to happen, it is vitally important for the new city councillor to be tirelessly dedicated to ending the cycle of waste and urban decay that is perpetuated by City Hall.
The major issues I stand for are ending waste and corruption at City Hall.
4. Is there anything in particular you would like to change in our city? In your ward?
If Mayor Katz has taught Winnipeggers anything, it is that private interests must be kept separate from public interests. Whether it’s Sam’s dealings with Crocus, the MTS Centre cash giveaway to Mark Chipman, Sam’s Goldeyes parking arrangement, the Asper stadium-mall-Bomber deal, or the more crucial secret water/waste management contract with Veolia, we (City Council) can’t allow private, commercial interests to compromise Winnipeg’s public interests ever again.
In regards to changing the Elmwood – East Kildonan ward, I would like to instill a sense of community & public safety in every single neighbourhood. Every person should have a safe place to grow, be loved & realize one’s own potential. Every citizen should be free to leave their home to walk the streets, 24/7, without the fear of being robbed or assaulted. This can happen if we, the electorate, collectively choose to reverse the cycle of waste & urban decay.
5. Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?
I am the first and only candidate (mayoral, councilor or trustee) to construct an online forum to gather facts & opinions from local residents; it’s the official website! The YouTube channel features a complete campaign speech. This endeavour utilizes all available multi-media: Email, Facebook, Twitter/my blog, YouTube, Newsfeeds plus press coverage to further the campaign.
I don’t waste contributors’ money on yard signs because these serve no constructive purpose. Legal tags (graffiti) are what they are. It will be the voters of Elmwood & East Kildonan who mark my territory if I am elected.
I do visit shut-ins, ride buses & travel to malls & community centres to discuss the issues & encourage people to vote, but I don’t do trick-or-treat at people’s doorsteps—it’s passé & an unwelcome intrusion to most people. The electorate is better served by the aforementioned technologies & open forums
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