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Candidate in the 2011 St. Vital Council Ward race.
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Why did you decide to run in the 2011 Winnipeg by-election?
Living in St. Vital and having managed at SilverCity St. Vital for 9 years I felt that this is a great time to try and make a difference. I believe that we can do better as a council and move the city forward. I would like to say that I will be a councillor that will be available. I know that there is a disconnect with city council and the residents. This is evident by the immense amount of voter apathy, and let’s not blames the voter in this; the politicians are the ones who need to work harder to connect with the community. I held an Open House during my campaign to offer a chance for residents to come down and meet me and my team along with some local charities and businesses. As your councillor I will do more of these. I have always brought a positive fresh look at anything I take on and doing it on a bigger scale would be extremely exciting. Even more important to me is getting a chance to make a difference and that would be a fantastic honour and responsibility that I am very much looking forward to.
What experience will you bring to compliment your role as Councillor?
Back in 2006 when I ran in Old Kildonan, I ran because I thought I could make a change. Running against an incumbent, I was trounced but learned a lot about the process. I knew that my chances of winning were slim but the experience would be well worth the effort. Being a very successful manager at Cineplex Entertainment gives me an immense amount of experience in talking and dealing with the public. It also teaches you to manage the numbers. Both are needed and are key to having a good councillor. When I was in RRC, I managed CMOR, the campus radio station to one of its best years ever. Being a Business Admin student doing a position designed for CreCom students, this was an achievement that I will always speak proudly of. I have also started my own Real Estate Business, Osato Property Management that in its initial stages has been very remarkable. I have been very successful in everything I have done and have done it with a great passion for keeping it positive. This experience will bring a fresh new look into council.
What are the major issues you would like to stand for and why did you choose these issues?
- Safety - Creating more efficiency within our Fire, Paramedic and Police Services
- Health - Everything from food to bike paths to eco-friendly options in our city
- Community - Creation of the Community Awareness Network (C.A.N.)
I will work with residents of St. Vital to create the Community Awareness Network. CAN will be a community run organization that will be designed to work on Health and Safety issues within St. Vital. Being proactive with our residents is important in how we go about fighting Crime. Together we can work on the issues within St. Vital and drive our area forward in regard to all three issues. CAN would also keep the residents of St. Vital involved in the issues that are being discussed at City Hall.
Is there anything in particular you would like to change in our city? In your ward?
I really would like to see more of a connection with the residents and the City Council. I can tell you that there is a BIG disconnect with the majority of residents and this needs to change. I would promise to have a permanent office within St. Vital. I promise to do monthly newsletters for residents to find out what is going on in the ward. I will also push to work on getting better transit and road work within St. Vital. The focus on that infrastructure would also include working on our unpaved back lanes within the ward. As a city, we need to move forward with our transportation plans, ensuring we are planning properly and using our space efficiently and effectively. This will also include improving our transit system and moving forward with Rapid Transit. I would like to make City Hall more transparent, ensuring that the people of Winnipeg know what is going on with their tax dollars.
Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?
I do not belong to any political party and I believe that party politics should stay out of council. Being involved with a party and having their supporters, you might be inclined to vote a certain way based of party policy. This should not play a role in decision making; you should judge each decision on its own merit and weigh the options based off of what is best for your ward and the city, not what your party objectives. We deal with two levels of government and using the same supporters and assets could lead to leaning a certain way on issues. I appreciate everyone who has put their hat in the ring for this seat, but unless you have firsthand knowledge and actually live in the ward, then you should not be in charge of running it at City Hall. Last but not least, we need to keep things positive, we need to work together to move forward. We need to change from going to “Not Bad”, two negative words, to “Pretty Good”, two positive words. This is what I bring to the race
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