Brian Mayes

Brian Mayes

Phone: 204-479-2894
Incumbent Since 2011

Brian Mayes

Candidate in the St. Vital Councillor Candidates race.

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Questionnaire Response

Brian Mayes - St. Vital

Why did you decide to run in the 2018 (Winnipeg Civic Election / School Board Election)?

Representing the residents of St. Vital continues to be my passion. I decided to run for re-election because although I have accomplished many things this term (for instance supporting budgets that almost quadrupled the budget for road repair –from $30 million in 2012 to $116 million now), there is so much more I want to do for St. Vital.  Constituents know that when I say I will oppose difficult issues, such as the opening of Portage and Main, and fight on their behalf, that I really will.  St. Vital is where I grew up, and where I am raising my kids.  It is where I feel I belong.  I want to continue to work to help St. Vital constituents get the attention and project funding at City Hall.

What experience will you bring to complement your role as (Mayor / Councillor / School Trustee)?

I have represented St. Vital as city councillor for the past seven years, and for much of that time I have served on the Mayor’s Executive Policy Council.  Prior to that I was a school trustee.  I have a Bachelor of Public Administration degree (Carleton University), a Masters of Industrial Relations and a law degree (University of Toronto).  This educational experience coupled with years in the private sector compliment my role as Councillor.

I ran my own small business as a lawyer before I entered politics and have served on the boards of Brandon University, Workers Compensation Manitoba, Morrow Avenue Child Care and Deposit Guarantee Corporation of Manitoba.  This experience has given me the expertise to manage large budgets and deal with difficult issues that arise in the role of City Councillor.

What are some issues that you would like to stand for in your role as (Mayor / Councillor / School Trustee), and why are these issues important to you?

First, I will be voting “no” on the opening of Portage and Main, but will consider myself bound by the results of the referendum.  I will continue to work to increase funding to improve our roads and public transit, and reduce traffic congestion.  Safety is of paramount importance not only in St. Vital but also in the City of Winnipeg.  We need to invest more in police, fire and paramedics.  Sage Creek, Royalwood and Bonavista need more recreational facilities.  Sage Creek needs another school.  Last but certainly not least is our environment.  In the very near future, Winnipeg will need to modernize its sewer system to protect Lake Winnipeg.  I’ve already worked to enhance the parks of St. Vital and the Seine River trails but much more work is needed.

What is something that you appreciate about the (City of Winnipeg / the ward / the school ward or school division) you wish to represent?

My City Council voting record  shows that although I am an EPC member, I  fight for my ward’s diverse interests.  I recognize the challenges constituents face in older ward neighbourhoods from gravel lanes to the need for better crosswalks/bridges/improved roads/sidewalks. Because I run for re-election the old-fashioned way, going door-door-to-door, not only during elections but throughout the year, I understand the needs of newer ward neighbourhoods, too.  This diverse approach is reflected in things I have accomplished such as the “youthunited@winnipeg” program. I am very proud of this program bringing together ten inner-city and ten suburban students to work for charitable agencies in Winnipeg’s core, and to study the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

We need to maintain and protect our libraries, community and recreational facilities and to keep  all people active and involved. I have fought to expand Handi-Transit to all areas of the City and have worked to make the new St. Vital Toboggan slide and renovated St. Vital library accessible.  I have worked in a non-partisan way with a diverse variety of individuals, organizations and parties from all levels of government and the broader community to get things done for St. Vital.

Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?

Becoming a city councillor was a dream for me.  I have much more to do in St. Vital and I hope that on October 24 the residents of St. Vital will vote for Brian Mayes.

News that mentions Brian Mayes

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Bowman wants city hall to crack down on absentee councillors

May 15, 2018

Winnipeg Sun - ...Bowman said he was also told Schreyer missed five Winnipeg Food Council meetings, two of which were cancelled due to a lack of attendance. Coun. Brian Mayes (St. Vital) said council must somehow entice councillors to attend meetings and notify committee chairs in advance when they can’t. “I think we...

Council trio bristles after mayor accuses them of being AWOL from meetings, urges crackdown

May 15, 2018

Winnipeg Free Press - ...unfounded and another surprising distortion but not surprising anymore." Lukes (South Winnipeg-St. Norbert) told committee chairman Coun. Brian Mayes ahead of time that she wouldn’t be at the May 3 meeting because she was attending a developers’ conference. Schreyer didn't attend because he...

City to sue over alleged police HQ deficiencies

May 11, 2018

Winnipeg Sun - provide us with information to better understand why contracts were signed, why certain acts were done or not done,” he said. St. Vital Coun. Brian Mayes said he’s been told the alleged construction deficiencies are worth millions of dollars, possibly up to $10 million. Coun. Ross Eadie (Mynarski)...

City plans to sue engineering firm responsible for police HQ after arbitration denied

May 11, 2018

Winnipeg Free Press - won't say how much money it is seeking in compensation from the two parties or how much the alleged "deficiencies" will cost to repair. Coun. Brian Mayes (St. Vital) said he heard the amount was more than $10 million. The city would not confirm this number while the arbitration process is ongoing. ...

Winnipeg now plans to sue structural engineering firm over alleged deficiencies at police HQ

May 11, 2018

CBC Manitoba - ...a list of deficiencies, but would not disclose what they are, how much they have cost the city to date and how much they will cost to repair. Coun. Brian Mayes (St. Vital) said he has been informed the deficiencies exceed $10...

New details of police headquarters contract revealed Friday

May 11, 2018

CTV - ...have been tested in court. Also revealed Friday, the outside law firm used to draw up the contract was paid $49,000. And city councillor Brian Mayes believes the deficiencies could be worth more than $10 million. "That is my memory of it, yeah," said Mayes. And there was a clarification about...

News in brief: Tyndall Park and Norquay community centres receive grants for renovation

May 7, 2018

Winnipeg Free Press - ...working in community organizations, in a program called YouthUnited@Winnipeg. In partnership with the City of Winnipeg, initiated by Winnipeg Coun. Brian Mayes and designed at UWinnipeg, the experiential learning program is based on the principles in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC)...

Reports of brown water in city taps decreasing

May 3, 2018

Winnipeg Free Press - ...the year. Residents should notice a marked decline in the number and duration of discoloured water incidents by the summer of 2019, he said. Coun. Brian Mayes, chairman of council’s environment committee, said he’s been pleased with the progress city staff have been making on the problem. "If my ward...

Tracking all freebies called wasteful

May 3, 2018

Winnipeg Free Press - ... Coun. Shawn Dobson reported "two cookies, tuque, pen, bag, ham sandwich — value unknown," which he had received at a seniors event. Coun. Brian Mayes claimed a ride from a flag-raising event at the former St. Boniface city hall to city hall. He pegged the value at $2.95. The councillors say they...

Councillors ask for numbers on expanding Handi-Transit coverage in city

May 1, 2018

Winnipeg Free Press - ...workers without knowing first the costs associated with expanding the service. However, the committee took no action on the recommendation of Coun. Brian Mayes that the additional service be provided by Winnipeg Transit's unionized staff. Councillors on the public works committee Tuesday unanimously...

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