Don Woodstock

Candidate in the Mayoral Candidates race.

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Questionnaire Response

Don Woodstock - Mayoral Candidates

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

Having seen the level of nepotism and blatant disregard for our democratic rights, it was all too much for me to sit down and do nothing.  Right is right, and Wrong is WRONG!  We can’t keep pretending everything is O.K. when it is not.  I want to be the Mayor for the people who truly serves the people and not just say they do!  Defending our tax dollars – ensuring they are spent on what Winnipeggers really need is what the people want!  I will defend those dollars.

I will have revisions done to the different departments and procedures of the City of Winnipeg that today, does not foster good will or prosperity for our citizens.

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

Over the last 18+ years, I have lobbied City Council on a number of initiatives.  I have a first-hand knowledge of how Council works.  Working closely with Harvey Smith, he taught me the inside workings of City Council.  As a business owner, I know first-hand and by relationships with other business owners, the struggles that businesses face here in Winnipeg.  It all needs to change.

As a visionary, I lobbied the City to change from “Garbage Day” to “Recycle Day” in the City’s literature & media – this took me 2 years to accomplish.  See what perseverance can do!  I lobbied the Provincial Government for the first set of electric buses.  I created & organized “Reusable Bag Day” on the steps of the Legislature to bring awareness to reusable bags, created & organize annually the FREE West End Football Futures Clinic and Educational Scholarship for the past 6 years, along with many other meaningful projects.  These projects took years to put together and a lot of hard work.  My own dime & time, but I got it done!

People who know me best, know that when I know something is right – I don’t let it go!!

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?

Ending Homelessness – It is important to me because it is cheaper to build a home for them and give them services, then to leave them on the street.  As well, giving a homeless person a home will give them a safe place in which they can now regain their dignity and help to bring them back into our society.

Sports Capital not crime capital – By investing $250-$300M annually into sports, recreational facilities & programs will be able to engage the youth, hence less crime.  When a child’s brain is developed around sports and/or activities that child will go on to be a more productive member of society.

As a environmentalist at heart, I would love the opportunity to ban plastic bags & straws.  There are alternatives.  Create a sustainable economy from the environmental sector.

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

It’s diversity is very much appreciated along with the different cuisine that each culture enjoys.  I love trying different foods and never pass up an opportunity to taste something different.  My two children are born right here!  We are proud Winnipeggers!

Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?

Many candidates will come to you asking you for their vote.  Ask them one question, “What have you done for Winnipeg, so that I will know what you will do?”  It’s a simple question but the answer has great meaning.  Talk is cheap.  Action is everything.  If you are looking for something different – then vote Don Woodstock – Keeping it real!

Investigate your candidates to see their backgrounds, their businesses, their credibility.  If someone tells you “they are the Queen of England” don’t just take their word for it – check it out. Then hold them in high regard.

Check out Don Woodstock at or Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.  See my history, my work I have done.  It is all documented.

Come on this journey with me where we end ‘corporate welfare’ where we no longer invest in millionaires & billionaires, but instead invest in our youth and communities.

Vote Don Woodstock for Mayor

News that mentions Don Woodstock

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How to watch Winnipeg’s 8 mayoral candidates debate crime, infrastructure on CBC

October 11, 2018

CBC Manitoba - ...Thursday night. All eight candidates — Ed Ackerman, Brian Bowman, Tim Diack, Umar Hayat, Venkat Machiraju, Jenny Motkaluk, Doug Wilson and Don Woodstock — are set to take part in the televised debate from 6 to 7 p.m. at 541 Portage Ave. You can watch the debate by tuning in to CBC Winnipeg News at...

Mayoral candidates push to replace Louise Bridge, add cops at HSC

October 9, 2018

Winnipeg Sun - ...Centre,” he said. Diack said his pledge is meant to add to the work of HSC security staff, not replace them. Meanwhile, mayoral contender Don Woodstock announced he’d work to end tax-increment financing for large companies, instead investing city funds to create affordable housing. Woodstock said...

Being civil in civil society

October 9, 2018

Winnipeg Free Press - ...of a populist candidate, who posted a picture of a chicken on social media to goad Mayor Bowman into a head-to-head debate. Another candidate, Don Woodstock, has accused Bowman of awarding a city contract to the Winnipeg Free Press in exchange for restricting coverage of ‘fringe’...

Winnipeg mayoral candidates roll out plans to deal with meth crisis

October 9, 2018

Global News - would create and lead the task force. RELATED: “Significant” plans in the works to handle meth crisis: Province Other plans Candidate Don Woodstock told Global News he has an announcement coming soon to “truly deal” with the issue and has also pledged to create a tiny-home community outside...

Newcomers question mayoral hopefuls

October 7, 2018

Winnipeg Free Press - ...attacks." All six candidates who participated in the forum — Ed Ackerman, incumbent Mayor Brian Bowman, Tim Diack, Umar Hayat, Doug Wilson and Don Woodstock — earned extra speaking time for their good behaviour. The no-shows were Venkat Machiraju, who did not RSVP to his invitation, and Jenny Motkaluk,...

Mayoral candidates discuss making Winnipeg more inclusive at new forum

October 6, 2018

CTV - ...need to make use of those talents and skills,” said Doug Wilson. "Make sure all the jobs of the city are available to all regardless of race,” Don Woodstock. Jenny Motkaluk’s campaign told CTV News it appreciates the invitation but is not attending the forum. “Jenny is visiting senior facilities...

Diversity in spotlight at mayoral debate

October 5, 2018

Winnipeg Free Press - ...Mosque on Waverley Street. “The only reason we’ve not had foreign investment is because we don’t have enough immigrants elected,” said Don Woodstock, who immigrated to Canada from the Caribbean. Winnipeg would receive more foreign investment if it had a foreign-born mayor, a candidate for mayor...

Facts in short supply at mayoral forums

October 5, 2018

Winnipeg Free Press - ...— who had originally issued the conflict-of-interest allegation in a news release on Wednesday — into confronting Ms. Motkaluk. Candidate Don Woodstock got in on the exchange, demanding to know how voters could trust Ms. Motkaluk when there was such a clear conflict involving a family member. The...

Sécurité et méthamphétamine au coeur d’un débat des candidats à la mairie de Winnipeg

October 4, 2018

Ici Radio Canada / CBC Francais - ...Gris Roy Les huit candidats dans la course, soit Ed Ackerman, Brian Bowman, Tim Diack, Umar Hayat, Venkat Machiraju, Jenny Motkaluk, Doug Wilson et Don Woodstock, avaient répondu présents à ce forum organisé par Winnipeg Realtors et le Winnipeg Free Press. Jenny Motkaluk a, à plusieurs reprises,...

Mayoral hopefuls take aim at each other

October 4, 2018

Winnipeg Free Press - ...and perspectives editor but it was the final 45 minutes, when the candidates were allowed to question each other, that the sparks really flew. Don Woodstock echoed the unsupported allegations he’s made repeatedly during the campaign that city hall continues to be riddled with corruption, cronyism and...

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