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Natalie Smith

Candidate in the Mynarski Councillor Candidates race.

Natalie can be reached on social media, or at [email protected].

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Questionnaire Response

Natalie Smith - Mynarski

What got you into politics?

I like figuring out the answers to complex problems. It’s hard to pinpoint when exactly my interest in politics first started, but my curious nature led to me enrolling at the University of Winnipeg to pursue a Honours Degree in Political Science (2013-2018) in my mid-20s. During my time in university, I was a part of the Canadian Federation of Students, and I campaigned for the U-Pass referendum for Winnipeg-based Universities, which was passed in 2014. I was also the Chief Elections Commissioner in 2015-16 at the University of Winnipeg.

I currently sit as a board member of We Rock Winnipeg, nonprofit volunteer-based organization dedicated to the empowerment of female, trans, two-spirit, and gender variant youth and adults through collaborative music creation and performance.

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

I have experience working both in political offices as well as non-profits. I worked as a Constituency Assistant under MLA Lisa Naylor as well as Executive Assistant to Councillor Vivian Santos. Both these roles gave me experience building relationships and collaborating with multiple levels of government, businesses, and non-profits. My day to day also included answering calls from community members and completing case work on their behalf.

I also worked with Women’s Health Clinic as a Communications Officer, where I worked with a team on developing Harm Reduction materials that were shared with medical clinics across Manitoba. When I worked for North End Community Renewal Corp my role was to build relationships between tenants and landlords, and provide emergency housing support when a resident’s living situation was in jeopardy.

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?

For the last 12 years, development in our ward has been stagnant. I feel that this is a direct result of leadership who fails to build relationships and collaborate towards a common good.

Mynarski residents have made it clear – safety is a top priority. While living in St. John’s I have experienced break ins, theft, and vandalism to my own home. There have been police shootings in our back lanes, and we regularly fall asleep to the sound of the police helicopter. Our city isn’t investing in crime prevention – they’re investing in crime reaction.

Our current issues with safety are a result of our City’s continued failure to address the root causes of crime: poverty, trauma, and social exclusion. The good news is, there are already amazing community leaders who have been tackling these areas for years, they just need the city’s help to scale up and increase impact. Investing in preventative measures (including housing programs, or mental health and addictions programs) can translate into cost savings in other areas – like hospital visits, policing, or even incarceration.

Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?

Currently, there are 9,000 families on a waiting list for subsidized housing, and 1100 people identified as homeless as per the Street Census conducted by End Homelessness Winnipeg. If elected City Councillor, I pledge to increase the affordable housing stock in Winnipeg, including the rate at which we build new subsidized housing units. In addition, I will form a Nation-wide Coalition of City Councillors to lobby the Federal Government for increased funding towards social housing projects.

Safe, reliable transportation is also important to many residents of our ward. I pledge to implement the Short Term Master Transit plan (which includes new routes), work to reduce fares, and address safety issues that affect pedestrians and cyclists in our ward – including our abysmal snow removal that forces us to walk in the streets each winter!

This election has been an amazing experience and I have had the pleasure of meeting many of the great people that make up Mynarski, and I look forward to building a better future with you all.

News that mentions Natalie Smith

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Councillors move vacant-building fire-response fees a step closer

January 9, 2023

Winnipeg Free Press - ...“We really want to push them to make a decision to sell the property or to rehabilitate and have them reused,” said Tugwell. St. Johns resident Natalie Smith urged the city committee to do all it can to get vacant homes converted into usable ones. “Empty homes are an indication of societal failure. We...

Complete results of the 2022 Winnipeg civic election

October 27, 2022

Winnipeg Free Press - ...3,376 Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry Sherri Rollins* 9,704 votes 9,704 votes Michael Thompson 3,075 Mynarski Ross Eadie* 3,779 votes 3,779 votes Natalie Smith 2,016 Aaron McDowell 1,798 Steve Snyder 950 Ed Radchenka 330 North Kildonan Jeff Browaty* 10,725 votes 10,725 votes Andrew Podolecki 4,030 ...

Most incumbents regain their seats… but not all

October 27, 2022

Winnipeg Free Press - ...executive assistant, but it turned out differently. Coun. Ross Eadie easily staved off a challenge by his closest competitor to win a fourth term. Natalie Smith — who has worked for both NDP MLA Lisa Naylor and Santos in Point Douglas — finished second, with 2,016 votes, behind Eadie’s 3,779. Aaron...

Incumbent Eadie retains Mynarski ward

October 26, 2022

Winnipeg Free Press - ...26 after being re-elected to the ward for a third time. At deadline, according to unofficial results, the vote count was as follows: Eadie 3,779; Natalie Smith 2,016; Aaron McDowell 1,798; Steve Snyder 950; and Ed Radchenka 330. At his constituency office on Polson Street, Eadie greeted family, friends and...

Scott Gillingham élu maire de Winnipeg

October 26, 2022

La Liberte - ...: | Sherri Rollins – 75.94% Michael Thompson – 24.06% Mynarski : | Ross Eadie – 42.59% Ed Radchenka – 3.72% Steve Snyder – 10.71% Natalie Smith – 22.72% Aaron Mcdowell – 20.26% North Kildonan : | Jeff Browaty – 72.69% Andrew Podolecki – 27.31% Old Kildonan : Devi Sharma –...

Election results from Winnipeg and Brandon

October 26, 2022

CTV - ... Ryan Kochie Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry Michael Thompson Sherri Rollins* (ELECTED) Mynarski Ed Radchenka Ross Eadie* (ELECTED) Steve Snyder Natalie Smith Aaron McDowell North Kildonan Jeff Browaty* (ELECTED) Andrew Podolecki Old Kildonan Devi Sharma* (ACCLAIMED) Point Douglas Joe Pereira ...

Mynarski council candidates plan to get creative to correct crime, vacant buildings

October 25, 2022

CBC Manitoba - ...that are struggling with poverty and help those that are homeless get off the street and provide more stability in their lives," said candidate Natalie Smith. Smith moved to the ward in 2018. If elected, she'd communicate with other councillors in wards similar to Mynarski across Canada — more mature,...

Ward races: a look at Winnipeg’s city council candidates

October 24, 2022

Winnipeg Free Press - ...addictions and homelessness. He also wants to encourage residents to create businesses and improve vacant lots by reducing rezoning fees. • Natalie Smith, who has worked for NDP MLA Lisa Naylor and Point Douglas Coun. Vivian Santos, plans to reduce the police budget by 10 per cent and use...

‘It was uncalled for’: Mynarski candidate calls police after early morning incident with incumbent

October 21, 2022

CTV - ...called him a friend,” said Eadie The other candidates in the race are Eadie’s former executive assistant Aaron McDowell, Steve Snyder, and Natalie...

Two more candidates in Mynarski race want change in city hall transparency, curbing crime

October 20, 2022

CTV - ...addiction,” Snyder told CTV News in July. Since then two more candidates entered the contest. One is also a former council executive assistant. Natalie Smith worked for six months for councillor Vivian Santos. She says there is a disconnect between citizens and city hall. “It’s not run in a very...