Nikolas Joyal

Candidate in the St. Norbert - Seine River Councillor Candidates race.

Nikolas can be reached on social media, at joyalnik@gmail.com, or by calling 204-801-5842.

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Questionnaire Response

Nikolas Joyal - St. Norbert - Seine River

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

I decided to run for two reasons: The first is that I do not feel like city council has a voice that represent the 18-25 demographic. This is the demographic that will inherit the city, and will be paying for decisions made now far into the future. Given that this age group has different views, goals, and priorities compared to previous generations it is important that their voice is represented. The second reason is that I am hoping to show members of this demographic that they do not have to wait until they are older to have a voice in how the city is run. This age group (my age group) does not have the same level of turnout or engagement as other demographics. By showing that someone of that age is running and involved, hopefully they will be inspired to take a greater interest, whether they are in my ward or not.

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

While I do not have experience in the traditional sense, I believe that this is a benefit as I will not come into the role of Councillor with assumptions of how things are done. Some assume that because of previous work or volunteer experience they will know how to do things better, only to find that working to run a city is very different. Instead, I believe my age will allow me to better connect with all age demographics, but specifically young voters. As someone who understands how young voters communicate, consume information, and the role social media plays in their lives, I will be a Councillor that can properly represent them. Also, as an avid cyclist and transit rider, I will be able to offer first hand observations on what does and does not work when it comes to improving safety, service, scheduling, etc.

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?

Broadly, I stand for issues that involve the long term growth of the city, specifically: public transit, active transportation, and new solutions to infrastructure problems. Things like Rapid Transit, continued development and expansion of the cycling network, and finding ways to move traffic around rather than through the city are important for the future of the city as it continues to grow. It is vital that the city find ways to become less car-dependent and sprawling, and instead look at ways to encourage densification. These issues are important to me because I will be paying for decision made now for the rest of my life, and the current way the city is growing is both costly and unsustainable.

Another major issue I will stand for is getting youth involved in civic politics, as they are the ones that will inherit the city. This is important to me because I am a youth, and the people that will be dealing with decisions should be consulted and have a voice in their city’s future.

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

I really like how involved community organizations are becoming in all areas of the ward. Despite having only been around for a few years, the River Park South Community Association and the Fort Richmond University Heights Neighbourhood Association have organised incredible community events, and have brought residents together. St. Norbert also has an incredible sense of community, plus the St Norbert Farmers Market and BIZ. While these groups are generally separate, I’m looking forward to finding ways to link them and bring the entire ward together

I also really appreciate the Lick’s Ice Cream is only a 5 minute walk from my house… It doesn’t get better than that.

Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?

While much of my comments focus on youth voice and youth voter, I am ready to represent all voters. I urge voters to look beyond business and job experience and what boards and organizations candidates have been part of, and instead see which candidates have a vision for the future of the ward and the city, and has ideas on how to get there.

While I am a political studies student, I never planned to get into elected politics. I have no interest in using this position as a stepping stone to provincial or federal politics. I am running because I know that I can bring a new voice and a new set of ideas and priorities to city council.

News that mentions Nikolas Joyal

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Joyal fully focused on the long-term future

October 9, 2018

Winnipeg Free Press - ...River in the Oct. 24 civic election, and his goal is to bring a youthful voice to City Hall with a vision that’s set firmly on the future. Nikolas Joyal has a long-term vision for Winnipeg. The 22-year-old University of Manitoba student and Collège Jeanne-Sauvé alumnus is running to represent...

Les candidats dans Saint-Norbert-Rivière-Seine veulent un meilleur service d’autobus | Élections municipales 2018 – Manitoba

October 2, 2018

Ici Radio Canada / CBC Francais - ...du conseil ne comprend ou n'a les connaissances techniques sur ces choses », affirme Glenn Churchill. La voix des jeunes à l'hôtel de ville Nikolas Joyal, 22 ans, est l'un des plus jeunes candidats à tenter sa chance pour devenir conseiller municipal. Il aimerait voir plus de pôles d’échanges...

Winnipeg suburbs want better bus service, candidates hear

October 2, 2018

CBC Manitoba - ...on it and right now there's nobody on council that understands, has technical knowledge on those things," he said. Suburban but not an island Nikolas Joyal, 22, is one of the youngest candidates running to represent a ward on council. He would like to see more centralized transit hubs around the city,...

Isolated in Winnipeg’s south end: St. Norbert-Seine River voters say they need better transit service

October 1, 2018

CBC Manitoba - ...the new Waverley West ward. Five candidates are running in St. Norbert-Seine River: Markus Chambers, Glenn Churchill, Nancy Cooke, Chris Davis and Nikolas Joyal. Looking for vision While McKenzie said he's happy to see some of the investments in public transit the city has made over the past few years —...

Candidates talk rooming houses at forum

October 1, 2018

Winnipeg Free Press - ...Fort Richmond Collegiate for folks running in the St. Norbert-Seine River ward. The event was attended by candidates Markus Chambers, Nancy Cooke, Nikolas Joyal, Chris Davis, and Glenn Churchill, and moderated by Sachit Mehra. Voters in Fort Richmond had a chance to find out what’s in it for them when...

Robust race for city councillor in new St. Norbert – Seine River ward

September 29, 2018

CTV - ...improve the ongoing problems associated with rooming houses in the ward. Rooming houses is an issue that’s also important to university student Nikolas Joyal who turns 23-years-old this fall. He wants to improve rapid transit and the wait between transfers. Joyal wants a city council that plans for the...

Élection à Winnipeg : 54 candidats, 15 quartiers, une élue

September 20, 2018

Ici Radio Canada / CBC Francais - ...James Shawn Dobson, Scott Gillingham et Kurt Morton Saint-Norbert-Rivière-Seine Markus Chambers, Glenn Churchill, Nancy Cooke, Chris Davis et Nikolas Joyal Saint-Vital Brian Mayes et Baljeet Kumar Sharma Transcona Alex Allard, Basil Evan, Shane Geschiere, Steven Lipischak, Shawn Nason, Chad Panting,...

Winnipeg votes 2018: St. Norbert-Seine River ward profile

September 19, 2018

CBC Manitoba - ...continuing to grow rapid transit throughout the city, improving roadways, upgrading community centres and improving safety in school zones. Nikolas Joyal is a political studies honours student at the University of Manitoba and a lifelong River Park South resident. His platform includes improving...

Winnipeg election Oct. 24 — who will be on the ballot

September 19, 2018

Global News - ... St. James: Scott Gillingham Shawn Dobson Kurt Morton St. Norbert – Seine River: Nancy Cooke Chris Davis Markus Chambers Glenn Churchill Nikolas Joyal St. Vital: Brian Mayes Baljeet Sharma Transcona: Basil Evan Steven Lipischak Wally Welechenko Shawn Nason Shane Geschiere Alex Allard ...

Eight candidates vying for mayor as nomination deadline passes

September 18, 2018

Winnipeg Sun - ... Marcel Boille St. James Scott Gillingham Shawn Dobson Kurt Morton St. Norbert – Seine River Nancy Cooke Glenn Churchill Markus Chambers Nikolas Joyal Chris Davis St. Vital Brian Mayes Baljeet Sharma Transcona Alex Allard Steven Lipischak Basil Evan Shawn Nason Shane Geschiere Wally...