Storify – Green Drinks: The Election #yegvotes

On October 12, 2017, we kicked off our fall season with an election-themed Green Drinks at the Yellowhead Brewery! Didn’t make it or just interested in seeing some #yegvote interaction? Check out this Storify summary. Our next event (all about Local Art) is November 1st!

Election 2017 questionnaire response: Heather Workman, Ward 8

[We sent five questions concerning green living, local economy and inclusiveness to all of the Election 2017 council candidates. We are posting their unedited responses in the order that they’re received. – Ed.]

Heather Workman, candidate for Ward 8

Heather Workman, candidate for Ward 8

 

 
What is the biggest challenge your Ward faces? What policy solutions would you seek if elected?
 
The most conserning issue is quality of life for residents of Ward 8 which no one is talking about in their plnforms. My priority is to open court sealed documents, which is a ballzy request that will give the citizens of Edmonton the tools to get accountabilibty for the mismanagement of our tax dollars. I’d like an unobstructed view of documents envolving our city of Edmonton negociations for all development projects and services and to closely review directives issued by our city manager and past councillors. We truely need a citizen lounge not a councilor lounge in our city hall and we must have all city documents and recordings readily available in multiple formats for public review in our citizen lounge. I would put a motion through city hall to out law and to insure no future candiates who run for city council in Edmonton receive the campaign donations from illegal sources or, developers.*** I further believe it is essential for a community based commitee to be created by residents in every community impacted by 25% infill overlay plans. This commitee would be individuals who have the support of their neighbours. Further this commitee of reisidents will have ‘veto powers’ for any project or development, within the community they live, in early planning stages to insure that developers or the city of Edmonton do not bring hidden agenas durring planning negociations.
 
How will you help Edmonton become a greener / more environmentally friendly city?
 
When I think of a Greener city my first thought is to have the goal to improving our quality of live index. We live in a culture with a great focus on increase of GDP and also immediate gratification. We have many small and medium sized bussiness close due to our economy slowing down. Our infrastructure that is currently being build to assist reducing our ‘carbon foot print’ is in my opinion a disappointment. I am disapointed because I do not want our bike infrustructure to fail or be underutilzed. So, if we are to shift peoples travel options to include bicycling we cannot over spend or create any intererence with existing motor vehicle infrustructure. And for goodness sake where are the bike racks and lockups for charriots? I’d like to think of being green as living within our means taking a minimalist approach to spending and refocus on investing in our communities and the people who live in them.
 
I believe that quality of life in Ward 8 could be influenced by: leisure on lightly groomed trails in our Edmonton River Valley, good governence and protections of citizens basic rights, access to healthy foods and homes that are not inflated in value. All these things are at risk and we did not ever have a public debate in Ward 8 for this 2017 election.
 
Every project the city of Edmonton green lights should have a list of variables/probabilities for the build and work those factors into a budget before approval from city hall which council should have been all over. As an example building codes of past builds need to be considered and if over looked or missed in plans presented to city hall fines should be isssued to all players including the city manager. As a very clear example is the accidental beach which under provincial law should see major fines and clean up ordered as well as recognising a breech of contract. If the builder did not know sand would not be contained what other unknowns are part of our infrustucture build?
 
How will you strengthen Edmonton’s local economy and support our city’s independent, locally-owned businesses?
 
To be fully honest our city administrators and especially city council knew that an economic down turn was forcasted well in advance and from what I have observed many small and medium sized businesses have closed their doors or stopped opperating in 2016 and in 2017.
 
Our city needs to make a swift priority to support Edmonton bussiness and further insure the City of Edmonton hiring practices are revamped. Edmonton residents are paying our taxes, they spend locally and local residents must represent ‘a minimum of 70% of our city of Edmonton departments and workforce/staff including administration , contractors and support staff’.
 
There is not going to be any improvement if voters coninue to vote for big budget campaigns which have payed staff managing their social media page, writting responses for candidates who also demonstrate at forums they read from the page and trust only their close allies.
 
How will you make this a more inclusive city and support Edmonton’s marginalized communities?
 
A big priority of mine is to address social justice issues and reduce potential for revictimisation due to how our service providers interact with our Edmonton public. I have learned that directives can be given by city administration at the to citizens right to participate in the democratic process such as this 2017 election. I have an outstanding issue with the Edmonton city manager who sent me a defamatory letter within weeks of turning down campaign funding and provincial voter lists. We have a very unapollogetic system that at times appears to be run by puppeteers and not individuals focusing appologising and correcting an error.
 
How can our readers learn more about your platform, contact you with questions or concerns, or get involved in your campaign?
 
My web site is www.heatherworkman.ca and my phone number is 780-475-9198 my email is info@heatherworkman.ca
 
My greatest wish is that voters cast their ballot and Think about 10 full days of early polls for voters to access. Think about the cost of staff, equipment, rental of space and Ward 8 and Ward 6 combined produced only 2,527 votes.
 
Also I wish to thank the city of Edmonton employee who stepped up to the plate on October 3, 2017 to add my contact information to the city of Edmonton elections office information so folks can get ahold of me.
 
I am the only self funded candidate canidate in Ward 8 and I refused donations from organized crime and deleopers. And I am writting this from an iphone.

Election 2017 questionnaire response: Gordon Nickolic, mayoral candidate

[We sent five questions concerning green living, local economy and inclusiveness to all of the Election 2017 council candidates. We are posting their unedited responses in the order that they’re received. – Ed.]

Gordon Nickolic, candidate for mayor

Gordon Nickolic, candidate for mayor

What is the biggest challenge the city faces? What policy solutions would you seek if elected?

The biggest challenge currently is integration of the different communities. We need to focus more on our similarities than our differences. I believe this starts in our smaller communities. We need events that bring smaller communities together.
 
How will you help Edmonton become a greener / more environmentally friendly city?
 
First of all my no signage campaign. To start I would like to move away from pesticide sprays in Edmonton. Secondly I would like to see more plastics included in our recycling deposit system. Lastly I would like to eliminate all plastic bags from grocery stores.
 
How will you strengthen Edmonton’s local economy and support our city’s independent, locally-owned businesses?
 
I would like to encourage Edmonton as a city to use Edmonton businesses. Also I believe extending the LRT to the airport would drastically increase our appeal to business and make our airport the first choice for Edmonton travelers.
 
How will you make this a more inclusive city and support Edmonton’s marginalized communities?
 
I believe that we need to work with the Wards on an individual basis to match each community with the right strategies.
 
How can our readers learn more about your platform, contact you with questions or concerns, or get involved in your campaign?
 
#gordformayor

Election 2017 questionnaire response: Eli Schrader, Ward 8

[We sent five questions concerning green living, local economy and inclusiveness to all of the Election 2017 council candidates. We are posting their unedited responses in the order that they’re received. – Ed.]

Eli Schrader, candidate for Ward 8

Eli Schrader, candidate for Ward 8

What is the biggest challenge your Ward faces? What policy solutions would you seek if elected?

 
The biggest issue the Ward 8 faces is the lack of Council’s and administration’s accountability to the residents. We currently have a disconnect between the community’s vision for Ward 8 and both Council’s and administration’s vision. For example, the number one topic of interest I have heard from residents in my ward is the City’s development of mature neighbourhoods. Ward 8 has several mature communities that possess character and historical significance that is at risk of being lost through infill and large-scale densification development. While I believe we need to prevent urban sprawl as Edmonton grows by providing various housing options for young families in older mature neighbourhoods like the ones in Ward 8, I believe that this cannot happen at the cost of losing the rich and vibrant character that makes these neighbourhoods so appealing. As a councillor, I would seek, for example, to develop better policies that identify areas in Ward 8 that can support development while at the same time ensure new development is rooted in my Ward’s character and heritage. I would do this through engagement and discussions with developers, residents, businesses and non-profit organizations. I furthermore would seek to develop policies that ensure the public is adequately consulted prior to developments or infrastructure projects being approved so their feedback influences decisions made at the City by both Council and administration. Through my campaign, I have already demonstrated my commitment to public engagement and using public feedback to inform my decisions. I have developed a combined approach to engaging residents on key issues in Ward 8 so I can represent their interests. I have met with residents in person through door-to-door canvassing to listen to their ideas and I have taken their feedback and incorporated it into an innovative online tool, which I am using to be transparent about residents’ top priorities in Ward 8 so I can be held accountable to their vision for Ward 8. People can see their top issues in my ward by visiting electeli.ca.
 
How will you help Edmonton become a greener / more environmentally friendly city?
 
The very reason I chose to live in Ward 8 is for its beautiful environment along the river valley. Protecting and improving Edmonton’s environment is a topic with layers of complexity that will require research on best practices and discussion with citizens. Ultimately, we want to be implement an environmentally-friendly plan that meets residents’ needs and protects Edmonton’s environment for future generations to enjoy and benefit from.
 
Through conversations with residents in my ward, I have heard that people are concerned about the maintenance and preservation of public green spaces while Edmonton continues to grow. I’ve also heard concerns about bike lanes and public transportation and the considerable effects they will have on how we interact with our environment. I believe that we need to make sure residents are adequately informed about and consulted with on these topics as soon as possible before City administration and Council makes decisions and we need to do this in ways that move beyond the traditional open house approach for engagement. I support City administration to continue its work in improving its public engagement and, as a councillor, I will be using my own engagement tools to listen to and capture residents’ feedback on making our City greener.
 
How will you strengthen Edmonton’s local economy and support our city’s independent, locally-owned businesses?
 
The City needs to engage with the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) and all networks of business leaders and stakeholders to come up with ideas to support Edmonton’s local economy and to help Edmonton grow and thrive. Based on that feedback, we need to create effective programs and initiatives that have the buy-in of the business community and that benefit both business and the local community. I think we need to encourage innovative small business owners and startups to help create new jobs and opportunities while supporting growing industries. I support start-up funding for local business but I think we could do more to help support business leaders who are busy launching their businesses. This is a topic I am passionate about as I have invested in my own small business and I am committed to strengthening Edmonton’s independent local businesses.
 
How will you make this a more inclusive city and support Edmonton’s marginalized communities?
 
I have spent years working with marginalized populations and I understand the importance of inclusion with diverse populations when making effective decisions. I believe that we need to make sure that marginalized people are effectively included as early as possible in any community engagement processs that affects them. I believe that more resources should be dedicated to ensure marginalized people are engaged in ways that work for them. We all have a part to play in creating an inclusive community. This includes engaging with marginalized people, community organizations that assist those residents, post-secondary institutions and businesses, as well finding innovative solutions to support marginalized populations.
 
How can our readers learn more about your platform, contact you with questions or concerns, or get involved in your campaign?
 
I encourage residents of Ward 8 to visit electeli.ca and let me know what they are most passionate about or appreciate in their community and city. Several thousand people have joined the conversation and I encourage others to do the same.
 

Election 2017 questionnaire response: Felix Amenaghawom, Ward 4

[We sent five questions concerning green living, local economy and inclusiveness to all of the Election 2017 council candidates. We are posting their unedited responses in the order that they’re received. – Ed.]

Felix Amena, candidate for Ward

Felix Amenaghawom, candidate for Ward 4

What is the biggest challenge your Ward faces? What policy solutions would you seek if elected?

Infrastructure Development and maintenance: these are in areas of affordable and housing, Schools, Healthcare, Public Transportation, Seniors housing and care centres, Recreational facilities) and Unemployment. I will review and improve on the existing policies to make sure they are targeted at solving the problems they were meant to solve. collaborate with Community leagues to figure out what they require to be better equipped in helping out in our communities support employers and business to thrives
 
How will you help Edmonton become a greener / more environmentally friendly city?
 
One of the ways we can do this is by encouraging the use of our LRT and ETS buses. I will also encourage the use of environmentally friendly products in our communities. As a professional engineer, I will seek to encourage the used of our solar power in our homes. I will also seek for ways we can reduce our carbon footage, improve on our recycling system.
 
How will you strengthen Edmonton’s local economy and support our city’s independent, locally-owned businesses?
 
One of the ways we can do this is by encouraging investment opportunities here in Edmonton. I will also seek to encourage and support local businesses through our community leagues to identify and patronize our local entrepreneurs. From the government side I will encourage in-sourcing ahead of outsourcing when awarding contracts.
 
How will you make this a more inclusive city and support Edmonton’s marginalized communities?
 
This should start from the fact that we first recognize there is marginalization and inequality in our system, this will include the council make up as well. Again the various leadership and management positions need to reflect more inclusiveness of male and female as well as the marginalized communities. I will encourage equality in participation of the various communities in the municipality.
 
How can our readers learn more about your platform, contact you with questions or concerns, or get involved in your campaign?
 
Through my website: www.felixamen.ca, my social media platforms: www.facebook.com/voteFelixamen, twitter.com/FelixamenYegc and my email : info@felixamen.ca

Election 2017 questionnaire response: Kirsten Goa, Ward 8

[We sent five questions concerning green living, local economy and inclusiveness to all of the Election 2017 council candidates. We are posting their unedited responses in the order that they’re received. – Ed.]

Kirsten Goa, candidate for Ward 8

Kirsten Goa, candidate for Ward 8

What is the biggest challenge your Ward faces? What policy solutions would you seek if elected?

Our Ward is in the process of reinventing itself. Most of the neighbourhoods in Ward 8 were built as suburban communities. They are now the centre of a rapidly growing metropolis and region with a population over 1.3 million. Over the last 40 years, mature and core neighbourhoods in Edmonton have lost nearly 73,000 people. If we are going to keep our schools open, our grocery stores viable and our coffee shops bustling, we need to bring people back into these neighbourhoods. But how we do it matters.
 
Right now there’s a lot of discussion about both small and large scale infill. The reality is that we have derelict and even empty housing that does need to turn over, but we also have really solid housing stock that could easily accommodate families. A combination of income disparity, rising land value (partially due to speculation?), additional costs associated with infill, a lack of medium density family oriented housing and aggressive marketing of the suburbs are all contributing to this phenomenon.
 
We need to address the anxiety about infill, while also finding creative ways to make housing more affordable. We also need to look at maintenance and retrofitting of our existing housing stock and start to tell a new story about our mature communities.
 
On the policy side, we need to:
*improve public engagement about infill before new builds happen
*become more clear about our design requirements and shift focus from surface design to design for social connection and economic resilience
*design for the demographic mix we need to keep neighbourhoods sustainable
*improve the accountability and enforcement side when things aren’t going right
*have all large scale infill go through the Edmonton Design Committee
*make our affordable housing policies more robust so that we actually start building it into every large-scale infill project
*create policy that addresses the full spectrum of affordability
*incentivize or otherwise facilitate maintenance and retrofitting of our existing housing stock
*invest in the amenities and infrastructure necessary to support increased density
*work with communities to tell the story about their neighbourhoods and develop ways to market our mature neighbourhoods.
 
How will you help Edmonton become a greener / more environmentally friendly city?
 
An environmentally friendly city is also a sustainable and resilient city. Our current growth pattern is unsustainable and we need to wrestle with the challenging issue of how we will shift this pattern in a way that enhances our communities. Shifting culture, requires building strong relationships, understanding the challenges that change brings to a community and providing support and good information as we go through the change.
 
We need to make sure that the infill we are building brings people back into our mature and core neighbourhoods. When building anything new, we need to consider the full lifecycle of a building and start looking at impacts on energy use and drainage. It’s frustrating that we have large institutional buildings in this city that, after replacing them with something new, we aren’t sure what to do with them.
 
Just as we need to consider a life-cycle policy for larger buildings, we should also be looking at our existing housing stock and along with other levels of government, provide supports for retrofitting. I went through the retrofit process, and it is a lot easier right now to build new infill (which is hard) than it is to retrofit. We need to work cross-jurisdictional to improve access to retrofitting programs and possibly develop our own as well. This includes looking at the capacity in our trades to do retrofitting work as the focus has often been on new construction.
 
When we are building new, we need to be building for multiple generations. We have the understanding and technology to build energy efficient and net-zero buildings. Given the difficulty and expense associated with retrofitting, it is very short-sighted to be building anything that does not meet rigorous energy efficiency standards. Some new buildings are claiming LEED equivalency, but there is little visibility into how they are meeting these targets. We have 5x as many new houses being constructed in our suburban communities as we have in our mature neighbourhoods, and currently no requirements about how efficient they are beyond the building code. There is an interest in the development community to improve efficiency and programs like Built Green are starting to become more common, but I think the City can take leadership on energy efficiency in both new and established communities.
 
I support a robust, accessible, convenient transit system. We reduce congestion for vehicles, and greenhouse gas emissions, if it’s easy for a percentage of people to get out of their cars by encouraging transit, biking and walkability. We need to plan our public spaces for everyone from 8 years old to 80 years old. If our sidewalks, curb cuts etc. work for those of us with limited mobility, then they will surely see that it is also better for the rest of us! Walkability also means having destinations within our neighbourhoods where we can get groceries or a cup of coffee. Many constituents in Ward 8 express frustration that we have lost a number of grocery stores over the last couple years.
 
A strong local food economy buffers us from rapid changes in the world food market, spikes in the cost of transportation, decreases our carbon footprint and supports our local economy. I co-wrote, with three other leaders, The Way We Eat http://greateredmontonalliance.com/wayweeat.pdf as part of our presentations to City Council regarding the current Municipal Development Plan about eight years ago. There are still a lot of work to do to create a more sustainable local food system.
 
I would also like to see us consider options for improving drainage and increasing resilience through landscaping. In some jurisdictions, homes have to be designed to accommodate all drainage needs on site. We are a long way from this, but if we support the development of this capacity in the City administration, and in our communities we can save water, decrease flood risk and mitigate the limitations of our current drainage system.
 
Addressing the impacts of climate change, also includes recognizing that the impacts will be felt first and most severely by our most vulnerable. Issues related to poverty, homelessness, income and food insecurity and racism all need to be addressed as a part of our social and environmental stewardship.
 
How will you strengthen Edmonton’s local economy and support our city’s independent, locally-owned businesses?
 
We need to look at where the opportunities are, on the ground, for new and emerging businesses. We are becoming a more diversified economy and we need to put our efforts into supporting innovation. The new Regional Economic Development corporation Edmonton Global will bring new opportunities for collaborating with our regional partners and attracting opportunities for our local businesses as well as bringing new business to the City.
 
We need to decrease the fees and hoops that new businesses are facing when they are starting out. There is no reason to make it more difficult when innovation is high and income is limited. I would like us to shift our focus to the enforcement end, so that if we have businesses behaving badly we are in a better position to address those issues. In the meantime, those that are good neighbours and bringing jobs and innovation and vibrancy to our communities need to be supported and freed up to do what they do best. We also need to be making sure that our Business Improvement Areas are connected on the ground to the businesses themselves and to the communities they serve. Prioritizing local innovation and business is essential because every dollar spent in the local economy contributes to the multiplier effect, whereas dollars spent in a large corporation leave the local economy and don’t continue to sustain our communities. Another way to support local businesses is to get out ahead of incoming development and start recruiting the tenants that communities are looking for. A neighbourhood can get together, create the vision for what amenities they want in the community and start looking for those businesses. We have so many opportunities for collaboration if we break out of our silos.
 
How will you make this a more inclusive city and support Edmonton’s marginalized communities?
 
As volunteer co-chair of the Council Initiative on Public Engagement, a key part of our work was to figuring out ways to reach out to a significantly more diverse population than has typically been engaged with the City. Beyond that, we need to meet people where they are at, provide support for existing capacity and also provide opportunities for learning, training and networking so that we have more diverse perspectives at the table all the time!
 
I want to work with the Province and the police commission to ban carding. This tool is not accomplishing its stated goals, and is perpetuating systemic racism. We need to work with police to enhance their capacity and use other tools so that this does not continue.
 
We have a serious issue with diversity on Council and in City Administration. I was a part of the City’s Opening the Potential program for women interested in running for public office. Even there I witnessed additional barriers to women of colour. If we are going to have a Council and Administration that reflects the diversity of our population we need to look at a range of tools to shift our culture. We need to start by recognizing the capacity that is there and find ways to raise it up. We need to provide mentorship, more flexible workplaces (at all levels), childcare and other supports. We don’t make good decisions in a bubble. This needs to be unpacked in an ongoing and systematic way.
 
We need to look specifically at the high rates of homelessness and vulnerability for our LGBTQ+ youth and start addressing that head-on with those on the ground. We need to go and listen to young people and those that provide services for them and find out what they need directly. And then start building it, through collaboration. We need to work to combat this issue on a societal level and also make sure the supports are on the ground.
 
We also need to acknowledge the intersection of racism and poverty. Again, there is a significant piece of work we need to do around culture change. This needs to be shaped by those most impacted, but also raised up and championed by those of us who have the privilege and platform to elevate the issue. The layers here are complex, but we have to start peeling them back in systemic ways.
 
We also need to have those in the dominant demographics step aside and make space. I’ve been shocked by how dominant certain perspectives and voices are during this campaign. Those who come to speak to me vs. those who wait or step back. I’ve been working on specifically inviting people into the spaces and making room, but it’s an uphill battle that is invisible to those who already have the space.
 
A few other things I want to work on include:
*a livable income policy at the City for staff and contractors
*More resources for Housing First and more ongoing supports and a better transition out of Housing First
*Making our City and our public spaces much more welcoming to children and those who care for them
 
How can our readers learn more about your platform, contact you with questions or concerns, or get involved in your campaign?
 
My platform is posted on my website (kirstengoa.ca). I also post regularly on social media. Follow me on twitter @kirstengoa or “Like” our Facebook page @kirstengoaward8. You can also find us on instagram: _kirsteng__ Our office is at 10516 – 82 Avenue Campaign phone: 587.598.GOA8(4628) Email: kirsten@kirstengoa.ca We are a volunteer driven campaign and would appreciate any support in terms of time, donations, taking a sign, wearing a button and/or coming out to events. Please Vote on October 16th!

Election 2017 questionnaire response: Sim Senol, Ward 10

[We sent five questions concerning green living, local economy and inclusiveness to all of the Election 2017 council candidates. We are posting their unedited responses in the order that they’re received. – Ed.]

Sim Senol, candidate for Ward 10

Sim Senol, candidate for Ward 10

 
What is the biggest challenge your Ward faces? What policy solutions would you seek if elected?
Infill (its failure in creating affordable houses and bringing young families to the core) in mature neighbourhoods and lack of core services (i.e. transport, recreations) in newer communities are the two biggest challenges – with the overarching theme that the city is NOT listening to its residents.
 
How will you help Edmonton become a greener / more environmentally friendly city?
I support efforts to curb urban sprawl but advocate a more coordinated, large scale infill effort, spearheaded through non-profit development agency(ies). Working with Province to support energy efficiency initiatives, tax or other incentives for building net-zero homes, or transition to electric vehicles are some of the things I will be happy to advocate for. It’s disturbing that use of public transport has actually been declining in Edmonton the last couple years, despite increasing population. Though it might not appear to be the obvious solution I believe investing in park & ride facilities will encourage more people to at least not drive for longer distances to the core.
 
How will you strengthen Edmonton’s local economy and support our city’s independent, locally-owned businesses?
I am a strong believer of supporting locally owned, independent businesses. In fact, I made sure that all my campaign materials were printed by a local business in my own Ward. (Ward 10). I figured that’s the best way to lead by example and make sure a local business benefits from my decision to run for office even if I don’t win a seat. This didn’t mean that I blindly accepted quotes from local business. It’s possible to do your homework, get a good deal, and still prioritize local business when we make procurement decisions.
 
How will you make this a more inclusive city and support Edmonton’s marginalized communities?
I have a specific plan to implement this. One of the major trends that will impact our city’s future is the increasing number of immigrants. In the last 10 years almost 100,000 new immigrants arrived in our city. In about 5 years 1/4th of our city’s population will be foreign born. Canada is generally an exceptionally welcoming country for diverse populations but times have changed and it’s easier for these new immigrants not to fully integrate and embrace those same values that make Canada strong and unique. Similary, it’s easier for prejudices and stereotypes to be fueled through social media and internet. I would like to revise City’s small grant programs for non-profits to tie any form of funding to collaborative projects. e.g . I would love to see a muslim multicultural group collaborate with the Pride Centre, or a different multicultural group collaborate in projects with the homeless shelters. I would love to see initiatives where new immigrants get a chance to learn about residential schools (i.e. children learn at school but their parents never get a chance to learn about Canadian history). There are many things we can do to make our city more exclusive and this will be an area I will work passionately on.
 
How can our readers learn more about your platform, contact you with questions or concerns, or get involved in your campaign?
My campaign website is www.simsenol.ca. I am not a career politician. In fact I’m a new Canadian running for office in the very first election she’s eligible to vote in. I also have to continue working full time while running my campaign. So, my website is not perfect. However, a lot of my ideas about the future of the city and my platform can be found under the “Tap the Potential” section of my website. I am also more active on social media answering people’s questions, so they can follow me on Twitter or Facebook at @ElectSimWard10. If anyone is interested in putting up signs and helping me in the next few days they can email me at electsimward10@gmail.com

Election 2017 questionnaire response: Samantha Hees, Ward 10

[We sent five questions concerning green living, local economy and inclusiveness to all of the Election 2017 council candidates. We are posting their unedited responses in the order that they’re received. – Ed.]

Samantha Hees, candidate for Ward 10

Samantha Hees, candidate for Ward 10

 
What is the biggest challenge your Ward faces? What policy solutions would you seek if elected?
 Issues that involve infill, transit and preservation of green space are issues that people in ward 10 are passionate about.
 
How will you help Edmonton become a greener / more environmentally friendly city?
I think that monitoring the use of chemicals in our green spaces, changing the ways that we deal with pesticides will ensure we have our green city for generations to come.
 
How will you strengthen Edmonton’s local economy and support our city’s independent, locally-owned businesses?
I am a huge fan of all the local and innovative restaurants and shops, Edmontonians (and Albertans) are so creative and innovative. this is something that we need to encourage. Small businesses encourage people to stay in Edmonton and attract revenue from people around the world.
 
How will you make this a more inclusive city and support Edmonton’s marginalized communities?
No response.
 
How can our readers learn more about your platform, contact you with questions or concerns, or get involved in your campaign?
You can find me at my website SamanthaHees.com , on twitter and facebook @samantha4Ward10

Election 2017 questionnaire response: Chris Christianson, Ward 11

[We sent five questions concerning green living, local economy and inclusiveness to all of the Election 2017 council candidates. We are posting their unedited responses in the order that they’re received. – Ed.]

Chris Christianson, candidate for Ward 11

Chris Christianson, candidate for Ward 11

What is the biggest challenge your Ward faces? What policy solutions would you seek if elected?

High taxes for everyone. Percentage for a tax increase based on your income of the resident.

How will you help Edmonton become a greener / more environmentally friendly city?

Planning for the LRT must be improved where it is not interrupting traffic to a point where more than ten vehicles are sitting idling waiting across the track – this is not green at all!

How will you strengthen Edmonton’s local economy and support our city’s independent, locally-owned businesses?

By drawing investment into the City with lower taxes for small, intermediate and large businesses.

How will you make this a more inclusive city and support Edmonton’s marginalized communities?

Working with the planning department to not waste space example 66 street and Anthony Henday (the ramp is built but not opened up for usage). This makes absolutely no sense, why Constituents have to go over to 50 St or 91 St to access the ring road.

How can our readers learn more about your platform, contact you with questions or concerns, or get involved in your campaign?

Platform is: We have no legal avenue in the current notification process to vote on City projects. Transparency of the current tax system in the City of Edmonton and where our tax money is being used. The planning and construction departments with the contractors as an example Epcor, Atco and City Council must all be at meetings together so that the communities affected are disrupted minimally and there are no huge costs to the Constituents for re-doing projects. Facebook Chris Christianson Edmonton, look for my picture with Ward 11 along the side, Twitter @christiansonw11

Election 2017 questionnaire response: Reuben Avellana, Ward 1

[We sent five questions concerning green living, local economy and inclusiveness to all of the Election 2017 council candidates. We are posting their unedited responses in the order that they’re received. – Ed.]

Reuben Avellana, candidate for Ward 1

Reuben Avellana, candidate for Ward 1

What is the biggest challenge your Ward faces? What policy solutions would you seek if elected?

Ever increasing taxes and fees. I would seek to freeze them, and even lower them.

How will you help Edmonton become a greener / more environmentally friendly city?

We will try and increase ETS ridership by lowering ETS fares.

How will you strengthen Edmonton’s local economy and support our city’s independent, locally-owned businesses?

Freezing taxes and fees, rationalizing regulations so that doing business in Edmonton is easier.

How will you make this a more inclusive city and support Edmonton’s marginalized communities?

I will push for more language support for the city. Access to city documents and the website in French, as well as increased access to interpreters.

How can our readers learn more about your platform, contact you with questions or concerns, or get involved in your campaign?

Go to my website www.avellana-ward1.ca