This is the key to any great project or relationship and as the representative for Ward 1 I am dedicated to having open door and dialogue policies with my constituents. I want to emphasize that I WILL be an active and available representative for our ward. Although co-operating with my fellow ward representatives is important for a smoothly functioning city council I will always put Ward 1’s best interest first. Making sure the voices and concerns in our community is heard by the council.
My goal is to approach the council with sound decision-making rooted in logic, common sense, and a strong voice for the community especially surrounding the major projects that directly affect our communities. I am not one to be pushed around or be a “yes man” and this will translate directly into council to benefit Ward 1. Projects such as the berm in Bowness, the ongoing ring road construction, and many other issues are not being deliberated properly.
Through first-hand experience, I understand the struggles small businesses face from the government. Implementing a “two feet on the ground” approach and getting back to business is what I believe we need in our council and what I aim to achieve. I believe the role of civic government is to provide its residents with a clean, safe city to reside in that is complete with amenities such as libraries and parks to help foster a stronger community. I will be a civic councillor that can be held accountable to represent its ward first, regardless of the level of government handling a project/development. I support growth in moderation as it allows for the council to find ways to work within the city’s means without increasing taxes or cutting services, which is something I feel is currently lost in our current city council. I aim to reduce the red tape and lower costs to truly support our small to medium-sized businesses helping them grow.
There are a few key issues that I am passionate about resolving at the moment. The first revolving around the expected heavy snowfall we face each winter, which results in an abundance of stuck cars and busses. For example, in my community last winter there was a city bus that blocked the exit out of the community for multiple days due to being stuck in heaps of unplowed snow. My solution to this problem is forecasting a budget that allows having plows ready for when the heavy snowfall hits. Which would allow for safer and easier travel for everyone including, those who do not commute by car. An additional issue I have found myself wanting to offer a solution to is the much too short sound barrier surrounding the valley ridge community that fails to do its job. Adress the concerns from those living in communities with large amounts of construction as it greatly affects those living and commuting through and around it. Many concerns from residents have been ignored regarding the Stoney trail development in the Ward 1 area. Concerns such as housing value, noise violations, and traffic changes. Further, flood mitigations and the proposed berm in Bowness we have to ask are their other solutions that provide the same security net without devaluing and invading private property.
-Intouch with the communities
-Communicates with residents and community organizations
-Provides clear answers to questions stemmed from important discussions
-Puts the community before all other politics
I wanted to thank the recent outpour of support through emails and phone calls. Let's win this election!