Let’s do what’s right to keep Saskatoon on track. Learn about my platform below.
Accountability / Transparency
First, we need to put the brakes on big-ticket public spending items, especially in light of recent, world-changing events.
Second, daytime council meetings and council minutes should be posted online with summaries and hyperlinks to important documents so the public can truly follow and understand what is going on at City Hall.
Third, I will use my social media feeds and other communication channels to make the business of council more transparent and encourage greater public participation in civic oversight.
Saskatoon needs to simplify the process for business licensing and permitting in order for the city to stay competitive and grow the local economy. I believe businesses that have satisfied health and safety requirements shouldn’t have to endure arbitrary wait times to open their doors when other cities allow them to operate under a conditional permitting system.
City Hall does a lot right when it comes to communicating with Saskatonians. However, many areas still need improvement—such as highlighting inward-facing programs that provide tangible benefits (and savings) to taxpayers, and changing how Leisure Services markets to and engages with end users. My experience in media and connections with key members of the city administration will help address these and other related issues.
Meewasin’s mandate is to “strive toward the outcomes of health, fit, balance and vibrancy”. Enhancements/upgrades to existing infrastructure in Meewasin Park and elsewhere would enable Ward 5 residents to get more out of Meewasin trails and park space in all seasons. I also support initiatives for working with the non-profit sector to address a growing need Leisure Services in the Northeast.
We need to hold the line on spending and tax increases over and above the rate of inflation until the dust finally settles on a post-Covid world. Saskatoon residents are tired of ever-increasing public taxes, and they need a former business owner on council who can think outside the box. As Ward 5 city councillor, I will seek new and innovative ways to increase revenues and grow the local tax base in order to reduce the tax burden on homeowners and existing businesses alike.
Saskatoon needs to adopt a homeless/poverty-reduction strategy modelled after that of Medicine Hat, which declared an end to homelessness in that city in 2015. Everyone should have a place in our community, and we need to make this so using a truly local solution to the problem, but we need to ask tough questions about what is happening at the Lighthouse and figure out what we can do now to address the underlying causes of homelessness and poverty in our city.
Residents of Ward 5 need more transit options, including dedicated routes during peak times serving the U of S and the North Industrial area. I want the city to move forward with Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), just not at any cost and not without some major changes in public consultation. Additionally, let’s seek achievable outcomes for additional pedestrian and vehicle crossings linking Warman Road/Wanuskewin Road with the North Industrial area.
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