Platform

Andrew's priorities for City Council

A Green Regina: Making Regina sustainable should guide all our planning, transportation, and utility decisions.  I will advocate for a freeze of water rate increases that are not tied to costs or consumption, and work towards water conservation and stewardship. We should adopt the successful projects of other cities and make Regina an environmental leader in implementing proven sustainable infrastructure, retrofitting, and renewable energy strategies.

Fixing our infrastructure: The current Council has prioritized sprawl at the expense of maintaining and improving our existing infrastructure. Instead, we need to develop a strategy for improving public transit, bike infrastructure and recreation facilities, while fully implementing the Official Community Plan and Neighbourhood Plans.

A Regina for everyone: We need an affordable housing strategy, and to ensure that all businesses doing work for the City pay a living wage, that the City is a good and inclusive employer, and that racism has no place in policing practices.

Control executive compensation: Civic workers who deliver quality public services deserve to be paid well, but Council needs to look critically at executive compensation.

 

Why I'm Running for City Council in Ward 3 

  1. I’m a proud member of the Cathedral area community and a regular at local festivals, street fairs, playgrounds, libraries, and community events. I want to become more active in the other communities that are integral parts of Ward 3.
  2. Residential and commercial development is important, and we need more of it. However, the construction of housing and commercial space needs to be done in accordance with the City’s Official Community Plan and the various Neighbourhood Plans.
  3. I want to enhance civic engagement by organizing town halls on issues that are relevant to residents of Ward 3. This involves establishing one-on-one and public meetings with City employees to discuss concerns related to workplace morale, ways of improving the delivery of public services, pensions, workplace discrimination, and public private partnerships.
  4. Council members need to become stronger advocates for improved public services and infrastructure by demanding more resources from the provincial government.
  5. Based on my research and volunteer experience, it’s important that Council promote the employment, health, and housing services available to immigrants and migrant workers living in Regina.
  6. Considering the number of oil and gas pipelines running through the city, we need to ensure that Regina has adequate protocols in place to deal with leaks and other potential environmental catastrophes. The recent Husky oil spill offers a lesson to municipalities across Saskatchewan.
  7. It’s important that the Councillors provide a forum for residents to discuss allegations of racism within the City of Regina police force. We must confront this as a community, especially as Regina goes through the process of selecting a new chief of police.
  8. To advance recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), particularly call to action #57 (Professional Development and Training for Public Servants). Council needs to be taking a lead on this issue and other recommendations embedded within the TRC.
  9. There needs to be greater transparency when it comes to the release of data related to major infrastructure projects, including P3s. Citizens deserve to assess the same unredacted reports and information that administrators and Council members have access to when important decisions are being made.
  10. It’s time to get moving on a homelessness and affordable housing strategy in Regina. Council must ensure that the City begins implementing a homelessness strategy within 12 months of the election.