It looks like two months of hard work paid off.
I was overwhelmed with the support I received on doorsteps and, most importantly at the ballot box on election day. But poor voter turnout in the city, at just 20%, must motivate the Mayor and Councillors to enhance civic engagement. And that’s what I intend to do.
Over the next few months I will organize regular community council meetings in Ward 3 as a chance to connect with residents. This will be an opportunity for me to hear directly from friends and neighbours about their concerns, and for folks to receive updates about developments at City Council. I also need people to know that I can’t do this job alone.
Inspired by conversations with Ward 3 residents, I worked with a dedicate group of volunteers to develop an ambitious, evidence-based platform that will guide my decisions on Council. And only through community support can I get this done. I will be asking residents to help out by joining community advisory groups that focus on various issues like improving public transportation, cycling infrastructure, shaping urban residential and commercial development, as well as doing a better job with waste management and recycling. Neighbourhood input is also needed when it comes to prioritizing the repair of crumbling infrastructure, from sidewalks to our aging water system.
Local experts and community support is also required to ensure that the city implements a meaningful homelessness and affordable housing strategy. We also need to see Regina implement recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report. I also want to make sure that our city becomes a living wage employer.
Together we can do this.