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Voter Info on the 'Winnipeg-Wide-Web'

Posted by Winnipeg Chapter on October 12, 2010 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

This fall's civic election has spawned some great resources on the internet for voter information.

 

The City of Winnipeg's Election 2010 website has the official information on the election as well as directions on where to vote, a downloadable list of the candidates, campaign signage rules and other voter information. The city services 311 line can direct you if you need further information. click here

 

WinnipegElection.ca is a citizen driven website created to provide Winnipeg voters with unbiased information about their mayoral, city council and school trustee candidates. The site features interactive ward maps, ward statistics, historical information about past elections, and a calendar of election related events.


Candidates are listed along with links to their web pages, email addresses, Facebook fan pages and Twitter feeds. News articles that mention candidates are also linked providing up to date information from a variety of media sources. click here


Much of the local media have gone to great lengths to provide easy access to an ample choice of their written, audio and video stories on the election. As well many include in-depth ward information, an interactive city ward/Google-map and links to live debate coverage.

 

CBC Manitoba - Winnipeg Votes 2010 click here

 

CTV Winnipeg - Winnipeg's Civic Election 2010 click here

 

Winnipeg Free Press - Civic Election 2010 click here

 

Please remember to come out to vote on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27th.


QUESTIONS FOR THE CANDIDATES

Posted by Winnipeg Chapter on October 6, 2010 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

When a candidate for city council or mayor comes to your door or when you see them at your local forum, we encourage you to ask them these relevant questions.


Transparency

Increased transparency was one of the main reasons given for involving a private partner and moving to a Municipal Corporate Utility (MCU) model for the wastewater treatment plant upgrades, but now we’re told that details of the 30 year wastewater treatment contract with a disreputable multinational corporation can’t be shared due to private third party business interests. If elected how would you ensure that councillors and citizens have adequate information to make effective decisions and would you need to see the contract, a detailed business plan - or - do you agree with Councillor Russ Wyatt's comments at the May 19 Council meeting that you just must have; quote “faith in our staff who have done their due diligence.”?


Lakes and Rivers

The health of our lakes and rivers is very important to the people that swim, play and fish in them. What is your long tern vision to ensure future generations will be able to enjoy clean and healthy waterways throughout the province and what process or strategies would you put in place to realize that vision?


Urban Sprawl

Several delegations appearing in front of the EPC and Council argued that the creation of a new municipal utility which has yet to be approved by the province which seeks profits by selling services outside the city of Winnipeg would enable businesses and residents outside the city of Winnipeg to free-ride on services paid for by higher taxed Winnipeggers leading to urban sprawl and a further hollowing out of the city core. How do you recommend City Council act to prevent this from happening?

 

Budget

Given that Winnipeg’s budget has higher expenditures then revenue and is only “balanced” due to the city selling off assets, how do you see Winnipeg getting out of this structural deficit - and - will you commit yourself to clear and transparent budgets that make all tax and fee hikes explicit?


Flat Water Use Rates

The City of Winnipeg Waste and Water Department water rates had three rate tiers with heavy users paying less per unit of water. Given that a responsible city government should want to promote water conservation, we should not allow large users to pay less and use more. If elected will you commit to changing this policy and adopt a flat water rate?


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click here to check our calender for upcoming debates and forums.


Please come out to vote on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27th


Veolia Deal Disheartening

Posted by Winnipeg Chapter on May 25, 2010 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Thanks to everyone that came out for the rallies, signed the petitons and wrote letters! Thanks for packing the gallery at City Hall during the May 19th Council Meeting!


After mobilizing for so many months against this P3 arrangement, it was quite disheartening, though not altogether unexpected, that Winnipeg City Council voted 9-4 in favour of a 30 year contract with the disreputable company Veolia.


Those that blindly voted in favour of the deal with Veolia were:

Sam Kats, Mayor of Winnipeg

Justin Swandel, St. Norbert Ward

Gord Steeves, St. Vital Ward

Mike O'Shaughnessy, Old Kildonan Ward

Mike Pagtakhan, Point Douglas Ward

Russ Wyatt, Transcona Ward

Grant Nordman, St. Charles Ward

Jeff Browaty, North Kildonan Ward

Scott Fielding, St. James - Brooklands Ward

All is not lost however. The Province still has some say in this. Please continue to contact your Provincial representative and let them know that a secret deal with a disreputable corporation like Veolia is no deal at all!


There is no doubt that this critical vote will have consequences in October's Civic elections.