The Local Economy and Future of our Community
It's no secret the past several years have been difficult in our province. I believe in fiscal responsibility, low taxes, and making sure every dollar we spend is a responsible investment in our future. I am passionate about using my voice and position on council to help push us forward and guide this city in an innovative, new direction.
A Smarter, Greener St. John's
As Councillors, we must be responsible for smart, sustainable growth. We also must be the environmental stewards of this beautiful city. That means advocating for green spaces, especially for new developments. It means protecting our wetlands. It's all about long term vision and ensuring this City will be a place our children and grandchildren will love as much as we do.
Advocating for You
I want to make sure our local government is open and accountable. I believe in open dialogue with the residents in my Ward. I am especially passionate about advocating for our aging population, and on the issue of affordable housing for those who need it most.
As a resident of Penney Crescent, I am concerned that a proposal to built 95 housing units on the Synod West Wetlands Property.
Chapter 3 of the Municipal Plan states that the goal is: to conserve, protect and enhance the city's natural environment - it's waterways, wetlands, coastline and forested areas - for their ecological, aesthetic and economic value. It continues to state that we must Protect Environmentally Valuable areas that include Significant Ponds and Wetlands.
We must update sooner rather than later the Significant Waterways and Wetlands Study to ensure that no housing units or other infrastructure be built on our Wetlands. We must pass a resolution now to ensure that NO development can be built now or in the future. This will be a priority for me.
Healthy Living is about making healthy choices everyday. Healthy choices that keep us fit physically, mentally and spiritually. Living healthy is a personal choice, but everyone has a role to play. Individuals, families, communities and government.
Stated in the Municipal: We need to create vibrant, well-designed public spaces where people can connect with each other and their community.
A perfect place to start in Ward 1 would be the Laurier/Tupper Street Playground. This area has so much potential to create healthy living. A Tennis court, basketball court, splash pads, gazebos with outdoor BBQ's and picnic tables. The list is endless to create a vibrant public space.
As a young child growing up on Laurier Street, we fought for this playground to be developed. In the winter, city staff would come and spray water from the hydrant to create an outdoor skating rink. What a fantastic idea this would be to bring it back.
Other areas would be Airport Heights and Clovelly. These areas were mentioned in the Recreation And Parks Master Plan 2008-2018:
A vibrant community center for Airport Heights and an outdoor recreational area would be ideal for this growing community. Clovelly could certainly use an area for outside recreational activities. I am not encouraging spending, Corporate sponsors or in-kind donations would be more feasible.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING INITATIVE
Stated in the Municipal Plan, access to adequate and affordable housing is a fundamental component of quality of life in a city. We must promote a broad range of housing choices for all ages, income groups and family types by supporting the development of housing that is appropriate, accessible and affordable for low-income and moderate income households.
Homes must be built to reflect the needs of the community, in all areas of the city close to amenities such as grocery stores, bus stops, medical clinics and schools.
The Affordable Housing Strategy must be implemented sooner rather than later to ensure affordable housing is available to those who need it.
Public transportation is an important feature in a growing city. Residents who choose to use our transit system must be able to do so in a safe and timely matter. We have to question why there are not more users.
To create an efficient public transit there must be more routes, bus shelters, and time between routes are the utmost important. Creating express routes, park and ride and snow removal who be beneficial and create user friendly transportation. The recent increase in user fees must also be reversed.
Speeding on our residential streets is a major concern for the City of St. John's not just for Ward 1. While campaigning throughout Ward 1 and speaking with residents, this has been the number one issue.
How can we make our residential streets safe for everyone? Reduce speed limits, implement Traffic Calming measures such as speed bumps, electronic speed signs and roundabouts (in new developments) must be a priority. We must listen to the residents and create safe neighbourhoods which benefit us all.
ENGAGE! ST. JOHN'S
While this is a great start to keep residents informed, it still needs mass improvements. Not all residents have access to the internet to find out what is happening in our Ward or City, therefore we must find alternate ways to get the message out.
The lack of communication from the city to residents need major improvements. Therefore, when elected as your Ward 1 Councillor, I will hold quarterly monthly public meetings to keep the residents informed on what's happening in our Ward.