Election 2017 questionnaire response: Bev Esslinger, Ward 2

[We sent five questions concerning green living, local economy and inclusiveness to all of the Election 2017 council candidates. We are posting their unedited responses in the order that they’re received. – Ed.]

Bev Esslinger, candidate for Ward 2
Bev Esslinger, candidate for Ward 2

What is the biggest challenge your Ward faces? What policy solutions would you seek if elected?

Ward 2 like all wards is growing which means we have to have places for homes and services for more residents. It also impacts our transportation system. I am advocating toward an improved transit system in the ward as well as LRT as soon as possible. We’ve made many changes to how we build in mature neighborhoods and have addressed construction conditions, drainage, height, etc. but I am looking at creating a neighborhood design committee similar to the Edmonton design committee to look at design of infill homes and how they fit into neighborhoods to help maintain the character of communities.
How will you help Edmonton become a greener / more environmentally friendly city?
Currently the Blatchford Development is in Ward 2 and I have been working to support maintaining the principles to create a sustainable community that uses 100% renewable energy, is carbon neutral and by design allows residents to have a variety of green transportation choices such as walking, cycling and LRT.
How will you strengthen Edmonton’s local economy and support our city’s independent, locally-owned businesses?
I have supported and will continue to support local businesses through Business Improvement Associations and attend many of their events that are sponsored by local businesses trying to attract folks to their area and businesses. I choose local businesses as much as possible for events within the ward. I am happy to support local business and their events as much as I can as local businesses and entrepreneurs are the strength of our community.
How will you make this a more inclusive city and support Edmonton’s marginalized communities?
Continue to advocate for affordable housing, permanent support housing and support programs that support homeless and vulnerable citizens. I have been and will continue to work on Early Learning and Care Steering Committee which is funded through End Poverty as affordable, quality childcare has been identified as a “game changer” by End Poverty. I have requested info on how to have early learning and care space available in all city buildings especially in affordable housing buildings. I will continue to advocate for women many of whom make less than men. I am committed to working on making our city a city for everyone.
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