[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.]
What is the biggest challenge your Ward faces? What policy solutions would you seek if elected?
Infrastructure Development and maintenance: these are in areas of affordable and housing, Schools, Healthcare, Public Transportation, Seniors housing and care centres, Recreational facilities) and Unemployment. I will review and improve on the existing policies to make sure they are targeted at solving the problems they were meant to solve. collaborate with Community leagues to figure out what they require to be better equipped in helping out in our communities support employers and business to thrives
How will you help Edmonton become a greener / more environmentally friendly city?
One of the ways we can do this is by encouraging the use of our LRT and ETS buses. I will also encourage the use of environmentally friendly products in our communities. As a professional engineer, I will seek to encourage the used of our solar power in our homes. I will also seek for ways we can reduce our carbon footage, improve on our recycling system.
How will you strengthen Edmonton’s local economy and support our city’s independent, locally-owned businesses?
One of the ways we can do this is by encouraging investment opportunities here in Edmonton. I will also seek to encourage and support local businesses through our community leagues to identify and patronize our local entrepreneurs. From the government side I will encourage in-sourcing ahead of outsourcing when awarding contracts.
How will you make this a more inclusive city and support Edmonton’s marginalized communities?
This should start from the fact that we first recognize there is marginalization and inequality in our system, this will include the council make up as well. Again the various leadership and management positions need to reflect more inclusiveness of male and female as well as the marginalized communities. I will encourage equality in participation of the various communities in the municipality.
How can our readers learn more about your platform, contact you with questions or concerns, or get involved in your campaign?
Through my website: www.felixamen.ca, my social media platforms: www.facebook.com/voteFelixamen, twitter.com/FelixamenYegc and my email : firstname.lastname@example.org