Election 2017 questionnaire response: Gordon Nickolic, mayoral candidate

[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.]

Gordon Nickolic, candidate for mayor
Gordon Nickolic, candidate for mayor

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

The biggest challenge currently is integration of the different communities. We need to focus more on our similarities than our differences. I believe this starts in our smaller communities. We need events that bring smaller communities together.
How will you help Edmonton become a greener / more environmentally friendly city?
First of all my no signage campaign. To start I would like to move away from pesticide sprays in Edmonton. Secondly I would like to see more plastics included in our recycling deposit system. Lastly I would like to eliminate all plastic bags from grocery stores.
How will you strengthen Edmonton’s local economy and support our city’s independent, locally-owned businesses?
I would like to encourage Edmonton as a city to use Edmonton businesses. Also I believe extending the LRT to the airport would drastically increase our appeal to business and make our airport the first choice for Edmonton travelers.
How will you make this a more inclusive city and support Edmonton’s marginalized communities?
I believe that we need to work with the Wards on an individual basis to match each community with the right strategies.
How can our readers learn more about your platform, contact you with questions or concerns, or get involved in your campaign?