[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?
One of the many reasons why I chose to run is because I have truly feel that Ward 7 deserves a much more active and involved voice at the Council table. We have passionate residents working on so many great things in this unique community.
We also have problems. Crime rates and the abundance of vacant lots are just two that I want to champion and make a difference on. I also want to see increased supports for small businesses, more initiatives to make residents feel safe and encourage people to grow their roots in our established, beautiful communities.
How will you help Edmonton become a greener / more environmentally friendly city?
I want to encourage greater utilization of public transit – something that I use daily and have relied on over the years. One way of going about this is increasing the sense of safety. Mass transit doesn’t mean much if you feel uncomfortable waiting in the station.
I also want to increase the walkability of the Ward – currently, this is one of out lowest self reported means of transportation at 32% below the City average. Turning the tide on this trends starts with an eye for building more sustainable communities.
How will you strengthen Edmonton’s local economy and support our city’s independent, locally-owned businesses?
Ward 7 has seen an influx of some excellent businesses moving into the neighbourhoods. From Otto or Mama Asha – these folks took a chance on a neighbourhood that others may have passed by, and are seeing business flourish. I want to encourage all business owners in Edmonton to make Ward 7 an option when they are setting up or relocating. Small business is vital and there is such an appetite for support here.
How will you make this a more inclusive city and support Edmonton’s marginalized communities?
From direct frontline outreach to program overview and implementation, as a social worker I have dedicated my entire career to community development and supporting marginalized communities. I believe that we are only better when there are varying voices heard on issues. I will invite those voices to be a part of discussions, I will hear what they are experiencing and be a collaborative representative on Council.
How can our readers learn more about your platform, contact you with questions or concerns, or get involved in your campaign?
I would be absolutely honoured for residents to take the time to get to know more about my campaign! I invite all to check out my website – voteandreychuk.ca or follow me on social media. There, you can learn about my positions on issues, my background and how to get involved in my campaign.