Election 2017 questionnaire response: Reuben Avellana, Ward 1

[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.]

Reuben Avellana, candidate for Ward 1
Reuben Avellana, candidate for Ward 1

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

Ever increasing taxes and fees. I would seek to freeze them, and even lower them.

How will you help Edmonton become a greener / more environmentally friendly city?

We will try and increase ETS ridership by lowering ETS fares.

How will you strengthen Edmonton’s local economy and support our city’s independent, locally-owned businesses?

Freezing taxes and fees, rationalizing regulations so that doing business in Edmonton is easier.

How will you make this a more inclusive city and support Edmonton’s marginalized communities?

I will push for more language support for the city. Access to city documents and the website in French, as well as increased access to interpreters.

How can our readers learn more about your platform, contact you with questions or concerns, or get involved in your campaign?

Go to my website www.avellana-ward1.ca