Charleswood-Tuxedo: Winnipeg Without Poverty 2018 Questionnaire Responses

Charleswood – Tuxedo

Candidates: Kevin Nichols, Ken St. George, Kevin Klein, Grant Nordman

  1. Will you be a champion for a Winnipeg Without Poverty and commit to leading the development of a comprehensive poverty reduction plan for Winnipeg with progress indicators that have targets and timelines?

Kevin Nichols:

After reading your Poverty Reduction plan I find it coincides with all that I believe and have run to support in the past.  I would love to champion this cause and make Winnipeg one of the major urban centres in Canada to make poverty cease to exist.  It would appear that there does need to be a champion for this cause at City Hall and I would be that person. I will commit to timelines, achievable targets and steps to reduce poverty with the goal to eventually eliminate it.

Ken St George:

Thank you for the opportunity. I will absolutely champion and harness any efforts to any poverty reduction initiative. As a public service provider in health, in nursing, dedicated to the core of Winnipeg for 12 years, I witness first hand how poverty has direct relation to determinants of health as well as socioeconomic issues. Also, as a founder of a non profit, in partnership with Main Street Project, I recognize this issue, in a fashion that many council candidates would not see.

Kevin Klein:

Thank-you for your email, and the important work you are doing.

Poverty is indeed a prevalent problem in our city. A better understanding of underlying issues and root causes will go a long way to identifying viable long-term solutions.

If elected, I look forward to discussing these issues with you further.

Grant Nordman:

No response.

  1. What specific actions will you take to reduce poverty in Winnipeg via the City of Winnipeg?

Kevin Nichols:

The City of Winnipeg has identified targets for poverty reduction in many documents such as the Plan Winnipeg document.  Reaching out to groups such as yours, in conjunction with other stakeholders, the City can implement as many recommendations as are needed to alleviate poverty in our City.  This will also include entering into talks with the Provincial and Federal governments to which I have ties. Programs such as training and mentorships can be introduced in the City to provide meaningful employment with educational opportunities.

Ken St George:

I wish, as a strategic plan to promote affordable housing, and support poverty reduction strategies, to implement a social impact fee, towards capital corporate welfare contributions. That is, to return a percentage of private business contributions by the city, directly to non profit service community service providers, the true experts in social issue resolution.

Kevin Klein:

No response.

Grant Nordman:

No response.

  1. How will you work with community groups and people with lived experience of poverty?

Kevin Nichols:

All stakeholders should be consulted as there is no one solution to this problem.  And there is no one problem that can be attributed to the cause of poverty. Like any problem solving model, the need for experts is paramount and this would be the people with lived experience of poverty.  Good ideas do not come from just one person, but a variety of people. Identifying the problems are the start to the solution and I would be more than happy to champion that cause.

Ken St George:

Why are they the true experts? Because they are witness to lived experience, everyday. I will engage those struggling, work to create resources for job experience or training to lift the impoverished or marginalized to the height they need to be to get out of poverty.

Kevin Klein:

No response.

Grant Nordman:

No response.

  1. Anything further to add?

Kevin Nichols:

Over the many years I have lived in Winnipeg, I have seen a multitude of studies done and millions spent on consultants and reports.  Some have been money well spent, some nothing but money out the window. What all these have in common is that they have established resolutions and recommendations, what we have failed to do as a City is follow through on good recommendations.  As you pointed out in your document, the City has identified the need for affordable housing and yet very little is forthcoming. From my understanding, Habitat for Humanity has done more to help with affordable housing than the City. We have developed neighbourhoods like Bridgewater, Island Lakes and Ridgewood to name a few, with very little mind to affordable housing.  This needs to change!

Ken St George:

I will continuously be a social justice warrior, as I am now in the non profit sector, and bring this to city hall with me.

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