Elmwood-East Kildonan Candidates: Winnipeg Without Poverty 2018 Questionnaire Responses

Elmwood – East Kildonan

Candidates: Jason Schreyer, Robb Massey

  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?

Jason Schreyer:

No response.

Robb Massey:

I will continue to be a champion for those in Winnipeg who live in poverty as I have done through my career in both Christian and secular organizations. I will gladly hear from Winnipeg Without Poverty as a strong voice for these initiatives and work with other councillors to develop a comprehensive poverty reduction plan.

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

Jason Schreyer:

No response.

Robb Massey:

I will continue to work with and connect groups who are already working to reduce poverty (and its effects) to find solutions that are practical and take advantage of resources we already have in place. Effective and affordable bus transit is a key priority for the people of Elmwood – especially with its density and high percentage of new Canadians.  By ensuring that transit is no longer seen as low tiered transportation, we can improve transit access for everyone. Housing is also a key need in Elmwood-EK and I have been supporting the Chalmers Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation in assisting renters, landlords, home owners and future home owners to grow their knowledge, skills and access resources. Finally food access is a key issue as we have experienced our major grocers move to the periphery of the area. It is an important objective to ensure access to quality food, especially for those without personal vehicles but for everyone who needs to have quality and affordable food within walking distance. I will work with business and the community to find solutions.

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

Jason Schreyer:

No response.

Robb Massey:

I will continue to work with the local organizations (Seniors, Newcomers, Youth, Faith, Recreation) to provide opportunities for everyone in Elmwood-EK. Specifically I will help bring groups together to reduce redundancy and to increase collaboration.

  1. Anything further to add?

Robb Massey:

Thank you for your work to raise these issues and to provide policy alternatives.

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