St Norbert-Seine River Candidates: Winnipeg Without Poverty 2018 Questionnaire Responses

St. Norbert – Seine River

Candidates: Chris Davis, Markus Chambers, Glenn Churchill, Nancy Cooke, Nikolas Joyal

  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?

Chris Davis:

No response.

Markus Chambers:

No response.

Glenn Churchill:

No response.

Nancy Cooke:

No response.

Nikolas Joyal:

I promise that I will work towards toward creating a Winnipeg Without Poverty, however I cannot commit to leading this issue as a newly elected councillor. While I will support a comprehensive plan, I feel like it would be most effective if done in conjunction with other levels of government, community groups and organizations, and charities and outreach groups.

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

Chris Davis:

No response.

Markus Chambers:

No response.

Glenn Churchill:

No response.

Nancy Cooke:

No response.

Nikolas Joyal:

A low-income bus pass would be of great benefit, but lower transit fares for all users should be the goal. I would like to see the city pursue a policy requiring restaurants and grocery stores to save and donate unused food instead of throwing it out. This food can then be given to food banks and shelters. The city should also work with the provincial government and other cities in the province to develop a signle strategy regarding eliminating poverty, instead of there being multiple competing strategies.

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

Chris Davis:

No response.

Markus Chambers:

No response.

Glenn Churchill:

No response.

Nancy Cooke:

No response.

Nikolas Joyal:

Community groups are able to build more personal connections with those that are struggling than the city can, and the city should leverage this in order to better determine what is or isn’t working, and what else is needed. These groups can also offer services that the city can’t or currently doesn’t. People with lived experience of poverty are the ones in the best position to educate city officials with what helped them get out of it, or why they are still in it. Listening to these individuals will better inform what the strategies the city will implement and prioritize. I will listen to the advice and needs of community and experiences of those that have lived with poverty when making decisions on the subject, as they know far more about the subject than I do.

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