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Winnipeg Votes 2006
Winnipeg Votes 2006

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Voting Date: October 25, 2006  

Council Races

Elmwood-East Kildonan

Final Results:

Elmwood - East Kildonan Total
Number of Polls 51/51  
David Danyluk 1657 19.32
Isaiah Oyeleru
Wally Roth
Lillian Thomas (incumbent) 4945

Ward Profile:


Elmwood-East Kildonan is located in northwest Winnipeg. According to Statistics Canada, the population was 42,030 in 2001.

The area is mostly residential with a small business sector, primarily along Henderson Highway.

The majority of houses are single-family units with an average of 2.4 persons per household. In 2001, the average income per household was $43,400 annually. Statistics Canada says more than 25 per cent of these households fall into the low-income category.

More than 16 per cent of the work force uses public transportation, which is more than the city average.

Ward profile by Davina Pessagno, a journalism major in the Creative Communications program at Red River College.


David Danyluk

David Danyluk says he really hopes "that Elmwood-East Kildonan citizens can send a message to city hall that we need new ideas, and vote for a progressive and sustainable city."

Quick Check - David DanylukDanyluk, a co-founder of the Winnipeg Green Party, says he strongly believes in a municipal government that is accessible and open to the public: "We felt it was time to have a formalized party that is very transparent and upfront."

He has expressed concern about the power he says unelected developers have in planning the city, and argues that citizens need to have a stronger voice at city hall. "Winnipeg has an excellent plan and a vision for growth," he says. "Let’s stick to it and not be afraid to turn down projects that don’t follow Plan Winnipeg."

Danyluk, 33, is pursuing a masters degree in city planning and has a background in community politics and administrative studies. Often referred to as an environmentalist or conservationist, he is also the co-ordinator for Save Our Seine River Environment Inc.

He stresses the importance of safe and healthy communities within the city.

"As a priority, the Greens plan to look after community centres better," he says. "It is about the quality of life."

He believes that community centres are a key part to healthy lifestyles and the city should provide better infrastructure at the community level. There is a need to upgrade and maintain existing community centres and pools rather than creating super-centres, he says, which would be fewer, cost-prohibitive and farther from neighbourhoods.

Creating opportunities for young adults is vital, Danyluk believes: "We need to be a city that keeps our young people and attracts even more." He suggests making student living more affordable and providing better opportunities within the community and city.

"How can giving a hog processing plant our tax dollars get youth excited about our city? Or how can we keep Winnipeg affordable for young families while we have mega-projects like Waverley West forced on us that will devour our overstretched city-services? They could be better used in Elmwood-East Kildonan," he says.

Related link: Winnipeg Green Party

Candidate profile by Davina Pessagno, a journalism major in the Creative Communications program at Red River College.

Isaiah Oyeleru

Isaiah Oyeleru wants Winnipeggers to think of the children when they vote on Oct. 25.

Quick Check - Isaiah OyeleruOyeleru says the decline of community centres in the city troubles him – so much, in fact, he’s running for city council in Elmwood-East Kildonan hoping to garner what he calls "total support for all community centres."

"There’s a lot of things we can do for the kids," Oyeleru says. "After-school programs would allow younger people to show off their talents."

Oyeleru says giving the youth of the ward more opportunities to get involved in sports and providing their families with a transit fare cut would help reduce youth crime.

The cost of participation in sports leagues puts athletics out of reach for many low-income families in his area, Oyeleru says, especially when transportation and equipment are factored in.

"If you’re making $20,000 a year and you have kids, how can you afford that?" he says.
One way to address that concern, he says, is reducing the cost of children's bus fares to $1.

Oyeleru also says he’s an advocate for safer neighbourhoods, and would work quickly to get a police station built on Panet Road. Oyeleru, who is in his 40s, came to Winnipeg in 1987 from Nigeria, and lives in the heart of the ward with his wife and son.

As a small-business owner, Oyeleru says, his vision for Winnipeg includes the elimination of the business tax, which he says harms efforts to spur the local economy and produce jobs.

"Businesses could use that money to hire more people or reinvest," he says.

Instead, Oyeleru says, the city should be aggressively going after a share of provincial and federal sales tax in order to pay for infrastructure repair and possibly cut property taxes.

Oyeleru belief the city should be chasing economic opportunity influences his stance on the construction of the OlyWest hog plant – he says the pork-processing facility would be good for Winnipeg – and he’s willing to give OlyWest the benefit of the doubt when they say there won’t be a foul odour wafting from the plant. "I don’t think it’s that bad … it may keep more people in Winnipeg," he says.

Candidate profile by James Turner, a journalism major in the Creative Communications program at Red River College.

Wally Roth

Wally Roth, an elected member of RAG, says the residents advisory group "is where I learned preliminary city politics and that is what caught my interest."

Quick Check - Wally RothRoth, who has lived in the area for 20 years, is concerned with neighbourhood safety, improving the community and maintaining the streets.

"One thing I would like to see is more police presence in our area and implement a citizens-on-patrol program," he says. "I am also looking into our infrastructure. A lot of our streets are crumbling. We haven’t put any money into Elmwood-East Kildonan for years."

Roth, 61, says he wants "to work with senior and youth programs. I would look at freezing seniors’ property taxes once they turn 65."

He is concerned that Kelvin Community Centre has been closed, and he opposes building super-centres in place of existing community clubs.

"The problem, parents are telling me, is that they don’t want to move their children a long way from their local community. Super-centres may work and they may not. Some people just don’t have the financial assistance to take their children across the city, to drive them or bus them."

Roth, who owns an auto-repair shop, believes that all small businesses should have the same opportunities, no matter where they are located. "I would like to work with small businesses to equalize the business tax with the decrease in downtown. I think it is unfair and a disadvantage to other communities," he says.

Roth is a member of the Winnipeg Shriners and the Manitoba Masons. "That’s our heart … keeping the hospitals going." He is a volunteer for the Children’s Hospital and CancerCare Manitoba and devotes time to fundraising and organizing programs.

He is opposed to a new stadium being built outside the city limits. "I think our old one is fine," he says. "It is centrally located, it is paid for and it is sound. I don’t believe we need a new one."

Candidate profile by Davina Pessagno, a journalism major in the Creative Communications program at Red River College.

Lillian Thomas (incumbent)

Lillian Thomas, who has held the post of Elmwood-East Kildonan councillor since 1989, says she is "running on my record. The people who have lasted two terms or more represent their community and reflect what their citizens want at city hall."

Quick Check - Lillian ThomasAt 57, Thomas has several years of political experience along with a M.A in sociology. She is active in several committees and associations, including the Manitoba Action Committee on the Status of Women and the board of the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

She says the need to improve the city’s communities is at the top of her agenda. Thomas believes programs with preventative measures are important, including providing community policing services and hiring recreational staff for inner city community clubs.

"We need to have more money put into our community centres, not just to improve them capital wise, but to actually fund staff," she says. "It is about community-based programs; about prevention. If we provide positive alternatives by having recreational programs, programs with the school, we are doing things at the front end."

On the environmental front, Thomas stresses the importance of a bicycle path plan and encourages citizens to be environmentally friendly by riding the bus. She says she is opposed to building a stadium outside city limits because it "encourages people to get in their vehicles. I want people out of their cars [and] on to buses. As well, it puts it out of reach of the average citizen, so it should be centrally located."

Thomas is opposed to the idea of property development in Assiniboine Park, which she says will create conflict between residents and the park users. "Our parks are our parks," she says. "They should not be demanded to be money-making enterprises."
Thomas says the city should be implementing incentive programs for small local businesses, calling them "pay back for citizens who are paying forward.

"Let’s work with local businesses to see what they need and what they want"

E-mail: lthomas@winnipeg.ca

Candidate profile by Davina Pessagno, a journalism major in the Creative Communications program at Red River College.


  From The City of Winnipeg Elections 2006:
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