Mayoral candidate Gord Steeves is choosing community clubs over bus rapid transit.

At a press conference on Friday, he said he would, if elected, redirect the $5 million currently earmarked for Phase 2 of BRT into community clubs instead.

Steeves said community clubs help better the lives of people who use them. He then reiterated that he is no fan of the plan for BRT's second phase.

“The plans for Phase 2 of BRT are underestimated, and will divert people away from Pembina Highway homes and businesses,” he said.

“That bad route choice and plan will force city council to raise property taxes five percent. Money is better spent investing in our communities and neighbourhoods across the city.”

Steeves said the money for the community clubs would come from an existing $8.8 million reserve fund for Phase 2.

His proposal included incentives for willing community clubs to consolidate. Some in the city already have, including Sir John Franklin CC, River Heights CC and Crescentwood CC, which are now collectively known as the Central Corydon Community Centres.

Scrap photo radar tickets


Mayoral candidate Brian Bowman pledged to bring amenities such as a dog park and a grocery store to residents living near the Forks, if he's elected mayor. (Sean Kavanagh/CBC)

Another candidate, Mike Vogiatzakis, also had an announcement Friday, saying he would scrap the red light and photo radar ticketing system and have the work done by cadets.

Vogiatzakis said he would also replace the Winnipeg police service's entire traffic division and put cadets into those jobs as well.

New relationship with aboriginal people

Judy Wasylycia-Leis vowed Friday to forge a new relationship between city hall and Winnipeg's aboriginal community. 

The mayoral candidate said if she's elected, she will establish an 'Aboriginal Vision and Implementation Roundtable' within 100 days. 

She and a senior member of the aboriginal community will chair it and it will include leaders from business, community and labour groups.

The roundtable's goal would be to develop an accord on jobs, recreation services, safety and housing.

Downtown dog park, grocery store 

A community centre, an off leash dog park, and a downtown grocery store were among the promises from mayoral hopeful Brian Bowman Friday. 

Bowman is pledging if he becomes mayor, he will develop a piece of land known as Parcel 4 at the Forks. 

Bowman said people living downtown lack assets people in other communities take for granted: a place for community groups to meet or a grocery store. 

He said that has to change if the city's downtown is to thrive. 

"Part of the attraction to having, especially young families in a growing city like Winnipeg, will be to increase the amenities for those people that are living downtown," he said. 

Bowman said as mayor, he'd also like to see a fenced off leash dog park near Waterfront Drive. 

"We want to create some of the similar amenities that we have currently in the suburbs right here in downtown Winnipeg to make it stronger and a much more livable place," he said. 

Bowman said if he's elected, he will aim to have a grocery store downtown within two years.