I decided to run to be your Ward 4 Councillor because I felt residents needed strong representation and a vision for the future which reflected their needs and desires. It has been very encouraging to hear that we have a shared vision of the future of the Ward and our City.Read More
Climate change is the greatest challenge facing society today. As individuals and communities, we can play an important part in preventing and adapting to climate change. Our roles are increasingly important in: environmental planning and protection; ensuring economic stability, as well as in taking advantage of the development of new markets; and maintaining and improving public health and safety.Read More
Participatory budgeting represents a realistic approach to making this kind of citizen-led decision making possible. This goes beyond engagement and offers an entirely different way to involve communities and manage public money - one that is inclusive, fair and informed.Read More
For a few months now, I’ve been walking through neighbourhoods and getting to know the residents of Ward 4. This experience has been incredibly rewarding, informative, and encouraging. Today, I’m taking a few minutes to reflect on what I’ve heard.
Elections are an exercise in public expression and active citizenship. A citizen marking their ballot is the most fundamental act in a democracy. The trust between a citizen and their representative is crucial to ensuring their vote matters and reflects their will. To ensure this is protected, we must approach fundraising with a commitment to transparency.Read More
Each year, over 18,000 students fill the lecture theatres, meeting spaces and hallways of MUN, Marine Institute, CNA, Academy Canada, Keyin College and other post-secondary institutions in St. John’s. Here to learn, create and drive solutions to a wide array of challenges, each student also contributes uniquely to our neighbourhoods, our community, and our city.Read More
Going car-less let me dive a little deeper into this idea and, as promised, this post shares some of that experience and hopefully lends a few insights into building a city that works for everyone.Read More