Fix – Protect – Grow

FIX, PROTECT, GROW WINNIPEG

Winnipeggers want a mayor who’ll spend more time on the hard parts:

  • Building relationships. And engaging with citizens, stakeholder groups, and subject matter experts
  • Keeping resources directed at our real priorities
  • Managing problems and getting results

Learn about Jenny’s platform about FIX, PROTECT, GROW WINNIPEG below:

Who is endorsing Jenny?

Incumbent City Councillors from both the right and the left support Jenny!

Because Jenny will work with ALL of City Council.

  • Jeff Browaty
  • Jason Schreyer
  • Ross Eadie
  • Janice Lukes

Council Candidates who support Jenny:

  • Marcel Boille

You know who else endorsed Jenny? The Big Guy himself!

Mr. Jim Gauthier

 

On March 23, 2018, Brian Bowman delivered what, with your help, will be his last State of the City Address.  It was an inspiring speech.

In fact, it was so inspiring, it inspired me to run against him!  In that inspiring speech he said that “Winnipeg’s Best Days are Here”.

Is this the best we can do?  Maybe under mayor Bowman it is!  Crumbling infrastructure, brazen crime and people in the throes of poverty and addictions. Is that the best we can do?

What about limited career opportunities – alongside ever-increasing fees and taxes?  Is that us at our best?

Winnipeg, I believe there’s lots of room for improvement and that under new leadership – our best days are still ahead!

FIX

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Winnipeg is faced with a tremendous infrastructure deficit.  Reducing (or eliminating) it will require more cooperation and practical approaches.

  • Fix more of our roads and bridges, water systems, and playgrounds .
  • Not just more – but fix them better.

 

Motkaluk will prioritize the extension of Chief Peguis Trail from Main Street to Route 90 and provide municipal water and waste water services to Winnipeg’s unserviced section of CentrePort.

 

The second piece of infrastructure Motkaluk identified as a top priority is connecting the 1,100 acres of CentrePort inside Winnipeg’s borders with water and sewer service.

A fully developed CentrePort would generate up to $36 Million per year in extra tax revenue for the city. A Capital investment for extending sewer service would likely cost between $25 Million and $38 Million resulting in an extremely short return on investment of 1 – 2 years.

The recently completed wastewater connection for CentrePort North required 1.6 km of new sewer line and cost $10.2 Million.

 

 

Jenny will address Winnipeg’s Embarrassing and Toxic Habit of Dumping Raw Sewage into our Rivers

Jenny will focus on the issue as a major priority. Winnipeggers recently learned that over 3.2 million litres of raw sewage and rainfall runoff spilt into Winnipeg’s river system last month – a quantity 30% larger than the volume of an Olympic size swimming pool.

Interim solutions potentially include installing back-up power supplies (generators) at pumping/lift stations that are known to be problem areas for power outages and excessive run-off collection. But then the real work must begin immediately on engineering a prevention strategy that will mitigate or eliminate inadvertent waste dumping altogether.

Jenny’s plan is to improve signage at high-speed, high-collision intersections, better warn drivers entering school zones, and stop enforcing reduced speed zones around schools on statutory holidays.

Motkaluk would install signs at every school zone to warn drivers that the speed limit is reduced in that area with flashing lights during times when the reduced speed limit is in effect.  She would also erect Advanced Warning Flashers at all high-speed intersections to alert drivers of impending red lights.

Motkaluk’s plan would use some of the traffic ticket revenue for road safety improvement instead of using it all for policing.  Additionally, reduced speed limits in school zones would not be in effect on holidays, the same as in Summer months and on weekends.

Jenny Motkaluk’s second major part of her plan to fix Winnipeg transit.  Her Clean Reliable Transit plan (CRT) would put 30% more buses in operation and eliminate air pollution from bus engines over six years.

 

My Clean Reliable Transit plan will help fix and grow Winnipeg Transit.

Jenny believes that adding nearly 200 more buses will do a better job of providing faster and more reliable service than expanding Bus Rapid Transit.  Shifting the bus fleet to 100% electric buses, in part through Federal Green Infrastructure funds, would lower the city’s carbon footprint.

  • There are 640 transit buses in Winnipeg now, a 30% increase would be 190 additional buses.

A 30% increase in the bus fleet would give Winnipeg the same number of buses per capita as other cities like Edmonton (one bus per 1,000 people).

 

  • Employing 30% more drivers would cost an estimated $18M per year.

 

  • A 30% bigger, 100% electric fleet would cost $21.8M per year less to fuel than if the fleet was diesel.

 

  • Electric buses cost around $700,000 each, buying 830 brand new electric buses would cost around $581M.

 

  • There is $1.1 billion available to Manitoba through the federal-provincial Investing in Canada plan for projects that will support a low-carbon, green economy with a particular focus on transit infrastructure.

The city’s bus rapid transit projects are a waste of money. Jenny will stop development once current contracts are up.

The Southwest Transitway would be completed, but proposed other lines — including the East Transitway, which is in the consultation process now — wouldn’t go forward.

We can’t continue to feed BRT while starving our existing transit service.

Why? So that we can spend millions and millions to run empty buses over empty roads that stop at empty stations.

The city has spent close to half a billion dollars on the project but it’s being under-utilized.

City transit money would be better spent on other projects, like buying more buses, instead of developing bus rapid transit.

Jenny would also fund studies into bus ridership and reliability.

“My convictions are clear … I’d vote no on it, along with the vast majority of Winnipeggers.”

The only way that this project should go forward is in the highly unlikely event that the plebiscite results in a majority YES vote.

Common sense approach to procurement yields superior outcomes, lower costs & reduced re-work: Motkaluk

 

Jenny Motkaluk announced a major process change she would bring to City Hall.  She proposes to reform the way the City contracts engineering design, architectural planning and construction work by adopting a more flexible and common-sense approach to procurement.

Winnipeggers pay some of the highest property taxes in Canada yet endure some of the worst roads in the country. The only logical explanation for that is that there are serious flaws in the system. The adversarial lowest bid RFP process we use today to procure engineering design work is inefficient, inadequate and leads to a rushed design process that results in increased costs in the long run.

We simply need to do a better job of buying stuff if we want to get better value for our money.

One example of a more efficient procurement process for engineering consulting services is commonly known as Qualifications Based Selection (QBS). This model is a competitive process used in other jurisdictions with many proven benefits.  It reduces cost overruns, shortens project timelines, saves staff time at City Hall, and ultimately builds better finished projects.

By choosing the most-qualified design contractors and working with them to develop the details, we will save time and money, achieve better outcomes and prevent costly future re-work.

By introducing flexibility and common sense to the bidding process, the City can eliminate an inefficient process that promotes confrontations with bidders, delays project start dates and denies procurement professionals the opportunity to make procurement decisions based on who will deliver the best value for money spent. Motkaluk believes that taxpayers deserve, and should be demanding, better value for their dollar.

British Columbia, Quebec, Calgary, Coquitlam, and London, Ontario have adopted the QBS model.  After its first year of use in London, the City’s Manager found that benefits included getting projects started 3 months faster and between 200 and 400 hours of city staff time was saved.

I will implement a more flexible procurement process that adapts to the nature of the project. The new process will save time, money and resources that can then be dedicated to advance other much needed projects.

Plan includes ending City bully tactics & a proposed 311 “Makeover”: Motkaluk

Mayoral candidate Jenny Motkaluk announced a plan to improve the deficient and unbecoming customer service culture at City Hall that appears to have devolved into a comfortable bureaucracy that is all too content to hide behind a 311 “firewall” and not speak to Winnipeggers. As well, numerous reports from home and business owners of disturbing bully tactics and lack of advance consultation are surfacing which points to a tone-deaf civic leadership that is either unaware or worse yet, unapologetic for the irreparable harm their decisions are having on people’s lives and livelihoods. Leadership at City Hall isn’t getting the message…our rapport and relationship with our own citizens is being shattered by terrible customer service, poor responsiveness and a culture of apathy.

In addition, 311 wait times have become alarmingly high – often well over 30 or 40 minutes with the only outcome being the generation of a service ticket with no direct connection to the appropriate department.

Whatever happened to the good old days of calling with a concern or service request and actually speaking to someone that can help you,” asks Jenny Motkaluk. “Sadly, City Hall has forgotten who their customer is and who they work for, and that buck stops at the Mayor’s office.

As Mayor, Jenny would propose modifying the 311 system to route service requests directly to the appropriate department whereby a call would be answered live by department staff vs. the current system that generates a service request ticket and submits it to the department to act on. The resulting “switchboard” efficiency would reduce or eliminate the currently unacceptable 311 wait times. The centralized convenience of calling 311 for all inquiries and requests would be maintained but departments would become more accountable to answer and act on caller requests which will likely resolve many matters immediately. Callers will undoubtedly appreciate a more attentive experience.

Another problem is that proactive stakeholder consultation, whether with affected homeowners or businesses is largely not being conducted by departmental staff. Some matters have seen the City employ aggressive bully tactics especially on infrastructure projects.

Both tactics have culminated in an “our way or the highway” perception of how City Hall operates which appears to be a top-down culture set by the Mayor.

Exchange District businesses in Winnipeg’s downtown are reporting a concerning lack of advance consultation on newly installed bike lanes which, they say, are resulting in severe declines in patronage and sales due to a lack of parking availability.

As well, homeowners on Ravelston Ave. West in Transcona are present today to relate their shocking story about being hit with exorbitant sewer and water charges without sufficient notice or good faith consultation from the City of Winnipeg. Their ordeal is gripping and indicative of the aforementioned bully tactics.

I will put Winnipeggers back on the top of the customer service pyramid including a commitment to seek the input of all stakeholders BEFORE policies are created and final decisions made. No more bogus after-the-fact outreach purely for optics, no more bully tactics and no more hiding behind 311 operators. The culture that I will promote as Mayor will be a City Hall that answers to its constituents and gets it right the first time.

The toxic status quo culture at City Hall is not acceptable, Winnipeggers deserve better.

Jenny’s Vision of the Customer Service Model that she would adhere to as Mayor:

Also presenting at this announcement event will be Kimberley Halaschuk along with other concerned homeowners from Ravelston Ave. West in Transcona regarding their City “sewer slam” experience.

And, Mr. Keith Pearce, regarding his experience in trying to reach Winnipeg Police River Patrol when set adrift in his boat on the Red River after a mechanical breakdown.

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Mayoral candidate Jenny Motkaluk unveiled her eagerly awaited property tax reform that will protect each individual homeowner against drastic rate increases while offering simplicity and predictability. In stark contrast to Brian Bowman’s “top-line” annual 2.33% tax increase that often causes drastic rate hikes for some homeowners, Jenny’s plan will cap each residential property at an affordable 1.16% annually for 4 years.

“The “Gotcha” property tax hike days in Winnipeg are over. Stability and predictability are what homeowners want and deserve. For the first time ever, homeowners will enjoy year over year certainty on their property taxes and never be subjected to outrageous increases and questionable assessments,” says Motkaluk.

“My property tax plan is simple, fair and meaningful for each individual homeowner.”

Brian Bowman’s straight-line property tax increase of 2.33% annually is not only excessive but it forces volatility into residential rate calculations because it refers to the global pool of revenue that the city takes in collectively as opposed to per residential home. This current system creates unnecessary complexity in determining the tax bill for each property, while not making any difference in the total revenue. If some properties go down others will be forced to rise to compensate and maintain the overall top-line revenue at a 2.33% annual increase. That extra complexity adds cost because nearly all property taxes must be arbitrarily adjusted to “fabricate” a top-line number.

“The current property tax regime is unfair to each homeowner because it forces their property values to be subject to everyone else’s rate and be adjusted to meet a contrived total. That makes absolutely no sense and is anything but fair,” adds Motkaluk.

“My tax reform plan means that your tax bill will not increase by more than 1.16% as long as you own your home. No matter what happens to any other homes in Winnipeg.”

“Brian Bowman’s tax and spend agenda assumes homeowners are automated cash machines at his disposal to gouge as he sees fit. I will bring intelligence and fairness back to property taxation.”

Jenny’s maximum annual rate increase of 1.16% per property will apply to owner occupied properties only. Commercial and rental properties will be subject to a maximum 1.16% annual rate increase on a top-line basis.

Jenny Motkaluk Targets Aging Louise Bridge

as Key Infrastructure Priority

Continuous repairs and closures are wasting time, money and snarling traffic in the area

 

Today – Built in 1881, the Louise Bridge spans the Red River and serves as a vital vehicle traffic link between Elmwood/Transcona to downtown Winnipeg. Mayoral candidate Jenny Motkaluk intends to elevate the century old and visibly rusted steel bridge to a top infrastructure priority, along with the extension of Chief Peguis West to Route 90.

 

“The City of Winnipeg has deferred the decommissioning and re-build of this vital bridge numerous times to the point that it requires costly repairs and incurs frequent closures, which strains other routes and causes traffic to back-up for blocks,” says Jenny Motkaluk.

 

“Let’s face it, this bridge and the residents of Elmwood/Transcona and the surrounding areas have been victims of long-standing political favoritism. The 2011 Transportation Master Plan, approved by council, proposed to build the bridge by 2016… enter Mayor Bowman…then…like so many things at city hall…it simply got lost in the shuffle …again.”

 

https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/Derelict-Louise-Bridge-languishes-as-politically-friendly-Waverley-underpass-jumps-the-queue-320689762.html

 

“The underpinnings of this bridge were sunk before cars were even invented… in fact…when the Louise Bridge was built…Saskatchewan and Alberta didn’t even exist… much like leadership at city hall these days.”

 

“We are wasting tremendous resources closing it down just to patch it up again and again.”

 

“As Mayor, I will put the NEW Louise Bridge solidly on the top of my priority list and no amount of political pandering or pressure will change that,” concludes Motkaluk.

 

Jenny would also ensure the modern new bridge would feature 4 lane traffic and will include both bike and pedestrian corridors.

 

“The bottom line is this…the Louise Bridge has done its job for 137 years… and that’s pretty remarkable…but now it’s rusty and it’s decrepit and, like our current mayor, it needs to be replaced”.

PROTECT

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Violent crime is rising again, and we are facing an enormous meth crisis.  Brazen crime – from smashed windows in leafy neighbourhoods to brutal violence in the heart of downtown is threatening residents of every community.

Jenny has a plan to create a better system for dealing with people who are detained for being publicly intoxicated on meth, developed in consultation with police, firemen, paramedics, and Main Street Project Staff.

Her proposal would enable first responders to manage someone who is high on meth in a similar way as they handle someone who is drunk on alcohol.

The Main Street Project’s Intoxicated Persons Detention Area is a place where first responders take people who are so impaired by drugs or alcohol that they need to be detained and monitored until they recover.  But because meth presents unique medical challenges, much of the time, first responders take people who are high on meth to the Health Sciences Centre’s Emergency Room.

Despite an inquest recommendation from 2005, the Main Street Project still lacks registered nurses on staff, who would be able to provide a wider range of treatments and determine whether or not an intoxicated meth user requires a visit to the ER.

Creating a new specialized meth unit at the Main Street Project would mean first responders would spend less time waiting for meth users to get medical attention and it would alleviate demands on ER resources.

 

To improve driver and rider security, Motkaluk believes that crime on buses should be treated no differently from crime at any other ‘crime hotspot’ under the Winnipeg Police Service’s jurisdiction.

To ensure that the Police Service authority is clearly extended to Winnipeg Transit, Motkaluk committed to take two steps.

  • Propose that Council adopt a new Section 5 for the Winnipeg Police Service By-Law to add a broad mission statement. While this mission statement should include direction on community policing, crime prevention and other aspects of the Winnipeg Police Service mission, it would also specify that various public places, including vehicles and facilities of Winnipeg Transit, are within the broad patrol responsibility of the Winnipeg Police Service.
  • Move as quickly as possible to redirect all funds budgeted by City Council for fare inspectors to support police patrol capacity for the transit system instead.

Motkaluk noted that most cities with crime issues on their transit systems either support police patrol of transit vehicles, or they create their own ‘transit police’ service to do the same.

 

Jenny’s Police Task Force would have fewer cops at their desk and put more on the streets preventing crime in your neighbourhood.

Winnipeg needs more police officers patrolling in our neighbourhoods, and available to respond to calls, and one place to start is by reducing barriers to police availability within our existing force. This is about improving service efficiency.

The plan is to form a Joint Deployment Barriers Task Force to attack this problem.
On approval from all stakeholders, the Task Force would include representatives from several governments and agencies.

The goal of the Task Force would be to identify and propose reforms to cumbersome legal, resource and contractual barriers to more flexible deployments.

Success would be measured by the number of annual patrol officer-hours freed up for general duty. Motkaluk also supports a plan to increase School Resource Officers partly because these officers would be available for other duties in peak summer crime periods.

Police Meth Task Force

To directly confront and eliminate the current Meth crisis that is gripping Winnipeg and consuming police and health resources. Jenny intends to strike a Police Meth Task Force whose sole purpose will be to track and disrupt meth distribution in Winnipeg from point of insertion to final distribution by dismantling the underground network.

Tough problems require tougher solutions. Our meth crisis isn’t going to be solved by standard enforcement tactics. It’s reached near epidemic status and its destroying lives.

We are going to tackle the scourge at point of entry and severely disrupt the trafficking network. It’s time to move from defence to offence”

We will appoint, train and deploy a dedicated WPS Meth Task Force comprised of specialized police officers and investigators, in coordination with provincial and federal authorities, to perform the necessary operations that will dismantle meth distribution in Winnipeg.

GROW

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Getting the right climate to encourage business is important.  It’s where the great new jobs come from, its how we grow our tax base, its how we build our city.

Extending Chief Peguis Trail and servicing CentrePort will grow Winnipeg

Motkaluk will prioritize the extension of Chief Peguis Trail from Main Street to Route 90 and provide municipal water and waste water services to Winnipeg’s unserviced section of CentrePort.

One of the ways Jenny will grow Winnipeg’s economy is by prioritizing investments that will enable businesses to prosper. Not only will commuters and North East Winnipeg residents benefit from completing the western extension of Chief Peguis Trail, but it will better serve businesses in CentrePort too making them more accessible.

The second piece of infrastructure Motkaluk identified as a top priority is connecting the 1,100 acres of CentrePort inside Winnipeg’s borders with water and sewer service.

In speaking with stakeholders, it became clear that a major hurdle to developing CentrePort inside the City of Winnipeg is a lack of water and sewer service access. They’ve been asking for this for years and it’s time we allow businesses to develop and thrive there for goodness sake.

A fully developed CentrePort would generate up to $36 Million per year in extra tax revenue for the city. A Capital investment for extending sewer service would likely cost between $25 Million and $38 Million resulting in an extremely short return on investment of 1 – 2 years.

  • The latest cost estimate for the full extension of Chief Peguis Trail to Route 90 is about $400 Million.
  • The Preliminary Design Report for the project’s completion date has been delayed 9 months and counting.
  • CentrePort was created in 2008.
  • The section of CentrePort within the City of Winnipeg is called CentrePort South.
  • The CentrePort South business park still lacks access to water and sewer ten years later.
  • $2 Million was set aside in Winnipeg’s 2018 budget for an engineering study into the matter to be completed next year.
  • The recently completed wastewater connection for CentrePort North required 1.6 km of new sewer line and cost $10.2 Million.
  • 4-6 km of new sewer line may be required to connect CentrePort South.
  • Assuming an identical cost per kilometer, connecting CentrePort South to city sewers would cost between $25 Million $38 Million.