There have been many media articles and columns on the city councillor representation allowance (CRA) in the last six months.
These articles and columns depict one side of the CRA usage, which was increased by $40,000.00 for a total of $115,924.00 in 2013.
Here is what I have spent taxpayers’ money on up to June 30, 2013:
•My office assistants come in at approximately $30,000. Many of you will have talked to my executive assistant when trying to deal with city issues around your home.
•Advertising comes in at $4,358.84 which is mostly used for ads in event handouts, and neighbourhood and community newspapers.
•Tickets to fundraising events have been $5,452.25. These tickets support good community efforts like juvenile diabetes, Westland Foundation for scholarships, MacDonald Youth Services raising money to provide programming for youth in trouble, and several women’s awards dinners to celebrate things like entrepreneurial achievement and volunteer efforts.
Donations or grants to community and neighbourhood efforts are $21,361.60. Here is the list:
•$5,000 to Selkirk Avenue BIZ to support the North End Ambassador Program which assists people and businesses in the business districts.
•$400 to St. Josaphat Selo-Villa to support seniors activities at this apartment block.
•$1,200 to Boys and Girls Club to make repairs and brighten the Aberdeen Club at Stella and Powers.
•$2,500 to the Children’s Museum to support their inner-city reach out to youth program.
•$1,000 to the Seven Oaks Education Foundation to support two scholarships for graduates as picked by the high schools in the Mynarski Ward.
•$500 to the Winnipeg Transit Riders Association to support a consultation on making transit better.
•$500 to the Seven Oaks School Division for assistance to run their Arts In The Park 2.5 day event.
•$500 to St. John’s High School for a scholarship to a graduate picked by the high school.
•$500 to R.B. Russell Vocational School for a scholarship to a graduate as picked by the school.
•$500 to Children of the Earth School for a scholarship to a graduate as picked by the school.
•$4,989.69 to Community First, North End Radio for startup costs for this youth-run radio station in the North End, providing good activities for older teenagers.
•$667 to the Manitoba Environmental Youth Network to support their youth program involving young people caring for the environment.
•$100 to Strathcona School to support their Mynarski award.
•$250 to Norquay Community School for achievement awards.
•$600 to Bleak House for seniors activities at this seniors centre.
•$665.00 to the Seven Oaks House Museum for their community opening event with entertainment and barbecue.
•$500.00 Sarasvàti Productions to pay half the cost of putting the Jail Baby play on for high school students, to educate them on problematic issues around addictions and crime.
•$500 to Niji Mahkwa School for a community and student landscaping project.
•$500 to the North End Helpers Network for the Aboriginal Day event at Powers and Flora.