Mayoral candidate Judy Wasylycia-Leis has promised to extend the hours of a North End community centre to ensure youth programming is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The former NDP MP and MLA pledged Thursday to use "tens of thousands" of existing city recreation funds to keep at least one North End community centre open 24/7, based on what she said were recommendations from Aboriginal Youth Opportunities Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.
Speaking at city hall, Wasylycia-Leis said she would love to see many community centres open longer hours, but would commit to extending the hours of one, if elected mayor on Oct. 22. Her announcement came as part of a youth-engagement platform that also included a pledge to create a $250,000 "community enterprise fund" that would offer to $10,000 loans to finance pop-up restaurants, small businesses or new arts events.
Wasylycia-Leis also pledged to create a new city office to promote sustainable activities such as car shares.
Earlier in the day, she commended rival mayoral candidate Brian Bowman for moving the start of one his press conferences to allow time between the two events. Both Wasylycia-Leis and Bowman used Twitter to take shots at Gord Steeves, who held up a placard accusing Wasylycia-Leis of "bankrupting Winnipeg families" at a Wednesday campaign.