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Ulasy taking another run at council

Chair of Hi Neighbour Festival aims to represent Park City

Ray Ulasy is running for city council in Transcona in the Oct. 24 civic election. (SHELDON BIRNIE/CANSTAR/THE HERALD)

SHELDON BIRNIE

Ray Ulasy is running for city council in Transcona in the Oct. 24 civic election. (SHELDON BIRNIE/CANSTAR/THE HERALD)

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Ray Ulasy is running to represent Transcona on city council in the Oct. 24 civic election.

Ulasy, 54, works in addictions counselling. He has been board chair of the Hi Neighbour Festival since 2013 and coached youth hockey in the community for many years. In 2014, he ran for city council against incumbent Russ Wyatt, who was re-elected.

"At that time, (Wyatt) was a City Hall juggernaut," Ulasy said. "But we did OK against him. We made him work for it."

In 2015, Ulasy was arrested in part of Project Distress, a police investigation that aimed to disrupt and destabilize organized crime in Manitoba. Ulasy, though, was never under investigation or charged with drug offences.

"I wasn’t an original target, I wasn’t even in the game," Ulasy said.

Rather, Ulasy plead guilty to the charge of attempting to transfer weapons without authorization, serving a conditional 12-month sentence.

During the 2014 civic election, Ulasy said he was approached by a man who identified himself as a Transcona voter. The man, who turned out to be a paid undercover RCMP informant, then pursued Ulasy, a known hunter and gun collector, asking for information about where he could purchase firearms.

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"He was always bugging me, always hinting around about getting guns," Ulasy said. "(Eventually) I provided him with information about where he could purchase a firearm. That was the intent to transfer a firearm!"

According to Ulasy, the agent heard about his gun collection through an old childhood friend of Ulasy’s who suffered from addiction. Ulasy had recently reconnected with the old friend in an attempt to help him with his issues.

"I opened my doors to him, introduced him to my family," said Ulasy, who has three children with his wife Colleen. The couple also have a one-year-old grandchild. "That was a nightmare."

Ulasy admits he made an error in judgment, but said he hopes the people of Transcona see past it to the work he has done in the community over the past 25 years.

"I understand if voters are angry or upset with me," he said. "I apologize. I made a mistake. I accepted it and took responsibility for it."

Ulasy said he decided to run again because he still believes he can help his community.

"You always want to see your city moving forward," Ulasy said. "I’d like to represent my community and be a voice for them."

While issues regarding public transit and infrastructure are important, Ulasy believes he could make an impact on crime in light of the ongoing meth crisis.

"Crime is fuelled by either poverty or addiction," said Ulasy. "We have a lot of people winding up in our judicial system because they’re using meth."

Ulasy is an advocate for "immediate intervention" programs that would allow meth users to enter treatment rather than go to jail.

"We don’t have those services right now," he said. "And we need more public services to attend to those issues. I work in addictions. If you use meth, technically you’re a criminal. But I work with all kinds of people. Meth doesn’t discriminate."

Sheldon Birnie

Sheldon Birnie
Community journalist — The Herald

Sheldon Birnie is the community journalist for The Herald Email him at sheldon.birnie@canstarnews.com Call him at 204-697-7112

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History

Updated on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 3:54 PM CDT: Removes duplicate text.

Ward Councillor for Transcona

Shawn NASON

36.97%5,247 votes

Other

63.03%8,946 votes

Wally WELECHENKO: 16.52% - 2345 votes
Alex ALLARD: 15.38% - 2183 votes
Steven LIPISCHAK: 14.12% - 2004 votes
Basil EVAN: 8.03% - 1139 votes
Raymond ULASY: 3.74% - 531 votes
Shane GESCHIERE: 3.42% - 486 votes
Sandeep SHARMA: 1.82% - 258 votes

Last Updated: 9:25 PM 24/10/2018)
Eligible Voters: 33718 | Total Ballots Cast: 14502 | Turnout: 43.01%| Tabulators: 46/46

Transcona

Transcona features a wide-open race of nine candidates vying for the seat by vacated by longtime councillor Russ Wyatt.

The candidates include registered nurse Basil Evan, automotive dealership marketing director Stephen Lipischak, lawyer Chad Panting, business owner and former mayoral candidate Wally Welechenko, Shawn Nason, who is the constituency manager for federal MP Lawrence Toet, Shane Geschiere, who has a background in emergency services and health care, retired police officer Alex Allard, former council candidate Raymond Ulasy, who was convicted of a firearms offence in 2016, and Sandeep Kumar Sharma.

The neighbourhoods of Dugald, Southland Park, St. Boniface Industrial Park, and Symington Yards were moved from the St. Boniface ward to Transcona.

The Free Press invited all council and mayoral candidates to fill out a questionnaire about themselves, their platforms and what they hope to achieve in office. Read their responses below.

Candidates

Chad Panting

No response given

Raymond Ulasy

No response given

Wally Welechenko

No response given

Sandeep Sharma

No response given

Shawn Nason

My wife and I have made Transcona our home for 15 years to raise our two young and vibrant children.

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Steven Lipischak

I am very involved in our community, serving on a several boards as well as belonging to the Knights of Columbus, Rotary Club of Transcona, Transcona Legion. I also am active in many charities, not only in Transcona but across the city. My wife and I live and love Transcona.

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Shane Geschiere

I am a fourth generation Transconian. I was born at Concordia hospital and grew up by Margaret Underhill School, which is where I started kindergarten. I was active in sports and played hockey for a few seasons at Oxford Heights. I also attended Radisson, and finally Joseph Teres. While there I was active in Park City West playing baseball. I attended John Gunn and then Transcona Collegiate. After high school I worked at the Safeway on Kildare Ave. for 7 years. I have a Bachelor of Arts and Science and certification as a Primary Care Paramedic. After Safeway I worked as a Paramedic both in emergency and non-emergency settings. I also worked with the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service as a 911 Communicator. Above all of this, I consider my three children aged 8, 6 and 1, my greatest accomplishments. Both sets of my Grandparents still live in Transcona to this day.

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Basil Evan

No response given

Alex Allard

My name is Alex Allard. My wife Cathy and I have proudly called Transcona home for over 35 years. Together we have raised our 6 children here and fortunately for us, we also have 13 grandchildren, 9 of which still call Transcona home.

 

 

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