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Roughly 200 people packed the banquet hall at the ParkWest Inn on Oct. 17 to watch a faceoff between the candidates vying for a city council seat in Charleswood-Tuxedo.
Candidates Kevin Klein, Kevin Nichols, Grant Nordman and Ken St. George all attended the community-organized debate. The ward does not have an incumbent councillor, as Marty Morantz will run for the Conservatives in the upcoming federal election.
CJOB 680 announcer Geoff Currier moderated and debate topics included community safety, lowering taxes, growth fees and transportation.
On the topic of development, candidates were asked where they stand on current plans for the twinning of Wilkes Avenue, the extension of the William R. Clement Parkway and the plans for the Ridgewood West Precinct.
All four candidates came out in support of the twinning of Wilkes
"As far as the extension of the parkway, it’s already scheduled," Klein said. "But the project needs to be co-ordinated, though, with an enhanced east-west corridor….Proper design must take a variety of opportunities under consideration to arrive at the best solution."
Klein also says he would provide regular updates to the community on any proposed changes in Ridgewood.
Nichols says there must be better communication between developers and city planners when it comes to Ridgewood. He has always opposed the extension of the Clement Parkway and doesn’t believe the inner ring road outlined in the City’s master transportation plan will work as proposed.
"The twinning of Wilkes with proper intersections out of Ridgewood would better serve the community. Increasing Route 90 to six lanes with a designated truck lane would make the inner ring road complete," Nichols said.
Nordman didn’t comment on Ridgewood, but said his ranked priorities would be "Wilkes, Kenaston and the William Clement Parkway in the very distant future."
"None of those are in the five-year capital budget right now," Nordman said. "The money has to come from somewhere, folks, and short of winning the lottery and there being a windfall before a federal election next year, I don’t see any of those things happening anytime soon."
St. George would like to see more lights on Wilkes to calm traffic and is concerned with the parkway extension.
"I’m not too sure how (Bill Clement) would feel about the proposal to plan a couple of more phases of that extension going right through that neighbourhood, which he adored," he said, adding that he doesn’t want to see the Harte Trail affected by any development plans, including Ridgewood.
Candidates were also asked which mayoral candidate they would vote for on Oct. 24: Klein supports Brian Bowman; Nichols gave no answer; Nordman is undecided between Bowman, Jenny Motkaluk and Tim Diack; and St. George is undecided between Bowman and Motkaluk.
Eva Wasney is a reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press.