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The race for city councillors is on after registration closed on Sept. 18 and a Mynarski candidate says it’s time for a change in the ward.
Micheal Wiens was born and raised in the North End and was highly involved with the Luxton Community Centre as a child. He graduated from St. John’s High School and is now the owner of DLM Logistics. He said he’s always had several ideas and after 30 years in business, he thinks it’s time to use his experience for the benefit of the community and the city. He’s been married to his wife Paulette for 30 years and has two kids.
Wiens is running for the Mynarski ward against incumbent Ross Eadie and candidates Greg Littlejohn and David Capar.
"In council, it’s a job of personalities and people. I’m working with my customers every day, I’m working with their customers every day. You’re constantly trying to resolve little problems and find amicable solutions, and that’s basically what council is," he told The Times.
"Get the needs of the community, put it up front and work with the other council members. If I can do that in business, I’m sure I can work with a multitude of personalities in the council. It’s time to change the oil."
His ideas include encouraging and helping more people in becoming business owners, creating more jobs and wealth, especially for young people, rather than having people making efforts in getting a government job.
"We don’t have enough souls in our country to fill the jobs of the people vacating. We are competing for souls to fill these jobs.
"I’m looking to our labour movement to come up with some creative ideas so we can attract and keep people."
Winnipeg’s environmental impact is also another important issue Wiens would like to tackle if elected.
"We are a bad neighbour. The biggest polluter in Manitoba is the city of Winnipeg. What are we doing about it? Nothing. We are polluting the water for the residents of Selkirk and Lockport," he said.
"We have progressed a lot in Winnipeg, but we aren’t meeting our current provincial environmental regulations as far as being a waste producer."
Wiens said he believes in core infrastructure and that he will not support what he described as fancy ideas.
"Let’s fix our problems in infrastructure now so that we have it for (the future) generations so that they have something to look for. I’m not one for supporting initiatives that draw away from core service."
Wiens said he’s one of the only people campaigning on term limits. He said two terms is enough time for someone to be in such a leadership position. Otherwise people "stay beyond their best before date."
"Your job is to contribute, make it better and move down the line," he said. "You should come in, work with everybody, put your foot to the floor, get stuff done or get it moving in a direction that it will get done after you’re gone. The job is not about you, it’s about working for the people."
"You always need new people coming in because you need to stay fresh."
To learn more about Wiens, go to www.mike4mynarski.ca
Community journalist — The Times
Ligia Braidotti is the community journalist for The Times. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org