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The incumbent city councillor for River Heights-Fort Garry is hoping voters will allow him continue building on the momentum generated nearly 10 years ago.
John Orlikow, 49, is running for re-election in the ward. The father of two from Crescentwood was first elected in 2009 in a byelection and subsequently re-elected in 2010 and 2014.
"There’s lots of grassroots interactive programming that we’ve done, that’s just started out. It takes a while to build up and I see lots more opportunity to do even more work," Orlikow said.
"I want to have Winnipeg grow in a way that my children will stay here. They’re teenagers now and I want them to have the opportunities that I had," he added.
During his tenure as councillor, Orlikow sat on the executive policy committee as the chair of property and development, heritage and downtown development for four years under Mayor Brian Bowman.
He’s also overseen the amalgamation of the Corydon Community Centre and lists the construction of the Waverley underpass and supporting a feasibility study for a new twin arena in Grant Park as some of his accomplishments in the ward.
If re-elected, Orlikow wants to establish a $100,000 fund to support community based public safety groups by pulling cash from the land dedication reserve and community incentive grant funds. Orlikow said money can be allocated for boulevard landscaping, lighting, and patrol groups to deter crime in the neighbourhood.
"I’m really excited to carry on with public safety and some of the grassroots initiatives that we started a few years ago," he said. "I think (grassroots initiatives) are the best way to approach community safety but it relies a lot on volunteer effort.
"Going forward, I realize one thing they do need is funding," Orlikow said. "That will improve the ones that we do have and add some more initiatives."
Within River Heights-Fort Garry, road improvements, community infrastructure, and the urban canopy are other hot topic issues for residents, Orlikow said.
"The other areas are very local issues. For example in Crescentwood they want to improve the play structure," he said. "Again it’s always reaching out to those neighbourhoods to see what those specific needs are."
At the municipal level, Orlikow said he will continue to be supportive of the ongoing review and update of OurWinnipeg, the City’s official development guide, to plan for development that provides "the best bang for your buck," and wants to establish a timeline and process to convert Winnipeg Transit’s fleet to electric buses, as well as the implementation of a low income bus pass.
It will also be important for the City to deal with the "human side" of Winnipeg in a more integrated and socially conscious way, Orlikow said.
"I’m very proud to be able to support and take a lead on dealing with the meth crisis, and hopefully the province and the feds will come in, but we need to get moving on it," Orlikow said. "On the City side, we do have some city assets — such as what we did with the Vimy Arena — that we can also contribute that won’t actually be a cash outlay, in some of our surplus buildings. Maybe we can contribute them to the cause."
Danielle Da Silva
Community journalist — The Sou'wester
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