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A local pharmacist says he is running for council because he thinks nothing has been done and is eager to see the Chief Peguis Trail Extension built as soon as possible.
Kaur Sidhu has a pharmacy degree from the University of Manitoba and owns River East Pharmacy in the Rossmere area. He became involved in politics by helping out in campaigns, and running for MLA in the Maples for the Progressive Conservatives in 2016.
He is now running as a city councillor for the Old Kildonan Ward and said his experiences helped him learn and widened his horizons.
"I personally believe I have more than enough experience and exposure in the political system," he told The Times. "My background will help me to work as a team player."
Sidhu, 56, moved to Winnipeg from India 30 years ago and has lived in Garden City and The Maples. He now lives just outside the ward he wants to represent, in Inkster Gardens located in the Point Douglas Ward. He has three children from his marriage of 17 years and a son and a daughter from his previous marriage.
His main project if he gets elected is to start constructing the Chief Peguis Trail Extension as soon as possible using a public-private partnership, which he described it as being a big project.
"I’m a hard-working individual. I’m passionate and down to Earth guy who takes my responsibilities in a very serious way," he said.
"I’m running because many other people like me are upset by the way city hall is being conducted, as well as our local representative, her phones are not accessible to the constituents and many times people had pleaded for local issue and have fallen on deaf ears."
He said the Old Kildonan Ward has many challenges that need to be dealt with. He pointed out Maples Collegiate, and Garden City Collegiate have become full due to the rapid growth in the area and many families moving in, and there’s a great need for another high school.
"The new representative should be making decisions about those things," he said. "There’s land being sold on the corner of Templeton Avenue and McPhillips Street when an election is looming in the air. These issues should be left for a new representative to make the decisions."
"The local high schools don’t have the same capacity."
He also mentioned that in being a health care provider, taking care of patients and their health conditions, has made him aware of health issues that could arise in the area, such as a recent incident at the pond located at the corner of Santa Fe Drive and Dr. Jose Rizal Way, where many birds died.
"These ponds smell bad. People in the area told me that…the lake has deteriorated, and nothing has been done."
In his opinion, while the area is seeing residential growth, there’s also a need for more commercial and industrial space. Once again, he said the Chief Peguis Trail Extension is critical for the growth.
"The traffic will be diverted onto the Chief Peguis Trail, for example, the people who want to go from The Maples to Henderson Highway, they can do it faster, and it will save them gas and time. The extension will open up more residential and commercial space, and that will result in a more balanced growth in the city."
Sidhu is running against incumbent candidate Devi Sharma and Brad Gross.
Community journalist — The Times
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