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Finding common ground at City Hall

Evan promises ‘shared values’ approach if elected

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

SHELDON BIRNIE

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

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This article was published 3/10/2018 (507 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

 

Basil Evan is looking to represent Transcona on city council in the Oct. 24 civic election.
Evan, 51, is a registered nurse who grew up in Transcona, graduating from Transcona Collegiate Institute before attending the University of Manitoba. He and his wife, Lezah, have two young children, along with a step-son. 
"I’ve spent the last 20 years taking care of people and working with issues that we identify as problematic," said Evan, who has been as a quality improvement officer for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s critical care program for the past seven years. "In the community, problems seem to be getting bigger, and there seems to be discontent."
Evan’s interest in politics goes back to his youth, when he took part in anti-Apartheid rallies in rallies when visiting London, England in 1987. He believes his professional background could be put to good use on city council.
"You need to have a bit of a background in committee work, to reach across the table to work with and having dialogue with people of different backgrounds and different special interests and focusing on what’s important," he said.
Evan believes finding shared values among fellow councillors could help move projects forward.
"When we begin to come together as a team, that’s a big step," he said. "I would like to see people learning to have effective dialogue. If we can learn for each other and look at what are workable solutions, I think that will restores a lot of faith from the public in their public servants."
Public transit is one issue Evan would like to tackle, if elected.
"Transit seems to be a very big issue in Transcona, especially as it continues to expand," he said. "Most of the bus routes have stayed the same, but in these new communities no one has access to transit. Either they have to walk for 20 minutes or drive several blocks to find a bus. Those issues need to be addressed."
Evan is also in favour of expanded community services, especially for seniors and newcomers, and in promoting social responsibility at City Hall. He is hopeful that voters will connect with his message on election day. 
"It’s an exciting time to get into civic politics and use my background appropriately to make a difference in the community," he said.

 

Basil Evan is looking to represent Transcona on city council in the Oct. 24 civic election.

Evan, 51, is a registered nurse who grew up in Transcona, graduating from Transcona Collegiate Institute before attending the University of Manitoba. He and his wife, Lezah, have two young children, along with a step-son. 

"I’ve spent the last 20 years taking care of people and working with issues that we identify as problematic," said Evan, who has been the quality improvement officer for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s critical care program for the past seven years. "In the community, problems seem to be getting bigger, and there seems to be discontent."

When we begin to come together as a team, that’s a big step.

Evan’s interest in politics goes back to his youth, when he took part in anti-Apartheid rallies when living in London, England, in 1987. He believes his professional background could be put to good use on city council.

"A background in committee work teaches you how to reach across the table, how to establish dialogue with different people, different backgrounds and different special interests, and how to focus on what's important," he said.

Evan believes finding shared values among fellow councillors could help move projects forward.

"When we begin to come together as a team, that’s a big step," he said. "I would like to see people learning to have effective dialogue. If we can learn from each other and look at what are workable solutions, I think that will restore a lot of faith from the public in their public servants."

Public transit is one issue Evan would tackle, if elected.

"Transit seems to be a very big issue in Transcona, especially as it continues to expand," he said. "Most of the bus routes have stayed the same, but in these new communities no one has access to transit. Either they have to walk for 20 minutes or drive several blocks to find a bus. Those issues need to be addressed."

Evan is also in favour of expanded community services, especially for seniors and newcomers, and in promoting social responsibility at City Hall. He is hopeful that voters will connect with his message on election day. 

"It’s an exciting time to get into politics and use my background to make a meaningful difference in our community," he said.

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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Updated on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 1:56 PM CDT: Removes duplicate text.

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