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Nikolas Joyal has a long-term vision for Winnipeg.
The 22-year-old University of Manitoba student and Collège Jeanne-Sauvé alumnus is running to represent the ward of St. Norbert-Seine River in the Oct. 24 civic election, and his goal is to bring a youthful voice to City Hall with a vision that’s set firmly on the future.
In broad terms, Joyal — a lifelong resident of River Park South — said there are two main reasons he’s running to be the first councillor in the newly-configured ward.
"Firstly, I don’t feel like City Hall and the other councillors have a vision for the future of the city," said Joyal, who is enrolled in the honours program in political studies and has a particular interest in international relations. "I’m looking at what’s going to happen in 10, 20, or 30 years from now, when there will be new generations of families. Whether it’s dealing with any number of issues, such as transit needs and active transportation needs, I’ll be dealing with the future."
"Secondly, as a young person who will inherit this city, a lot of people in my age group aren’t engaged with city politics, so I hope to help engage them. Part of the problem is that a lot of events or meetings are not necessarily accessible to youth, as lots of young people have part-time jobs and other commitments, so they don’t have a chance to engage as much."
Joyal said the new ward boundaries means the demographics of the ward are "very diverse" and that’s been reflected in the variety of priorities constituents have laid out during his campaign.
"For example, in Fort Richmond rooming houses have been a topic, while this hasn’t been an issue in River Park South. One topic that’s been a constant is transit, and whether people are for or against rapid transit. In Fort Richmond and River Park South, there a lots of younger families who take the bus. And in St. Norbert, lots of people chose to live there for a small-town feel, but they also don’t want to feel forgotten about," he said.
"In terms of my priorities, it’s all about planning for 10 or 20 years down the road. A lot of the candidates have good intensions, but don’t necessarily get it or what they say doesn’t necessarily translate. I think people are looking for someone with a future vision for a city where their children and grandchildren will live."
Go online at nikjoyal.ca for more information.
Simon Fuller is the reporter/photographer for The Lance. Canstar’s senior reporter, he joined the team in June 2009 to write for The Sou’wester, which was then the new paper in the Canstar family.