Civic Election 2010

Ouellette plans to fund sewage plant upgrades with bonds, expanded levy

Aldo Santin 2 minute read Friday, Sep. 26, 2014

Mayoral candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette says he’ll issue bonds and stake a share of an expanded container environmental levy to pay for needed upgrades to the city’s sewage treatment plants.

Ouellette said Winnipeg has a responsibility to stop dumping pollutants into the Red River that threaten Lake Winnipeg.

“A sustainable city is about making the most of scarce resources,” Ouellette said Friday morning during a news event on the lawn of the North End sewage treatment plant. “Ultimately, our goal should be to be as environmentally efficient as we can.”

Ouellette outlined a complex plan to pay for the treatment plant upgrades: he’ll convince the province and the container industry to increase the levy on disposable drink containers from two cents to 10 cents, with five cents being a refundable deposit, two cents continuing to go to the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association and the remaining three cents going to the city’s new environment fund.

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Steeves rules out increasing arts funding; Ouellette and Bowman pledge to increase it

Mary Agnes Welch 2 minute read Preview

Steeves rules out increasing arts funding; Ouellette and Bowman pledge to increase it

Mary Agnes Welch 2 minute read Friday, Sep. 26, 2014

Gord Steeves was blunt – no new funding for the arts.

Robert-Falcon Ouellette and Brian Bowman said the opposite, pledging more cash for the city’s creative community.

The rest of the candidates at a noon-hour mayoral forum landed somewhere in the murky middle.

Steeves said he values the arts but believeS the city budget is far too tight and taxes are too high to allow for a boost to arts funding.

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Friday, Sep. 26, 2014

Ken Gigliotti / Winnipeg Free Press
Winnipeg's current level of per-capita arts funding is $5.60, compared to the national average of $35.

Mayoral candidates debate downtown safety

By Mary Agnes Welch 3 minute read Preview

Mayoral candidates debate downtown safety

By Mary Agnes Welch 3 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 10, 2014

They agreed a roundabout at Portage and Main is a dumb idea, but that’s about the only thing the top five mayoral candidates settled on during a scrappy debate about the future of downtown.

Rapid transit plans were dissected. Candidates were accused of sowing fear about downtown safety, being flip-floppers or beholden to the provincial NDP. Robin Hood was invoked and one candidate even interrupted to invite everyone out to chat near his campaign motor home.

Wednesday night’s standing-room-only debate, hosted by the Downtown BIZ in the atrium of the Manitoba Hydro building, kicked off with a key issue – the perception the downtown is unsafe.

Gord Steeves, who reiterated his promise to crack down on panhandling and public intoxication, said he has no fear of being downtown. But the perception of danger, he said, is a legitimate barrier to the downtown’s growth.

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Wednesday, Sep. 10, 2014

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Gord Steeves, Paula Havixbeck and Robert-Falcon Ouellette mayoral debates at the Hydro building downtown.

Steeves changes his mind on bus rapid transit and wants to kill the project

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Steeves changes his mind on bus rapid transit and wants to kill the project

Aldo Santin 3 minute read Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014

Gord Steeves says it’s time to get off the bus.

He supported the bus rapid transit (BRT) project when he was a councillor and he supported completion of Phase 2 of the project in May when council was mired in a debate over the plan’s future.

But Steeves has reversed his decision and said it’s time to kill the project.

Speaking Friday from a spot near Parker Avenue in northwest Fort Garry — where the corridor is planned to go — Steeves said if elected mayor, he would introduce a motion to kill the $600-million project at the first council meeting after the Oct. 22 election.

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Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014

John Woods / Winnipeg Free Press
Mayoral hopeful Gord Steeves supported bus rapid transit when he was a councillor. Now, he says it is too expensive.

Hrynyk named school board chair

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Hrynyk named school board chair

1 minute read Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010

WINNIPEG - Suzanne Hrynyk has been elected chair of the Winnipeg School Board.

The election took place at an inaugural board meeting Monday night. Trustee Kristine Barr was elected as vice chair.

Seven of the nine former trustee board members were returned to office: Joyce Bateman, Rita Hildahl, Jackei Sneesby, Kristine Barr, Anthony Ramos, Mike Babinsky and Suzanne Hrynyk.

They’re joined by newly elected trustees Darlyne Bautista and Cathy Collins.

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Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010

WINNIPEG - Suzanne Hrynyk has been elected chair of the Winnipeg School Board.

The election took place at an inaugural board meeting Monday night. Trustee Kristine Barr was elected as vice chair.

Seven of the nine former trustee board members were returned to office: Joyce Bateman, Rita Hildahl, Jackei Sneesby, Kristine Barr, Anthony Ramos, Mike Babinsky and Suzanne Hrynyk.

They’re joined by newly elected trustees Darlyne Bautista and Cathy Collins.

Rural voting: Selkirk gets new mayor in major election upset

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Rural voting: Selkirk gets new mayor in major election upset

By Bill Redekop 2 minute read Friday, Oct. 29, 2010

DAVID Bell can say he's seen life from both sides now.

The psychiatric nurse at Selkirk Mental Health Centre, who pulled one of the biggest election upsets in 2002 to become Selkirk's mayor, had the tables turned on him Wednesday night.

Bell was bounced by local grocery store manager Larry Johannson.

People thought it would be close. Johannson, an assistant manager in the local Safeway store, is a popular man in Selkirk.

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Friday, Oct. 29, 2010

DAVID Bell can say he's seen life from both sides now.

The psychiatric nurse at Selkirk Mental Health Centre, who pulled one of the biggest election upsets in 2002 to become Selkirk's mayor, had the tables turned on him Wednesday night.

Bell was bounced by local grocery store manager Larry Johannson.

People thought it would be close. Johannson, an assistant manager in the local Safeway store, is a popular man in Selkirk.

Vote’s over; it’s back to work for Katz

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Vote’s over; it’s back to work for Katz

By Bartley Kives 3 minute read Friday, Oct. 29, 2010

On the first day of this third and supposedly final term in office, Mayor Sam Katz left the door open just a crack for a fourth.

Since 2006, Katz has said he would not seek more than two full terms in office. Taking part in a third election campaign this year did not violate that policy, as the mayor first took office by winning a mid-term byelection.

On Thursday, however, Katz mused he could run for office a fourth time if the public still supports him in 2014.

"I have told you I have always supported term limits," said Katz, confirming that right now he intends the new session of council to be his final term, but "we'll see" whether that might change.

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Friday, Oct. 29, 2010

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Sam Katz with girlfriend Leah Pasuta is congratulated on his win at the Radisson Hotel.

Voters send aboriginal school trustees packing

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Voters send aboriginal school trustees packing

By Nick Martin 2 minute read Friday, Oct. 29, 2010

After the ballots were counted, Winnipeg's two aboriginal school trustees were part of the campaign's casualties.

Sonia Prevost-Derbecker lost her seat in ward 3 of Winnipeg School Division, and Rockford McKay finished barely out of the running in the Silver Heights-Booth ward of St. James-Assiniboia School Division.

McKay was only seven votes out of third place, and is asking for a recount. "I've put in a call to city hall. I'm seeking a recount," said McKay.

No other aboriginal candidates won a school board seat, including Myra Laramee, the nationally honoured retired aboriginal educator who had the backing of the NDP in WSD's ward 2.

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Friday, Oct. 29, 2010

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NDP taking another look at endorsement process

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NDP taking another look at endorsement process

By Larry Kusch 3 minute read Friday, Oct. 29, 2010

Provincial New Democrats will likely re-examine a controversial process for endorsing candidates after seeing two party-backed members go down to defeat in NDP-friendly wards, the party's president said Thursday.`

However, Lorraine Sigurdson dismissed the notion that the defeats and mayoral candidate Judy Wasylycia-Leis's loss to Sam Katz damaged the NDP brand or cast doubt on its chances in next fall's provincial election.

Sigurdson said the party's method of endorsing municipal and school board candidates -- which puts considerable power into the hands of small community endorsement committees and was hotly debated at last spring's NDP convention -- would have been reviewed in any case. It was used for the first time this year.

On Wednesday, incumbent Harvey Smith hung onto Daniel McIntyre despite losing his bid for the party nod to Keith Bellamy. Bellamy finished third in the race. Meanwhile, in Elmwood/East Kildonan, normally an NDP stronghold, Tory-affiliated Thomas Steen skated to victory over the NDP-endorsed Shaneen Robinson after Rod Giesbrecht (who had challenged Robinson for the party nod) sought office anyway, splitting the left-wing vote.

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Friday, Oct. 29, 2010

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NDP officials don’t think Judy Wasylycia-Leis’ defeat will hurt party’s chances in provincial election.

St. Boniface

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St. Boniface

1 minute read Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

The last time Dan Vandal stepped into the

electoral ring, it was a tough and bloody fight as

the former pugilist squeaked out a win over the

St. Boniface incumbent Franco Magnifico.

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Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

The last time Dan Vandal stepped into the

electoral ring, it was a tough and bloody fight as

the former pugilist squeaked out a win over the

St. Boniface incumbent Franco Magnifico.

Nippy weather, wind keep plenty of voters away from polling stations

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Nippy weather, wind keep plenty of voters away from polling stations

By Nick Martin 3 minute read Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

Who wimped out on braving the weather?

We came so close -- sooooo close -- to having our best election turnout since the last century.

Instead, we let both Toronto and Calgary boast that their municipal elections brought more people to the polls than ours.

We didn't even break 50 per cent.

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Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

Elmwood candidate Shaneen Robinson is consoled following loss to Thomas Steen.

Ex-Jet scores seat on council

By Bruce Owen 2 minute read Preview

Ex-Jet scores seat on council

By Bruce Owen 2 minute read Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

Thomas Steen is the new Lillian Thomas.

The 50-year-old ex-Winnipeg Jet won by a close 216 votes over Shaneen Robinson, a former CTV reporter, Wednesday night in Elmwood-East Kildonan.

Steen replaces Thomas, city councillor for the area for almost two decades. "I feel overwhelmed and honoured to be elected," Steen said, at a victory party at his campaign headquarters.

"I'm as honoured as when they raised my jersey in the arena."

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Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

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Thomas Steen, the 50-year-old ex-Winnipeg Jet, won by a close 216 votes over perceived front-runner Shaneen Robinson.

St. Vital

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St. Vital

1 minute read Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

The veteran KO'd the wannabe in St. Vital on Wednesday night.

Gord Steeves, who has been on Winnipeg city council for 10 years, won his fourth election, easily defeating Harry Wolbert by a margin of 14,960 to 3,207.

"I hope it means people have confidence in me. I hope it means people respect the kind of leadership I've offered St. Vital," Steeves said in a telephone interview.

Steeves' name has long been bandied about as a mayoral contender. But he said it is too soon to think about 2014.

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Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

The veteran KO'd the wannabe in St. Vital on Wednesday night.

Gord Steeves, who has been on Winnipeg city council for 10 years, won his fourth election, easily defeating Harry Wolbert by a margin of 14,960 to 3,207.

"I hope it means people have confidence in me. I hope it means people respect the kind of leadership I've offered St. Vital," Steeves said in a telephone interview.

Steeves' name has long been bandied about as a mayoral contender. But he said it is too soon to think about 2014.

Slim win sparks call for recount

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Slim win sparks call for recount

By Jen Skerritt 3 minute read Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

PAULA Havixbeck squeaked out a narrow victory in Charleswood-Tuxedo Wednesday night, beating her closest competitor, Jarret Hannah, by about 50 votes.

The slim margin of victory prompted Hannah to say he will ask senior election officials for a recount, a process he said could take up to two weeks.

"What a night," Havixbeck said, greeting her supporters in her campaign office late Wednesday.

"Everybody ran a great campaign and that's all I can say."

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Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
Tory-backed Paula Havixbeck (right) celebrates her election victory Wednesday night with Tuxedo MLA Heather Stefanson.

Orlikow holds off Kowalson

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Orlikow holds off Kowalson

By Kevin Rollason 3 minute read Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

A controversy over traffic circles didn't seem to matter much as incumbent River Heights-Fort Garry Coun. John Orlikow blasted the owner of two submarine sandwich shops out of the water.

Orlikow easily bested rival Michael Kowalson by 10,713 to 8,677 during Wednesday's civic election to return to city council.

"It was a hard one," Orlikow said, as he arrived at his victory party at The Grove restaurant to the cheers of supporters and a room festooned with green and white balloons -- his campaign colours.

"The people have spoken... this campaign was incredibly hard and incredibly long.

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Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press
A victorious John Orlikow gives two thumbs up to his supporters after arriving at The Grove Restaurant.

Katz racks up decisive victory

By Bartley Kives and Mary Agnes Welch 4 minute read Preview

Katz racks up decisive victory

By Bartley Kives and Mary Agnes Welch 4 minute read Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

The gale-force winds that blew through Winnipeg on Wednesday night stopped short of entering the second-floor windows at city hall.

Sam Katz will return to the mayor's office for a third and final term after winning the toughest fight of his political career -- a head-to-head battle with former NDP MP and MLA Judy Wasylycia-Leis.

At the end of a six-month, somewhat chippy mayoral race, Katz shrugged off Wasylycia-Leis' vaunted get-out-the-vote machine to win the support of an outright majority of Winnipeg voters -- no less than 55 per cent at press time.

When 99.5 per cent of the votes had been tallied, Katz amassed 116,176 votes compared to 90,717 for Wasylycia-Leis, a victory margin of 25,000 votes.

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Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

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Sam Katz and girlfriend Leah Pasuta acknowledge a jubilant crowd at the Radisson Hotel after Katz won the mayoral race Wednesday night.

Ft. Rouge-E. Ft. Garry

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Ft. Rouge-E. Ft. Garry

1 minute read Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

It was a three-peat for veteran councillor Jenny Gerbasi as she cleaned up in Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry, netting more than 60 per cent of area votes.

Gerbasi was first elected to city council in 1998. Wednesday night marked her third win.

"I'm really honoured and humbled that the people of Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry have supported me in spite of a conservative effort from the mayor's supporters to rid them of a thorn in their side. I will be back!" Gerbasi announced triumphantly at her campaign party.

Transit, infrastructure, community safety, and affordable housing are a few issues Gerbasi expects to continue to champion in her ward.

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Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

It was a three-peat for veteran councillor Jenny Gerbasi as she cleaned up in Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry, netting more than 60 per cent of area votes.

Gerbasi was first elected to city council in 1998. Wednesday night marked her third win.

"I'm really honoured and humbled that the people of Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry have supported me in spite of a conservative effort from the mayor's supporters to rid them of a thorn in their side. I will be back!" Gerbasi announced triumphantly at her campaign party.

Transit, infrastructure, community safety, and affordable housing are a few issues Gerbasi expects to continue to champion in her ward.

St. James-Brooklands

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St. James-Brooklands

1 minute read Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

"IT feels great. It was a long campaign," said Scott Fielding, as St.James-Brooklands voters returned him for a second term at city hall.

An ally of Mayor Sam Katz, Fielding said he is committed to increasing police presence and providing more funding for infrastructure. "Well, crime is the biggest issue in the city of Winnipeg," said Fielding. "I think that's a major issue we need to focus in on."

He said he'll also push for investment in community centres, particularly now that Weston is part of the ward. "We really need to focus in on some of these areas, making investments in recreation and these type of things, to give kids on opportunity to do something else beyond getting into crime," said Fielding

St. James-Brooklands

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Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

"IT feels great. It was a long campaign," said Scott Fielding, as St.James-Brooklands voters returned him for a second term at city hall.

An ally of Mayor Sam Katz, Fielding said he is committed to increasing police presence and providing more funding for infrastructure. "Well, crime is the biggest issue in the city of Winnipeg," said Fielding. "I think that's a major issue we need to focus in on."

He said he'll also push for investment in community centres, particularly now that Weston is part of the ward. "We really need to focus in on some of these areas, making investments in recreation and these type of things, to give kids on opportunity to do something else beyond getting into crime," said Fielding

St. James-Brooklands

Jubilant Eadie finally wins seat on council

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Jubilant Eadie finally wins seat on council

By Melissa Martin 2 minute read Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

AFTER years of running, Ross Eadie can finally take a seat: the former school trustee is headed to city council for the Mynarski ward, seizing victory Wednesday in one of the city's most colourful contests.

Third time's the charm. Before this year's contest Eadie, a former school trustee and veteran NDP-backed candidate, ran for Old Kildonan's council seat twice. On Wednesday, running one ward to the south in Mynarski, Eadie finally landed the prize.

At Eadie's Polson Avenue and McGregor Street headquarters, about 30 friends, family and volunteers gathered to watch results come in. The mood turned jubilant early. "We know we're going to win," Eadie campaign manager Aaron McDowell said as poll numbers trickled in.

When the votes came in, they came in fast and furious. By the end of the hour, Eadie had won with 41 per cent of the vote; his closest challenger, conservative-leaning former software vice-president Jenny Motkaluk was second with 28 per cent.

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Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

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Ross Eadie (right) celebrates winning with campaign manager Aaron McDowell.

Transcona

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Transcona

1 minute read Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

TRANSCONA Coun. Russ Wyatt won his third term in office, easily defeating Vlad Kowalyk.

The so-called Mayor of Transcona gave an emotional speech at Dal's Restaurant where he credited the people of the ward for the victory.

"I'm passionate about this community," says Wyatt. "I believe it's (Transcona) the best community in Canada. I really believe that in my heart."

Kowalyk knew the maverick councillor would be tough to beat. The engineer and activist fought Wyatt on traffic issues and lack of green space.

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Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

TRANSCONA Coun. Russ Wyatt won his third term in office, easily defeating Vlad Kowalyk.

The so-called Mayor of Transcona gave an emotional speech at Dal's Restaurant where he credited the people of the ward for the victory.

"I'm passionate about this community," says Wyatt. "I believe it's (Transcona) the best community in Canada. I really believe that in my heart."

Kowalyk knew the maverick councillor would be tough to beat. The engineer and activist fought Wyatt on traffic issues and lack of green space.

St. Charles

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St. Charles

1 minute read Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

GRANT Nordman was returned for a second term in St. Charles ward and vowed: "I'll be a better councillor for the next four years because of what I have learned, what I've experienced."

He wiped away tears as the vote tally came in. "It warms the cockles of your heart," he said.

Nordman is a longtime member of the Manitoba Conservative party and is the son of the late Ric Nordman, who was councillor in St. Charles from 1974 to 1981.

 

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Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

GRANT Nordman was returned for a second term in St. Charles ward and vowed: "I'll be a better councillor for the next four years because of what I have learned, what I've experienced."

He wiped away tears as the vote tally came in. "It warms the cockles of your heart," he said.

Nordman is a longtime member of the Manitoba Conservative party and is the son of the late Ric Nordman, who was councillor in St. Charles from 1974 to 1981.

 

North Kildonan

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North Kildonan

2 minute read Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

NORTH Kildonan incumbent Jeff Browaty breathed a sigh of relief as his second city council win solidified his place in Winnipeg's political arena, and in the hearts of ward residents.

"I'm just delighted," said Browaty, who worked as a real estate agent prior to his first election four years ago.

"I'm thrilled with the confidence the residents of North Kildonan have shown in me tonight."

Browaty's re-election campaign, like his past four years in office, focused heavily on issues of infrastructure and safety in his ward. Browaty feels North Kildonan has been short-changed by the city in the past when it comes to funding for infrastructure, old and new.

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Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

NORTH Kildonan incumbent Jeff Browaty breathed a sigh of relief as his second city council win solidified his place in Winnipeg's political arena, and in the hearts of ward residents.

"I'm just delighted," said Browaty, who worked as a real estate agent prior to his first election four years ago.

"I'm thrilled with the confidence the residents of North Kildonan have shown in me tonight."

Browaty's re-election campaign, like his past four years in office, focused heavily on issues of infrastructure and safety in his ward. Browaty feels North Kildonan has been short-changed by the city in the past when it comes to funding for infrastructure, old and new.

Race harder than winner Swandel anticipated

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Race harder than winner Swandel anticipated

By Sandy Klowak 2 minute read Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

IT was a tough race in St. Norbert, but incumbent Justin Swandel secured another four years representing the ward on Winnipeg city council.

Swandel beat out challenger Louise May by more than 1,800 votes Wednesday night, but he said it was a tougher race than he had expected.

Swandel, who had 56 per cent of the vote, acknowledged May put up quite a fight.

"To give my opponent credit, there was a lot more going on in this election than I anticipated," he said, looking somewhat exhausted but jubilant at his election headquarters.

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Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

IT was a tough race in St. Norbert, but incumbent Justin Swandel secured another four years representing the ward on Winnipeg city council.

Swandel beat out challenger Louise May by more than 1,800 votes Wednesday night, but he said it was a tougher race than he had expected.

Swandel, who had 56 per cent of the vote, acknowledged May put up quite a fight.

"To give my opponent credit, there was a lot more going on in this election than I anticipated," he said, looking somewhat exhausted but jubilant at his election headquarters.

Point Douglas

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Point Douglas

1 minute read Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

Coun. Mike Pagtakhan said he will continue renovating his inner-city ward after his big win over Dean Koshelanyk and Herman Holla.

Since his first election in 2002, Pagtakhan has been redeveloping the Point Douglas ward. From a small maintenance measure of replacing neglected streetlights on Burrows Avenue to building an outdoor basketball court at Weston Community Centre on Logan Avenue, his focus has been on creating community capacity. "Usually streets like Salter or Isabel will divide a neighbourhood, so when (kids) come for free soccer games or basketball games they come together to build capacity," says Pagtakhan.

That community-building appears to have paid electoral dividends for Pagtakhan.

"Wow, when you have numbers like in Tyndall Park and Stanley Knowles where we're blowing away the competition. I'm totally speechless," Pagtakhan said.

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Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

Coun. Mike Pagtakhan said he will continue renovating his inner-city ward after his big win over Dean Koshelanyk and Herman Holla.

Since his first election in 2002, Pagtakhan has been redeveloping the Point Douglas ward. From a small maintenance measure of replacing neglected streetlights on Burrows Avenue to building an outdoor basketball court at Weston Community Centre on Logan Avenue, his focus has been on creating community capacity. "Usually streets like Salter or Isabel will divide a neighbourhood, so when (kids) come for free soccer games or basketball games they come together to build capacity," says Pagtakhan.

That community-building appears to have paid electoral dividends for Pagtakhan.

"Wow, when you have numbers like in Tyndall Park and Stanley Knowles where we're blowing away the competition. I'm totally speechless," Pagtakhan said.

Sharma succeeds former boss

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Sharma succeeds former boss

By Larry Kusch 2 minute read Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

A former executive assistant to Mike O'Shaughnessy will succeed the longtime councillor in Old Kildonan.

Devi Sharma, executive director of the Maples Youth Activity Centre and publisher of the Indo-Canadian Telegram, defeated 30-year city employee Casey Jones and businessman Robert Chennells.

She is believed to be the first Indo-Canadian to be elected to Winnipeg city council.

"This victory belongs to you," she shouted to dozens of enthusiastic supporters who jammed her campaign headquarters in a Leila Avenue strip mall.

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Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

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Devi Sharma meets with supporters.

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