THE PURPLE BOOK (More to come...)

Foreword - Your Ideas, Our City

 

If there are two themes to my campaign, they are the importance of ideas and the importance of working together.

 

As people, we adapt to the environment we live in - in this case the city of Winnipeg.

 

With the right plan, and the right design, we can change the city around us, and so change ourselves.

 

That is our vision as Mayor of Winnipeg.

At the outset of the 2014 mayoral campaign, I said to the people of Winnipeg: you give me hope. In the face of corruption, you continue to believe in honesty. In the face of exclusion, you continue to believe in the ideal of one city.

 

Now in 2022 this is still the case. We continue to believe that we can be one city, united in common cause.

 

We are walking together into Winnipeg’s future.

 

We call on people from all walks of life to join us in making OUR CITY, SAFE, THRIVING & LIVABLE.

You can check out 'The Purple Book' from the 2014 campaign here.

Robert-Falcon Ouellette

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Our City. Safe, Thriving & Livable

SAFE

Together Let's Build a Child Friendly Winnipeg

'To build the city we all want, children must be at the heart of its design.' - Robert-Falcon Ouellette

 

During the 2014 mayoral campaign, our first announcement was to make Winnipeg a ‘child-friendly city’. Based on an existing world-wide initiative supported by UNICEF and already adopted by other Canadian cities, a ‘child-friendly city’ is a city in which the voices, needs, priorities and rights of children and youth are an integral part of public policies, programs and decisions.

 

As in 2014, I stand firm on our commitment to build a ‘child-friendly city’ because every decision the city makes, every policy or by-law, ultimately impacts children and youth.

 

As Mayor we will place the well-being of children and youth at the center of the city’s decision-making process. This would include how best to support the parents, grandparents, caregivers, and elders who nurture and raise our children.

 

To build the city we all want, children must be at the heart of its design.

Read our full statement here.

Redefining Our Relationship With the Winnipeg Police Service

'Winnipeg is frustrated. We all want for more from the police and more of a say in the policing they do.' – Robert-Falcon Ouellette

 

Winnipeg boasts some of the highest police spending per capita of any major Canadian city, with the 2021 Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) Budget exceeding $310 million and accounting for over 26% of the City of Winnipeg’s total budget.

 

However, ever-increasing WPS funding has had little impact on the crime Winnipeggers face day to day. Violent crime, property crime; all crimes are up year over year and have begun to top 5-year averages.

 

Winnipeg is frustrated. We all want for more from the police and more of a say in the policing they do.

Read our full statement here.

Prioritizing Paramedic Hiring & New Ambulances to Address Slow Response Times

Minutes count in a medical emergency. You want an ambulance as quickly as possible to take you where you need to go as soon as possible.’ - Robert-Falcon Ouellette

Winnipeg has seen ambulance response times to life-threatening emergencies grow and are now on average six minutes longer than the city's nine-minute response target. While response times by Fire-Paramedics do fall within the nine-minute target, they are unable to transport patients to hospitals.

 

Meeting the city’s response time target is important for patient outcomes. For heart attack, stroke and trauma patients, minutes count. You want an ambulance as quickly as possible, to take you where you need to go as soon as possible.

 

As Mayor, one of my priorities would be the hiring of paramedics and putting more ambulances on the road.

Read our full statement here.

THRIVING

Encouraging Redevelopment of Empty Lots & Downtown Surface Parking

‘These lots are a constant reminder that we need to do better. And we can. It's time to be creative and realise the full potential for the benefit of all Winnipeggers.' - Robert-Falcon Ouellette

 

Empty lots and downtown surface parking have become a barrier to growth and safety in our city. Too often, older buildings have been torn down to avoid needed repairs and to lower property tax bills, replaced by grass, gravel or asphalt.

 

These lots can sit stagnant and underdeveloped for years, costing the city much needed tax revenue, while creating economic dead zones and safety concerns for neighbours.

 

These lots provide an excellent redevelopment opportunity for the city that is efficient and affordable, since they are already close to, and supplied by, existing city services.

 

These lots are a constant reminder that we need to do better. And we can. It's time to be creative and realise the full potential for the benefit of all Winnipeggers.

Read our full statement here.

LIVABLE

Together Let's Build a Child Friendly Winnipeg

'To build the city we all want, children & youth must be at the heart of its design.' - Robert-Falcon Ouellette

 

During the 2014 mayoral campaign, our first announcement was to make Winnipeg a ‘child-friendly city’. Based on an existing world-wide initiative supported by UNICEF and already adopted by other Canadian cities, a ‘child-friendly city’ is a city in which the voices, needs, priorities and rights of children and youth are an integral part of public policies, programs and decisions.

 

As in 2014, I stand firm on our commitment to build a ‘child-friendly city’ because every decision the city makes, every policy or by-law, ultimately impacts children and youth.

 

As Mayor we will place the well-being of children and youth at the center of the city’s decision-making process. This would include how best to support the parents, grandparents, caregivers, and elders who nurture and raise our children.

 

To build the city we all want, children must be at the heart of its design.

Read our full statement here.