Over the past four years, I have brought my passion for community, commitment to evidence based decision-making and progressive vision to St. John’s City Council as Councillor at Large.
I am proud of what I accomplished in my first-term and hope to continue working towards key priorities.
Here are some highlights from the first four years:
- Service levels are up while the average tax bill is down (adjusting for inflation).
- We’ve begun a thorough review of traffic-calming across the City to facilitate evidence-based decisions.
- During Snowmaggeddon, I worked tirelessly connecting individual residents to essential services and providing broad policy direction to ensure safety of all residents. This experience served us well when the Covid19 pandemic hit and the City had to act swiftly to keep residents safe while ensuring access to core service.
- The success of the Water Street Pedestrian Mall has demonstrated the potential for active and sustainable transportation to address downtown transportation issues.
- The City’s relationship with the urban Indigenous community has significantly improved.
- The sidewalk snow-clearing budget has increased (though not enough).
- Children now ride Metrobus for free.
- We passed one of the most comprehensive suite of election reforms of any municipality in Canada.
- Councillor Froude and I brought a motion for the City to declare a Climate emergency and now the City has finally begun to take action on climate change.
- The City’s first multi-use trail is under construction (though other parts of the proposed bike plan must be reconsidered).
- St. John’s built heritage has been substantially preserved (there has been no sequel to Richmond Cottage or Quinnippiac).
- I’m proud of my influence on the City’s new Strategic Plan, Municipal Plan, Development Regulations, Heritage Bylaw, and other development and heritage policies.
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