2018 Dean Koshelanyk

Point Douglas Ward

Dean Koshelanyk

Point Douglas

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WINDOG considers Dean Koshelanyk to be a 'fence-sitter when it comes to dog parks. He supports the single-use designation but doesn't support dedicated funding to create and operate them. See his comments below.

Platform: Koshelanyk says his platform is based on common sense, financial prudence, and safety.

Koshelanyk says he’s frustrated with the ways things are handled at City Hall. He felt compelled to run for council in part to improve garbage and transit services.

Koshelanyk hopes to implement more and better traffic safety initiatives, including improved speed control. He says the goal of traffic safety measures shouldn’t be to make the City money, that speed cameras and signage should advise drivers right away that they are going over the speed limit, adding "getting a ticket two weeks later doesn’t help much." He wants improved signage to better inform people that they are entering a low-speed zone.

When it comes to opening Portage and Main, Koshelanyk is on the fence. In answer to the question, “Is that a no on opening Portage & Main then?”, Koshelanyk responded, “No, that is not a no. Its not a yes either, safety being key. We need to find a way to make this intersection accessible and safe.”

Koshelanyk would like to see a new community centre for Tyndall Park but it won’t be a priority for him. But he says he’ll make sure that at least it gets started.

Koshelanyk is a software quality assurance analyst. He has a computer programmer analyst technologist diploma (Honours) from Keewatin Community College, graduating with the Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal.

Koshelanyk served as president of the Tyndall Park Community Centre and was a member of the General Council of Winnipeg Community Centres "Plan 2025" committee, which charted the growth and expansion of community centres to the year 2025. As a certified coach, he has coached soccer, baseball, ice hockey, ball hockey and track teams. He volunteers for the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Academy.

No novice to politics, Dean Koshelanyk ran for a seat on city council in 2006 and 2010, and for the Green Party in the 2011 provincial election. He currently serves as a Winnipeg School Division Ward 9 trustee and has served on several division committees.

Q1: If elected, will you put forward and/or support a motion in Council to create a dedicated tax-supported capital fund for the creation of new dog parks and the upgrading of existing ones to comply with standards in the City of Winnipeg’s new Off-Leash Area Master Plan? Why or why not?

No, tieing current and future councils direction of money to any single area is inconsistent with creating a meaningful and responsive budget. All items should be reviewed at budget time, all the time.

Q2: If elected, will you put forward and/or support a motion to designate off-leash areas as “single-use” parks where only those activities associated with off-leash dogs are permitted? Why or why not?

Yes. For the safety of the dogs, and the safety of other visitors to a park, people need to know what to expect in that park. Establishing that it is for off leash dogs will help people to understand what to expect.