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WINDOG considers Ackerman to be 'dog-unfriendly'. He did not wish to share his views on dog parks with voters.
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Ackerman is an award-winning filmmaker, director, artist, and pioneer who is lauded for his ground-breaking experimental animated work. He also an activist who has also been described as a visionary, an eccentric dreamer, a rebel and a maverick. Ackerman made headlines over his battles with the City of Winnipeg about three derelict downtown properties, including the famous “Alphabet House”, that were ultimately demolished. How his artistic vision and unconventional solutions to his renovation challenges came in conflict with city bylaws is documented in John Paskievitch’s award-winning film “Special Ed”.
President of Innocent Vision Inc., Ackerman has made films for Sesame Street, IMAX, the National Film Board of Canada, and the CBC. He was an early member of the Winnipeg Film Group.
This is Ackerman’s second run at the Mayor’s chair. In 2010 he was one of four mayoral candidates that were disqualified for not providing the 250 valid signatures necessary to appear on the municipal election ballot. In the 2008 federal election he ran in Winnipeg Centre as an Independent.