Elmwood - East Kildonan
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Incumbent since 2014.
WINDOG has awarded 'dog-friendly' status to Jason Schreyer. He supports dedicated funding for dog parks as long as it is part of the greater parks budget. He supports 'single-use' off-leash areas, noting that challenge will be in aligning them with bylaws and people's wish for safety. See his comments below.
During his term in office, Schreyer helped facilitate and fund several improvements to Kilcona Park's off-leash area, including installing park benches, picnic tables, waste bag dispensers and in-ground waste bins.
Platform: Schreyer is strongly opposed to bus rapid transit, claiming the corridors cost $100m per mile and, according to a Winnipeg Transit report, only save five minutes in travel time from downtown to the University of Manitoba, and at rush hour only. He voted against it and says it is irresponsible to commit to such a multi-billion dollar concept without re-analyzing what real rapid transit is about, adding that council and senior administrators need to acknowledge that construction-related inflation is a severe problem.
Schreyer also opposes the opening of Portage and Main to pedestrian traffic, although he voted for the referendum to ensure fair closure on the issue. He points to Winnipeg Transit’s statement that opening the intersection would slow the public transit system so much that that the city would need to buy more buses just to make up for lost time.
Schreyer is critical of council and the administration for failing to act on the fact that City is spending less on street renewal this year than it has in the past. In 2014 the City spent just over $100m; in 2018 it will spend just under $120m. He points out that the rate of inflation in this sector is greater than the annual street budget increases.
Schreyer has publicly criticized the City’s practice of allocating sewer and water utilities revenue to the city’s general coffers that may be used for any purpose. He points out that utilities rates have doubled over the past few years and says he wants to see the revenue go to maintain the city’s water and sewer system and replace rusting pipes.
Schreyer is the only councillor who voted against a 1000-unit residential development at The Forks, saying that it further encroaches on parking access to Manitoba’s primary tourist destination. He points to previous councils who he says “wisely agreed never to allow residential development at this historic meeting place. The Forks, at the heart of our City, our history and our continent, belongs to no-one and everyone… always.”
Schreyer is one of the people behind a campaign that has seen thousands of yellow signs spring up in northeast Winnipeg opposing the closure of the Concordia Emergency Room.
Schreyer studied economics/international relations at Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface and attended the University of Manitoba. He spent a decade of his adult life making a living in heavy manual labour; as a roughneck on the Alberta oilrigs, and in construction across Western Canada. He worked for years as an assistant to Jim Maloway, both as MLA for Elmwood and as Member of Parliament for Elmwood - Transcona and as an assistant to Infrastructure and Transportation Minister, Steve Ashton. Schreyer ran unsuccessfully as the New Democratic Party’s candidate in Selkirk – Red River in 1993.
I would seriously consider doing this, as long as it was a function of the greater parks budget. Our parks budget is not keeping up with its obligations. I have personally done very well by the dog park community through the ward budgets and community committee, but if we are to further entrench what we've been doing in the East Kildonan - Transcona Community Committee regarding dog parks, the cause would have greater credibility, and fairness, if we share the cause with park budgets in general. There would be less politics played and more serious consideration given to budgetary priorities, like parks and open spaces, for people and their dogs.
I have no problem with this. The challenge will be in aligning these projects with bylaws and people's wish for safety. As an example, bylaw states that a dog in a dog park must always be within eyesight of the owner. This isn't possible at Little Mountain because of the forest. A great preference by people and dogs for Little Mountain, as an example, doesn't necessarily make it a great choice for the community as a whole. We have to find the circumstances that work the best. I am dedicated to that.