River Heights - Fort Garry Ward
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A dog-friendly candidate, John Orlikow supports funding for dog parks and 'single-use' off-leash areas on the condition that they're properly fenced. See his comments below.
Platform: Orlikow says his priority is re-investing in River Heights-Fort Garry to keep the community a vibrant, safe, active place.
Orlikow promises to introduce and support policies and programs that continue record investments into roads and ensure neighbourhoods grow in ways that respect and benefit existing homeowners. He wants to secure a feasibility study for the twin arena at Grant Park Recreational Campus, improve existing recreation facilities and increase community supports to reduce vandalism.
Orlikow supports the referendum on re-opening Portage and Main. Speaking to the issue, he told City Council, “My vote was not an endorsement of opening up Portage and Main…I don't believe we are ready. I do believe everyone wants to see this intersection improved but that doesn't mean it has to be today - opening up Portage and Main. We all realize we have time. I'm still behind making that intersection a beautiful place we can all be proud of and the concourse as well.”
Orlikow lists as his 2014-18 accomplishments:
• Roads - More than tripling street reconstruction in the ward, securing funding for the Waverley Underpass and designating the Route 90 widening project as a top road project. Investing in Public Spaces
• Infrastructure - Supporting a new $1 million accessible playground on the Pan Am Pool grounds, backing the new Bill and Helen Norrie Library, and advocating for a feasibility study for the twin arena at the Grant Park Recreational Campus, including $1.7 million in preliminary city funding
• Protecting the Urban Forest - $5 million added to the forestry budget to fight Dutch elm disease and the emerald ash borer, $50,000 for renewing trees on boulevards, $100,000 tree program for River Heights-Fort Garry residents to plant new trees or remove infected ones.
Orlikow was elected to city council in 2009. In his last term he served on the Executive Policy Committee and as chair of the Property Development, Heritage and Downtown Development Committee.
Orlikow started as an entrepreneur and small business owner, managing companies in recycling and conflict resolution. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in conflict resolution and economics from the University of Winnipeg. From 1999 to 2009 he served as a school trustee with the Winnipeg School Division and finished his tenure as Board Chair.
I support the funding of Dog Parks. It is why I have been working with the Brenda Leipsic Dog Park group and have pledged a $250,000 LDR grant to help create the new permanent site and invest in amenities that can be enjoyed by all well into the future.
I support single use parks that are properly fenced. I have been looking forward to the Off Leash Master Plan development and adoption so we can move on establishing off-leash parks in the Ward.