2018 Shawn Nason

Transcona Ward

Shawn Nason

Transcona

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Although Shawn Nason responded to WINDOG's survey, he declined to answer either question (see below) indicating whether he would support a dedicated tax-based budget line for dog parks or whether he supports single-use off-leash areas. While it’s not mentioned on his election website, he has posted widely on social media that he wants to abolish Winnipeg’s breed-specific legislation. He also wants a review of the Responsible Pet Ownership By-law, which council approved in 2014.

Platform: Nason’s priorities are safety, infrastructure, accessibility and community. He has not taken a public position on re-opening Portage and Main.

Nason would refocus policing on streets to address petty crimes that occur at night and he supports a review of safe street measures in areas where youth travel to and from school. He would continue partnering with community groups on anti-graffiti campaigns and supports "community-led pilot programs that redirect youth to positively focus their energy."

Nason wants a reliable, efficient transit system that provides timely, year-round, accessible service. He says Winnipeg needs to get its existing services running properly before taking on new transportation methods. He wants more frequent transit service and more direct routing on core routes. He proposes using Kildonan Place Mall as a main hub to the rest of Winnipeg.

Nason wants to improve roads, water, and sewer. And it’s a personal priority to find options to replace the Louise Bridge and link East Winnipeg to the downtown in a modern way. He promises to expand the Transcona Trail system further west, link it to downtown, and support community centres.

Many of the planks in Nason’s platform are specific to Transcona including revitalizing the downtown area, expanding the business base and attracting quality employers, fostering a higher level of community spirit, and better weed control. For more information on ward specifics follow the link to his website.

Nason is a novice candidate but is no stranger to politics. He was Conservative MP, Lawrence Toet’s constituency manager and served as his campaign manager in 2015. For the past decade he has served on Elmwood-Transcona Conservative Electoral District Association’s board of directors.

Nason is a special assistant to Manitoba’s Minister of Indigenous and Northern Relations and co-owner of the family-run business, a survey design and delivery company. He studied project management at Red River College.

Nason has served on the boards of the Transcona Historical Museum, Winnipeg East AM Rotary, Oxford Heights Community Club and FC Northwest Soccer Club. He has coached the Transcona Nationals, OHCC hockey and basketball.

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?

I would support a local perspective on the needs of the community of Transcona(including the new areas) to ensure their voices are heard and prepare or respond to motions on this approach.

We can do more and would support redirecting funds collected from fines and fees from Dog Licences to support this. Transcona is the "Park City" with at or more than 60 Parks in our community already, yet only 1 Off leash area. In my brief overview of the document, our community is in need of enhancing dog friendly environments for socially capable dogs and owners.

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?

I would support a local perspective on the needs of the community of Transcona(including the new areas) to ensure their voices are heard and prepare or respond to motions on this approach.

Transcona is the "Park City" with at or more than 60 Parks in our community already, yet only 1 Off leash area. We can do more. In my brief overview of the document, our community is in need of enhancing dog friendly environments for socially capable dogs and owners.