2018 Wally Welechenko

Transcona Ward

Wally Welechenko

Transcona

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A dog-friendly candidate and a dog owner himself, Wally Weleschenko supports dedicated tax-based funding for dog parks and their designation as 'single-use'. See his comments below.

Platform: Welechenko’s priorities are infrastructure and public safety. And he wants better and wiser spending. He says, “The odds of our taxes going down are not likely, but I am of the belief that we can do more and get more with the money that is collected and spent as there is far too much waste.”

Wekechenko wants rapid transit and transit accessibility to areas of Transcona that are not being serviced, a better solution for Concordia Hospital, and a resolution to the truck route within Transcona.

WelechenkoI says he would love to see a faster form of public transportation in Winnipeg. He is not opposed to rapid transit but believes that the cost outweighs the result. He says, “If the City had surplus cash and BRT was the best solution that would be great, but we don’t.” He believes that LRT is a better option, saying it is a far more efficient, faster system and cuts down on the amount of car use substantially.

To provide faster public transit service and reduce operating costs, Welechenko suggests adding more buses at peak times, using smaller sizedes bus on feeder routes, and running more buses at peak times and fewer at slower times. He says, “There is no point using a large bus when there are only a few people on it or - many times - none at all.” Welechenko considers express buses “a form of rapid transit that are already using existing roads and cost us nothing.”

Welechenko wants better streets and street maintenance, and a more improved system of snow clearing. He would like to see tougher penalties on crime with more accountability.

Welechenko ran in the 1998 civic election and cautions, “What you want to do and what you get to do are two different things”, noting that everything must be approved by city council. Because of that, Welechenko says he’s cautious about making specific campaign promises, since he’s not certain which ones would pass a full council vote.

Welechenko graduated from Red River Community College with awards in advertising art. He started his own advertising company, which later led him into his own clothing line, called Wild Thang This. He is an entrepreneur who has started up and owned stores, hotels, and other businesses.

Weleschenko has been a member of Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble since 1989. He has served on the Board of Directors and continues to be an advisor to the Board. He has also performed and been involved with Folklorama and various other cultural groups.

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?

Yes I would support this.

With the amount of dogs in the city, and having used the dog parks myself, I do feel it is important to have and support them.

As important as they are socially and good excersize for dogs, it equally applies to the people who use them.

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 feel that if you are designating a dog park to be just that, that should be its primary use. I can see where conflict would occur and I would support that an off leash dog park be a single use.