2018 Andrew Podolecki

North Kildonan Ward

Andrew Podolecki

North Kildonan

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Although Andrew Podolecki is a dog owner, WINDOG considers him a 'fence-sitter' when it comes to dog parks. While he does supports dedicated tax-based funding for off-leash areas he does not support designating all off-leash areas 'single-use'. He wants each one decided on a case-by-case basis.

Platform: Podolecki’s priorities are reforming City Hall, implementing administrative reforms, improving public transit, funding road repairs and electric car charging stations, improving recycling programs, improving city planning and development, funding affordable housing, capping property taxes, and making changes to the way pet license fees are used.

Podolecki wants city ouncil as a whole to elect members of the Executive Policy Committee instead of having the mayor appoint them. He says this would make EPC accountable to council instead of the mayor.

Podolecki wants to change the method by which Winnipeggers vote from “first past the post”, in which the candidate with the most votes wins, to “instant run-off voting” (IVR), where voters rank the candidates in order of preference. In wards where more than two candidates are running, IRV has the effect of avoiding split votes.

Podolecki would end privatization of municipal services and bring more of services back in-house to ensure quality and affordability, and he would reduce the city’s dependence on user fees.

Podolecki would significantly increase the transit fleet to ensure reliable and accessible service, and electrify the fleet to save on fuel costs and promote environmental sustainability. He would continue with BRT expansion to the eastern line and the other four corridors. He wants to explore idea of 5-minute-service frequency for major bus routes, and freeze transit fares for four years.

Podolecki wants to create an infrastructure funding system to help construct high-speed electric car charging stations, continue to increase the regional road repair budget by minimum inflation, improve recycling programs, and explore curbside composting to divert more waste away from landfills.

Podolecki would re-write zoning laws to encourage greater density, more growth and less urban sprawl. He says it’s important to build more social housing and affordable housing units to alleviate poverty and allow Winnipeggers to get into the housing market.

Podolecki wants use pet license fees to reduce the pet population through spay and neuter programs and find them forever homes.

Podolecki is a student at the University of Winnipeg, currently pursuing a BA in political science. He works full-time in the hospitality industry. He was a candidate in the 2014 civic election and ran as a New Democrat in St. Paul in the 2016 provincial election.

Podolecki enjoys helping Craig Street Cats and has volunteered at community hospitals, for food banks, the Christmas Cheer Board and the First Mennonite Church's campaign fundraiser for breast cancer research.

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, dedicated green space for our furry companions is important for healthy communities, and safety of animals and people alike. Having adaqute infrastructure of green space for dogs and dog owners is the minimum we can do to ensure we have better communities.

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?

In principal yes, however each new or upgraded park we need to use a case-by-case bases to ensure, is that green space being designated for a dog park appropriate for the community and nearby amentities? To ensure that dog owners and residents are happy and co-existing, we need proper consultation and planning on which parks we want to designate as dog only or not. So that we do not have issues later.