2018 Don Woodstock

Mayoral Candidate

Don Woodstock

Candidate - Mayor

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About the Candidate

A dog-friendly candidate, Don Woodstock supports dedicated tax-based funding for dog parks and their designation as 'single-use'. See his comments below.

Platform: Woodstock's priorities are infrastructure renewal, the environment, poverty, and accountability.

Woodstock promises “the practice of skimming money off projects and unfair bid opportunities will stop”. He is calling for a property and business tax freeze for next four years and a freeze on levies. He wants to make Winnipeg a “Sports Capital” instead of a "Crime Capital", promising to reduce crime within two years and end homelessness.

As a former transit operator, it is perhaps no surprise that Woodstock’s vision is most detailed in the area of public transit. He favours light rail, electric buses, and lower transit fares. To improve safety for passengers and employees, he would install driver protection shields and impose stiffer penalties for assaults on drivers, supervisors, and police officers. He wants to review and align bus routing for efficiency and reliability and proposes free Park and Rides along all corridors, extending hours of operation on main routes to 24 hours, and fixing 'PEGGO' or scrapping and replacing it. He also proposes double-shifted 24-hour construction on major road work.

A Jamaican-born Canadian, Woodstock obtained certification in real estate law and a diploma in business studies from the Institute of Management of Production in Kingston, Jamaica. He owns and operates a residential security system company.

Woodstock is an active member of his community. He organizes the “Lipton Street Block Party,” and is a captain with the Urban Knights. Together with former Winnipeg Blue Bomber James Murphy, he established a free football clinic for inner-city kids. With the assistance of The Winnipeg Foundation, he created an educational scholarship fund for inner-city kids.

Woodstock ran as a Liberal in the 2007 and 2011 provincial elections, as a Green Party candidate in the 2015 federal and 2016 provincial elections and in the 2014 civic election but has yet not held office. He is an active community volunteer.

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 will support this but will not spend $500,000 on one dog park. We can build a do park for under $100,000 and so let's look at means of doing this way more efficiently and safe for all.

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?

Yes to single-use. There is a safety concern when dogs and human activities are blended. Dogs need their own space. We love them and they are apart of our family.