2018 Nikolas Joyal

St. Norbert - Seine River Ward

Nikolas Joyal

St. Norbert - Seine River

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Nikolas Joyal is a 'dog-friendly' candidate who supports dedicated funding for off-leash areas and the 'single-use' designation, both with conditions. See his comments below.

Platform: Joyal’s platform focuses on improved transit and active transportation, smarter approaches to infrastructure, working with the U of M to find solutions to illegal rooming houses, and bringing a youth voice to city hall.

1) Transit: The development of the bus rapid transit network and adding more diamond lanes on major routes are priorities for Joyal. He thinks the city should also look at lower cost options, such as slip lanes and transit priority signals at intersections. He would push the city and Winnipeg Transit to examine the benefits of transitioning to a "hub and spoke" transit model, instead of the current radial model.

2)Active Transportation: Joyal says the city must continue to develop its cycling network. As it expands the network, it must also work on widening sidewalks on major residential streets to reduce potential negative interactions between pedestrians and casual cyclists, and those who feel unsafe on the road. As the bike network expands, he says it's vital that it is properly marked with simple, visible signs to show who has the right of way, where vehicles and bikes should be stopping at lights and stop signs, and how to turn across bike lanes.

3) Infrastructure: Joyal believes the notion that the only solution to infrastructure problems is to spend more money is not sustainable. Instead, he wants the city to prioritize projects like the inner ring road that will move traffic around rather than through the city. He believes this will not only reduce congestion on major roads but reduce wear and tear by providing faster routes for large trucks. The City must also focus on developing active transportation networks and BRT in order to provide more convenient options to commuters that will further reduce congestion and wear and tear. Finally, as the city continue to grow, it should encourage densification strategies in areas that already have existing infrastructure.

4) U of M: Joyal says it’s important the the City continue to work with residents, renters, landlords and the U of M to get rid of illegal rooming houses in communities around the university. He believes a big part of this is making sure the City supports the university in re-developing both the campus and the former Southwood Gold Course, as these redevelopments will provide much needed housing units to the area and to students. Additionally, the City should encourage medium to high density development along Pembina Highway to create more housing units to the area.

5)Youth: A priority for Joyal is finding ways to involve youth in civic politics. He would push the City to host community consultations at the post-secondary institutions. He wants elected officials and the public service to be more active and engaged on social media in order to connect with youth in ways they are familiar and comfortable with. He wants the City to work with school divisions to connect with students at a high school level.

Joyal is a third-generation, bilingual resident of the St Norbert-Seine River ward. He is currently an honours student in the political science department at the University of Manitoba and a graduate of Collège Jeanne-Sauvé. This is the first time he has run for elected office.

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 this motion, provided that the creation or improvements of dog parks is done in conjunction with improvements to the parks in general. It is important to provide well maintained space for pets, and knowing that the city has a Off-Leash Master Plan gives me reason to believe that there are clear goals in place in regards to priorities and timelines for the creation and improvements of dog parks. Without this framework I would be hesitant to support dedicating funds to something without knowing where and how those funds will be spent. I would not put forward a motion as I am unfamiliar with the process, and would not feel comfortable doing so.

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?
While most dogs at off leash parks are well behaved and well controlled by their owners, there is always the chance that they could be startled or scared by a passing jogger, cyclist, child playing, etc.. To prevent any negative outcomes that could result form this, having physical separation between off leash areas and the rest of a park is best for both people and animals. Because of this, I would support a motion designating off leash areas as "single use", providing that designating areas as single use does not negatively impact the ability of others to use the park as a whole. As in the previous question, I would not introduce this motion myself as I am not familiar with the process.