2018 Steve Lipischak

Transcona Ward

Steve Lipischak


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Dog Parks: Lipischak is one of a handful of candidates who has addressed dog parks proactively on his website. He says, “This comes up at almost every door in Transcona!! I didn’t realize that we all have two or three dogs. We need to ensure that the dogs and their owners have a place to run free. Even if it is not huge, we can have smaller linked-off areas in parks that would be made available for dog owners…It wouldn’t have to be a big area, but enough to let the dogs run free and roll in the grass. A cordoned off section in parks would suffice wouldn’t it?”

Platform: Lipischak says his platform is about family, tradition, integrity and community. He says it appears that voters’ biggest concerns are road repairs, crime prevention, more available affordable daycare, and youth drop-in centres.

Crime Prevention: Lipischak believes that preventing crime takes a village. He says the community must find ways to come together and look out for one another, adding that the Bear Clan Patrol neighbourhood watch program - which relies on community volunteers - really works. He says the presence and the perception of eyes everywhere can deter crime and make neighbourhoods safer.

Rapid Transit: Lipischak says he’s not against progress and growth but he opposes wasteful spending on BRT because it won’t benefit most citizens. He says feedback he received from transit riders and operators indicates the majority don’t want the system; they want better feeder routes to main streets and more buses during peak rush hours.

Spending: In business Lipischak’s learned that to save money, you need to do the job properly in the first place. “To cheap out on initial costs just means having to correct the problem time and time again, spending countless dollars to do so, as opposed to spending a little more to do the job right in the first place. We need more accountability and transparency in our spending and dealings and that is what I intend to bring.”

Lipischak believes all forms of accessibility and transparency are important, including an openness between City Hall and the public. It’s a priority for him to be accessible. He promises to hold monthly town halls and meetings in seniors’ centers. He will respond quickly to emails and phone calls and provide updates via live videos on social media.

Lipischak wants Winnipeg to be more accessible to everyone. He would ensure that parks, playgrounds, streets and sidewalks are wheelchair accessible and says that includes proper cleaning in winter.

Roads: Lipischak says Transcona’s roads, back lanes and infrastructure need a lot of work. But he says it’s not just about road repairs, but routes as well. He would close Day Street as a truck route and open Plessis, which can handle a greater volume of traffic, larger vehicles, and is connected to Dugald Road and the highways.

Child Care: With all the growth of Transcona and more young families coming into the area, Lipischak says there’s a pressing need for more child care spots and he wants city planners to act on that.

Youth: Reminding voters that “it takes a village to raise a child”, Lipischak sees local community clubs and parents working together to provide youth with a reason to do well, not a reason to be destructive.

Seniors: Lipischak wants to invest in seniors. And while Transcona waits to see if there will be a fitness centre and walking area at Park City Commons, he wants to ensure that there is a Y or Wellness Centre in the area.

Lipischak is Vickar Automotive Group’s director of marketing. He sits on the boards of the Winnipeg Transcona Rotary Club, Columbus Villa, and the Transcona Heritage Museum and is a member of several community-based organizations. He is a first-time candidate.

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?
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?