2018 Tim Diack

Mayoral Candidate

Tim Diack

Candidate - Mayor

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A 'dog-friendly' candidate, Tim Diack supports dedicated tax-based funding for dog parks and their designation as 'single-use'.

Platform: A law-and-order candidate, Diack’s priorities are being smart on crime, creating safer communities, developing economic opportunities, and maintaining streets and sidewalks.

As a veteran police officer, it’s not surprising that the crime plank is the most detailed part of Diack’s platform. He says, “As a cop. I’ve watched the police service diminish under inefficiencies and the crime rates soar as policing focuses more on administrative duties and less of actual crime fighting. He points out there’s no single solution nor a single level of government that can fix the problem but there are things that can be done.

Diack says being “smart on crime” is different from being “strong on crime”. “Smart” means having a fast, responsive system, and immediate response to 911 calls. He wants to bill criminals and system abusers for WPS labour and resources that are currently paid for by taxpayers. “Smart” also means making changes to the way impaired drivers are processed, changing the Bail Reform Act, updating ways of collecting evidence by allowing officers to use video tape and cellphone photos, speeding up the way fines are processed, registering bicycles and licensing panhandlers.

Diack says that WPS needs to improve its response time. He says police have to be there when people need them adding, “The problem is that when seconds count, we’re minutes away.” To improve public safety, he says it’s not necessary to hire more officers; the answer is to have the officers we have doing more actual police work by replacing out-dated, time-consuming administrative systems and tools, and using modern technology.

Diack says the biggest issue facing Winnipeg isn’t “drugs”, it’s one specific drug. He believes we are in a “meth crisis", noting meth and crime go hand in hand. According to Diack, first responders only have one option when dealing with a patient exhibiting meth-induced psychosis: the local hospital. Instead of taxing emergency rooms, Diack want a secure medical facility, staffed and outfitted with appropriate resources to accommodate the increasing number of people addicted to meth and he says Winnipeg need a long-term meth recovery centre.

Diack supports the grassroots efforts of the Remove the Rails Coalition to redevelop the Canadian Pacific rail yard, adding it has the potential to dramatically alter the inner city.

To unclog major traffic arteries, Diack says, “I would love to partner with CN or CP and make use of their railway infrastructure. Conversions could be made to have electrical buses shuttle commuters throughout the city. Some existing lines can be pulled to be used as bike paths or bus roads. These lines go throughout the city and to let them languish unused is a missed opportunity.

Diack also wants to see more development downtown. supports re-opening Portage and Main but says the city has more important issues, such as safety, to deal with first. and making the city more efficient. He likes the idea of designing elevated crossings for pedestrians and cyclists.

Diack describes himself as a Red Tory. The He was unsuccessful in his bid for the Progressive Conservative nomination in the 2017 provincial Point Douglas byelection.

The 30-year veteran of the police service currently serves as a beat officer in Point Douglas.

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. Healthy dogs, healthy owners

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. I have three dogs. Do not want footballs frisbees drones etc.

Would study methane capture like other jurisdictions. Makes people more vigilant with their dogs poop.