Ward 1 - Municipal Candidate Response Form (Responses)
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TimestampEmail AddressCandidate NameIf elected, how will you champion the Early Years in your governance work on Council?How will you support Council’s current initiatives focused on young children and their families?Do you have any new or different initiatives to propose that will improve the early childhood development results for young children? If so, what are they?
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8/20/2017 18:19:17andrew@andrewknack.comAndrew KnackOne action I was able to bring forward to Council was the expansion of the Leisure Access Program in the city. While that program help with those below the low-income cut off, there are many others who are just above who are not able to use the various programs and services the city has to offer. This was recently expanded to people and families who are up to 25% above that cut off. This should allow more children to access a variety of services and supports they need to be successful. For more details about that work, please review this post: http://www.andrewknack.com/sliding-scale-fee-program-for-edmontonians/Using the sliding scale approach, we should apply that to other areas not included in the Leisure Access Program. Another key area of focus for young children must be the community hub initiative that is in the process of being created. Many of our mature communities have seen large drops in population, in particular with young children, which decreases the opportunity for children to stay active and engaged. If there isn't a large population of young children, they may not play as much or have locations in the community (ex: pre-school) to developing their cognitive and social skills. I don't have a specific idea at the moment but I believe it would be great to connect with and present to the City of Edmonton Youth Council. The Youth Council would likely have some great ideas on how to improve early childhood development results.
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9/20/2017 6:05:40rdallen@telus.netRandy AllenI currently do not have enough information as to what exactly Early Years providesI will support the current initiative's if they are practical, viable and have perceived value.Formerly the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues used to have numerous programs that enhanced community and helped create a valuable environment for young children to grow and prosper. Maybe we need to return to that model.
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9/22/2017 19:06:06avellana@avellana-ward1.caReuben AvellanaI will work to freeze tax and fee increases to keep the city affordable, so that families can afford to take their children to places like the Zoo, Fort Edmonton, and our numerous Rec Centers.I will work to keep the city affordable so that families and children can take advantage of our various Rec Centers, the Zoo, and Fort Edmonton.No, however in all honesty and candor, I have to say that this is not really the job of a city councilor and I imagine many of the responses you will receive involve projects that might improve early childhood development in addition to another benefit, like lowering poverty and increasing access to city facilities.

Cities can provide libraries, parks, and recreational centers, and even work to improve their quality and access, however education is primarily the work of school trustees, the province, and the federal government. In fact, the current federal government is working on a national daycare program that would likely serve your goals.

It is also worth noting that our libraries have sections specifically dedicated to children, which would improve early childhood development, and are free to use. You may have better luck working with Edmonton Public Libraries to increase awareness of this and encourage parents to take advantage of them. Still that is the job of EPL, and realistically a councilor should only approve EPL's budget and possibly assist in the building of new libraries, it is not appropriate for a councilor to manage EPL unless the councilor sits on that specific committee.
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