Ward 6 - Municipal Candidate Response Form (Responses)
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TimestampEmail AddressCandidateIf 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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8/11/2017 8:41:08electprouse@gmail.comTish Prouse, M.A.When you speak in terms of early years who are in vulnerable social circumstances, I plan to really push with a new approach to end homelessness. There is a detailed amount of information about this topic on my website, to which I refer the readers. This is the single most important step that we, as a city, can take to help the very young children in our midst. If we hold ourselves accountable to end homelessness, then we relieve a lot of the pressure on our social agencies who can now deal with the root causes of homelessness and provide proper support for struggling families, something they can do only in a limited capacity now. Council has many initiatives, and I feel that, though well-intentioned, many of these are not held seriously by some of the councillors. These initiatives require universal support both in words and in action. Further, some of these initiatives require the re-evaluation of what we, as a municipality, can control and what is out of our bailiwick, and how this division in responsibility with other government bodies can be better used to generate real results. My position is to hold council accountable to these commitments, by ensuring we have well-thought-out plans, regular feedback from professional social support staff and families in distress, as well as community groups at large. I also plan to hold my fellow councillors accountable by ensuring we have universal support when talking with our provincial counterparts, and putting real pressure to make the province fulfill its commitments. Yes, and they are incorporated into my proposal on how to better direct our efforts to end homelessness. This information can be found on my website in detail.
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8/15/2017 18:57:35bill@knightinvestments.caBill Knight
If I am elected I will Champion Early Years by ensuring initiatives such as the EndPoverty initiative remains relevant and at the foreground of council’s minds. By keeping Housing First and Child Friendly Edmonton in the discussions, the initiatives for Early Years will not become a forgotten issue that is pushed aside.


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I will support council’s current initiatives focused on young children and their families by reviewing the Child Friendly strategy and advocate for amendments necessary to ensure that the goals of the initiatives are being implemented in an appropriate amount of time, and align with the values and goals of the Child Friendly Edmonton Strategy.

I would like to expand on current initiatives. An example would be the EPL Baby and Toddler programs. I have heard from parents of young children in my riding that it can be difficult to get into the programs because of limited space. WE should expand the services to open more spaces and make it more accessible for parents of young children. The City of Edmonton has set forward some terrific goals and initiatives; it is the responsibility of council to ensure the success of the initiatives, and build on or amend as required to create a Child Friendly community for all of our citizens, no matter how young they are
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8/18/2017 22:59:50info@scottmckeen.caScott McKeenI believe a sustainable, welcoming and inclusive, and healthy city is the best way to benefit the early years of a child. The work I've done on Council so far has reflected those beliefs. We need to support our future generations by thinking long term with our city planning. This includes encouraging families to stay in the core of the city, Ward 6, by supporting diverse and affordable housing options and ensuring we have child care options for them. By encouraging families to stay downtown, we'll also see school populations begin to grow and our future generations will be able to attend the school down the block, rather than having to be bussed to a nearby district.
I will also continue to push for affordable, supportive housing options for our vulnerable population which allows families to stay together. This is critical in the early years of development of a child.
A healthy city means more than just eating your fruits and vegetables. It's about making sure we have enough green space and places to play in Ward 6, something I continue to push and vote for on Council. It means connecting neighbours and communities to combat social isolation and improve mental health. And its about encouraging our children to be welcoming and inclusive to all communities. I will continue to embrace and celebrate the diverse community that calls Ward 6 home.
I will continue to support the Edmonton Public Library and all the wonderful programming they offer to children in our city. I have supported, and will continue to support, my colleague Bev Esslinger with her Child Friendly Edmonton Council Initiative. I also believe my Mental Health and Urban Isolation initiative will continue to do great work for families in Ward 6 and across the city. I also believe the work Council does on affordable housing, transit strategies, mature neighbourhood development and our economic sustainability should consider the next generation. We are making decisions for our children and their children, who will have different needs and ideas than we do. Council needs to consider that when making those decisions in the next 4 years. I will continue to push for green space within our downtown core, so families have a place to play and grow. My hope is that by encouraging park space within the core, families won't feel the pressure to move further out to provide that critical ingredient to a child's development.
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