|Timestamp||Email Address||Candidate Name||If 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?|
|8/13/2017 22:33:email@example.com||Fahad Mughal||I will work on a 90 days plan first, 30 days inwards (looking inside the organisation); 30 days; outwards (Connecting to citizens and other stake holders) and 30 days for strategic planning to work on solutions and to come up with a plan for the rest of the years which will have a 100 day milestone each.||I believe the most important aspect before supporting this programs is to evaluate if it is doing well or not and this will need engaging with appropriate stake holders and asking for their input.|
One of major my concern as a parent is the use of pesticides in public parks and play grounds and its harmful affect on our children.
|One of my key platform is transparency which includes online polling, this tool will be effectively used to ask groups on what is important to them and what changes would they like to see.|
The results of this polling will also be available online which will make the government accountable, to implement the plan on what was being heard by different groups.
|9/5/2017 11:19:firstname.lastname@example.org||Carla Frost||Providing support to only programs that improve quality of life, not store front spending. Children represent all of our futures.||By bridging separate schools together with music, arts, and programs that teach children about accepting various differences in our society. As for young families using my voice and working with the team council , to reach out for help from the various levels of government to understand the fiscal cost that families experience and the burden it puts as they go through this early years experience.||I think the most important is quality of life in all areas of raising children and supporting there growth. Especially there safety and Health.|
|9/10/2017 15:58:email@example.com||Don Iveson||I first would like to thank the Edmonton Early Years Coalition for the opportunity to share my vision for Edmonton as Canada’s most family friendly city. Edmonton is Canada’s youngest city, so as this young population starts families and plants roots we need to make sure their city is a place where raising children is safe, enriching and aligns with their needs. This means:|
1) Providing free transit to anyone 12 and under, so that children can get to school, but also so that it makes sense financially for families to use our City’s transit system to move their family around.
2) Work with senior orders of government to expand affordable early learning and care (child care) spaces, by finding locations, easing regulatory restrictions like parking, and including them in more city buildings and schools.
3) Continuing to work with province to ensure that Cities are empowered to work more closely with school boards to ensure we are making better community planning decisions together, especially when it comes to school closures/consolidations.
4) When building new schools, or doing major renovations, we need to make the best use of the land that is available by making it easier to include child care, libraries, health facilities, etc.-- for our children’s education and for our communities’ vitality.
|During my last ten years on Edmonton City Council, I have had the privilege of seeing how dedicated the City of Edmonton is towards improving the lives and inclusion of young people in all that we do. From the great work of Child Friendly Edmonton to the critical recommendations of EndPovertyEdmonton, I believe the time has never been better to double down on our commitment to the youngest residents of Edmonton so they have the best shot at being the future leaders of our City. One concrete example of my commitment to this work is a motion I made with my Council Colleague Bev Esslinger we asked “That Administration provide a report to Executive Committee outlining the potential for (and any barriers or challenges to) requiring future City of Edmonton buildings, including affordable housing development projects on City of Edmonton-owned land, to explicitly consider including space dedicated for early learning and care services at the needs assessment stage.” |
It is our hope that all future City of Edmonton developments put the early learning and care of children first. I have also committed to providing free transit to all children under 12 years old, to encourage families to use our transit system while alleviating some of the financial burden of transportation many families face. By investing early in our young people, we ensure that they have the best chance at a successful future and we save costs in the long term. I intend to see this work through while collaborating and listening to the perspectives and ideas of my council colleagues and Edmonton children and families should I be elected on October 16.
|I mentioned it briefly in my last answer, but what I believe is one of the most transformative actions our City can take to make Edmonton Canada’s most family-friendly city is free transit for children under 12. It’s no secret that many families face tremendous financial pressure; from basic necessities to child care, raising a family is expensive. One of the greatest expenses (and family stressors) is transportation, if we can give families a financial break while also encouraging public transit use our City goes a long way in becoming more affordable and sustainable.|
I’m also really excited and open to new ideas and initiatives coming from my Council colleagues, children and families throughout Edmonton as well as groups like the Edmonton Early Years Coalition.
|9/14/2017 22:20:firstname.lastname@example.org||Steven Shewchuk||The youth of our City are the future of our City and it is important that they are nurtured and educated as required. My spouse has been involved with BGCBigs for over 15 years and understands the importance of providing the youth with the skills to improve their lives.||Many of the current initiatives should continue. The City will need to review the programs and ensure they are properly funded and provide the results necessary.||One thing that should be looked at is whether or not there are synergies between some of the initiatives and programs that can be used to make the work more efficient and effective.|
|10/1/2017 20:22:email@example.com||Neil Stephens||The first step is to have a good understanding of the current situation as it exists today. The 2017 Early Development Instrument that will be released in the next few months will be invaluable in setting a framework for the work ahead. In addition, it is important to identify the key partners and stakeholders who can provide their experience and expertise to help guide the plan. It is not acceptable that 1 in 6 Alberta children in Edmonton live in poverty and it is the responsibility of government to ensure that all children have the necessities they require to thrive so they may eventually become productive members of society which only serves to make the community stronger.||I would take the knowledge gained by the prior years of work to build a robust plan for engaging school boards and community organizations who work with children and young families on a daily basis. Input from the experts is key in identifying gaps and developing strategies to address the issues that exist for young families today.||It is imperative that a comprehensive review should take place that looks at the services in place now to determine if they are meeting the needs of young families and children. Important things to consider are access to nutritious lunches at school, proper medical care, access to after school activities and innovative options for working mothers.|
This will require collaboration with the two senior levels of government.