2022 Windsor Election Rose City Politics Candidate Questionnaire answers:
1. What is your prior political experience?
None. I’m young and have ideas on how to keep society running at a decent pace, so now you need to decide if you agree with them or not.
2. Why are you running?
Because society as a whole does not understand the extent of which our climate is changing and the effects it will have on our current way of life. In a global trade market where California grows lots of the winter vegetables we (we referring to North America as a whole), it should be code red all over the news that they are only 32 feet away from the hoover dam not generating power, the water for which they also use for the people and crops. China has had hottest heat wave in recorded human history, Europe rivers have become dry moats while 1/3 of Pakistan washed away pretty much overnight, and thats before the couple feet of combined sea rise from the greenland ice sheets and thwates glacier melting in the coming decades. I mention these world wide disasters because A) WE live in a flood zone so that could be us in the coming years, B) global trade is currently breaking down with no signs of getting better, which means we may be without what we need if we don’t provide for ourselves.
To sum it up, I want to prepare ourselves as a community for the coming changes that are coming regardless of whether or not we get ready for it.
3. What do you do currently for a living?
Im a student at st.clair for horticulture landscaping. I also run the Facebook group Ol’ Riverside Food share where the idea is we all grow too much in our gardens and share with other gardeners in the share. I intend to use the skills ill learn at school into making the most efficient food producing gardens for home use.
4. What is the biggest issue affecting the ward you are running for?
The immediate threat i think of is flooding. We see all around the world how bad the flooding is (see Germany or BC last year, or Pakistan and Mississippi this year). I understand the geographic differences between the mountainous regions and the floodplain of windsor, but as the oceans have more water so do the storms. If its hard getting flood insurance in a flood zone, then the buildings should be floodproofed, and would like to work with engineers and city planners if they have any ideas like canals and reservoirs.
5. What is the biggest issue affecting the City of Windsor?
Lack of preparedness for the changes coming in the next decade and out. We become dependent on whoever offers what we need, and right now most people are dependant on factors complete out of their control all working smoothly to consistently put food on the table.
6. Are you seeking any endorsements?
Im not going around asking for them but if you like what I have to say then I’ll take it
7. Have you received any endorsements?
My mom but I don’t know if that counts
8. Will you continue the “hold the line on taxes” policy?
I agree with what saves the people money, not the banks, government or oligarchs
9. Do you support the mega-hospital location?
With a megahospital and An EV plant im more concerned if we can keep the lights on for everyone. We don’t have nurses for the hospitals we already have, let’s get that fixed before we spend all this money on a place to put more nurses.
10. Do you support strong mayor legislation?
Yes. The people elect a mayor to get an agenda passed. Dosnt mean you have to like the decision, but they were the one givin the power to make that choice.
11. Should the city use taxpayers dollars to bring jobs to the area?
Depends on the job. I am very much on the side of new jobs, but only worthwhile, good paying jobs, especially related to climate adaptation. For example, Windsor starting a hemp farm to begin replacing industrial wood pulp. It would take jobs to create and work the fields, and if we do our own processing thats more jobs. Its possible to go further by turning the pulp into products ourselves like takeout containers or replace Styrofoam and packing peanuts in shipping. So in short yes, depending on the job.
12. If you are running in a ward with an incumbent who is also running, why is change necessary, and why are you the person to deliver it?
Decades of families being completely reliant on a long and complicated supply chain wrapped all the way around the world has left us vulnerable to losing even the most basic essentials. If you don’t currently grow your own food, then you rely both on A) grocery stores / food markets you shop at to have the food you need, and B) your employer to provide you with a currency the store will accept. If one of those two things you rely on is unavailable, you lose the other. Can’t feed your family with no money, can’t feed the family if the stores are empty. Nobody else I’ve seen is running on a campaign like mine, and if your someone who knows the status quo is falling apart then vote for someone who’s trying a new one instead of ductaping and bandaid the crumbling system.
13. How many hours per week do you plan to allocate towards council business if elected?
I dont have an exact number, but I intend to work towards my goals of making the people more self reliant, improving bike access, and adapting to climate change.
14. Do you live in the ward you are running for?
15. What agencies, boards, or committees do/have you served on, and in what capacity?
I was on a skate board once but that was a long time ago.
16. What person, animal or fictional character should be Windsor’s unofficial mascot?
This feels like a fun, silly question. I like to think I’m funny but nobody has accused me of being fun. That being said, Danny DeVito.