11250 Wyandotte Street East, Windsor, Ontario, N8P 1J9
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/angelo.marignani
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2022 Windsor Election Rose City Politics Candidate Questionnaire answers:
1. What is your prior political experience?
I’ve been involved in every election in ward seven since 2010. This has given me knowledge of both assets and deficiencies in East Riverside and Forest Glade. Listening to the concerns over time allows you to see trends. An effective councillor will be proactive and improve the deficiencies before it becomes a major problem. A forward-thinking counsellor will seize opportunities for improvement in quality and service. My strongest political experience is listening to you the people for the last 12 years, I will focus on your aspirations, your dreams, and your desires to make Windsor a beautiful city that we can all be proud of.
2. Why are you running?
Windsor is like a diamond in the rough. We have so much potential to really make it a gem. Where else in Canada can you go to some of the best museums, world class festivals and concerts, see Lions, Tigers, and Wings, and half an hour later be sitting in the comfort of your home. Windsor can be a world class city, and we must make some improvements to reach that level of quality. It is critical that we form collaborations with the City of Detroit.
During these 12 years of campaigning, I have developed many great friendships in East Riverside in Forest Glade, I want to see my friends do well, I want to see everyone do well. I know we can, we just need the proactive, political will. That’s why I am running to help our community reach its potential. I will be a strong advocate and partner who will bring your voice to council to improve the quality of life for all Windsorites. We must provide a bright future for our youth and security for our seniors.
The change we want, the leadership we need.
3. What do you do currently for a living?
I’m currently working at Magna International Integram division. I am an auto worker.
4. What is the biggest issue affecting the ward you are running for?
It depends on who you talk to, but the top three would be:
#1 speeding down residential roads with no concern for safety of children, seniors, or our pets.
#2 the negligence of our public spaces, parks need to be clean and safe and maintained. Roads and infrastructure must be improved.
#3 our slow progress in obtaining the quality of life that we deserve for example our health system which is in desperate need of improvement or civic projects that take too long to complete Other important issues are Windsor’s image. Better community centres with more amenities for our children and seniors. Tax dollars spent on the assets that affect us directly. Snow removal. For me personally it’s beautification. I believe we live in the best part of Canada and we’re lucky to be here. We just need to apply a little Kaizen to it.
5. What is the biggest issue affecting the city of Windsor?
There are a few, today I spoke to a woman at the door who had suffered a stroke. She had to wait in emergency for 15 hours before she was seen by a doctor. She now must go up to London every week to get treatment. And she is so afraid to drive up the 401. This is so terribly wrong. We need to be proactive in our medical services and I feel our level of service is that of a third world country. Another major concern for our city is safety and crime. A person I spoke to today told me how they had their brother from Romania come and visit, so they brought him downtown. They were embarrassed to see the neglect of human life and lack of medical treatment for our homeless and mentally ill citizens. When they returned to their car, it had been broken into to steal a pair of cheap sunglasses. This social cancer is just going to grow unless we give proper treatment. 7 million people are less than an hour away from our downtown, but they don’t want to come because it’s not safe or attractive, I never thought I would think it’s safer to go to downtown Detroit than it is to go to downtown Windsor. Another concern is that Windsor drivers need to calm down on our roads. There are three parts to this challenge 1 engineering 2 education 3 enforcement, and we need to improve in all three areas. These are just a few of the biggest issues affecting our city. We also have a climate crisis that we need to address by improving our infrastructure. In 2016 more than half of ward seven had basement flooding. We continue to expand our growth without improving our pumping stations, our trunk sizes, or water mitigation. There are people who cannot even get flood insurance anymore because of the area code they live in. The importance of the issue is dependent on the person you speak to, everyone is important thus all the issues are important.
6. Are you seeking any endorsements?
7. Have you received any endorsements?
Yes, from the people who matter the most my friends and family.
8. Will you continue the “hold the line on taxes” policy?
We need to review our spending, like my father always used to tell me, it’s not how much you make it’s how much you spend. I will put a hold on big ticket items such as trolley cars on our waterfront. But instead, give it to the art gallery and make it into a diner so that it could generate some money and become a true attraction. It’s like being a homeowner and the roof is leaking but you don’t want to spend any money so the problem just grows and grows and grows until you end up saying how did we get here. Our downtown, Sandpoint Beach, crime at Optimist Park is exemplifying this. Sometimes you must spend money, but we must also be prudent at the same time with those decisions.
9. Do you support the mega-hospital location?
Yes, I do. We have a medical emergency in our community. As your City Council we really need to focus on this improvement. It is critical for the well-being of our people to have the best medical care Canada can offer. My concerns are water mitigation, infrastructure costs, and public transit for this facility.
10. Do you support strong mayor legislation?
No, I feel it’s anti democratic in the Windsor scenario.
11. Should the city use taxpayers dollars to bring jobs to the area?
In areas where we are deficient, such as Medical Sciences and affordable housing. We must be careful not to make mistakes such as CS Wind or other companies who came and left. There must be conditions placed on those tax dollars that are being given to the corporations with guidelines and penalties if standards are not reached.
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?
World class cities have thoughtful, responsive, and proactive councils. There are several critical issues that are not being addressed currently by our councillor such as housing shortages, affordable housing, the firing of the CAO, traffic calming, effective policing in our parks, reactive responses after the damage has been done, lack of creativity, lack of responsiveness to the people, approval of big-ticket items such as a streetcar on our waterfront. Removal of train horns along CP rail. Voted to delay the 40 km/h traffic calming policy in certain residential neighborhoods. All these examples do not move our city forward but stagnate our progress. This is unacceptable, these results are poor to say the least.
13. How many hours per week do you plan to allocate towards council business if elected?
I feel this is what I was meant to do, so if given that honor I will put life into it. In other words, it will become my prime focus. 24-7-365
14. Do you live in the ward you are running for?
But of course.
15. What agencies, boards, or committees do/have you served on, and in what capacity?
I served in several agencies, boards, and committees:
· Vice Chair, Marketing Chair and Development Chair of the Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association, helped create the Downtown Accelerator along with family events such as Balloonapalooza
· Windsor Endowment for the Arts
· Windsor Symphony Armory board
· City of Windsor Small Business Committee
· Downtown Windsor Accelerator board
· Downtown Windsor Farmers Market
16. What person, animal or fictional character should be Windsor’s unofficial mascot?
Rosie the Rose. A hard-working symbol of love. Rosie the Riveter but in the form of a rose symbolizing the beauty and strength of Windsor.
We can do it.