Staff and members of the Canadian CED Network – Manitoba (CCEDNet-MB) called on 2014 municipal election candidates to share their position on policies that support our collective vision of fairer and stronger local economies, reduced poverty, and more sustainable communities. This is Nadine Stiller's response:
1. Are you in favour of this policy practice? If yes, how will you work to implement a procurement strategy that takes into account the added economic, social and environmental value of purchasing from social enterprises and other businesses that generate community benefit through the inclusion of Community Benefit Clauses in contracts and purchases?
Ensuring value for money in procurement processes and strategies should consider not only price but also other criteria such as numbers of jobs created, length of job creation and ensure environmental considerations are taken into account. I would support revising existing procurement strategies for city hall to ensure such considerations are implemented.
2. Are you in favour of Right to Housing’s proposal that the City of Winnipeg support at least 350 new units of affordable rental housing and 350 new units of social housing over three years? If yes, what City supports will you provide so this target can be achieved?
I support ensuring adequate affordable housing is available for Winnipeggers who are in need of decent housing. The targets are reasonable so I would support decision-making that is aimed at achieving these targets by employing the options identified including TIFs, grants, planning and land use and inclusionary zoning.
3. Are you in favour of a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy for Winnipeg with targets and timelines? If yes, how will you partner with community-based organizations and other key stakeholders to create and implement one?
Absolutely, poverty reduction is a complex social issue that requires a comprehensive approach and plan. Having attended Poverty Reduction conferences it is clear that solutions are cross cutting diverse service delivery points at all levels of government so it is essential that community-based groups, stakeholders and all levels of government are involved in creating and implementing an approach. Long term planning and commitment are necessary to effect positive change and outcomes.