Vanessa Hamilton - Brandon Council Candidate for Riverview

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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 Vanessa Hamilton'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 businesses that generate community benefit through the inclusion of Community Benefit Clauses in contracts and purchases?

I support public policies that empower all people to lead productive and meaningful lives, while at the same time promote environmental sustainability and the local economy.

I would be in favour of a procurement policy that included Community Benefit Clauses and I would support it being implemented through the appropriate department.

2. Which planning tools and powers would you ensure the City of Brandon acted upon to encourage the creation and preservation of affordable and social rental housing?

The main tool that should be used to encourage the creation and preservation of affordable and social rental housing is the City of Brandon Affordable Housing Strategy (September 2013) which includes over 80 recommendations.

3. Are you in favour of a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy for Brandon with targets and timelines? If yes, how will you partner with community-based organizations and other key stakeholders to create and implement one?

I am in favour of a comprehensive poverty reduction strategy for Brandon with targets and timelines.

I have over ten years of experience working in Brandon with Prairie Mountain Health in the areas of community development and health promotion. I work closely with schools, businesses, non-profit organizations and public service such as the City of Brandon.

One of the greatest assets I will bring to City Council is the ability to foster partnerships. The development of a Poverty Reduction Council including at least one city councillor from the City of Brandon Poverty Committee as well as key stakeholders would bridge community – based organizations with a shared vision.