2022 Ontario municipal election: Meet the Kitchener Ward 4 council candidates

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On Oct. 24, voters crossed Waterloo Region volition caput to the polls to elite metropolis and determination councillors, mayors and a determination chair.

Residents of Kitchener, the region’s largest city, volition elite councillors successful 10 wards arsenic good arsenic a politician to signifier metropolis council.

There volition beryllium astatine slightest 3 caller faces successful place, arsenic Ward 3 Coun. John Gazzola, Ward 5 Coun. Kelly Galloway Sealock and Ward 10 Coun. Sarah Marsh person chosen not to question re-election.

In Ward 4, Christine Michaud is seeking a 2nd word successful bureau but she volition person to fend disconnected challenges from Ali Akbar and John Vandonk.

To assistance voters up of this election, Global News has reached retired to each of those moving for determination oregon metropolis council, politician oregon determination seat successful Kitchener, Cambridge and Waterloo with disposable online interaction info. Those moving for bureau were emailed a database of 7 questions and successful the coming days, the responses for each campaigner who replies volition beryllium shared.

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What follows are the responses received from those moving for councillor successful Kitchener, with the candidates being listed successful alphabetical order.

Ali Akbar

Q.1 Please springiness a little inheritance of yourself including what you bash for a surviving and however agelong you person lived successful the area? (If you are an incumbent, delight authorities however agelong you person held the position.)

My sanction is Ali Akbar, and I americium moving for Kitchener City Councillor ward 4.

I americium a task absorption nonrecreational and I person a PMP designation. I person a Master’s grade successful Electrical Engineering which I earned astatine the University of Victoria successful British Columbia, Canada. I americium a task manager, 5G operation with Bell Mobility, and I americium presently moving connected projects to physique infrastructure for 5G exertion passim Southern Ontario.

Apart from my superior enactment with Bell, I americium an entrepreneur and I person a budding rideshare institution presently operating successful the metropolis of Cambridge-Kitchener-Waterloo. My institution RideON Canada provides competitory prices for passengers portion putting much wealth successful the pockets of drivers.

I americium a part-time task absorption teacher astatine Lambton College successful Toronto and I americium dedicated to helping radical excel successful their careers.

I immigrated to Canada successful 2009 and lived successful Cambridge earlier travelling to B.C. to further my education.

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I person been surviving successful the Doon South country of Kitchener for the past 10 years with my woman and 3 children.

Q.2 Why bash you judge you are the close idiosyncratic for the job?

I americium passionate astir making a quality successful the assemblage and helping others. I privation to marque definite each nonmigratory (youth, big and senior) has what they request to win with a steadfast lifestyle. But I can’t bash this alone, I’m going to request your support.

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Q.3 What bash you deliberation is the astir important contented facing your ward and the metropolis arsenic a whole?

The astir important contented facing my ward is the information and information of the community. There has been an summation successful theft and an summation successful traffic. Neighbourhoods person go unsafe for pedestrians/cyclists. I privation to spot an summation successful constabulary beingness successful my ward to forestall theft and break-ins and I privation to instrumentality postulation calming strategies to guarantee radical consciousness harmless successful their homes.

Q.4 Looking down the road, what are your semipermanent goals for the city?

I volition enactment with the Digital Kitchener strategy squad to marque definite everyone tin entree integer tools and the internet. Expand the escaped nationalist Wi-Fi footprint and physique a astute metropolis which connects and innovates caller technologies to amended the lives of Kitchener residents. Increase the beingness of astute sensors and cameras to cod real-time information for nationalist safety, information and health.

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Q.5 What is your platform?

• Moving Kitchener forward
• Protect our neighbourhood
• Protect our environment
• Responsible development
• Create prime jobs
• Transparency & accountability
• Affordable housing
• Lower municipal taxes

Q.6 What bash you similar to bash successful your spare time?

I similar to walk clip with my household and enactment successful outdoor recreational activities with my friends/family.

Q.7 What is your favourite happening astir surviving successful your city/ward?

My favourite things astir surviving present are the earthy areas and trails.

John Vandonk

Q.1 Please springiness a little inheritance of yourself including what you bash for a surviving and however agelong you person lived successful the area? (If you are an incumbent, delight authorities however agelong you person held the position.)

The crushed I judge I americium the close idiosyncratic for the occupation due to the fact that I americium a precise bully listener arsenic good arsenic a bully learner. The biggest ailment I person heard from the residents is the existent assembly does not instrumentality into relationship the concerns of the residents erstwhile making decisions that impact them, they lone perceive to the developers/speculators/investors!

I volition perceive to the residents concerns and powerfully see them earlier making my decision!

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Q.2 Why bash you judge you are the close idiosyncratic for the job?

I person a past arsenic a Union Leader successful our assemblage for galore years to code galore issues & concerns that affected our members arsenic good arsenic different members successful our community.

Q.3 What bash you deliberation is the astir important contented facing your ward and the metropolis arsenic a whole?

Lack of affordable/accessible lodging and jomelessness (Issues spell hand-in-hand) arsenic 1 issue! Urban sprawl which is destroying our farmland/green spaces/wetlands and our creek’s and waterways.

Q.4 Looking down the road, what are your semipermanent goals for the city?

Attaining lodging for each members of our community, protecting the situation and attaining nett zero c emissions for our community.

Q.5 What is your platform?

Please presumption my website: https://johnvandonk.com/.

Q.6 What bash you similar to bash successful your spare time?

Play play and work a lot.

Q.7 What is your favourite happening astir surviving successful your city/ward?

I find our citizens are rather caring of each members of our assemblage and I find we are moving guardant with supporting and including each marginalized groups into our community. Lots of activities successful our assemblage to partake in!

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Global News has besides reached retired to Christine Michaud but has not received a effect arsenic of publication. This transcript volition beryllium updated arsenic further answers arrive.

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