Treaty 1 Territory, Homeland of the Red River Métis, Winnipeg, Manitoba –
Today, mayoral candidate Rick Shone announced his plan for a cleaner and more vibrant Winnipeg. “Seeing how poorly our city is cleaned and maintained is one of the main reasons I decided to run for Mayor,” said Shone. “In order to have a truly liveable city, Winnipeggers and the City must take pride in our public spaces and strive to make them better.”
“Sadly, today we have a patchwork of services that are not working. Departments do not coordinate or speak to each other, leading to poor levels of service and duplication. We also need to recognize that we are a winter city and cannot simply stop cleaning up our city when winter rolls around. We need to do a better job collecting waste throughout the year.”
As the long-time owner of a business in downtown Winnipeg, Shone’s experience with developing and maintaining downtown property gives him a unique perspective on the need for beautification and regular cleaning in the downtown core and across the City.
Shone plans to:
• Install 250 large-volume garbage and recycling bins in locations where current gaps exist;
• Increase the frequency of public garbage bin pickup in areas with heavy use, including during the winter months; • Increase by-law enforcement targeting properties with waste management issues;
• Purchase and operate two electric street cleaners all summer long tasked with cleaning sidewalks and bike lanes citywide;
• Within 6 months, require that the Public Service create a plan for city departments to work collaboratively to make evidence-based decisions on improving waste pickup;
• Set aside a pool of $2 million to be distributed on a per capita basis to Business Improvement Zones, for street cleanup and beautification.
Shone strongly believes that proper waste collection and street cleaning will have a significant impact on the cleanliness, liveability, and feel of the city. While other candidates focus on convoluted plans or spending more money to aggravate urban sprawl, Shone is committed to taking real action to make the city a better place to live today and for future generations.
“I’m committed to making the city a better place to live today and for future generations,” said Shone. “My initiative for a cleaner and more vibrant Winnipeg will make a significant impact on the cleanliness, liveability, and feel of the city.”