Two-way race in North Kildonan for city councillor
Three-time city councillor Jeff Browaty is up against a Andrew Podolecki who has two election campaigns under his belt.
Beth Macdonell , CTV Winnipeg
Published Sunday, September 23, 2018 5:51PM CST
Last Updated Monday, September 24, 2018 12:24PM CST
There's just one month to go before Winnipeggers head to the polls and vote in a new city council on Oct. 24.
Three-time city councillor Jeff Browaty is up against Andrew Podolecki, 26, who has two election campaigns under his belt.
On Sunday Browaty held an open house at his campaign office. He said he's most proud of his work to extend Chief Peguis Trail and develop the Northeast Pioneers Greenway.
Browaty has been a vocal opponent of opening Portage and Main and has endorsed Jenny Motkaluk for mayor.
He said road maintenance and brown water are among some of the issues that need attention.
Andrew Podolecki said he thinks it’s time for new and different ideas, and more needs to be done to improve snow clearing, transit and road repairs.
He works in the hospitality industry and studies politics and economics at the University of Winnipeg.
In 2014, he ran for city councillor, and in 2016 he ran in the provincial election under the NDP banner.
Podolecki said while he would like to see Portage and Main open, he will respect the will of his constituents.
He said he's still reading the platforms of the mayoral candidates and isn't supporting one over the other at this time.
CRIME IN NORTH KILDONAN
In 2015, Trevor Siwak helped start North Kildonan Community Watch, a patrol to create extra eyes on the street and inform neighbours.
Siwak said the area is not immune to the meth crisis. He wants the next city council to have more robust, creative and preventative solutions to issues around crime and safety.
"I don't think there's been a big enough focus on supporting the local community initiated groups like crime watch groups," said Siwak.
He said crime went down in the past three years, but this summer the area saw an upswing.
"Bike thefts, car thefts have gone up, a lot of those property crimes: garages, shed, yards," said Siwak.
The group is not supporting one particular candidate. It wants someone who will be a strong voice at City Hall and with city managers.
On crime, Browaty said he supports initiatives to prevent addictions.
"I don't think we are going to be able to police are way out of the meth crisis; it's an addiction, and it’s a problem so that's not the answer," he said.
Podolecki said by addressing health concerns, many crime issues will go away.
“Focus on mental health, treatment of drugs, ensuring our men and women in law enforcement have the tools to act appropriately,” he said.