Sara Duncan, Sidney City Councillor Candidate, wants to have a conversation about what matters to you. As an environmental consultant, business owner, active volunteer, and mom.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO RUN?
The increasing polarization in our political arenas alarms me. I live in Elizabeth May's riding, and she has been an inspiring force of nature demonstrating how to be a real politician; working with others in parliament regardless of political stripe where their values and interests to protect democracy, the environment or citizens align, and speaking up with data and respect to disagree when they didn't. I want to emulate that at the municipal level.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO DO IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
My favorite thing to do in my community has a family day on a summer Sunday; take the kids to one of the beaches or parks in town, bike from our house to downtown and take in part of the Summer Sounds concerts at Beacon Park (as much as their attention spans can handle), and then get ice cream.
TELL US ABOUT THE GREATEST CHALLENGES YOUR COMMUNITY FACES?
The greatest challenge our community faces is handling our population growth, like the rest of the Capital Region. For some, it's a challenge for the town's identity (small town, or an urban satellite?); but for many, it's simply affordability. Like the rest of the Victoria area, housing cost is well above what most workers can afford, and it is having substantial effects on businesses ability to attract and maintain employees, and that hits particularly hard as health care professionals retire, and new ones are unable to afford to move in; for young adults to stay after graduation; and for families needed child care to make ends meet.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO IMPROVE WOMEN'S HEALTH IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
To improve women's health, I'd like the Town to continue working with the Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Healthcare Foundation to continue to support with loans or other resources to open another clinic in town (and elsewhere on the peninsula) that will provide multiple healthcare practitioners in a cooperative team setting. Hopefully, we can fill in the gaps of retiring family doctors with more nurse practitioners, community nurses, and midwives, as well as general practitioners.
WOMEN'S ECONOMIC SECURITY IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
To improve women's economic security, addressing the housing affordability issue, and getting more regular transit service into the peninsula would be top priorities.
WOMEN'S SAFETY IN YOUR COMMUNITY?
Regarding safety, currently the Saanich peninsula has no shelter beds at all, and no shelters for women fleeing domestic violence in particular. Getting dedicated shelter space is both a shelter and safety issue. For daily safety, outside the downtown core, sidewalks are not always present, and street lighting is sometimes poor, particularly at beach access points and on pedestrian trails between neighborhoods and through parks. Improving lighting and sidewalks will be a priority for me while we work on the Active Transportation Plan in 2019, as a safety issue for women, children and the elderly.
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