See Sudbury.com article below the video.
Stefano Presenza says he will be more connected with constituents in this election.
One of the people seeking the council seat in Ward 8 has made transparency a plank in his campaign. In a news release, Stefano Presenza said city councillors have several responsibilities, but speaking up for the needs of the ward are paramount. And he vowed to use social media to help him stay abreast of those needs.
"For this 2018 municipal election, I have decided as part of my campaign to video interview constituents and businesses of our Ward 8 who wish to speak up about issues that have been occurring around us," Presenza said. "Not only do I want to hear what’s on residents’ minds, but thoughts on how the city can do better, and how the upcoming Ward 8 councillor can do better. I am currently recruiting participants, and I have already conducted a few interviews. These will be shared via social media, on my website and Facebook page.
Presenza said he will also be video-blogging answers to the questions he receives, as he did during the 2014 campaign.
"This time around, I wanted to take this process a step further by giving constituents a chance to share their views with the ward, with the goal of connecting us, working together, and growing the community."
I have had some inquiries as to my views on the Kingsway Entertainment District, and have created this video in the spirit of transparency (my answer is consistent for all to see), and is based on knowledge as of August 13, 2018. (Pardon the interruption in the video due to background noise).
“There is a theory that basically states an unfixed broken window can lead to more negative behaviour: if the owner doesn’t care and there are no consequences, why should anyone else? I strongly believe the opposite to also be true: the more pride we take in our wards, the more of a positive impact we can make.
“In May, I had the opportunity to participate in the Ward 8 cleanup blitz along with my girlfriend, and together we were able to pick up more than eight garbage bags filled with all sorts of waste and debris. “Not only did it feel good, but I took note of the smiles on the faces of those who noticed: they were very thankful there was such an initiative and they asked for more information. Furthermore, I was also able to participate in a school planting session, where students from Cyril Varney developed their young green thumbs by helping to plant various flowers and vegetables at Twin Forks. Again, I was blown away by their hard work and involvement, and I could see the sense of pride and excitement they were experiencing.
“Our (community action network) was successfully able to transplant this seed of pride in the kids, and I have no doubt this will translate into a sense of community participation and growth in our neighbourhood and our city.
“As a Ward 8 candidate, I will advocate for these programs, as well as any beautification projects with the aim to ‘fix the broken windows’ and make New Sudbury a cleaner and more inviting community. In particular, I would like to partner with local grocery stores to ensure that carts are returned, instead of being left at surrounding playgrounds.
“I would also like to see more street-sign toppers placed on top of existing street signs throughout the neighbourhood, giving our streets character and building our identity in New Sudbury. I would also encourage more community cleanup blitzes with schools and surrounding organizations. Let us again take pride in New Sudbury, our Ward 8.”
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