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Community safety, downtown revitalization, living wages on Winnipeg mayoral candidates’ minds Friday
Meanwhile, candidate Idris Adelakun unveiled his plan to revitalize the town’s downtown.
Adelakun said, if elected, he intends to introduce more green spaces along Predominant Street as a part of a cleanup initiative.
He also called for a review of downtown street parking regulations, with the goal of encouraging more traffic to downtown businesses.
Adelakun’s plan also includes opportunities for investment right into a recent, solar-powered overhead transportation system, which he said will attract visitors to the downtown, in addition to reducing traffic congestion and pollution.
Rana Bokhari’s campaign pledged Friday to make sure all city employees make a living wage.
“Winnipeg was a provincial benchmark for wages, but wages haven’t been rising fast enough and we’ve been losing staff,” Bokhari said in a press release.
“You may see it within the decline in the standard of services like 311, and the incontrovertible fact that wading pool season was cut short this 12 months attributable to an absence of staff.”
With current starting wages around $14 an hour, Bokhari said she’d wish to see that increase to the living wage benchmark — around $18.34 an hour in Winnipeg.
“If you happen to work full-time, you must have the ability to support yourself and your loved ones,” she said. “Winnipeg will likely be a pacesetter on this.”