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We must do our best as a community to fight homelessness together. We cannot run away from the responsibility of caring for our own; it is the job of city hall to fight for its city through every medium. I will lobby with all levels of government and work with any willing organisations to fight for a cure for homelessness in our community. While this is a start and a must, I will be facing these issues head-on as a city councillor. Investment in affordable housing is a crucial first step to beginning the fight to understand and end homelessness. In Medicine Hat, Alberta, through increased social services and care for the underprivileged, they managed to achieve Zero Chronic-Homlessness. Why can’t we? We need to recognize as a community that there are many categories of the homeless: drug addicts, low-income, the mentally ill, etc. - by understanding that, we are able to collectively end the stigma/misconceptions surrounding this topic. It is also necessary to face this topic with a humanitarian approach and recognize that the homeless need our help. Drug addicts and those who struggle with mental illnesses need certain bylaws that support them, ones that motivate them to seek treatment centres and make sure these centres are equipped with enough outreach workers to get the job done. At the same time, we have to make sure that these organisations that exist to support and end homelessness are well funded and have the support of our municipal government. While this will not be an easy task, it’s one worth fighting for. We will fight for it together as a community.
We have to increase police services in our downtown, but also in Ward 3 as a whole. If people are going to feel safe living and coming to Ward 3, we have to harbour a feeling of safety and protection for our residents. Decisive measures have to be taken to ensure that disruptive behaviour is addressed every time but also ensure that the residents of our community are treated in a humane manner. I will work everyday as a city councillor ensuring that the residents of my ward are safe and feel secure in their neighbourhood.
Cleanliness is a big discussion around Ward 3, and it will be at the forefront of my mission in city hall. For a long time, out-of town investors have failed to keep their properties up to city code. Whether the property is vacant or occupied, we have to make sure that these landlords are playing by the rules and keeping their properties up to a standard that is acceptable to our city and its residents. We also have to address the garbage and needles that lie on our streets and alleys. I will make sure that our streets, alleys, and walkways are free of trash. We shouldn’t be ashamed of the core of our city, and with your support I will return the core and the residents surrounding downtown back to the pride and joy of Windsor. I will work on getting every resident a Herby Curby to make sure trash is properly disposed of, and should be picked up periodically by the city to ensure the cleanliness of our streets.
My vision is to help this city prosper, flourish and grow. I recognize that downtown is the heart of Windsor and the centre of its potential and attraction. Businesses need our local support more than ever, but in order to achieve those goals, we need to solve the increased level of crime and the homelessness crisis, which will in turn increase safety and stability - which will result in attracting investors and new money to come to our city. Our city’s potential is limitless if it’s handled under the right vision! We have to make our city attractive to businesses and entrepreneurship.
I will work to lobby all levels of government in Canada and other national organisations to collaborate and solve these very pressing issues. We need to control the wasteful spending that our city does much-too often, and make sure we’re funding the programs that matter most to this community and will make the biggest impact on its residents and businesses.
I believe in the safe injection site as a present time treatment. It is important to note that this is a band-aid solution and is only temporary. While working on the safe injection site, we should be looking at long term cures to increase the opportunities of treatments in Windsor. While it is important to continue with this, it is unacceptable to lay back without a real plan to solve this problem. It's essential that we reevaluate the location of the safe injection site on Goyeau and Wyandotte. Downtown needs to be attractive to tourists and potential investors because it’s the heart of Windsor. We need to work on improving our treatment system in Windsor to attack the problem at the heart.
I am a big supporter of the Mega-Hospital, while supporting the existence of Hotel-Dieu Hospital. Although the location of the Mega-Hospital may not be ideal, I believe that it has many benefits, such as attracting medical specialists to work in Windsor and shortening wait times in emergency rooms. I recognize the struggles of having to travel far distances to see specific specialists. I - like many others - have experienced these difficulties when getting help for my son, who suffers from a chronic illness. We need these resources in our city. We need both Hotel Dieu and the Mega Hospital if we want to improve the ER in Windsor. Not to mention, better working conditions in our hospitals will make sure that nurses from Windsor aren’t forced to work in the United States instead of their hometown. Nurses and healthcare professionals leave us to go work elsewhere. I will fight to keep our healthcare professionals here and create working conditions that are fair to them.
I will push hard on environmentally conscious transportation & on making it affordable to citizens of all ages and abilities, as well as students. I want to encourage people to not use their vehicles by making those who choose to use environmentally conscious options feel safer. The way to do that is to paint more bicycle lanes and build more barriers for those lanes. Our Downtown has to be walker-friendly and bike friendly. We have to make our public transportation systems more accessible to all of Windsor, in this way we connect the whole city together, and look forward to connecting all of Windsor-Essex together. We have to fund our systems more and give everyone an opportunity to use our systems.
I will work to put a hold on increasing taxes. I believe that people are still recovering from the pandemic and they need time to get back on their feet before they can afford any potential raise in taxes, and so does our city. A large portion of the residents in Windsor are struggling to put food on the table and keep a roof above their heads; we have to support our residents instead of adding to their struggle. I will make sure that the people of Windsor are supported by their city during their time of need.
Helmi has been working and living in Windsor for 31 years, with a long history of serving our people. He is involved with many communities and charitable organizations. One of the things he loves is being involved in assisting residents settle within the community and become proud and productive members of our society. Helmi is proud of building bridges between communities for the successful exchange of cultures and integration into Windsor's society. He has worked tirelessly with city hall staff, devoting his time to building a stronger community by helping others on a daily basis. Helmi will not rest until our city's most important issues are addressed and solved.
Helmi's mission if elected, is to establish a solid foundation and effective strategy to end chronic homelessness as well as advocating and collaborating with all levels of government and other organizations to invest in affordable housing in Ward 3 and in the City of Windsor. Medicine Hat, Alberta, was the first city in Canada to achieve zero chronic homelessness. If Medicine Hat can do it, why can't Windsor? Ward 3 deserves safe, clean, and well-lit alleys and streets. Moreover, Helmi plans to enrich the quality of life in Windsor and especially in Ward 3, and to build an attractive, inviting, and secure community. Helmi pledges to work in partnership with our residents and city councilors to foster community pride, to develop a vibrant and diversified economy that would attract new investors, especially in Downtown Windsor.
Helmi believes that we can do better! We as a community have what it takes to make real change and improve the lives of all of our residents in Ward 3. When we all come together sharing the same goals, change can be achieved! Helmi is excited to work hand-in-hand with residents to help shape our community together. On October 24th, vote for a proven fighter
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