Get to Know Who's Running: Caroline Matthews (Ward Métis)
There happens to be a Municipal Election coming up in Edmonton on October 18, 2021, and I think it's important for locals to get to know the City Council candidates running for their particular ward (as well as their Mayoral candidates, of course). I chose to get more involved in the election this year and so wanted to give each candidate a chance to tell us a little about themselves, their vision, and why you should vote for them. I have sent a 10-question questionnaire to each of the 2021 Edmonton Municipal Election candidates and will post their responses (100% as written) here as they come in. With that said, let's get to know...
"Making things work is the story of Caroline Matthews’ life and career and she will bring practical wisdom to the role. As a Vancouver City Police Officer – the only woman in her 1984 cadet graduating class – Caroline worked with social workers and psychiatric nurses specialized in providing emergency care across the city for persons struggling with mental health issues and safety intervention for vulnerable children. As a hotel manager in the Northwest Territories community of Cambridge Bay, Caroline worked with local Indigenous residents to create jobs and opportunities in the tourism and hospitality business. As an entrepreneur in the United Kingdom, Caroline worked to establish a chain of successful coffee shops. As Director of Recruitment for the University of Alberta’s Executive MBA and Master of Financial Management programs, Caroline worked with business executives from various sectors including the oil patch to develop their skills, knowledge, and success."
I♥E/ What do you think are the 4 or 5 biggest issues facing Edmonton right now that you want to focus on most?
CM/ Support for Edmonton's Vulnerable - Residents have concerns regarding community safety, access to affordable housing, and the ongoing opioid crisis. The interconnectedness of these issues makes them challenging to unpack & address. Service providers need reliable support from all levels of government to maintain consistency in program delivery on these issues.
Capital Project Mismanagement - City Administration & City Hall have mishandled the conception & execution on several capital projects like the Valley Line LRT and New Police Training Centre. The delays inconveniencing residents everyday lives, the cost overruns on projects that seriously impact other line items in the budget resulting in reduction in services across the board.
Accountability on Infill Development - Developers need to be held accountable when damage to a neighboring property occurs during the construction process. Furthermore, the iconic & historic nature of our East Edmonton mature communities needs to be preserved. This means holding developers accountable to the communities which will be hosting infill to ensure the designs fit with neighboring property designs.
Access to Public Transportation - Only six of the communities in Ward of Métis have access to On Demand service. The On Demand service should not require that residents incur the added expense of a cell phone & data plan to access On Demand service. For many youth or elderly this is not possible on a fixed income meaning they cannot readily access the service at all. Public Transportation must be made convenient, accessible, and must not require additional costs beyond a reasonable ticket price.