Get to Know Who's Running: Adrian Bruff (Ward O-day'min)
There happens to be a Municipal Election coming up in Edmonton on Monday, 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...
"I am a community activist and organizer. A MacEwan Alumni who works as a Social Worker and Disability Advocate within our communities. I am involved in the disability field, housing our homeless, crime and safety and working to reintegrate adults back into our community that have been involved in the Criminal Justice System. I am a homeowner, resident of Oliver and volunteer on various community boards. I am passionate about community growth and development and an advocate for working-class families. Let’s make Edmonton the best place to live, raise a family, invest, and retire. We can create safer communities, a thriving economy, and a city that is affordable for everyone. I believe we can accomplish this by investing in our neighborhoods, supporting small business, and prioritizing sustainability."
The Economy - The pandemic has taken a toll on our lives and livelihoods, and recovering from it will take bold leadership and creative solutions. My plan to ensure our economic recovery focuses on Covid-19 relief grants and fostering diversification. As your councillor I will be a champion for small businesses and entrepreneurs who are the backbone of our local economy.
The Environment - As the climate crisis gets worse, major cities have a responsibility to rein in our carbon footprint, improve energy efficiency, and pursue sustainability in new developments. I plan to implement an environmental bylaw that will guide us to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.
Public Transit - Public Transit needs to be accessible, reliable, and affordable in order to encourage and grow ridership. It is my intent to revisit the bus network redesign and advocate for the return of routes that were cut. I will also seek to double the transfer-pass time from 90 minutes to 3 hours, as well as provide free public transit on routes around the downtown core on weekends and holidays.
Densification is a main component of the city’s plan for 2 million people, which will have a significant impact on the Edmonton core. Over the last year I’ve been doorknocking, resident’s have been sharing with me their concerns around issues like infills, multi-story housing, and the preservation of historic neighbourhoods.