Some of you already know me: whether from VIU, Shaw, or my volunteering on campaigns and executives over my 12 years in Nanaimo. Many more do not, so let's start there. My name is Peter. I am a former data analyst and project lead with Shaw Cable and
long-time Nanaimo resident. My focuses on council will be around transparency, sustainability, and working together.
I know something about working together. In my time with Shaw, I was heavily involved in projects to unite cities and teams that
each had their own priorities which were sometimes very much at odds.
We need to know that Nanaimo is not a city in isolation. Cities struggle with housing affordability, food security, crime, and drug use. Many of those cities have implemented
solutions already, and some of those solutions have worked.
Vancouver and Toronto have taken steps to cool their housing markets, where other cities have offered tax incentives for mixed low-income and market-rate developments. These are policies we
could adapt to Nanaimo.
No food waste policies and incentives have been effective in other parts of the world by creating co-operation between grocery chains and fantastic charities like our own Loaves and Fishes food bank.
Even our own city
can serve as an inspiration. Previous councils have consulted with communities to create low-barrier housing. The John Howard Society is offering our most vulnerable employment opportunities and cleaning up the city at the same time.
While we're working
on the immediate problems, however, we can't neglect the rest. Starting the move to a biodegradable disposables policy (straws, food containers, grocery bags) will make our city more sustainable long-term. Policies like a ban on the commercial sale of rabbits,
cats, and dogs can help with finding homes for those already in need.
Together, we can build a Nanaimo that works for everyone. My platform, priorities, and campaign contact info can be found at: http://peter4nanaimo.ca
My door is always open.