Farmere is the third candidate in mayor's race

Ray Farmere

My  platform focuses on an eight-point strategy over the next four years, including:

• A focus on enriching the arts community, 

• Supporting a sense of environmental responsibility

• Supporting senior’s aby helping them ease into retirement life. 

• Assist those with barriers 

• Reducing crime in the community, keeping our streets safe again.

• Creating an open-door policy, 

• Promoting a progressive government.

• Maintaining historical sites made viewable through tourism walks, thus making our history fund the changes we want to see in our present and in our future. 

MY PROMISE

• We must always work to make the local government a tool for growth and change. When elected I will:

• Work to rebuild our relationship with the First Nations community, including creating a yearly municipal downtown celebration which celebrates first nations culture, history and art.

• Review Council processes to ensure the most efficient and effective system possible.

• Work on having family and entertainment events which work toward developing a sense of community and an enriched family life

• Enhance the relationships between Council and its boards and committees; 

• Engage In a continual open dialogue with the public, business and political entities to have a say in how our government should function.

MY PLAN TO END HOMELESSNESS

Many individuals believe that homelessness is just nothing more than a permanent fixture that is part of modern-day society. This could not be further from the truth. 

Homelessness is caused by a variety of factors. Most of these point to a lack of socio-economic resources. Many Canadian citizens live paycheck-to-paycheck, and it can happen to anyone. Homelessness does not discriminate. It could happen to your daughter, your son or even your grandmother. Many things cause homelessness but there is only one way to overcome it. That is through positive thinking and resourcefulness. The struggle to return from homelessness increases due to a variety of factors. 

I believe everyone deserves a place to rest your head at night. A place which they can call home. Since I know that the struggle homelessness is difficult, I want to bring the resources that they need to their local neighbourhood by building social housing units equipped with valuable resources accessible to all, starting with the high-risk neighbourhoods. I also want to increase our tourism industry by allowing a free markets on the streets where people who are lower income would easily be able to creates items for sale giving them a chance at learning additional income for a lower cost.

ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE

Changes to the environment and more dramatic weather events will affect every community, especially as our population increases. As we move to a greener economy, we must be prepared to be environmental leaders.

• To become prepared I will anticipate changes and how they will affect our community; 

• Replace the signage on our natural disasters routes to ensure that all city members can leave safely in the event of a natural disaster.

 Encourage the growth of low maintenance foliage in our parks; 

• Encourage the entire community to be involved in green decision-making; 

• Develop land in a responsible and sustainable manner.

 BUS SERVICE

My plan is to close the 14 kilometre gap between Ladysmith and Nanaimo, providing a bus service to Duke Point and the Nanaimo Airport. This may only be accomplished through a collaborative effort between BC Ferries, the Nanaimo Airport and the Regional District of Nanaimo Transit Service. If we can co-ordinate a time together to accommodate the peak hours of all services, we can start this program by only providing a limited service at first until the public is aware of this service. Once the public becomes aware, I anticipate the demand will be greater. 

In addition to helping to increase the ridership of the Regional District of Nanaimo Transit Service it will also make the BC Ferries service more convenient to individuals all the way up and down the island. Additionally, closing this gap will make it possible for tourists and citizens to travel with ease to Victoria, which also opens up possibilities for our business commerce sector, not only in Nanaimo but also in it’s surrounding communities.

ENVIRONMTALLY RESPONSIBLE

Changes to the environment and more dramatic weather events will affect every community, especially as our population increases. As we move to a greener economy, we must be prepared to be environmental leaders.

To become prepared I will anticipate changes and how they will affect our community; 

• Replace the signage on our natural disasters routes to ensure that all city members can leave safely in the event of a natural disaster.

• Encourage the growth of low maintenanc foliage in our parks; 

• Encourage the entire community to be involved in green decision-making; 

•Develop land in a responsible and sustainable manner.