City Council Candidates

Let’s see where they stand

Urban agriculture should be an election issue

A questionnaire has been distributed to all of the Mayoral, City Council, Public School Board, and Catholic School Board candidates. Their responses will be posted here before the election to inform your vote on October 16, 2017. 

Ward 1 Candidates

Randy Allen

  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture

Ward 2 Candidates

  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture

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Ward 3 Candidates

  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture

Ward 4 Candidates

Felix Amenaghawon (Amen)

“a) The City has land that is available and can be used by Edmontonian to do small scale farming by citizens. I will encourage the temporary leases (1-5 years at a time) of this land in the fringes of the city. People may want to farm but can’t because they don’t have access to land.

  1. b) I will work with community leagues in my ward to be involved in Urban Agriculture Initiatives.
  1. c) I will vote for policies to promote Urban Agriculture Initiatives.
  2. d) I will work with other municipal agencies to foster better relationship with Urban Agriculture Initiatives.
  3. e) I will encourage more funding for Urban Agriculture Initiatives to better educate people carry out research and organize programs in our local communities to enlighten people on the need to be involved in local fresh food production and sustainability.”
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture

Beatrice Kerubo Ghettuba

  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture

Sam Hachem

“I’d like to see business using local food producers for their product. Its important to support local businesses.”

  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture

Wade Izzard

  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture

Emerson Mayers

  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture

Ward 5 Candidates

Philip Michael Asher

  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture

Brian Kendrick

  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture

Ward 6 Candidates

  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture

Scott McKeen

“As a Council we have been faced with the problem of food deserts, a challenge which often presents itself in neighbourhoods with an unhealthy supply of derelict properties and vacant lots. This is an especially important problem in the context of End Poverty Edmonton and strategic direction to grow healthy and balanced communities. I’m intrigued with how we might now be able to use tax policy to convert derelict or vacant properties into urban gardens or food hubs. The changes to the Municipal Government Act allows us new tax tools that we’ve never had before in regards to those properties. It’s possible, then, to inform a landowner that he could reduce tax penalties by donating his property for urban garden use. I’m also intrigued with how we could use city facilities like Commonwealth Stadium and its underutilized commercial kitchens as incubators for collective kitchens, start up restaurants, or farmers market producers. Council this past term demonstrated openness to programs and opportunities that support urban agriculture by introducing programs for urban beekeeping and chicken farming. I think once they prove out, we can expand those programs over time.”

  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture

Adil Pirbhai

  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture

Trish George Prouse

“As president of my community league, I helped a young entrepreneur pilot and refine his idea for high-tech gardening watering systems in our community garden. This initiative created a renewed interest in gardening in our community, and helps people in condos and balconies grow basic vegetables without the need to go to a garden plot. We also took the opportunity to connect with the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers so that their adherents could learn how to garden in Canada. So, ideas like this are great, and they need to be able to find the right type of support and guidance. If we had more inclusion and support from communities for projects like this, then that is something that I would like to help with in the next four years. That, and “Operation Fruit Rescue”, as well as connecting community residents, specifically young people, with seniors in the neighbourhood who are finding it more and more challenging to maintain a garden in their yards.”

  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture

Ward 7 Candidates

Kris Andreychuk

“We can incorporate urban agriculture in the redevelopment of Northlands.”

  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture

Tony Caterina

  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture

Andrzej Gudanowski

  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture

Ward 8 Candidates

Rob Bernshaw

“I was born here in Edmonton and in my early years was fortunate to live in a farming community in rural Alberta. That time in my life taught me the value of hard work and the importance of food in our daily life. I support having Clear Water, Clear soil, a clean environment and safe food for all.”

  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
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  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture

James Kosowan

“There is tremendous potential to expand urban agriculture in Edmonton. Community gardens, garden sharing and other initiatives like beekeeping are great ways to build community and strengthen our neighborhood bonds. To this end, I see the City as an important facilitator in this process to strengthen our local food security and help local producers provide our community with healthy food options.”

  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture

Heather Workman

  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture

Ward 9 Candidates

  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture

Mark Hope

“I would rely heavily on community input for funding urban agriculture in schools and for small businesses.  I believe in stronger communication and representation from City Council. I am committed to keeping an open mind and hearing what the constituents want in terms of urban agriculture. I generally like the idea of using space to produce your own food as well as community gardens where it is possible and the demand exists. It would be great if we could make it easier for organizations to feed the city’s most vulnerable people, rather than wasting food. I would want to communicate with advocacy groups, and learn about the best ways we can implement their ideas, and ask the public what they think.  We can see how much and where demand is, and what they agree with and want, as well as appropriate costs.  We could also talk with the Provincial government about playing a role.”

  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture

Ward 10 Candidates

  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture

Sim Senol

I believe first priority and where we can make biggest impact is to protect agricultural land by implementing strategies to control urban sprawl. Also, I would support initiatives to improve public awareness about existing urban farms in the city, and to support the creation of new ones. I support expanding the Urban Hens programs in communities/properties conducive to the project.”

  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture

Ward 11 Candidates

Rob Aromin

  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture

Brandy Burdeniuk

  1. If elected I would:
    1. Review our procurement practices at the City for food served at city hall, and city supported events.  There may be options to improve local sourcing and place value on sourcing from Urban Agriculture within the decision matrix.
    2. Support the YESS Urban Roots Garden, and advocate to keep it in its current location https://yess.org/urbanroots/
    3. Review zoning options to make it easier for existing and new neighbourhoods to utilize space for community gardens.
    4. Support city programming to train up more Edmontonians to keep urban bees and hens in the City.
    5. Work closely with Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton (OFRE) to support their urban harvest as well as their workshops for food, preserves & fermentation.
    6. I would like to see our city get to Zero Waste, we have been a waste management leader in the past.  I feel like this is in alignment with our values as a city. Within my role at EcoAmmo, we have worked closely with many organisations, like the University of Alberta, Shaw Conference Centre and the Balzac Walmart Distribution Centre to perform waste audits, and build strategies to work towards zero waste to landfill.  
    7. Keep gardening in my backyard.  As a Ukrainian and Newfoundlander, I commit to continuing my lifelong adventure of gardening, and sharing great locally grown food with family, friends and neighbours.
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture

Chris Christianson

  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture

Mike Nickel

“I will work towards providing a toolkit available to business communities and urban residents, through progressive tax policy. I championed a 510% increase in community involvement for front yards in bloom and would like to start moving towards an edible front yards in bloom project. I would like to see more lands under tillage. I believe this would help promote farming values and a self reliance culture. I believe the increasing in food costs gives new urgency to the need for urban farming and will support the protection of urban farming.  I grew up on a farm where the Grey Nuns Hospital now sits and understand the importance of agriculture and how it can help us”

  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture

Troy Pavlek

There are many urban food issues that need to be tackled, but I believe in doing a good job at one thing first, instead of doing a mediocre job at many things. I believe the first priority should be to eliminate food waste and develop systems to share unused food even better. We already produce enough food for most people, but much of it is wasted. If we can develop better systems to avoid that waste, there is less demand for new agriculture (and that makes the other problems easier to tackle)”

  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture

Karen Tang

As a public health professional, I recognize that food security is a key determinant of a healthy community and believe the City should encourage local projects to improve food security. I facilitated a research project about immigrant experiences with food security in Edmonton, and one of my recommendations led to the creation of the Halal food basket program, which provides Muslim families access to Halal foods at an affordable price through community buying. I have benefitted from local urban agriculture projects like the King Edward Park Urban Roots Community Garden, which provides fresh vegetables for local residents and supports organizations like the Youth Empowerment and Support Services. As a City Councillor, I would support establishing food security projects across the city so that quality and nutritious food is more accessible and affordable. Moreover, I would also support zoning changes in areas such as Brownfield, as well as in  surplus school sites, to allow Edmontonians to create urban agricultural solutions.  

  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture

Ward 12 Candidates

Moe Banga

“Given the socio-economic diversity of ward 12, it’s important for City Council to work toward implementing measures to tackle food security issues. I know of many families in this ward that need to think each and everyday about where the next meal may come from. This is not acceptable. Supporting community good hubs, funding urban agriculture in schools and for small business, eliminating food waste. These are all progressive and essential tools the city needs to move forward with.”

  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture
  • Attitude towards urban agriculture
  • Support for urban agriculture
  • Leadership in urban agriculture