Eileen Melnychuk, candidate for city council in the October 21 municipal election, seeks to improve access to municipal services for all residents of Whitehorse.
Melnychuk said this week that she was campaigning in local neighborhoods and noted people’s concerns.
Besides the key issue of affordable housing, the topics most frequently raised are crime, sustainable waste management, access to public transit and snow removal, she said.
“Last year’s unprecedented snowfall reminded us all that we are not immune to climate change,” said Melnychuk.
“I hear seniors, seniors and people with reduced mobility say that they find it difficult to navigate the city streets due to infrequent snow removal.
“I have also heard residents of residential areas in the countryside say that although they pay municipal taxes, they do not receive the same level of service. “
If elected, she said, one of her priorities will be to ensure that future budgets provide for increased snowfall and that all neighborhoods have adequate snow removal.
“We need to ensure that City of Whitehorse operations have the proper equipment and personnel to adequately deal with increased snow removal demands and keep our roads safe and accessible,” said Melnychuk.
She has met many people who depend on the transit system to get around.
“Good road maintenance and snow removal can keep transit routes accessible and give everyone the ability to access what our city has to offer,” she said.
As a council member, she pledged, she would work “to ensure that our city is livable and continues to support its growth and development in a responsible manner, ensuring that snow removal is efficient and that our public transport is responsive ”.