“It is important for our City Council to provide leadership on the next generation of decisions in city spending, land use, in building a more sustainable future for our children and for enhancing quality of life for all residents. I intend for my education in Public Administration and Economics, my experience in building more livable communities, and my desire to represent a balance of interests to guide me in providing that leadership on City Council.” – Mark Prebble
Our Vision Statement
As your City Councillor, I will serve the diverse interests of our Ward 6 communities with assured and progressive leadership while advancing a vision for Saskatoon as city that is Liveable, Environmentally Sustainable and Inclusive, joining the ranks of the forward-thinking cities in North America – one which people of all ages, races, orientations and abilities can call home and are supported in.
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As your neighbour, a long-time community member of Ward 6, a resident of Treaty 6 Territory and your Councillor, I will work to build:
A city that preserves and enhances what makes our community the great place it is to live.
- Our established neighbourhoods are the envy of our city and products of the people, places, artistic influences and merchants that contribute to them. They are models of community design worthy of replicating within our broader city form. I will continue to act as a steward and champion of our established neighbourhoods by: working to protect the natural beauty of our riverbank, supporting increased funding for the Meewasin Valley Authority, defending the character of our neighbourhoods, advocating for better roads and sidewalks, ensuring neighbourhood safety, expanding funding for our vibrant arts community and improving the conditions that allow our local businesses and entrepreneurs to flourish.
A modern city that achieves strong environmental sustainability objectives and spending efficiencies through a philosophical shift to SMART growth planning.
- I will advocate to make Saskatoon an innovator in building efficiency practices and a leader in sustainable urban design. That includes priority investments in a first class transit system, quality and complete roads (designed for bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit alike) and public buildings that embrace energy efficient design, technical and architectural innovation and human-scale spaces. I will also work to establish Saskatoon’s first municipal energy efficiency standard for all new residential building construction in Saskatoon.
- I will be a proponent for moving our city away from approaches to urban planning that yield more concrete, further sprawl and waste. I support the pursuit of best practices in land use, planning of new subdivisions (including in the orientation of buildings for good solar energy exposure and the creation of high quality public spaces), and the sensible densification of our established city corridors. Central to all of this will be the growth of our downtown neighbourhoods, where emphasis must be placed on improved access to a new grocery market, attractive, creative and mixed use housing options for residents at all points on the housing continuum, and expanded green infrastructure that encourages lasting residential growth.
A green city made accessible to everyone through connected neighbourhoods.
- As a city I strongly believe we need to join the worldwide effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in combating global climate change. It is important to do our part to tackle this urgent environmental and social justice issue. Taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint will bring greater diversity to Saskatoon’s economy, promise healthier air, more liveable and active communities, and bring savings to taxpayers and businesses through energy savings. Municipal policies should reflect strong civic leadership aimed at curbing carbon emissions and introducing measures that enable residents to green their lifestyles and become participants in our local renewable energy enterprise.
- All residents should be able to share in the benefits of a greener city through greater connectivity of neighbourhoods and access to the Meewasin Valley – the lifeblood of our city. Transit-oriented neighbourhoods and improved infrastructure for cycling will make it easier for residents to get around Saskatoon, access the services they need, reduce emissions and limit parking pressures. I will also stand in support of creating local sources of self-sufficiency for more livable and walkable neighbourhoods, including more intentional gathering places, expanded opportunities for urban agriculture and neighbourhood design that provides options for working close to where we live.
Community leadership that cultivates inclusion, accessibility, cooperation and empowerment.
- I will actively work to help make Saskatoon an example of a healthy, cooperative and socially just city. Saskatoon has a history of strong community cooperation. We have seen an exciting growth in forms of community-based organizing for work and artistic collaboration, in housing (i.e. Wolf Willow and Radiance co-housing), for successful business (i.e. business improvement districts), for renewable power development (SES Solar Co-op) and for the advancement of a wide range of social issues. Cooperative models such as these not only promote neighbourhood collaboration, partnership and successful local enterprise, but support the advancement of better-serviced neighbourhoods and broader sustainability goals.
- I will provide community leadership that approaches resolution of community issues of parking, traffic, neighbourhood safety and local business success with a regional planning perspective, respect for the role of public consultation, and acknowledgement of local leadership. I will also work for a city that celebrates diversity and builds bridges towards inclusion through reconciliation, respect for indigenous rights, dialogue and a community that works for the elimination of systemic discrimination. I will also bring my knowledge and expertise in housing and community development to improve accessibility to and mobility within our public spaces for people of all abilities, to support upward mobility of our city’s poor and elderly through the provision of walkable and affordable housing communities, and to offer more opportunities for constructive youth engagement in our neighbourhoods.
Transparency in city spending and clarity of consultation processes.
- Great cities are participatory cities that enable citizen and community engagement through the consultation process. Essential for engaging residents in community and social planning, in discussions of local issues, and in holding our Administration and Council to account, is the availability of proper public information. The City does well to provide timely records of Council discussions and decisions. Residents have the right to the same access to information for making informed judgements on the financial performance and management of Saskatoon, including on major projects and development costs associated with infrastructure and new neighbourhoods.
- Our City has displayed a commitment to provide regular public consultation opportunities to residents to inform community and civic decision-making. We can however do more to improve the clarity of community engagement processes and resident accessibility to them (including our marginalized populations). Such improvements will make for more predictable consultation and development protocols for residents, the City and developers, and ensure we continue to build a people-friendly Saskatoon where public life thrives and voices are heard.