As your Councillor Candidate, I’m dedicated to addressing your issues. This is by no means an easy feat, but through cooperation and community empowerment I believe we can facilitate progress in our area. I’m always striving to make a difference, and I invite you to lend your support.
Vote Sam Kunjicka on October 22nd 2018.
There is good news and bad news. The Good news is that you are reading this and I’m running to be your Councillor.
The Bad news is that the poverty level has risen to 52% the highest level ever since 1980’s and it is reflecting on our gun crime as well as other crimes in our city in an escalating level. We have a 27% unemployment rate for our youths and 7% unemployment rate for the adults. One candidate is proposing buying back guns will lower our crime on our streets. What a waste of our tax dollars this would be. Does anyone think the gun that is used in a crime could be bought back by the city under the Gun amnesty? History teaches us that anytime the poverty level goes up, so does the crime rate. Brampton’s poverty level has hit the highest ever, This was reported by Mayor Linda Jeffery on May 2nd, 2017. We need to do better for our residents of Brampton. Because of this high poverty level, there are thousands more now who depend on our food banks. The recipients of these food banks spend nearly 70% of their income on housing that leads to more homelessness in our city. Therefore, I will support any new initiatives for more low-income housing in our City.
What disturbs me the most is the lack of plan we have for our city. Our plan is to be a smart city by 2040. A smart city means innovations across the city, not just the downtown core. We need a Large university in Brampton but not in Downtown. We need to find what we are missing in our city for the younger generation who comes here to study and live in Brampton. Therefore, we need to find more employment opportunities within our city. For this to happen we need to attract more business in to our city. For a new business to invest in Brampton we need to expand Brampton with more innovative ideas all across Brampton. Downtown Brampton is already over crowded and we need to expand downtown.
If you look at the lack of planning for our city, it seems like no one cares how our tax dollars are spent. An example for this is the Bramalea Road that just got finished with no Transit bus pull in lanes. We need Transit bus pull in lane on this road as well as all the other major roads to avoid the traffic grid lock.
Councillor candidates who are running in this election who knows very little about responsibilities and the City finances as I do. All candidates had the same opportunity that I had to learn about the “Fundamentals of Municipal finance Ontario” before we run for election. But for some reason I was the only candidate from Brampton and the GTA who attended this learning session in London Ontario by LAC & Associates Consulting with Principal Consultant Lorne A. Cutler,P.Eng.,MBA in August 2018. I was honored to be seated with other mayoral candidates and 16 other Councillor Candidates across Ontario.
After all the things we learned together during this seminar, I have to admit, I wouldn’t want an apprentice Councillor approving millions of our tax dollars for the next 4 years with out learning the Fundamentals of Municipal finance Ontario. This should be a prerequisite for all Councillors and Mayors.
For the last 25 years I have worked in the management roles for two different companies. My main responsibilities were planning and estimating as well as finding the cost efficiencies of the business. I’m currently working with a large charitable organization looking after its financial goals.
I’m sure my colleagues who are running for Councillor would say that they could bring big business to Brampton and create more jobs in our city. We are just ignoring the facts that Small bossiness are big in Brampton!. We just need to improve them to create more jobs in our city. All of the council and the elected Mayor plus a team of experts has to be working together to bring more changes to improve our City. Not just one Councillor.
During the last two months I have spoken to thousands of our residents in ward 7&8 and the issues we are facing is almost the same across Brampton.
We need to improve the traffic gridlock. I’ll be glad to work with our traffic management professionals to ease the traffic situation with a synchronized Traffic light system all across our City.
We need to hold the line on taxes so that we would be able to afford to live in Brampton. We need more funding for our Hospitals to care for our residents.
We need to bring more business in to Brampton to create more jobs, resulting in lower crime and poverty in our city. We need to create an environment for our younger generation to enjoy living in our City. For this we need more funding for different sporting activities other than just Baseball and Hockey. We need to come up with a volunteer sports committee for Brampton for all different sports. We need to support the Arts culture in our City and more funding is needed for the different Arts and entertainment programs in Brampton.
How could we do all this with out increasing taxes?. Enforce the bylaws that we have. Use the city resources more efficiently. Empty fields don’t bring revenue to the city. City properties must run more efficiently to generate income for our City. Multi resident homes and small business that runs from homes should be an income generating opportunity for this city.
We are risking public safety with the lowest amount of enforcement officers and Police officers. Fire and Safety has to be number one priority!. As they say if we are not hiring we are not growing! As we are being close to 750,000 people in our growing city, its time we hire enough personnel for our emergency services.
In order to be a part of the Global City by 2040 we need visionary leaders in our community now. Please help bring changes in this election for our city. As your Councillor Candidate, I’m dedicated to addressing your issues. This is by no means an easy feat, but through cooperation and community empowerment I believe we can facilitate progress in our area. I’m always striving to make a difference, and I invite you to lend your support.
Vote Sam Kunjicka on October 22nd 2018. Thank you.