Reporter / Examiner Open Candidate Forum: Meyer and Choy

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Eric Meyer

Q: How would you rate the response to the Stony Plain pandemic so far?

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A: I was part of the economic section of the “Mayor’s Working Group”. I am happy that we have increased the “Tourism Master Plan”. I think it might work in helping businesses in our community when the “Business License Fee Rebate Program” would probably be seen more as a token gesture than a significant dollar amount. But he was certainly meant to help where we could.

Q: How will you approach affordable housing for low income, middle class and senior residents?

A: The City is initiating efforts on a housing strategy. In this, I hope we will look at the “Mother-in-Law’s Suites” and the “Garden Suites”. Personally, I hope we can provide incentives to developers so that the market can do whatever it can to tackle affordable housing. It’s a good start but it doesn’t catch up with everyone. I am a big supporter of the Meridian Housing Foundation and would also be interested in working with Habitat for Humanity in our housing strategy. I really like the idea of ​​helping people rise up and preparing them to take responsibility for looking after their own housing needs.

Q: In what ways will the new fiber optic infrastructure support Stony Plain?

A: The biggest advantage is that we have our business community which is particularly interested in expanding what it can offer in terms of services. During the pandemic, we certainly realized the importance of reliable, high-speed internet for our residents as well. Optical fiber will bring us into the 21st century and provide us with city-level service.

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Q: What concrete steps can be taken to reduce homelessness in the region?

A: Our FCSS is in the best position to help community members and groups who wish to resolve this issue. I recently learned about “Because I Love You” (BILLY) which I think is a great way to tackle some of the underlying causes of homelessness. They are interested in having some type of night space available for people on the fringes of society. Having a space available for them in the city would be an important addition to the services they can offer. I think about what we do with the old library or the Forest Green liquor store spaces. These are large open spaces that the City currently owns and that we do not use. I’d be curious if we could support an organization like BILLY there.

Q: In what ways will you work to see the Regional Recreation Center come to fruition during the next term of council?

A: This is one of the issues I have insisted on during the last term. I voted to move it forward whenever I had the chance. I am very happy to know that significant sums have been decimated for its planning and when the vote comes you had better believe that I will vote to support it.

Guillaume Choy

Q: How would you rate the response to the Stony Plain pandemic so far?

A: The City’s response has been quite good in terms of masking and enforcement. It is the province that passed it on right now, so we are here only to provide education in trying to help our residents understand the legislation of the provincial government.

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Q: How will you approach affordable housing for low income, middle class and senior residents?

A: We will be working with many community groups and partners. I have already had a few meetings with an entity interested in one of the city’s federal government sites. We are also considering partnerships with Habitat for Humanity, the Good Samaritan Society, non-profit organizations such as the Meridian Housing Foundation and other private entities and developers looking to build housing and apartments in the town of Stony Plain.

Q: In what ways will the new fiber optic infrastructure support Stony Plain?

A: High speed and well connected internet is a necessity now with the way things are now. This will allow our businesses to stay in touch with their customers and clients and to compete for offers outside the community. It will allow our residents to work from home if necessary, to learn and to stay in contact with their loved ones outside our province. The best thing is that this whole upgrade is paid for 100 percent by TELUS and not by the Town of Stony Plain.

Q: What concrete steps can be taken to reduce homelessness in the region?

A: Homelessness is not just a one-sided problem. There are a lot of underlying currents that can cause homelessness, so we need to find lower cost housing, but also address mental health issues, job security and food security. It needs to be a multi-faceted approach to building our community to reduce the number of homeless people.

Q: In what ways will you work to see the Regional Recreation Center come to fruition during the next term of council?

A: This has been one of the main needs of the “Study on tri-municipal recreational facilities” and the “Tri-municipal regional plan”. Our population has almost doubled since we built the last facility together. It is time for us to respond to the needs of our growing community and set up a recreational facility in the town of Stony Plain. Hopefully we can work on some sort of agreement similar to the Part Nine model so that we have another regional facility to meet the needs of Stony Plain, Spruce Grove and Parkland County.

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