My name is Jwane Izzetpanah and I am running for one reason, Rideau-Vanier deserves better.
We deserve to feel safe in our community. We deserve to walk home at the end of a late night without looking over our shoulders. We deserve to make it home, every single time. We deserve to use the public transit that we pay for instead of calling an Uber because standing on the street feels intimidating. We deserve to exit our homes in broad daylight without last night's garbage flying around. We deserve to leave our belongings in our cars without our windows getting smashed in. We deserve to let our kids play in the streets without the fear of them tripping over used needles. We deserve to walk up Rideau Street without holding our breath because it smells like urine. We deserve to take the shortest route when we leave our house and not detour to avoid areas we feel are unsafe. We deserve better.
I'll address it before any of you do. I'm not a lawyer, a doctor, or a public figure. All I am is a goal-oriented hard-working young woman who sees a problem in a community that I love and I won't stop until I make it better.
Our community needs attention and I am the candidate who won't stop fighting for Rideau Vanier until it gets the attention it deserves.
Plans, Promises and Priorities
Rideau-Vanier needs a culture change. We cannot continue with to be told that we just need to live with the problems that our community is facing. We cannot keep hearing that this is as good as it's going to get for our families. We cannot keep hearing that adding programs and services is the solution because the reality is, that this is just a polite way of saying we're going to find more ways to live with the problems and not fix them. I am committed to fixing the problems that we face in Rideau-Vanier. Our community deserves to say that we want better.
My number one priority will be to make Rideau-Vanier safe.
Policing and Crime
We need to be tougher on crime in Rideau Vanier. I will work to empower police officers to do their jobs and enforce the laws that are on the books. I will work to convince the other councillors that we need a full audit of the police budget and reallocate funds to the areas that need it the most. I will hold the police chief accountable and ensure they operate with the utmost integrity so that the city can count on them in times of need.
The scheduling of major traffic projects needs to be reviewed. The congestion that we face in the downtown core as a result of transport trucks needs to be reviewed with a city planner, to reflect the change in population over the years.
The dream outlined in the City of Ottawa’s Ten-year Housing and Homelessness Plan is not being fulfilled in Rideau-Vanier. Over the past few years, these issues have continued to get worse when they should be getting better. As your city councillor in Rideau-Vanier (one of the wards that are caring for the burden of the homelessness and housing problem) I will fund an in-depth study and appoint an advisory group to take a throughout look at how we are progressing on homelessness in our ward specifically. While the City of Ottawa’s Ten-year Housing and Homelessness Plan may be being actioned throughout the city, if one ward fails on a city plan then in my opinion the whole city has failed.
I will fight for Ottawa to allocate more funds to Rideau Vanier to maintain and clean up our streets. I will push for regular washing of our main streets, especially in entertainment districts. I will continue to fund needle pick-up programs and graffiti removal until we start to see real progress as a result of my other policies.
I commit to never voting for another shelter to end up in Rideau Vanier.
The City council needs to get out of the way of our businesses doing business. When businesses are free to invest, create jobs and build communities, we will see our communities flourish. By removing red tape we will create more opportunities for new businesses to enter the market, completing the cycle over and over.
Many families feel the stark effect of higher interest rates and inflation on our disposable income. We are seeing more strain on the people of Rideau-Vanier. Our paychecks don't go as far as they used to and we cannot keep asking the taxpayer to foot the bill. I commit to never voting for a municipal tax increase above 2%.
My first priority will be to consult with the employers in the major downtown areas to discuss plans for returning to work. The LRT service was built under the impression that all of Ottawa would be working in person every day. This is just not the case anymore and we need to adjust our commitment to the LRT based on real users. Ottawa deserves reliable affordable public transit, but the cost to provide it cannot keep dragging us down. If the federal government and the major employers won’t return full time then we need to make cuts. We need to turn the LRT into a fiscally responsible service that meets our needs.
Have you walked around the ByWard market recently? How about Rideau Street, Mackenzie King, McArthur or Montreal Road? Crime is prevalent. 721 assaults were committed on the streets of our ward last year, 2000 thefts and 131 sexual assaults. Just because we live downtown doesn't mean that we need to live in a community riddled with crime. We deserve better. Donate today.
Living in Rideau-Vanier today means that you step around used needles when you walk your kids to school. Our streets are dirty and home to drug addicts who have taken over our shared spaces. Instead of relying on volunteer groups to clean up, we need to speak up and fight for city dollars to be spent in our community. Donate today.
Tired of seedy businesses in Rideau-Vanier? I will fight to support the honest, hard-working entrepreneurs in our community, push for decisions that will help our community thrive and attract more investments. Donate today.
By donating to me you are putting your faith in a candidate who will stand up for the resources that Rideau Vanier deserves. I promise to go into city council and fight for the people of our community. I will not bend to peer pressure or give into group think. I will speak up every time. Do you agree that we need to be heard in Rideau-Vanier? Donate today.