**Oct 14, 2022 - The Winnipeg Police Budget is now $320M which is 26.8% of the City’s Operating Budget. With our current crime problems, we need to look at this from a different angle. Procedurals changes are needed.
- 83% is salaries – contractual
- 17% is for Operations, example: Gas for police vehicles which is purchased from the City of Winnipeg at pump rates, leasing the Police Headquarters building from the City of Winnipeg, purchasing of equipment, ammunition, body cameras, etc.
As mayor whose primary goal is to keep our city safe & healthy for its inhabitants, I am proposing to have all revenue that would come back to the City from the Police Budget to be used to give them the much-needed financial support that is needed to keep our city safe.
“As Mayor, I will restore Law & Order and give back to the Police the power of the Police Act. There will be consequences for breaking the law regardless of who you are.”
A major part of this is to get the Provincial Government addressing the neglect with wrap-around services that they should be supplying for folks with drug addictions, mental health, etc. The Police are NOT supposed to be in this alone. To tie up the Police workforce with functions that the Provincial Government should be doing is the #1 reason Winnipeggers are not getting the response from the Police when called. 670,000 calls to police in 2021 – that’s 1.4 calls per minute/365 days of the year. Our population has grown over 25% and more than 50% in land size since 1983. But Police resources haven’t grown. We need bold change!
The current Policing procedures are not sustainable and there is no way we can keep our city safe if we continue to not have the help from the Provincial Government.
**Oct 12, 2022 - Rebate all Surplus Revenue on Winnipeg Water & ban all contractors that defraud the city
Being accountable for the Water & Waste Department means we cannot overcharge our citizens. My administration will remove all inefficiencies from the department’s operations.
The first item: The line item stating “Dividend Transfer to General Funds” will be eliminated. The revenue will stay in Water & Waste and when we have a Surplus – it gets rebated to Winnipeggers. “It’s time to give back to the people of Winnipeg. We have paid enough taxes!”
“The Water Treatment Plant has to get done and no more excuses!” Lake Winnipeg is counting on us – it will be dead in 12 years if we don’t change today.
General Contractors, engineers and architects that are currently involved in North End Treatment Plant project, will be held accountable to the people of Winnipeg:
· As Mayor, cost-over-runs will require a 75% approval from the Council, which will trigger an automatic claim against the contractors’ Performance Bond to cover the costs. When a contractor is on the hook for all cost over-runs and is put in a position of losing their surety account, which is the ability to obtain a bond to bid on contracts with the city, they will come in on budget.
· Contractors will be held to the highest standard which includes, if applicable, an investigation by law enforcement with the intent of criminal prosecution for any misuse of funds or causing costly delays. “If there is criminal intent to defraud the taxpayers, my administration will seek the maximum penalties for defrauding Winnipeg. This will also include a mandatory exclusionary period of five years from being able to bid on any city contracts.
It’s time we call this fiasco of “cost overrun” just what it is – “b......t”!
**Oct 5, 2022 - As Mayor, I will freeze Residential Property Assessments for the next 8 years. They are too high already. Consider reducing the Tax Assessment Board to only managing commercial properties. Move personnel over to PP&D where they need the help anyway. Current property assessments have gone up 20 – 30%. Houses worth $170,000 in 2010 have gone up to $240,000 with no major renos.
1.5% property tax increase for next 4 years then, and if re-elected, frozen for 4 years. Re-assess all commercial properties for actual value. This will generate over a billion dollars in new revenue annually. We must build up the bank account again from our Finance Chair Scott Gillingham’s 6 years of excessive spending which has put us on the brink of bankruptcy.
$1B for infrastructure, really Scott? We may get funding from the Federal Government for $600M (best case scenario), sell bonds for the $400M and this is just in the first year, which means we pay approximately $10M in service fees for each $100M sold to people who are willing to loan us money at a higher finance rate. Which explains the $42M tax increase every year he is proposing.
Gillingham’s plan will saddle our children & grandchildren with this debt. Can you imagine your grandchildren paying twice as much for property taxes for their home then you do today.
Taxes today are 2.75% + taxes on utilities + .8% planned new tax hike = 3.5% for the next 50 years - the highest in the nation. This is a corrupt funding model for our operating budgets.
So, if you want to feed this corrupt practice and pay more taxes – Scott is your man.
If you want to get even with people robbing us – elect Don Woodstock
Fighting high taxes and crime – that’s my pledge to Winnipeggers!!
**Oct 4, 2022 - Another planned Forum excludes minorities & marginalized people “unconceived bias”
The CBC Mayoral Debate will exclude candidates due to a polling of 600 people which does not even represent 1% of the population. The Jewish Federation hosted a mayoral forum at the Jewish Center October 3rd, and they excluded Don Woodstock, Rick Shone, Rana Bokhari, Idris Adelakun & Chris Clacio from their panel discussion. “I had a conversation with one of the organizers which opened my eyes to a real problem that faces our city today. This problem is also an opportunity for us to really address some underlying issues that were willfully omitted from their debate.” Woodstock said.
Woodstock explained, “As individuals we are different and unique in every way and this unique difference should be a part of our political discourse if we truly mean to move forward in an inclusive way.”
“It’s time for us to ask the organizing body of this forum to understand why antisemitism and any racist undertone towards the Jewish community would be wrong equally as it is wrong to omit candidates from the debate.”
“I believe we all have something to contribute and that’s why we put our name forward, and especially for someone like myself who has made meaningful contributions to our city, this was wrong to do.”
“I want Safety for all Winnipeggers and being attacked for your religious views or for any other reason, is an opportunity for leaders to show inclusiveness and respect for all by showing it – not talking & pledging to do it! I’ve always said, Actions speak louder than words. What is saw tonight, gives me the impression they just want to be included but not give inclusion.”
What other debate organizations feel it’s acceptable to exclude minorities & people of colour that reside in Winnipeg, a multi-cultural city?
**Oct 3, 2022 - A week ago, several Mayoral Candidates, made accusations about Don Woodstock being a racist and a disgusting human being which sparked threats to him of bodily injury & death. These statements were made after Woodstock's comments citing an earlier R.C.M.P report about violence against Indigenous women.
As a result of those comments, Woodstock has publicly apologized for how he articulated his words about the report's results at the forum. Since his clarification of his comments, one Mayoral candidate has reached out to Woodstock to offer their apology for labelling him a racist.
Today, Woodstock is calling on Mayoral Candidates Jenny Motkaluk, Rick Shone, Shaun Loney and Rana Bokhari as well as NDP MLA Nahanni Fontaine to issue a public apology in light of Woodstock's comments on the R.C.M.P. report. Since the release of the R.C.M.P. report in question, countless stories have been written about it by reporters nationwide from every major news organization. Does this make those reporters racist?
Mayoral Candidates & elected officials can not choose who they want to slander with accusations of racism because it fits their narrative for personal gain or gets their name in the media. That's not leadership! That’s self indulgent!
It is time for Jenny Motkaluk, Rick Shone, Shaun Loney, Rana Bokhari and Nahanni Fontaine to apologize and show the people of Winnipeg they are mature enough to make amends when they are categorically wrong.
**Sept 29, 2022 - Don Woodstock's name on the ballot, wanting to represent his city, bring about meaningful change, should not be grounds for threats, nor acts of violence against him or any other candidate.
"Imma make you rethink your whole political movement; you better up yourself some more security before I wipe that smug little smile off your face." Text message sent to Woodstock
"I'll beat yo ass you racist piece of crap. You step foot on GC property, you're done!" Text message sent to Woodstock
“Racist N....r Dead.” Phone call to Woodstock
"I'm calling on all Mayoral candidates and community leaders to condemn threats & acts of violence in the strongest language possible perpetrated against all political candidates or anyone for that matter," Said, Mayoral Candidate Don Woodstock
“Threats of violence and physical harm can not be accepted as genuine political discourse. If elected as Winnipeg's next Mayor, I will work with all law enforcement and the province's Attorney General to implement changes to the Manitoba Criminal code to implement a mandatory minimum jail term of one year and impose a fine of $25,000 for anyone convicted of making threats to candidates seeking public office.”
This will be a zero-tolerance approach, even for first-time offenders, uttering threats that meet the definition outlined by the law. Candidates will always have different opinions and ideologies, which is the beauty of democracy. But we can all agree on one thing; every candidate has a right to be safe and make it back home to their loved ones after a day of campaigning.
Moreover, all Winnipeggers deserve to feel safe regardless of their differences. The last thing we want is a ‘lawless’ society. Laws are there to keep our citizens safe. We need laws with teeth. Failing which, our citizens are not going feel safe. Winnipeg, it is time for us to be safe, again. We will work with the various key stakeholders to ensure that we adopt a mandatory minimum law necessary when threats are uttered in general, often targeting the most vulnerable groups, like seniors, that if there are threats uttered, they will be arrested & charged.
“I have one life to live, if I am not protecting it who will?” Said, Mayoral Candidate Don Woodstock
***Sept 14, 2022 -
Our city will once again use crushed aggregate in our road construction. The construction professionals say we can use it because it works, and it is more sustainable!
Today, due to the City’s decision, the specs for road work are now new gravel & limestone. We truck it in from outside the city as Winnipeg has no quarry to get limestone. How much does this cost us? Well, I am wagering it’s about $40 - $50M annually and some say that could be a higher number for not using recycled concrete.
Where does the old concrete that we dig up go? What happens to it? The taxpayers paid for this concrete. Which company or companies are we giving this material to? I want Winnipeg to save money by recycling concrete.
As mayor Winnipeg roads will be using City-crushed recycled aggregate. Thus, saving taxpayers millions of dollars. Changing our specs was not a smart move. Any spec changes need further review. Let’s make sure the explanation was just not in the City Administrator’s & manager’s head but had solid documentation supported by industry standards behind the decision.
Setting up a City-crushing facility will be – just over one million dollars. We will pick up the broken road pieces from the job site and haul it to the City’s crushing facility. We will reuse it in other projects such as sidewalks and patching potholes, then any extra aggregate will be sold to the public and the revenue now goes to the depleted Rainy-Day Fund until it is back to $2B. That will be a great day for Winnipeg!
As a champion for recycling initiatives in this city, this will be the new policy when it comes to road work when I become mayor.
Administrators will be held accountable for their research by their departments, decisions concluded and their presentation to City Council. The Manitoba Heavy Construction Association has made many presentations to the various departments explaining that recycled aggregate is the industry standard and is a sustainable approach to the use of taxpayers’ dollars and to the environment. We do not need to waste money & burden the taxpayers with millions of dollars of debt for their grandchildren to pay off. Let’s choose a more sustainable approach to road construction in Winnipeg.
That is how much I, Don Woodstock for Mayor, cares for this city.
Jan. 13, 2020 - https://winnipegsun.com/news/news-news/city-having-granular-discussions-about-use-of-recycled-concrete
Feb 20, 2020 - https://mhca.mb.ca/winnipegs-new-roadbuilding-specs-dump-reusable-concrete-drives-cost/
2021 Pricing: https://www.rakowskicartage.com/rakowski-recycling/product-pricing/
Sept 2020 - https://canada.constructconnect.com/joc/news/associations/2020/09/mhca-urges-winnipeg-to-use-recycled-concrete
Sept 2022 -
***Sept 7, 2022 - Today, is my 2nd Housing initiative in four years. “I support home ownership as a model to help end homelessness.”
In 2018, Tommy Prince Jr and I presented to City Council the Homes for Heroes Foundation’s housing model. Kevin Klein, Scott Gillingham, Vivian Santos showed no interest. By reintroducing Dave Howard, CEO of H4H to Kevin Klein - we now see today, H4H building in Transcona.
As Mayor of Winnipeg, I will support implementing the ‘Home Opportunities’ model here.”
Home Opportunities is a non-profit founded in Toronto which helps put low to middle income families into homeownerships. They have built over 10,000 units with 76 different projects. In Toronto at the intersection of Keele & Dundas, there is a 24-storey building, 600 units which stands as a testament to the success of this model. Bringing this to Winnipeg will help relieve the stress on the high vacancy rate; and supplying access to more homes for low-income families.”
As your mayor my office will help support this model, that will see ownership for folks who are currently paying rent of $1,200. For as little as $800-$900 a month, home ownership will be a reality for so many.
This model uses existing programs offered by the CMHC. The model does not involve government lands or subsidies. “Given the cost of construction – ‘quality construction not cheap construction’ will now be made affordable,” says Mike Labbe, founder of Home Opportunities. Work: 416 504 9855 ext. 226
As an environmentalist it is with pleasure that I announce that this model is also sustainable using Hydro and solar panels to get to a NetZero building.
***August 24, 2022 - Focusing on garbage, recyclables, back lanes, community beautification, making walking the street enjoyable, more seniors’ and kids’ programs – “that is my plan.”
“As Mayor of Winnipeg, this new plan will see the Councillors on the ground, in the neighborhood walking and doing more in their ward. The key is how Ward Allowances are spent.
I am offering $10,000 annually from the Mayor’s Discretionary Fund to any/all councillors who would stop self-promotion and use the money to enhance their ward.”
Currently, Councillor Scott Gillingham has spent approximately $20,000 this past year on self-promotion, possibly $150,000 over 8 years. There is no need to spend that amount of money promoting yourself if you are serving the people. I am suggesting to the new councillor of St. James you can now have up to $30,000 each year – St. James Expense $20,000 + Mayor’s Discretionary Fund $10,000 – to spend it on kids’ & seniors’ programs, safety and clean up programs, making back lanes safer to walk. This $10,000 will only be given providing they do not selfishly promote yourselves with ward allowance/taxpayers’ dollars.
“This will help connect the communities with the councillors and there will be no need for selfishly promoting themselves anymore.”
Proof of Councillor’s excessive advertising spending will be at the Press Conference and here is a link to the Ward Expenditures on the City of Winnipeg site: https://www.winnipeg.ca/council/expenses.stm
***August 17, 2022 -
If for any reason you have a vacant building in the south end of the City, it is a good chance that property will not stay vacant for long.
In the inner city there are approximately 600 vacant properties. The people in the core (original owners) they do not have $10,000 for drawings and $10,000 to demolish and the money to start a new build. This is not cheap and causes a dilapidated property to sit there for a long time.
Banks are very reluctant to lend money for homes in the core area.
Hence, why the buildings in the inner core stay vacant – become an eye sore, haven for criminal activity, garbage dumps, drug houses, fires, etc. And now it is incurring Vacant fees.
As Mayor, I will institute a liveable & sustainable policy exclusive for the core area.
The faster we return these properties back to livable conditions – will be a win-win for the city & the community. Property values will increase and the City will indeed collect more taxes on these properties because it will double or triple in value once renovated.
In this new vision
- we are going to fast track every building that is now boarded up.
- Reduce permit fees and get building permit applications approved in 3-4 weeks instead of 6-8 weeks.
- Merge PP&D and Community By-law Enforcement into one department.
The current procedure today is:
After 3 months of the fire, the inspector comes to inspect and this is a $600 fee and this starts the extra fees rolling.
The City in the core area currently doesn’t even wait 3 months, just as the premise burns, the City is right there sometimes and assesses a fee to the owner.
Sometimes the City is there assessing before the Insurance Company has a chance to inspect.
The current system nails us in two ways
1) City charges people a vacant fee and collecting property taxes
2) City charges people who want to renovate or build & collecting property taxes.
This seems like gouging.
Maybe that’s why the city is not motivated to make it a priority to get these properties looking good.
Let’s start working with the citizens and not against them.
The PLAN: To get…..
- Families – a decent affordable home to live in.
- Landlords – have an income coming in to help maintain the building
- City – gets paid higher property taxes
This is a sustainable, livable approach.
As Mayor, I propose 2 steps that will help landlords/homeowners/renovators to upgrade these vacant properties:
1) Properties in the core area will receive high priority for renovating and for building new. The City will lend up to 50% of the value of your vacant property at 2 percent interest higher than what the city borrows it at & it is paid back over 20 years or, if sold. Responsible owners/renovators will be eligible for this assistance.
Renovating is cheaper than building brand new and is faster at getting the neighbourhood back to looking good! As the Mayor of Winnipeg this is what we will be encouraging.
But if you need to build new, the City will have available 7 different models of ‘rubber stamped’ engineered drawings for you to choose from, at no cost to you, and we will give you the go ahead to demolish within 3 months and start your build.
2) Procedures that need urgent attention:
a) By-Law enforcement: Compliance orders for the core area, more leniency for renovations.
b) Quicker turn-around times for permits. A permit should be approved within 3 weeks. Not 6-8 weeks.
Benefits to the City are:
1) More people moving into the core areas instead of moving out.
2) More Revenue for the city: Example: property valued at $60,000 with a tax bill of $749 to the property now valued at $260,000 and property tax at $3,200. A winning scenario for the city & beats the alternative.
3) The community will be more sustainable and have families living in the neighbourhood instead of drug houses harboring criminals.
This is how we make a neighbourhood more sustainable & livable and dramatically reduce crime.
Less harassment & red tape – more cooperation – we all need a helping hand sometimes.
***August 10, 2022 - On October 28, 1998, Glen Murray was elected Mayor of Winnipeg and took the oath of office to serve the people of Winnipeg. On May 11, 2004, Glen Murray quit on the people of Winnipeg two years early to run for the Federal Liberals and lost. Glen Murray quit his job because he is a habitual quitter! His quitting cost Winnipeg taxpayers approximately $2M for the city to run a by-election, giving us Sam Katz and the mess we call City Hall today.
On February 4, 2010, Glen Murray was elected the Member of Provincial Parliament (M.P.P.) for Toronto Centre. He took the oath of office to serve the people of Ontario for eight years as their M.P.P. and the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, but on September 1, 2017, Glen Murray quit on the people of Ontario nine months early to take his dream job. This left his riding, Toronto Centre, without representation. Glen Murray quit his job as a M.P.P. because he is a habitual quitter!
On July 31, 2017, Glen Murray resigned from Cabinet, effective immediately, and would leave Toronto Centre one month later as he accepted the position of Executive Director at the Pembina Institute. His position was to begin on Sept 5th, 2017 where he could help make changes that would help protect the environment. This was his ‘Dream Job’ he said! He was quoted as saying “I’m really glad to be out of politics.” On September 10, 2018, barely a year into his term with the Pembina Institute, Glen Murray quit yet again on the people of Calgary leaving his dream job.
Not too long after, he announced he was running to be the leader of the Green Party, which he lost. Glen Murray quit his dream job because he is a habitual quitter! The cost of a new executive search to replace him could not have been cheap and I am sure the Pembina Institute spent a lot of money relocating Glen from Ontario to Alberta.
Glen Murray’s history of quitting on the people who elected or hired him is habitual. He quit on the people in three cities, Winnipeg, Toronto, and Calgary. Can the people of Winnipeg trust Glen Murray not to quit again?
Today, I demand that he sign a contract by August 15th that states he will not abandon the people of Winnipeg for a second time to search for greener pastures.
If he does not sign it, then Winnipeggers know where he stands.
As of Today: No signed agreement back.
UPDATE: Since August 10, 2022 - An article in the 'Black Rod' news pointed to two other jobs Glen Murray had before coming to Winnipeg wanting to be Mayor.
Check out this article:
***August 3, 2022 - Welcome Folks, My name is Don Woodstock and I am running to be your next mayor.
In the last 4 years, we have seen an increase in the number of assaults on the drivers & passengers while on Winnipeg Transit buses. Some being reported in the news and some not.
For any city to be sustainable we need a safe, reliable mass transit system. Not every working person can afford a car, and we don’t want every working person using their vehicle as transportation to their workplace. This would only create a different problem.
After the death of a Bus Operator, Winnipeg Transit management promised Safety but it only came in the form of increased Transit Supervisors.
Four years ago, I laid it out that this is not a feasible approach to this issue, and I was correct. It’s only getting worse.
Let’s look at a comparison:
Transit Supervisor vs. a First year Police Officer
Transit Supervisor salary is $80,000+ per year
First Year Police Officer is $60,000+ per year
Transit Supervisor can not arrest someone, can’t even touch them.
First Year Police Officer can arrest and take the person to jail.
An assault on our public transit is an assault on our freedom to move around and our opportunity to encourage increased ridership which is a sustainable approach.
Therefore as mayor, I will be treating this issue with the utmost priority for our great city.
The violence has driven a new level of fear into passengers who are just going about their daily commute, as well as the drivers who are fearful that today may be the day I get stabbed or punched or spit on or jabbed with a used old needle. Their families are very concerned when their loved ones leave for work.
So many drivers are looking for other places to work – so many have already quit in the last 4 years – and those who can take retirement are taking it and happy to get out. This was not the Transit of 10 years ago.
There is a committee that was formed called the Transit Advisory Committee (TAC) to look at Transit Safety in 2017. Where are we today? As Mayor, my Administration, will make the necessary changes & policy directives, whatever that may be – administrative or otherwise, to ensure that safety is the #1 priority and as your mayor this will be delivered to the public & the workers of the City of Winnipeg.
Bare in mind, Winnipeg Transit has a responsibility to provide a Safe Work Environment that is healthy for their drivers, mentally & otherwise. So before it gets to a state of PANIC and there are not enough drivers to drive all the routes, as mayor I would implement a two phase approach:
1) ‘Operation Safe Ride’immediately.
2) Examine the possibility to reduce or eliminate fares over the next 6 years. We will get it done!
Operation Safe Ride:
- Reduction of at least 10 acting Transit Supervisors who will return back to driving.
- The salary allocation would allow for a complement of at least 13 plain-clothes first year Police Officers.
- The Police Officers will ride routes that have a tendency to attract trouble makers.
- Police Officers will be able to apprehend them immediately, take them off the bus and have the bus carry-on in-service.
This will send a very strong signal – assaults will not be tolerated on drivers and passengers.
The Transit management has just received $500+ million dollars from the federal government. It is fiscally possible.
After 6 years, the best idea Councilor Scott Gillingham and his cronies came up with was to give approval to spend more taxpayers’ money for an increased number of Supervisors who don’t have the power a Police officer has. Increasing the bureaucracy does not get us to where we need to be. Let’s not give them the influence and power from $500M to sit and do nothing but have committees, after committees and nothing improves.
I am calling on all the current councillors –
There needs to be a motion on the floor at the next Council Meeting to vote on:
· Having plain-clothes officers on the buses immediately.
· Implement Operation Safe Ride.
We do not need to wait on:
killed or maimed for life before we implement this. Prevention is always better than cure.
***July 26, 2022 - Recently, the candidate for Mayor & former Finance Chair Councillor Scott Gillingham was asked about the enormous amount of change orders for the police headquarters which cost hundreds of millions of dollars in overruns, “Why do you pay them?” And Mr. Gillingham’s response was alarming & shocking to say the least. He said, “We paid them because there was no policy in place.”
Since there is no policy in place for change orders, I am asking the new Finance Chair Councillor Jeff Browaty – “Will you just be paying all change orders like your predecessor, Scott Gillingham?”
I am proposing a new way of preventing people from gouging the taxpayers unnecessarily – taking more than their fair share. This new policy is:
Any & all change orders must be presented on the floor – not to EPC – for discussion & approval which should have a minimum of 75% approval from the 15-member Council body.
This policy will ensure that no ‘backroom deals’ are made & the taxpayers’ dollars are spent appropriately.
Therefore, I ask ‘that a councillor put a motion on the floor to have this new policy be adopted immediately since there is ‘no policy in place.’ Who will act in the best interest of the taxpayers of Winnipeg?
Finance Chair Councillor Browaty I look forward to your reply.
To date: No reply
***July 21, 2022 - In response to your article in the Free Press on July 21st, where you were quoted as saying that "you want to immediately shrink the EPC by one chairperson and drop the deputy mayor & acting deputy mayor from the roster." Are we to understand Councillor Gillingham, that you have suddenly seen the light after 6 years? That you are openly saying, for the first time, that both Councillor Janice Lukes and Councillor Kevin Klein were right in their criticisms of the governing body that you sat on for 6 years? To me, I believe that you are just saying whatever you think will get you elected and this is dishonesty.
If Mayor Brian Bowman appointed you as Finance Chair for 6 years and now you are saying it is wrong for the way in which he governed – proves that you took part in a corrupt act and said nothing about it. Received your extra pay for 6 years and with extra benefits – now you expect us to believe that you have now seen the light. And weren’t you a minister in your prior life?
What has happened to honesty & integrity?
Let’s think of this differently, if you believe now that the EPC was wrong does it mean all the decisions that were made during this process – should be reversed? All the policies that you and this corrupt model forced down our throats should they be under a microscope?
You should refund your EPC salary back to the city since you believe it is wrong.
You are a typical politician where you do one thing but say something different. Mayor Bowman trained you well.
Did you pay for this article? I ask this because I am wondering why the reporter did not ask the poignant question, why now after 6 years?
Looking forward to hearing the truth as God loves it.
***July 17, 2022 - With a limited-time construction season, we owe it to the taxpayers to be more efficient with our road construction dollars. Other cities work round-the-clock or extended hours of 2 or 3 shifts to get the job done - we can do the same.
Too often, we have stretches of barricades with nothing being done & no reason to be there other than the contractors are billing us for extended time. Handcuffing the commuting public due to the lack of ingenuity and with the lack of project supervision we are bankrupting the city - this is wrong. Time is money!
No more shoddy road construction
End to 'no bid contracts'
Don Woodstock as Mayor of Winnipeg will ensure that all contracts will be made public – the contractor awarded & the total amount paid to the contractor & subcontractors at the end of the project. No FIPPA requests needed for this information.
***July 15, 2022 - Now that we have the Premier of Manitoba Heather Stefanson engaging in the crime situation in Winnipeg and saying on the record she does not want the level of crime to be normalized, this presents a glorious opportunity for the city & the province to have a working relationship on this issue.
This is something that Mayor Bowman and others who criticize her opinion of stating the obvious just 'do not see.'
Seeing the need for a different approach to solving crime which includes keeping our youth busy, I formed the West End Football Clinic in 2013. I will continue to consistently make this point as it's the one true way of getting to the root cause of the problem and addressing crime at a different angle. This vision is needed for our city. In the Free Press on Wednesday, an opinion piece by Dan Lett spoke of "vulnerable youth were missing out on recreational opportunities and contact with social and mental health services provided by schools."
As I am the only candidate with this approach, I believe that it is worth mentioning that this is the same approach I took when encouraging our city to look at recycling to make it a part of our everyday life. My same consistent approach was taken to make the point about reusable bags.
I am telling the youth of Winnipeg today there is hope - we will have a program in place that sees us spending $400M annually for 5 years to start on recreational facilities, arts & crafts, sports fields, music - anything that will create the avenue to reduce your enticement to do drugs & gangs. This is where I believe Premier Heather Stefanson will play a key role in making this happen. There was no shortage of the media talking about Portage & Main last election - if we were to give my vision of solving crime this way - we will have a solution that we will all be proud of. Crime will reduce and this will make for a healthier more sustainable city. More tourists will come and the only down-side is my business, JamRock Security, will see less customers.
Let's do it!!
***July 14, 2022 - Seeing the need for a different approach to solving crime which includes keeping our youth busy, I formed the West End Football Clinic in 2013. I will continue to consistently make this point as it's the one true way of getting to the root cause of the problem and addressing crime at a different angle. This vision is needed for our city. Thanks, Dan, for acknowledging this in your yesterday's opinion piece when you spoke of "vulnerable youth were missing out on recreational opportunities and contact with social and mental health services provided by schools."
As I am the only candidate with this approach, I believe that it is worth mentioning that this is the same approach I took when encouraging our city to look at recycling to make it a part of our everyday life. The same consistent approach was taken to make the point about reusable bags.
I am telling the youth of Winnipeg today there is hope - we will have a program in place that sees us spending $400M annually on recreational facilities, arts & crafts, sports fields, music - anything that will create the avenue to reduce your enticement to do drugs & gangs. There was no shortage of the media talking about Portage & Main last election - if we were to give my vision of solving crime this way - we will have a solution that we will all be proud of. Crime will reduce and this will make for a healthier more sustainable city. More tourists will come and the only down-side is my business, JamRock Security, will see less customers.
Let's do it!!
***July 12, 2022 - As a business owner, a concerned citizen & mayoral candidate, who is alarmed about the level of crime that is being allowed to be perpetrated on our citizens, I am demanding that the Chief of Police Danny Smyth pull his units who hide behind trees at sleepy stop sign corners and who sit at the bottom of bridges to reel in money and not safety - place them on active duty combating crime, which is what the Winnipeggers pay them to do or be 'fired.'
From 2014 in St. Boniface for example:
- 90% increase in property crimes
- 27% increase in violent crime
- 78% increase in crime overall in their neighbourhood
- Car-jackings & stolen catalytic converters are through the roof
and this is the consensus that crime is up significantly throughout all neighbourhoods in Winnipeg but, our Chief of Police says, "it's not new."
Cease the fundraising/traffic unit at once and put the officers to work combating the ballooning crime in this city. "All hands-on deck!"
***July 10, 2022 - Seeing the Chief of Police address the crime situation in Winnipeg is both alarming & disturbing on many levels. He is not being honest with our crime situation. How did we get here?
In my earlier press releases and run for mayor in 2018, I put forward a simple plan to get ahead of our crime wave. Four years have now passed and so, I repeat again, we need $400M annually for recreational facilities, sporting activities, arts & crafts programs like what Art City is doing, just to name a few. The child who is engaged in something creative will be a less of a burden on society, will most likely not engage in criminal activities, hence a reduction in crime. This way the police will have more time to go after the criminal elements.
The Police need our help, and I am proposing that the Chief of Police should never be the spin-doctor for the administration or politicians. Our Chief was merely spinning a story because of his political appointment. Hence, the members of the Police force should be able to elect the Chief. The mayor and politician-formed committees should not appoint the Chief. This way, the crime will be 100% on the shoulders of the Police Force to solve. Holding them accountable.
As a footnote, my company, JamRock Security, is one of the top security service providers in Winnipeg which has seen more than a 50% increase in calls and emails requesting quotes for security solutions. We have a problem and it's major, despite what the Chief is reporting. We are on the street speaking with the public and people are extremely nervous.
***July 10, 2022 - The government's announcement of $539M for Transit is good news but not great news. I am hopeful their infrastructure plans will include an adequate amount of electric charging stations to maintain the current fleet, plus add many more additional charging stations for the future purchase of more electric buses. No more diesel buses.
With more people riding the buses, it is imperative that we put 'safety' as a #1 priority. No more talk of safety but more implementation of plain-clothes junior officers on the buses. This can be carried out by reducing the number of Transit Supervisors by at least 30% and replacing them with officers.
Look, it is not rocket science. Today, many more folks are riding the bus - why, because of the price of gas. Guess what folks, the price will never significantly go back down. To prepare ourselves to use long-term vision: No more spending money on a failing system - spend on what the future holds for us.
I am proposing that we reduce the number of the proposed purchases of new diesel buses by 50% - spend the rest of the money on the electrifying infrastructure. We need adequate infrastructure before we can run the electric buses. In 2021, New Flyer was awarded a contract for thirty-two new diesel buses. Now asking for another 135. When does the asking end? With the City’s Rainy-Day Fund almost depleted, we can not afford to keep diesel vehicles running the streets. Efficiency in all sectors of our city will save us from bankruptcy and running diesel buses is not efficient.
'Going Electric' has been my vision for Winnipeg for 20 years. In 2009, my first presentation was to Technology Minister Jim Rondeau. He said, "we have never looked at electric. We will now."
Secondly, oversight of this project needs a hands-on, eyes-wide-open approach to ensure all taxpayer’s dollars are spent in an appropriate manner with no change orders.
***July 7, 2022 - Thank you to Mayor Brian Bowman and former Finance Chair Scott Gillingham for the recent poor City financial report that shows we are one major snowfall away from draining the Rainy-Day Fund. One of the largest holes in this sinking ship is the construction industry and in particular, road construction. With no oversight from the city's bureaucrats, it seems that the contractors are dictating the terms & conditions of their contract work and this should not be.
If we are going to get ahead and stop this drain, we must get back to fundamentals of how contracts are awarded. The 'No Bid' contracts will end when I become Mayor of Winnipeg. Another reason for this is exactly what Scott Gillingham said, and I quote "We do not have a policy for change orders, so we just pay the bill." As Mayor, I will write a policy so all members of City Council, City Bureaucrats anc contractors will know not to steal money from the public because we will have a policy now.
The construction industry will be required to work from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. as part of their routine work schedule during our short construction season. Working 24 hours a day to complete these tasks so that people can get on with their day. Other cities are doing it and so should we.
***July 5, 2022 - Tuesday's edition of the Winnipeg Free Press has Jeff Browaty, newly appointed Finance Chair, speaking on our poor finances. Conveniently, Mayor Brian Bowman and the previous Finance Chair, Scott Gillingham were absent in responding to this financial report today, which I consider a Financial Crisis.
I am not amazed - but I can honestly tell you, I wanted to know where the money went. For many decades, the snow removal contractors have been taking more than their fair share from the city with no oversight.
So, the city was asked the following:
"May 14, 2022
I am interested in obtaining payment information for the following contractors:
1. Bayview Construction
2. Ray Bateman
3. SM Industries
5. Access 2000
6. Maple leaf construction
For the years 2018 onwards for the specific contracts the funds were paid for."
RESPONSE FROM THE CITY:
"Please be advised that requests to the city under the FIPPA are meant to be for records not answers to questions or compiled information. Additionally, if you are requesting records that involve 3rd party business interests, please note that we must consult with the 3rd parties to ask if they consent to the disclosure of information before we make a decision about whether to grant access to the information."
There is the Freedom of Information Act (FIPPA), and the City will not disclose where or who gets money? Blaming snow removal? Were they bucket-loading into trucks instead of blowing snow into trucks? Bucket loading takes 10 times longer to fill a truck. I saw them bucket loading on Kenaston. How much was the city billed? We are not broke due to snow - it was due to the lack of oversight by the city on its snow contractors. Most of the money, I believe, went to Bayview Construction.
The result of the Waste Collection contract; GFL $10.5 million per year for ½ of the city and Miller Waste $19.5 Million per year for ½ of the city. Both contractors have half the city, why was Miller Waste awarded $9.0M more? Did we lose $9.0M from our Rainy-Day fund? By the way, Scott Gillingham as the Finance Chair approved this.
As everything is being paid by taxpayers’ dollars it should all be transparent. I tried to find out. Blocked by bureaucracy. It is obvious our Rainy-Day Fund was robbed.
***June 29, 2022 - Four years ago, I advocated strongly throughout my mayoral campaign “Sports Capital not Crime Capital”. Four years later, we see teenagers creating a climate of fear & panic among our citizens. This is not what we want for our youth. If elected Mayor of Winnipeg, I am pledging to find $400M annually for 5 years to engage all Winnipeg youth into recreational & sporting activities, arts & crafts, music, chess clubs, just to name a few. This will create a catchment for kids who would otherwise have nothing to do after school. I, myself, am a victim of this youth mayhem. $12,000 damage to my vehicle & it could have been worse. In my business, I see the crimes committed almost on a daily basis. It is time for us as a society to take a proactive approach to solving youth creating mayhem. We owe it to ourselves to make this happen and not have our city tainted with this ugly brush of overwhelming amount of youth crime.
***June 28, 2022 - In response to Mayor Bowman's massive road work projects, while I am very conscious that our roads need some serious attention, I am baffled by the fact that I see, firsthand, on the streets that they are not all building it to engineering standards. Maple Leaf Construction is doing it correctly on Wall Street. One metre down with proper matting, mesh and gravel. I posted this on Facebook on June 20th. Now on Pembina at Clarence Ave, Bayview Construction is not doing a metre down on a major road as I Facebooked on June 20th. They were packing down new gravel with a very thin matting and only about 18" down. How long will this road last? Check out Jubilee as well. See what Bayview is doing. Are there no City Inspectors for these jobs? Yes, Mayor Bowman you are leaving office and you are spending $1B of our money and you will be gone and not able to be accountable for it. What are we getting for this $1B? So, our taxes go up for fixing roads, but fixed SHODDILY? So, we will again spend more money in a few years. Is the price tag really at $165M this year or is Bayview Construction going to do like for the Police Headquarters and issue Change Orders? We, the citizens of Winnipeg, want answers before you leave. Will we soon find out that City Officials have accepted bribes for these massive projects? We want answers.
***June 26, 2022 - In response to recent statements in the media by some mayoral candidates, I, Don Woodstock, want to set the record straight:
1. Glen Murray’s claim of fiscal responsibility, oh my!
- In 1997, Murray changed the City of Winnipeg’s constitution to allow for debt and that debt today stands at $1.482B. Prior to 1996, Winnipeg’s DEBT was ZERO.
- Murray’s claim of “Zero” percent property taxes increase “if elected,” with fuel up 100% and covid shortages, which has led to huge inflation & has resulted in higher costs, Murray’s method of “ZERO” tax increases will only occur with more debt, a debt our grandchildren will be paying off. With Bowman’s bonds taken out by his administration to help pay for road construction, I for one can never saddle our kids/grandkids with our spending.
- When Murray was Mayor in 1996 his administration had a huge cost overrun of double the budget on the main street bridge – over $100M - by change orders, just like the Police Station change orders. I just love Gillingham’s response on these ‘change orders’ while he was Finance Chair, “WE DON’T HAVE A POLICY ON CHANGE ORDERS,” so we just pay them.
2. Scott Gillingham on 7.5% debt service of property taxes, oh my again!
- The City of Winnipeg collects $660,000,000 million in Property taxes and pays out $150,000,000 in Debt Payments annually; this is 20% plus, not 7.5%.
- Scott Gillingham, Finance Chair voted on contracts, like MILLER WASTE: the Tender called for the awarded contractor to have a building to house all the trucks in and stated the incumbent contractor ‘Emterra’ would not qualify as they had no building – just land they were leasing from the City of Winnipeg. The City’s Solicitation requirements were written to support Miller Waste, like the Police station’s construction contract. -
The result of the Waste Collection contract; GFL $10.5 million per year for ½ of the city and Miller Waste $19.5 Million per year for ½ of the city. Both contractors have half the city, why is Miller Waste getting $9.0M more? - I will give more evidence on MILLER WASTE soon.
Murray to Katz to Bowman - this is business as usual. A ‘Clean Sweep’ will end the corruption.
***June 22, 2022 - How did we get here? This is the real question we should be asking ourselves. In 2014, when Brian Bowman, a privacy lawyer was elected Mayor of Winnipeg, the Police Union brass made it very clear to him that there was a meth crisis coming. Instead of listening to good advice and acting on it as he should have as Mayor, he made sure that City Hall & his private home had all the security & protection that he could afford. He did absolutely nothing to address the meth crisis. Four years later, he and his Chief of Police are looking like a deer in a headlamp when confronted with this crisis. We see homeless people moving out of downtown and they have begun finding shelter in bus shacks around the city and not just on Regent Avenue. Instead of the one body that is responsible for the governance of the City of Winnipeg, looking at this issue to find the root cause & solve it here we go again merely trying to marginalize people instead of solving the issue and the root cause. The meth crisis was never been addressed by this administration and we should not let them continue. Every current councillor, especially the ones who currently sit on the corrupt EPC, should be held accountable for their inactions. This issue of homeless people occupying bus shelters needs a big broom to sweep out Mayor Bowman and everyone who supported the corrupt EPC model and failed to see the real reason this is happening to our city. Sweep them out! Four years ago, I said "I want Winnipeg to be the 8th city in Canada to end homelessness. It can be done, and other cities are on the path to have it done. Why can't we be doing the same?" This neglect should be laid squarely at the foot of Mayor Bowman Let's solve the housing issue, the mental health issue, the drug issue and provide adequate shelters for those who currently reside in bus shelters. It is disgusting & wrong to victimize hard working men & women who depend on the bus shelters in minus 40 degree weather or when it's raining because of City Hall's inability to address the real issues. So I ask again, we get the Provincial, Federal, City of Winnipeg and all who are interested in solving these issues to grab your pillow & your blankie and let's make the time now to find a solution - short term and long term - for this complex issue. It can be done. "I am calling on all of us again to put our hearts & our minds into solving the issues, not the symptoms."
***June 21, 2022 - As our society continues to erode and break down due to poor leadership, listening to bad advice and hate speech, I find an article that says to Cancel Canada Day! I can't believe it. What is going on? Canada Day is a celebratory day where our children play together and they all have smiles on their faces. The streets are filled with colourful decorations covering up broken fences, graffitied walls, dark gray dirty sidewalks & streets - but I don't see that because of the beautiful decorations. Imagine all the youth who won't be on their phones & tablets because they are now enjoying the festivities, food and comradery. Being a part of a great thing, our country. If we do not teach our children to love our country, we will lose it to another. The majority of the folks that are part of the cancel culture BS do not work, they live off of parents or the government and really do not care one bit about me, you or Winnipeg. I know this is true as they all do not take part in the election process, in the Legislative process or in the justice process - thereby leaving the regular elite class to stay in charge and tell us how we are so well taken care of by them with their handouts and their untruths. The only way to make change is to get educated, join the community you live in, gain knowledge of what is going on around you, make yourself a target by running for Public Office, which by the way is very uncomfortable but necessary. This is how change occurs. Let's celebrate one day then get back to work helping to build a Canada that we will all happily celebrate that is truly inclusive and being mindful of the hurt & neglect that has been going on. We can not divide ourselves in a hope of achieving unity and as imperfect as it may seem to some, we are still in a beautiful country. Canceling Canada Day, no matter the reason, will have bigger repercussions in the future. Let us gather, laugh and watch expensive fireworks compliments of the Elite class, and thank our lucky stars that we can still celebrate freely, while others can not. Be thankful!! Happy Canada Day!
***June 6, 2022 - Over the years, Winnipeg's Mayor has been the given responsibility of selecting the Police Chief to serve in their administration. I believe the time has come for us to make a change in this practice. If elected Mayor, I would give the choice of selecting the Chief of Police to every member of the Police force - 'one person one vote.' Besides, let's face it, politicians can not know who the best person is to serve as chief more than the personnel who are serving on the front line keeping our city safe.
***May 19, 2022 - As one of the city's top environmental advocates, I strongly support biking, walking, public transportation to get around. And as you may know, as a former Winnipeg Transit Operator, I see the value in this more than any of my opponents. Given the opportunity to serve as Mayor of Winnipeg, I would take it a step further because vehicle electrification is the future. Hence, I own an electric car. See picture above. More action, less empty promises is what the Clean Sweep is about. Action not words!
***April 29, 2022 - DON WOODSTOCK - CANDIDATE FOR MAYOR On Sunday, May 1st, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. I will be at City Hall to officially put my name in to run for Mayor of our great city. As a successful business owner/CEO of JamRock Security and an industry leader in the field of security & automated systems for residential, commercial & industrial premises, the concerns of our city and lack of accountability at the city level leads me to my campaign slogan 'Clean Sweep'. "The level of corruption, fraud, bribery and shoddy work all in the name of 'job security' has gone on too long. We need checks & balances, and we must start with a truly democratic & transparent EPC model, a new slate of men & women for councilors whose desire is to serve this great city and a mayor who is truly representative of the needs of the people, and not just a chosen few individuals or special interest groups." See you at City Hall at 10:30 a.m. Sunday May 1st - rain or shine!!