Early Years Partnership
Keith Fielding - Candidate for Peachland Councillor
Q 1: If elected, what will you do to reduce the rising vulnerability among young children in your community?
I have long recognized the value of programs seeking to provide high quality early childhood education and development and will advocate for, and remain supportive of, community initiatives geared to that end. I will also continue to support the provision of space in Peachland’s Historic School for delivery of Boys and Girls programming, and continued purchase from them of a variety of contracted services.
Q 2: If elected, what will you do to help increase the number of quality child care spaces in our community?
I will take steps to better inform myself of the extent of the problem locally, and lend whatever support I can to efforts designed to engage the Province and Federal Government in building a comprehensive and affordable day care system.
Q 3: If elected, will you endorse the $10aDay Child Care Plan?
See my response to Q2 above
Q 4: If elected, will you advocate for free access to public transit and recreation services for children of all ages and reduced transit fares for low-income individuals and seniors?
Many of the recreation services we offer to children through the Boys and Girls Club are already free. With respect to transit fares I will encourage my council colleagues to pass a resolution calling upon the the School District and the Regional District to recognize the importance of reduced transit fares for low income individuals and seniors.
Q 5: The municipal government has a responsibility to avoid contributing to the problem of low-wage poverty. If elected will you commit to adopting a living wage policy requiring the municipality (or school district) to pay a living wage to both it’s employees and contract staff?
We already have such a policy.
Q 6: Homelessness and housing affordability is a regional issue that spills from one community to another. If elected, how will you work with the City of Kelowna to support the Journey Home Strategy at a regional level?
Peachland has a long established policy of requiring new developments to either contain 10% affordable housing or contribute financially to a housing affordability fund. In addition we have provided land for a Habitat for Humanity Project, land for a seniors housing project and adopted an intensive development zone designed to promote housing affordability. I will continue to support these and other initiatives.
Q 7: If elected, will you participate in and support the Central Okanagan Poverty Reduction Committee - both with financial and staff resources – to develop a local poverty reduction strategy? Please describe what you see as your City’s role.
We do not currently have a local poverty reduction strategy and I am not sure that it is an area that a small municipality such as Peachland can effectively engage except through advocacy. We can and should examine the extent to which our policies and bylaws (or lack of them) may be exacerbating the problem and I would be interested to learn from other municipalities of steps they have taken. I believe that UBCM advocacy to senior levels of government will be the most effective way of developing a national poverty reduction strategy.