Early Years Partnership
Rusty Ensign - West Kelowna Councillor
Q 1: If elected, what will you do to reduce the rising vulnerability among young children in your community?
1. Grant in Aids are when non profits ask the City for donations. I would certainly support any grant in aid request for this cause. Providing a request is made I would also support a budget item for recreational programming.
Q 2: If elected, what will you do to help increase the number of quality child care spaces in our community?
Q 3: If elected, will you endorse the $10aDay Child Care Plan?
Q 4: If elected, will you advocate for free access to public transit and recreation services for children and reduced transit fares for low-income individuals, families and seniors?
4. I would support reduced transit fares for low-income individuals, seniors and veterans. For children from low income families I would support free passes for transit, skating and swimming.
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?5. To be honest I’m surprised the City doesn’t have a living wage policy. Yes I would support adopting a living wage policy. Lead by example!
Q 6: Homelessness and housing affordability is a regional issue that has “spillover effects” 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?
6. Journey Home should be treated as a regional not a City of Kelowna issue. The City of West Kelowna should participate and fund Journey Home on a per capita equal funding basis.
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.7. Same as above. The City of West Kelowna should participate on a per capita equal funding basis to support the Central Okanagan Poverty Reduction Committee to address a regional issue.