Candidate Profile: Don Young For Ward Three

Name: Don Young

Ward You’re Running In: 3

Current Occupation: Musician / Teacher / Administrator

Voter Information: 352-7865

I was raised and educated in Ward 3 where I still reside and work today.  I attended Connaught School, Sheldon Williams High School and the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus. In addition to being a very active musician and music educator, I am the President Emeritus of the Regina Musicians Association and I am a past member of the Board of Directors of the Regina Exhibition Association, serving on the Audit and Finance Committee.

QUESTION AND ANSWER

1. Briefly, why are you running for council/mayor?
I believe that I can make competent, conscientious decisions which will serve as significant,  beneficial contributions to the social, economic, cultural and recreational progress of our  city.

2. What is the single most pressing issue facing Regina? How would you solve it?
We must achieve a more equitable revenue sharing agreement with both  senior levels of government. Without this it will be virtually impossible to finance the  needed repairs to our infrastructure as well as add the facilities and services that we must have to maintain an attractive standard of living. I believe that it’s time to get “back to basics” as our primary duty to the tax-paying citizens of Regina. Infrastructure is essential to all subsequent activities: we should concentrate our efforts on assuring that roads and streetscapes (including lighting and signage); parks, cultural and recreational facilities; public transit; city-operated vehicles and equipment; police and fire-fighting services; health, education and social programs are funded sufficiently and administered efficiently.

3. Imagine the Regina Of The Future that you want to help build. What will it look like?
The future Regina will have a more vibrant downtown area. More Clubs and restaurants, unique shops, apartments, etc. to make people WANT to come to and live in the City Centre.

4. Beyond immediate concerns like housing, the stadium and infrastructure renewal, what “big idea” project do you want to work on that nobody seems to be talking about?
Regina Transit and Paratransit must be improved to a more user friendly system. We need Light Rail Transit NOW! A LRT should be considered now, before it becomes unaffordable.

5. Name something the last council got right.
The revitalization of Evraz Place and the Co-operator’s Centre… upgraded on time AND on budget.

6. Now, point out their biggest mistake.
The City Square Plaza (12th Avenue). ‘Nuff said.

7. What are you reading these days?
Alan Moore’s Watchmen

8. Beyond your residence, do you own any property in Regina or in the immediate area?
No

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FUN QUESTIONS!

1. What is your favourite Regina restaurant?
Memories.

2. Who is your favourite Regina artist?
John MacFarlane, one of Saskatchewan’s finest watercolour artists.

3. What actor would play you in the gritty cable drama, Queen City Hall?
Alex Trebek

4. How would your character die?
I’d die on stage.

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PICK A SIDE

Cats or Dogs? Dogs

Vampires or Werewolves? Vampires

Boxing or Roller Derby? Boxing

Steak or Sushi? Steak

Hill Towers or Legislative Building? Legislative Building

Quance Street or Dewdney Avenue? Quance Street

Artesian or Wascana Park Gazebo? Artesian

Prairie Dog or Richardson Ground Squirrel? Prairie Dog

Giant Grasshopper or Stegosaurus? Giant Grasshopper

Saskaboom or SaskAdvantage? SaskAdvantage

Bike or Sports Car? Sports Car

Le Macaron or Five Guys? Five Guys

The Beatles or the Rolling Stones? Beatles

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BONUS QUESTION: Make up your own question (And answer it, of course!)
Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck?
Donald Duck!

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Author: Paul Dechene

Paul Dechene is 5’10” tall and he was born in a place. He’s not there now. He’s sitting in front of his computer writing his bio for this blog. He has a song stuck in his head. It’s “Girl From Ipanema”, thanks for asking.

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