Candidate Profile: Shirley Dixon For Ward Three

Name: Shirley Dixon

Ward You’re Running In: 3

Current Occupation: Canada Post Employee/Letter Carrier

Voter Information: 529-4605, http://dixondelivers.com/

I am married with 3 grown children. Grew up on a farm. Have lived in the Cathedral Area for 30
years. I have been employed with Canada Post for 30 years. I have been a steward and advocate
for working and disadvantaged people all of my life. I have served 17 years on the Appeal Board
for Employment Insurance. During my many years as a proud union member with the Canadian
Union Of Postal Workers I have gained experience, knowledge and awareness of local, national
and international issues that are facing people today. I have been an elected 2nd VP for the Regina
and District Labor Council, Saskatchewan Fed. Of Labor, CUPW National Women’s Committee.
Currently a volunteer for the women’s sexual assault line. I am a 30 year Globe Theatre patron, I
use my clothesline, collect rainwater, compost, recycle, use my bicycle for transportation, grow a
garden, camp, skate, ski, swim, make wine, bake, enjoy cooking, support local farmers

QUESTION AND ANSWER

1. Briefly, why are you running for council?
With all my past experience I have a lot to
offer to make Regina a safe, sustainable, and healthy environment. I am at a good time in my
life that as a woman I can serve the citizens in Ward with energy and an understanding of the
issues.

2. What is the single most pressing issue facing Regina? How would you solve it?
Affordable, low income housing. I would lobby the Provincial and Federal Government to take
more action. Stop demolishing rental units, get after landlords to clean up properties and
discourage leaving properties vacant. Always support the NGO’s that help the homeless and
underprivileged.

3. Imagine the Regina Of The Future that you want to help build. What will it look like?
A safe, healthy and sustainable, city. Homelessness has been eradicated, there are many bicycles being
used with their own bike lane. Urban sprawl has been controlled. Downtown is thriving with a
new grocery store. Heritage community is the new entertainment, shopping, small business, safe
place where families want to live.

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?
Make City Hall an example of environmental sustainability. Install solar panels, use tanks to
collect water for watering the plants on boulevards etc. Plant edible crops in place of flowers. Be
a champion of green innovations.

5. Name something the last council got right.
Design Regina workshops and exploring other options for making the City a better designed city.

6. Now, point out their biggest mistake.
Building new communities that cater to big box stores with no thought to the sustainability,
health of the community or environment. How is it walkable, community oriented, and good for
small businesses? A missed opportunity to build mixed housing community. There are no
schools, no small businesses, no community centers.

7. What are you reading these days?
Briarpatch magazine, The Prairie Dog, and always a novel from the RPL

8. Beyond your residence, do you own any property in Regina or in the immediate area?
Yes. Besides owning our own home we own another house across the street from us and one a few
blocks away in North Central.

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FUN QUESTIONS!

1. What is your favourite Regina restaurant?
This is tough to say my favorite. There are Table 10, and “Orange Café”

2. Who is your favourite Regina artist?
Jack Semple. The Semple family have done there share to give back to the community.

3. What actor would play you in the gritty cable drama, Queen City Hall?
Sally Field when she was in Norma Rae

4. How would your character die?
I wouldn’t. Last one standing.

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PICK A SIDE

Cats or Dogs? Cats

Vampires or Werewolves? Vampires

Boxing or Roller Derby? Roller Derby

Steak or Sushi? Sushi

Hill Towers or Legislative Building? Legislative Building

Quance Street or Dewdney Avenue? Dewdney Ave.

Artesian or Wascana Park Gazebo? Wascana Park

Prairie Dog or Richardson Ground Squirrel? Prairie dog

Giant Grasshopper or Stegosaurus? Stegosaurus

Saskaboom or SaskAdvantage? SaskAdvantage

Bike or Sports Car? Bike

Le Macaron or Five Guys? Macaron

The Beatles or the Rolling Stones? Rolling Stones

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BONUS QUESTION: Make up your own question (And answer it, of course!)

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