Candidate Profile: Stephen McDavid For Ward Six

Name: Stephen McDavid

Ward You’re Running In: 6

Current Occupation: Artist/ community worker

Voter Information: 525-2400, [email protected]

Recent employment includes being a KidsFirst home visitor, an Anger Management /Family Violence coordinator and a youth composting project manager.

I’m a long time activist and volunteer within Regina going back to the mid nineties. Recently I have been volunteering at Indian Metis Christian Fellowship, as a Surrogate Victim for Regina Alternative Measures Program, and at South Saskatchewan Independent Living Center where I’m also a participant in their performance group.

QUESTION AND ANSWER

1. Briefly, why are you running for council?
To influence the direction and well-being of the community for the present and the future.

2. What is the single most pressing issue facing Regina? How would you solve it?
The infrastructure deficit. A plan to gradually and systematically upgrade and rebuild.

3. Imagine the Regina Of The Future that you want to help build. What will it look like?
To increasingly grow into a sustainable city reflecting the triple bottom line of people, planet, profits.

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?
To replicate a variation of Prince Albert’s Community Mobilization Project in Regina.

This is cross-section of groups, organizations and individuals who come together to make a difference in fostering safer communities.
A Call to Action

The Call to Action symposium will bring together a cross-section of groups, … and how this was applied in the Prince Albert Community Mobilization Project …

-“It’s getting the attention for two reasons. Because it’s a solution to social development and social issues, and it’s also cost effective and more efficient, meaning that it’s a better use of your tax dollar,”
-Chief Dale McFee

5. Name something the last council got right.
Design Regina’s new Official Community Plan includes a comprehensive housing strategy to influence the provision of adequate, affordable and appropriate housing in the city, to be unveiled in 2013.

6. Now, point out their biggest mistake.
Not starting on this sooner.

7. What are you reading these days?
-The City of Saskatoon’s Housing Business Plan
2012 Housing Business Plan.pdf
Peacemaking Circles- From Crime To Community By Kay Pranis, Barry Stuart, and Mark Wedge

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?
13th Avenue Coffee House

2. Who is your favourite Regina artist?
Jeff Morton

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

4. How would your character die?
From old age, with my boots on, singing, “… America likes me”

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PICK A SIDE

Cats or Dogs? Some dogs and one cat in particular.

Vampires or Werewolves? Klaatu as played by Michael Rennie.

Boxing or Roller Derby? Zoomba

Steak or Sushi? I infrequently enjoy both.

Hill Towers or Legislative Building? Legislative Building

Quance Street or Dewdney Avenue? Dewdney Avenue

Artesian or Wascana Park Gazebo? Artesian and Wascana Park Gazebo

Prairie Dog or Richardson Ground Squirrel? Prairie Dog

Giant Grasshopper or Stegosaurus? Giant Grasshopper

Saskaboom or SaskAdvantage? SaskAdvantage

Bike or Sports Car? Bike

Le Macaron or Five Guys? Koko Patisserie

The Beatles or the Rolling Stones? The Beatles Rubber Soul, and their albums that came after that. The Stones from ’68 to ’72.

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BONUS QUESTION: Make up your own question (And answer it, of course!)
Is climate change for real?
Scientific consensus and accumulating evidence point to yes.

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