Candidate Profile: Tina Beaudry-Mellor For Ward Four

Name: Tina Beaudry-Mellor

Ward You’re Running In: 4

Current Occupation: Instructor, Departments of Political Science & Women’s and Gender Studies (cross appointed)

Voter Information: 352-TINA, www.tinabeaudrymellor.ca, @tinabeaudrymellor, facebook.com/TinaForRegina

I am a professional mother of 10-year old twins who has been living in ward 4 for the past 12 years.  I hold a BA Honors (with Honors), an M.A., and am an interdisciplinary PhD Candidate.  I have been teaching at the University of Regina for 13 years and also work as a policy consultant with Praxis Analytics. I am a very engaged member of both the University community as well as my own neighborhood.  I serve on the Community Research Unit of the Faculty of Arts, but in the past have adjudicated grants for the Sk. Arts Board as well as what was formerly the City of Regina’s Social Development Grants Board (now Community Investments), among numerous other volunteer and professional commitments. I am also a frequent political analyst for various print, television and radio media.

I am running for City Council because I kept hearing the same issues raised by residents of this area at my kid’s school, the football field and over professional networks.  These two issues were the need for a high school in our area as well as the need for the SE Bypass.  Rather than continue to wait for these issues to be addressed, I decided that I could – and should – add my voice to those advocating for these issues.

QUESTION AND ANSWER

1. Briefly, why are you running for council?
Because there are things that need to get done in ward 4 and rather than wait for someone else to do it, I thought, “why not me?” I am also really excited about the momentum in Regina and want to be a part of keeping it going.

2. What is the single most pressing issue facing Regina? How would you solve it?
Catching the infrastructure up to our growth with limited resources.  I would like to see an inventory and prioritization process for our infrastructure needs so that we can plan ahead.

3. Imagine the Regina Of The Future that you want to help build. What will it look like?
I am pretty excited about some of the things that are happening now like Sk Fashion Week, Break Out West and the success of local young entrepreneurs.  I would like to see Regina continue to be the place where young people want to stay because we offer all of the amenities of a more cosmopolitan big city with more affordable standard of living.

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?
The joint high school for ward 4 and the SE Bypass.

5. Name something the last council got right.
The Design Regina process was a great example of community engagement! I also still feel that the I Love Regina campaign has been central to some of the positive developments in our city over the past few years.  I am also a fan of the City of Regina App and the City’s electronic/social media citizen services in general.

6. Now, point out their biggest mistake.
The management of City Square Plaza, which I am hearing a lot about on the doorsteps.

7. What are you reading these days?
Margaret Thatcher’s biography “The Iron Lady”

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?
The Willow on Wascana & LaBodega, but for different reasons.

2. Who is your favourite Regina artist?
Wilf Perrault taught me art in high school.  His work makes me wistful.

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

4. How would your character die?
Probably falling down the stairs, tripping on her own high heel.  I am a terrible klutz.

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PICK A SIDE

Cats or Dogs? Dog

Vampires or Werewolves? Werewolf

Boxing or Roller Derby? Boxing

Steak or Sushi? Sushi

Hill Towers or Legislative Building? Seriously? The Leg, hands down!

Quance Street or Dewdney Avenue? Quance is in my ward :)

Artesian or Wascana Park Gazebo? Wascana Park Gazebo

Prairie Dog or Richardson Ground Squirrel? Prairie Dog seems like it might be the better answer, though I can’t place why….

Giant Grasshopper or Stegosaurus? Stegosaurus

Saskaboom or SaskAdvantage? SaskAdvantage

Bike or Sports Car? Depends if it is -40C…

Le Macaron or Five Guys? Le Macaron!

The Beatles or the Rolling Stones? The Stones!

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BONUS QUESTION: Make up your own question (And answer it, of course!)
Best campaign advice you’ve received?
Door knock, door knock, door knock.

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