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Thursday October 16th, 2014

Posted at 11:05pm

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Local residents gather at Gino A Marcus Community Centre for the Ward five candidate debate

Ward Five City Council candidates discussed areas of concern to residents in the ward, Thursday evening.

All seven candidates were present for the debate at the Gino A Marcus Community Centre.   More than 80 people attended the debate that lasted an hour and a half.

The questions were chosen from a survey taken by residents. The most frequent concerns cited were made into questions.

Candidates were asked, what their strategy was to address crime within the ward, how the candidate has worked to improve the community in the ward and if one improvement could be achieved, what would it be.

Major problems addressed were crime and drug rates, infrastructure and communication amongst residents and the council member.

Solutions given by candidates were to re-establish a neighbourhood watch, community police on foot in areas known for related activity and enhancing street lighting throughout the ward.

Candidates shared their opinions of what needed to be improved in Ward five. Some mentioned included reducing speed limits, increasing pedestrian crosswalks and creating comfortable streetscapes.

After the debate finished, time permitted a few people to publicly ask a question. One resident was hostile towards Ed Sleiman in regards to never responding to their concern. The resident announced his loss of respect for Sleiman.

The night ended with candidates speaking individually to the residents in the ward.

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