THUNDER BAY – Tic, Toc, the clock is ticking towards the end of another municipal election. Since filing of papers at City Hall on the 7th of May, the trail has been an amazing ride full of twists, turns, bumps and skips, but it is all worth it.
When it began, I was encouraged by people as I have always been a very passionate and reliable person, no matter what boards or committees I sat/sit on. I am always listening with an empathetic ear and a strong shoulder, although I may not always be able to change things, as I teach my rookie softball players I would rather go down swinging then watching.
Some things I learned this campaign were what a residential school was and the impacts it had and to this day still have not just on our community but across the nation. I learned our people need more help then we realize, things such as homelessness, mental health, even our staff such as EMS that go through daily struggles in dangerous situations with less PPE (personal protective Equipment) then the mall and hospital security guards.
Crime is a major issue top of mind for many citizens. These are the issues that are very real, repeatedly brought by people from across the city. I WILL fight for EMS to get proper PPE to perform their jobs without fear on a call by call basis.
I am a firm believer in repurposing.
I WILL research the options for repurposing current city-owned vacant buildings to offer a solution for people to get out of the elements, and piece of mind. This would go a long way assisting with motivating people and confidence building to become contributors to the tax base. Using current buildings that are vacant, is potentially more cost-effective than new, many services are already available and promotes urban infill which is part of a healthier Thunder Bay, as well as allow maximizing of our transit system. We could also use this to build up Fort William.
One of my pieces is communication, I WILL increase communication and dialogue with our Indigenous people.
There is so much we do not understand, and working together is how we can be stronger, especially in lobbying efforts at the higher levels of government. We need to lobby the provincial and federal governments to increase our resources to attack addictions and crime at the root. This is an EVERYONE problem, as a united front we can maximize our voice, let’s be the squeaky wheel that gets the oil, I’ll drive.
This is just a small sample size of what I desire to accomplish. I believe in YOU Thunder Bay, and I am asking that you believe in me. If you haven’t yet when you hit that poll whether online or in person mark Chris “KRUMPS” Krumpholz, for change that makes a difference.