Portage Place, fundraising for parade among top priorities for Winnipeg mayoral candidates Wednesday – Winnipeg
During the 2022 election campaign in Winnipeg, Global News shares the various statements and promises we receive from mayoral candidates.
A Winnipeg mayoral candidate lends her support to a community proposal to transform the beleaguered Portage Place mall.
In a statement Wednesday, Rana Bokhari said she fully endorses the proposal by the West Broadway Tenants Committee (WBTC), the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg and other organizations to turn the downtown mall into a space owned by the community.
“While Portage Place has failed as a mall, where it hasn’t failed is as a downtown gathering space, especially for newcomers and the native population,” said said Bokhari.
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Candidate Jenny Motkaluk pledged on Wednesday to provide annual grants for the city’s four largest parades if elected.
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Motkaluk said the annual Santa Claus Parade, Pride Parade and parades for the Filipino Street Festival and the Sikh Community Nagar Kirtan are valuable events for Winnipeggers that build community spirit.
“Events that bring people together to celebrate the things we love have a positive economic impact and support our values and way of life,” Motkaluk said.
“There are countless opportunities for vendors, suppliers and tradespeople at parades and festivals. The positive economic impact they bring is good for the city, and as mayor, I will champion that. Who doesn’t love a parade?
Motkaluk has also pledged his support for other community initiatives, such as weekly summer « cruise parties » and family wrestling events at community centers around the city.
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