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Lori Lopes

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For West Ward 2 Councillor, Whitby

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PREVIOUS POLITICAL EXPERIENCE:
Member of the Central Ontario Nurses Association Political Action Committee. As leader/board member within ONA, I helped establish several committees: a grassroots political action committee, a human rights and equity, workplace health and safety, extensive volunteer work, community organizing, lobbying and activism for community organizations and health care.

 

WHY HAVE YOU DECIDED TO RUN?

As a front-line health-care worker for many years, I know the federal, provincial and municipal issues that impact us where we live and work. More importantly, proactive strategies are needed to address: aging population, health-care issues, affordable housing, the economy and environment, many of which are going unaddressed.

 

HOW WILL YOU EMBRACE DIVERSITY IN THIS ROLE?

My workplace is a very multicultural environment of workers and patients, which allows me to better communicate with and understand different cultures. I'll work with community groups to understand issues and advocate for fairness and equality for all including women, racial minorities, religions, Indigenous, LGBTQIA2+, seniors and people with disabilities.

 

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP 3 ISSUES?

1. Infrastructure Initiatives — need for safer roads, lack of schools, parks, shopping and businesses for increasing population.

2. Environmental and ecological policies, less sprawl, waterfront development, cycling infrastructure.

3. Healthy people and healthy town — to improve health policy and initiatives for all residents — seniors, children with special needs, implementation of programs, inclusive parks, support EMS services, etc.

 

IF ELECTED, WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO ACCOMPLISH IN YOUR FIRST 100 DAYS IN OFFICE?

1. Develop a database for every west ward resident to provide email updates on votes, motions, community events, etc.

2. Continue to establish working relationships with various stakeholders in Whitby — council, staff, business owners, charitable organizations, every school SCC, community groups, food bank sustainability, etc.

3. Continue listening to and advocating for the west ward community.

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