Why I'm Running - Ward Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi
Whether you know me as Can Man Dan, Dan Johnstone, or just Dan, I am running to be your next city councillor for Ward Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi.
I have been proud to call Edmonton home my entire life and have spent over twenty years in Ward Ipiihkoohkanipiaohtsi, most notably in Blue Quill and Chappelle. I am dedicated to this city and its people.
As an award-winning activist, I’ve raised millions of dollars in resources and funding for struggling seniors, low-income families, and children in need, without ever making a single cent off my work. I have also been a strong and outspoken advocate for many pressing issues, such as the development of affordable housing projects for seniors and low-income families, the protection of domestic abuse survivors, supporting our LGBTQIA2S+ community, and the delivery of programs that support children throughout the year here in our city.
As the Executive Director of a well-known non-profit organization here in Edmonton, I prioritize investing in our small and local businesses, and have developed many strategic partnerships to support our city's economy over the years. In 2020 alone, my foundation generated nearly $500,000 for Edmonton-based businesses to support them when they needed it the most. I am a friend of small and local business and will continue to be for many years to come.
This is what I have done; now, let’s get to what I will do as your next city councillor. Let’s talk about my beliefs and values.
I believe in a grassroots approach to governing and will ensure that everyone has a say and will be heard, I think this is very important. I work for you, period. For years, I have been listening to the needs of others and finding a way to address their concerns. No problem is too big or too small to be worthy of my attention.
I believe in the dignity and accommodation our beloved seniors deserve; they pave the way for us and we owe them a debt of gratitude. This includes affordable housing options for them to easily find a place to call home and access to community programs that will enrich their lives.
I believe in leading the way in alleviating poverty and ending homelessness once and for all. As someone who came from a low-income family, I personally know the struggles that thousands of Edmontonians face each and every day, which is why I am passionate about tackling food insecurity, houselessness, and adequate accommodation for all income levels.
I believe in fighting hate and oppression by reinforcing that Edmonton is a diverse, safe, and welcoming home for all. As a First Nations child growing up in the early 90s, I have my own personal experiences facing prejudice and discrimination, and will not tolerate hate. Everyone has a right to be who they are and feel safe living in Edmonton, this is very important to me.
I believe in having proper infrastructure so that our city runs efficiently and is accessible to everyone. This includes having a well-functioning and effective public transit system (with lower fares), roadways with less wear and tear, green spaces that are properly maintained, and sidewalks that are safe to walk on.
As a taxpayer, I believe in keeping taxes manageable for families and businesses of all incomes. I believe in fiscal responsibility and maximizing taxpayers' dollars through accountability and transparency. I believe raising taxes should always be a last resort and instead, city council should focus on practical ways to cut down unnecessary expenses.
To learn more about my beliefs, click here.
My Pledge to Transparency
Lastly, I am committed to keeping dark money out of my campaign and have no interest in being supported by special interest groups, third-party advertisers, or political action committees. I believe in maintaining the integrity of our city council and abiding by the values of transparency, accountability, and honesty.
You can learn more about my pledge by clicking here.
Vote Dan on October 18th
I see incredible opportunity and unlimited potential for our city and would love to help usher it in. Ever since Grade Six, I have dreamt of sitting on Edmonton's city council and would be so grateful for your support and encouragement as I make 11-year-old Dan's dream come true. I am ready, Edmonton. Are you?