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Katz, Wasylycia-Leis Discussing Vision for Downtown

September 23, 2010 7:35 AM | News

Incumbent Mayor Sam Katz and challenger Judy Wasylycia-Leis (CHRISD.CA)

Two of Winnipeg’s four mayoral candidates will square off in a debate next month on issues affecting the city’s downtown.

The Downtown Mayoral Forum — hosted by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and a number of other organizations — will see incumbent Mayor Sam Katz and main challenger Judy Wasylycia-Leis discuss a variety of downtown issues. The agenda will include safety, rapid transit, development and infrastructure.

The forum is slated for Thursday, October 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the atrium of Manitoba Hydro Place.

Candidates will submit answers to a list of 10 questions prior to the event. Moderators Richard Cloutier of CJOB and Dan Lett of the Winnipeg Free Press will use the candidates’ answers as a starting point to delve into their positions on a variety of hot topics.

“This is the public’s chance to hear the candidates go on the record on a host of key issues that are pivotal in moving our city and our downtown forward, more quickly,” said Stefano Grande, Downtown BIZ executive director. “We’re looking forward to a lively discussion.”

“Urban issues and development in our downtown remain important topics for not only students but for all Winnipeggers,” said Jino Distasio, director of the Institute of Urban Studies with the U of W. “This discussion will help voters understand how each candidate intends to change our city and downtown over the next four years.”

Brian Gross and Rav Gill are also running for mayor. Voters head to the polls on October 27.