Monday, January 1, 2007
One of the main reasons that I’m running for this position is because I’ve come to see the University as a home for me. I live about 600 miles away, so it’s hard to get home except for big breaks like the Winter and Summer holidays. The city is an integral part of the entire University of Guelph experience, and I want to see a lot more interaction between the city and the University.
What are your priorities for next year?
First and foremost, I want to get more buses on high-traffic routes like the Downtown and 52 routes. I’ve been in the position where you’re waiting at a bus stop in the snowy weather and you see it coming around the corner, only to have it pass you because it’s filled with students. I also want to make sure that students are familiar with their rights and responsibilities as tenants. A lot of students are unfamiliar with the Tenant Protection Act; that needs to change. There are a lot of terrible landlords out there, and students need to know it.
Do you know the Caramilk secret?
Of course! But if I told you, it wouldn’t really be a secret anymore now would it?
If I wasn’t running for the CSA exec right now, I’d be doing…
…more with the Theatre Studies program. I miss being on stage, so I would probably be involved in one of the One-Act productions happening this semester. I’m also working on the upcoming production of Romeo and Juliet, so I would probably just be at more rehearsals and making sure no one kills themselves during the fight scenes.
How else will you improve bus service?
Like I said, I want to make sure that there are more buses on high-traffic routes. I also want to make sure that the City and the University can reach a consensus where both students and bus drivers feel safe on the bus, especially when it comes to the late-night bus service. We’ve had a rocky road with that service, and I want to do everything I can to find the happy medium.
What are the odds that we could get a double-decker bus for service to the U of G?
That would be the best thing of my life. Double-decker buses are the epitome of bus transit. Even one would make me a happy camper. Unfortunately, I doubt Guelph Transit feels the same way.
How will you attempt to get students more involved with local community based issues?
One of the things I’ve noticed with a lot of events and initiatives that happen around UoG is that unless someone is already invested with an issue, it’s not too likely that they will involve themselves with advocacy and action. I think one of the ways to change this is to begin by focusing on the community and slowly bring in issues that are affecting Guelph. If students feel connected to the city, I feel that they would be more likely to act on its behalf.
How will you work to improve student housing?
The biggest thing I would work on is making sure that students know their rights as tenants, and the limitations of the right of their landlords. Familiarizing themselves with the Tenant Protection Act is a huge asset for students to have if they encounter issues with their landlords. I don’t want to vilify all landlords, but there are a good many in Guelph who don’t seem to have issues taking advantage of students.
Who would play you in the movie version of Campaign Week ’07?
When I was younger I was always told that I looked like Elijah Wood, so I guess for accuracy’s sake I would go with him.
Anything else that you wanted to add?
I’m sure there will be some people who have more questions for me, and I think it’s important that people come out to the questions and answer periods to ask anything that hasn’t been answered.