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Eileen Melnychuk

Candidate focuses on municipal services

Eileen Melnychuk, a city council candidate for the Oct. 21 municipal election, is seeking to improve access to municipal services for all Whitehorse residents.

By Whitehorse Star on October 13, 2021

Eileen Melnychuk, a city council candidate for the Oct. 21 municipal election, is seeking to improve access to municipal services for all Whitehorse residents. 

Melnychuk said this week she has been on the campaign trail in local neighbourhoods and noting people’s concerns.

Aside from the key issue of affordable housing, the most common subjects being raised are crime, sustainable waste management, access to public transit and snow removal, she said.

“Last year’s unprecedented snowfall reminded all of us that we are not immune to climate change,” said Melnychuk.

“I’m hearing from elders, seniors and those with limited mobility that they are struggling to navigate city streets due to infrequent snow removal.

“I have also heard from residents in country residential areas that although they pay city taxes, they do not receive the same level of service.”

If elected, she said, one of her priorities will be to ensure that future budgets plan for deepening snowfall amounts and that all neighbourhoods have adequate snow removal.

“We must ensure that City of Whitehorse operations has the proper equipment and staff to adequately deal with increased snow removal demands and keep our roads safe and accessible,” said Melnychuk.

She has met many people who rely on the public transit system to get around.

“Proper road maintenance and snow removal can keep transit routes accessible and give everyone an opportunity to access what our city has to offer,” she pointed out.

As a member of council, she vowed, she would work “to ensure our city is livable and continues to sustain its growth and development in a responsible way, ensuring that snow removal is efficient and that our public transit system is responsive.”

Comments (6)

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Snowman on Oct 16, 2021 at 9:24 pm

Just a friendly reminder to please not vote for the candidates with deep ties to political parties. Let's keep city council as independent as possible! So please say no to..........

Michelle Friesen - Ran for the NDP in the last election and they are backing her now.
-Jocelyn Curteanu and Kirk Cameron - both ran for the Liberals in the past so the Liberals are probably backing them.
-Ted Laking- who is literally the Chief of Staff for the Yukon Party! They are spending a fortune to get him elected. He will really make sure things grind to a halt with the territorial govt.
-Doug Graham, former Yukon Party Minister and long time conservative. Plus we don't need any more fossils in city council. Just go away and enjoy your retirement already.

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Anie on Oct 15, 2021 at 3:32 pm

The candidate said "I'm hearing from elders, seniors... ". Since the ability to communicate is, I think, an important talent for a councillor , could Ms. Melnychuk please tell us what's the difference between an elder and a senior ? Or was she just throwing out meaningless gibberish, like so many other candidates. Just "blah, blah blah" hoping to sound wise?

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NOpe on Oct 15, 2021 at 2:56 pm

Is there a banner this woman hasn't run under and lost profoundly?
She's like a rudderless ship adrift hoping to latch on to some current to pull her into the feed trough.

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My Opinion on Oct 15, 2021 at 11:52 am

Sure that's what we need, more toys to park in the brand new sand box. ENOUGH SPENDING GUYS!

What will you say when it doesn't snow as much this year, or what if it does? Either way it will be some Chicken Little moment. Let's just call it what it is, Weather.
Personally I liked last winter, it reminded me of the weather for the 70's and 80's. Go figure.

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TheHammer on Oct 15, 2021 at 9:37 am

The main focus is on overpopulating the Yukon, more people without a doctor, more carbon footprint, more have nots, more crime, more inundation of nature. etc.

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Best Wishes on Oct 13, 2021 at 4:42 pm

…. My mail box is full of glossy flyers with faces on them… I'm not happy about this.

All the people wishing for fame and a chance to make a faux passionate demonstration. So, I toss them all in the wood stove and they won’t burn…. I say a few words for them all, as they finally lite up… hoping their egocentric behaviour comes to an end.

This all started in the 80’s when the school system started telling everyone they were “unique”… now look… if you’re not “unique” by a factor of 10 well good luck to you and all the best.

The “unique” are cookie cutters of themselves. I'm so sick of elections.

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