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CONGESTION NEEDS ADDRESSING – With five schools already in riverdale, the planned new French-language secondary school and rising population will only intensify the need for another bridge route in and out of the subdivision, says Cory Adams, who is seeking a city council seat.

Council candidate cites housing, bridge woes

For 17 years, Cory Adams has called Whitehorse home.

By Stephanie Waddell on August 31, 2018

For 17 years, Cory Adams has called Whitehorse home.

Now the long-time manager of Coyote Video/Ice Cream in Porter Creek is aiming to serve on city council.

Adams announced this week he’s seeking a councillor’s seat in the Oct. 18 municipal election.

“I am running for council because I want to do my part to keep Whitehorse great, and I see opportunities to make it even better,” Adams said in a statement.

While Whitehorse is a great community, he said, there are a number of issues facing the city.

Among them, he noted, are affordable housing and “more importantly, the cost of land.”

Adams also cited crime, transportation and infrastructure, including the need for another bridge in and out of Riverdale.

He noted the high cost of land has impacted both the rental market as well as those looking to buy a home.

“With people having to purchase at the current prices we are seeing, then having to pay to build a home on top of that cost; it results in little to no rental housing being available,” Adams said.

“Because of the higher demand of rental housing and a lack of availability, rental prices are way too high. This makes it especially difficult for seniors and those on fixed income to afford.

“Families are also finding it hard to find large enough and affordable housing, as rooms to rent are becoming more popular instead of full units due to the high cost to build and sustain.”

The need for an alternative route in and out of Riverdale is evident, he believes. That’s not only due to the congestion during the peak morning and evening rush times, but also given the need for emergency vehicles getting in and out of the neighbourhood, he added.

Adams also pointed to the new francophone high school planned for Lewes Boulevard.

With five schools already in Riverdale, the addition of a new school and rising population will only intensify the need for another route, he said.

“.... it would be beneficial to be proactive and build a second bridge now instead of later when it becomes an immediate concern or urgent matter,” he said.

Crime is another major issue the city needs to address, Adams said. He highlighted problems with thefts, such as smash and grabs to stores and overnight vehicle break-ins.

He suggested more work could be done to better support businesses in being properly secured as well as providing more education to residents on how to keep possessions safe and deter theft.

Finally, he said, there’s a number of other areas the city needs to focus on.

Those include bringing down tax costs and utility expenses, finding long-term solutions to downtown parking demands, and dealing with “the large amount of municipal spending that is happening.

“We need to approach city spending in a more balanced and focused manner to better support infrastructure.”

Incumbent councillors Samson Hartland (see story below) and Roslyn Woodcock, former councillors Mike Gladish and Jan Stick, former Yukon Party MLA David Laxton and local residents Steve Roddick and Laura Cabott are also seeking council seats.

The mayoral candidates are incumbent Dan Curtis, Rick Karp and Wilf Carter.

See letter, commentary in Opinion section.

Comments (10)

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Yukoner79 on Sep 24, 2018 at 3:14 pm

You have my vote - had me at curb the spending, bridge woes and crime.

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moe on Sep 6, 2018 at 4:20 pm

Rather than adding positions with the RCMP, the city should fund a local security team to address property crime. Leave the RCMP to assault, murder, organized crime, fraud etc. They don't seem much interested in property crime anyway, never seem to show up when people get broke into.

There is no need to have $100,000 a year (plus benefits package including a full pension after 25 years regardless of your age), RCMP officers to ride bicycles around, set up bait cars, manage security cameras etc. But it does take a seriously trained individual. I think $50,000 a year would cover it so we'd get double the coverage for the dollar spent compared to RCMP, and probably a more motivated team.

I'm not sure if there's a funding agreement for policing, but a couple of city property crime security positions would be great.
Maybe cut out the sustainability department or at least one or two positions there to pay for it.

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Bandit on Sep 4, 2018 at 9:42 am

I don’t know if it’s just me or has anyone else noticed that this Election Day falls one day after the legalization of Marijuana. Should have an interesting effect I think.

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Reality check on Sep 3, 2018 at 7:24 pm

Hmm, well - nice try...
Where does the money come from? The damage is already done with the current (and former) council and mayor.

The "castle on the hill", handouts for all kinds of special interest groups, no priorities like a second bridge and useless city departments with highly paid positions - but this money is already gone...

What are future candidates supposed to do? Cleaning up this mess first, of course, and that will take years.
Years with minimal spending and/or tax increases!

The average "John Doe" doesn't have to be very bright to see that spending (and piling up debt) like a big metropolitan city is not turning it into one...

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Josey Wales on Sep 3, 2018 at 10:04 am

Folks be very wary of the political snake oil pedlars, each and every one of them.
Seems to me thus far, we are in for another round of lather, rinse, repeat.
Also too please never underestimate a mere civic government for its ability to effect ones daily life.
Civic speech codes, a myriad of unaccountable windbags elected and appointed, eeeeeeeeppppiiiCCC cronyism, Stalinesk wealth redistribution, race baiters and equity hires and the policies that enforce apartheid lite?
They all must be challenged, they all must go, they all perpetuate class warfare and polarization amongst the citizens.
Too damn bad we “all” cannot live in the pas’...just the elites acting as lords over us seem to - and their favourite pandering targets.

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Ilove Parks on Sep 1, 2018 at 3:00 pm

My neighbour told me he thinks it's a crime the city is letting the trails get ripped by trail bikes and atvs and council seems to care enough to get bylaw on it.

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Garrioch's Reliable Source on Sep 1, 2018 at 11:06 am

"Adams also cited crime" - he just got my interest

ANY candidate that wants to improve the day-to-day running of the city is who Joe Citizen should be voting for.

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My Opinion on Aug 31, 2018 at 11:10 pm

You have my Vote if you rein in the crazy spending. No going in debt or over budget. As a business owner you know that when you are out of money you quit spending. End of story.

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Ken Putnam on Aug 31, 2018 at 8:50 pm

Mr. Adams, you are right. The city should address the crime rate. Perhaps they should start by funding some positions at the local detachment. Presently the City of Whitehorse pays “zero” toward the policing of their city. Perhaps if you get elected you can change all that and dump some stupid 80 year old agreement that no longer applies today.

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ProScience Greenie on Aug 31, 2018 at 3:58 pm

“the large amount of municipal spending that is happening." - CoW residents should vote for those pushing CoW to start living within it's means.

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