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STICKING TO THE MUNICIPAL LEVEL – After unsuccessfully contesting the 2016 territorial election for the Yukon Liberal Party, Coun. Jocelyn Curteanu says she has no plans to make a second run in territorial politics.

Curteanu is final councillor to confirm plans

Jocelyn Curteanu has become the final city council member to confirm her plans

By Stephanie Waddell on September 21, 2018

Jocelyn Curteanu has become the final city council member to confirm her plans for the Oct. 18 election, confirming Thursday that she will seek a third term.

“I am passionate about serving a third term,” she told the Star. “I want to continue to build on the work that we have done and help shape the future based on a shared vision.”

Curteanu is one of five councillors seeking re-election, with Coun. Rob Fendrick being the only councillor not planning to run. Another 12 candidates have also stepped forward so far in the race for six councillor seats.

“A busy and varied list of candidates is good for the city because it adds to the diversity of views and ensures more citizens feel they are represented” Curteanu said.

“Ultimately, the people of Whitehorse will decide what voices they need to hear in council at this time.” After six years on council, Curteanu highlighted the importance of economic diversification. That’s a key to sustainable growth in the city.

By working with stakeholders like the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce and Yukon government, she suggested, efforts can be made to explore ways to diversify the economy.

“Having a broad range of successful industries and businesses in Whitehorse will create a resilient economy, a more balanced tax base and well-paid jobs for our citizens so they can afford to live here,” she said. “Affordable living is a huge concern for Yukoners.”

Over the last few years, Curteanu said, there seems to be an expectation from residents that the city could do more with less “and do it better.”

To deal with this, Curteanu said, she wants to encourage the city to consider a “smart city” initiative that would take advantage of technology to improve city services, make things more efficient, increase city transparency and improve engagement.

A transit tracker app, for example, could let transit users know where their bus is in real time. That way, if a bus is running late when it’s -40 C out, passengers won’t be left waiting at a bus stop longer than they need to.

Similar to that, she believes, could be an app for drivers letting them know where construction is happening so they can better plan their routes around town.

Parking meters that would allow residents to pay by debit or credit card and online payment options for parking tickets are also on the list of technology the city could make use of to give residents more options, she added.

Curteanu said she’d also like the city to explore the possibility of Skype or a similar system for phone, a proposal the city opted not to pursue in its most recent phone contract.

She also noted there could be more citizen engagement through online options, including looking at online voting and such.

“It is the city’s responsibility to be proactively transparent and do everything in its power to ensure all residents feel that they are being engaged and listened to,” she said.

Along with her role as a councillor, Curteanu has taken on a number of roles with local community groups.

She also ran under the Liberal banner in the 2016 territorial election in Copperbelt South. She lost to Yukon Party MLA Scott Kent by just 24 votes.

She has no regrets in running for territorial office two years ago, Curteanu said, as it was an opportunity to learn more about the issues facing Yukoners and her community. However, she said she has no plans at this time to run for territorial office again.

There is a lot going on in the city, she pointed out. She believes maintaining a seat on city council is the best place for her to play a role in the community.

“Whitehorse is such a happening place right now.”

Asked if she considered running for mayor, Curteanu said she still has a lot of learning to do, so opted to run as a councillor.

In 2015, Curteanu secured the highest number of votes for councillor, with 2,662 ballots in her favour.

Also seeking seats as councillors are incumbent councillors Samson Hartland, Roslyn Woodcock, Betty Irwin and Dan Boyd; former councillors Jan Stick (also a former NDP MLA) and Mike Gladish, ex-Yukon Party MLA David Laxton, and community members Oshea Jephson, Laura Cabott, Steve Roddick, Cory Adams, Andrew Smith, Danny Macdonald, Eileen Melnychuk, Jim Cahill and Scott Etches.

Mayor Dan Curtis is pursuing a third term, challenged by Rick Karp and Wilf Carter.

Nominations for council must be in by noon next Thursday.

See editorial; letters; this website

Comments (19)

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Yukoner99 on Sep 25, 2018 at 9:12 pm

I don't know who I AM voting for, but I sure know who I am not! Any of the anti-development candidates who always bow to NIMBYs. So that means no to Hartland who votes against everything, no to Irwin, no to Curteanu and no to the 2 NDP candidates who keep popping up on my facebook….Roddick and Stick who seem to be running as an anti-development duo. I could be persuaded to vote for any of the others.

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Allan Foster on Sep 25, 2018 at 1:43 pm

It's not surprising that 5 of the 6 city councilors (and the mayor) want
to keep their positions - that was a VERY NICE raise that they gave themselves last year.

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She did something... on Sep 24, 2018 at 8:40 pm

Hugh—she did a few things. I saw her at the kidney walk all dressed up and in heels making a speech on behalf of the mayor last year.
And she also tried to bail and run for territorial politics.

Oh wait. You were talking about the city?! Oh right. Yes. She did nothing.

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My Opinion on Sep 24, 2018 at 6:26 pm


Really there is no land, land claims got it all. When those maps are overlaid on the City, you will see.

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Bob Folster on Sep 24, 2018 at 1:39 pm

Would the 6 most fiscally conservative City Council candidates please band together and run as a slate?

There's more than a decent chance that you might all get elected

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Darrell Drugstore's smartest neighbour on Sep 24, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Max Mack - GREAT post - please go on

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Hugh Mungus on Sep 24, 2018 at 12:59 pm

She literally did NOTHING on her first go 'round. NOTHING!

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Max Mack on Sep 24, 2018 at 11:25 am

"smart city" . . . that' s kinda like saying "military intelligence" . . . if you get my drift. In any case, this phrase is way over-rated.

Seriously, though. Parking meter apps? Maximum stay at most parking meters is 2 hours - that works out to $2 for two hours. The cost to the city in terms of debit and credit charges alone makes this proposal completely unworkable. Add in cost of software/technology upgrades/etc. So, this idea won't work unless the city substantially raises parking rates. Perhaps that was the plan all along?

As for economic diversity, city council - since the days of Buckway, at least -seems intent on crushing business through ever-increasing taxes/service fees/utility fees/fines coupled with red tape and a bunch of feel-good but otherwise hokum and expensive requirements (such as mandatory composting).

I could go on. But, to summarize, I've had enough of a city council dominated by "progressive" liberals, eco zealots and NDPers. My vote will not be going to Curteanu.

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FairAndBalanced on Sep 23, 2018 at 10:24 pm

Don’t know her that well, but she seems to be pleasant enough. Good job her husband is equally well-balanced and reasonable . And definitely not a total waste of oxygen at all . Er, wait ......

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Atom on Sep 23, 2018 at 5:49 pm

@I love.....the smartest thing this council has done is infill.....folks don't own greenspace...the City does....and how petty to want to keep people from owning country residential lots.
More land needs to be opened for development....not in 10 years after nimby court....now.
That's who will get my vote.

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Jayne W on Sep 23, 2018 at 3:28 pm

I would be worried if voters decide to keep any of the present council members. (Boyd and Hartland excluded from that group). The new council have a big project on their hands.... that is the OCP. Can we say let's infill every nook and cranny for inflated lots and change the zoning if it poses any problem?

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My Opinion on Sep 23, 2018 at 1:47 am

Yep. Just what I want. To Pay my Damn Parking ticket quicker? How out of touch are you? Do you not pay attention to what people have been saying?
While throwing out previous council, let's keep Dan Boyd and Samson Hartland. They voted fiscal responsibility every time. It was just impossible given the others.

Go get a real Job Jocelyn, too bad you won't get to see that big raise you voted for yourself.

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Ilove Parks on Sep 22, 2018 at 2:15 pm

Not sure that we can blame council for everything but it saddens me to see them give money away to rich people.
Also, they turned on rural people with infilling- people who wanted to protect what the have have lost.

They have given too many things away and often hide behind words that mean little, especially to the people who lose things like quiet green spaces.
The city will be better without many of the current people on council.

Those drunks keep coming up in comments, let's have a summit on how to help them and prevent them from spoiling a grocery trip or walk on our feature trail.
Foot patrols by RCMP and bylaw, what a brilliant idea.

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Ginger Johnson on Sep 22, 2018 at 11:22 am

"Curteanu said, she wants to encourage the city to consider a smart city initiative"
YEESH - more proof positive that the current City Council is CLUELESS.

This broken city can't plow the sidewalks in the winter, repaint the crosswalks in the spring, enforce basic traffic laws and attempt to reduce the ever increasing crime and vandalism.

But HEY - I'll soon get to pay my parking tickets online !

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Henry Wensleydale on Sep 22, 2018 at 11:05 am

and here comes the wall of Wilf Carter self-serving but unrelated blather
in 5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1 ...........

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Curtis-for-Emperor on Sep 22, 2018 at 9:50 am

Five bald men fighting over a comb. ( City of Whitehorse Council power dynamics ).

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Wilf Carter on Sep 22, 2018 at 2:33 am

Some very good ideas here. Doing her thinking and ideas is what we need. All things can be done on a post board system. It is new to supplying and managing local services so people can go on line and track everything.

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Scott Etches on Sep 21, 2018 at 5:50 pm

I am very pleased to hear that Ms. Curteanu is running and have been waiting with bated breath for this announcement. Having had time to discuss issues concerning Whitehorse with her, I found her thoughtful and well balanced in her approach. I feel confident that if I am not elected that there will still be avenue for me to forward initiatives to improve Whitehorse and they will not fall on deaf ears. Thanks for stepping up, again.

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NoSurprisesThere on Sep 21, 2018 at 5:04 pm

All aboard that gravy train. Next stop Council Chambers. Tickets please.

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