One of the candidates hoping to fill a vacant Ward 6 position says it's time to get back to basics.
Cynthia Block says residents want to see improvements to infrastructure and maintenance in their community, from potholes and sidewalks to snow removal and tree pruning.
Block says "while we're all proud of many of the things that our city council has done over the last decade in terms of investing in our downtown, for example, as we have gone about doing some of that growth, some of it has been at the expense, we believe, of some of our core neighbourhoods". She says some resident feel the ward has been neglected.
Block says she is concerned about the sustainability of ever-greater urban sprawl, not just in terms of population but expenses, and wants to ensure the city can continue to grow in an efficient manner.
She says researchers have found cities are more successful when they focus on building the neighbourhoods already established, rather than continuing to expand.
Ward 6 covers the Nutana, Central Business District, Varsity View, Buena Vista, Grosvenor Park, Haultain and Holliston neighbourhoods.
Block is running against director of marketing and sales Troy Wruck, retired postal worker Howard Fullford, small business owner Josie Steeves, area sales manager Ian Rambally, financial advisor Mike McKague, and local realtor Mark Prebble. Charlie Clark, who had been councillor since 2012, put his name in for mayor this year.