A newcomer to the political scene in Saskatoon says she wants to improve city-wide transportation and growing Saskatoon's core.
Hilary Gough, who manages a non-profit organization in the Riversdale neighbourhood and lives in Caswell Hill, is running for Ward 2 councillor in the civic election. Ward 2 covers the Riversdale, Caswell Hill, Westmount, Pleasant Hill, Meadowgreen, Holiday Park, King George and Montgomery Place neighbourhoods.
Gough says the city needs to focus on promoting city-wide transportation like buses and bike lanes to decrease congestion on roads. She adds there needs to be a stronger investment in roads and the ward's older infrastructure.
Gough also says there isn't one supermarket in any of the ward's neighbourhoods, creating a "food desert" for healthy options. For many, Gough says they can get into a car and drive to the farmer's market or somewhere else in the city, but for some, they can't access "one of those major building blocks of a healthy life and a healthy household".
She says previous leadership has dropped the ball on addressing traffic and trains. She says the issue won't be going away without funding, saying "there will, at some point, need to be some major expenditures around dealing with the issue of trains in our city".
Incumbent Pat Lorje, business owner Mark Ziekle, family violence worker Vernon Linklater, businessperson Kelly Parker and courier driver Robert Godfrey are also running for Ward 2 councillor.