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Luc S. Cousineau, PhD
Why are you running for city council?
I believe that Guelph deserves representation that isn't about business or connections, but governance for people, grounded in good education and social justice. If we are serious about making responsible decisions for Guelph that listen to science, forefront social justice, and always consider our own humanity and the humanity of others, then that must be the mission of those we elect.
I think that community governance is really important and I feel like I have something to contribute. I believe that my background in social justice and equity research puts me in a good place be a strong voice on council for these issues and to build a better Guelph.
What do you see as the main issues facing residents of Guelph on a broader scale?
In my view, our main issues in Guelph revolve around three items: moving people – so road, cycling, pedestrian, and transit infrastructure and policy; housing people – so density, development, and sprawl policy, including urban infill; and feeding people – everyone in Guelph should have suitable and easy access to high quality food through grocery stores (looking at you east end) and more municipally-supported community garden infrastructure.
How do you feel about equity movements and the city's recent push toward equity and inclusion?
Why did it take this long? We have known about the horrors of residential schools for quite a lot longer than the most recent, important discoveries of graves. We have also known about the marginalization of people in our city for a long time. Agitation voices for justice have always been present, and always been right, and it is about time we listened. If the city is serious about equity and inclusion, it has to acknowledge how inequitable our representation, services, and methods of control continue to be, and how exclusionary many of our practices are, especially those involved in exerting control over others. Perhaps some time spent with social justice and social movement scholars would do council and city staff some good in understanding the nature of exclusionary practices and coercive power, like that held by councils, police, and neoliberal fiscal policies.
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