Chelsa Meadus is running for councillor in Maple Ridge. (Special to The News)

Chelsa Meadus is running for councillor in Maple Ridge. (Special to The News)

MEET THE CANDIDATES

IN THE MAPLE RIDGE COUNCILLOR’S RACE: Chelsa Meadus

Ahead of Oct. 15, The News offers a profile and Q&A opportunity to each candidate

Chelsa Meadus

RUNNING WITH MAPLE RIDGE FIRST

Business owner, age not given

Albion resident who’s lived in Maple Ridge 27 years

I am a long-time Maple Ridge resident, a business owner and a passionate public servant.

I have held many leadership positions in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in Maple Ridge.

I chair the human resources committee and serve on the strategic transportation committee, municipal advisory committee on accessibility and inclusiveness, the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society, Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Arts Council, Youth Planning Table, and Metro Vancouver’s Indigenous relations committee.

I am passionate about citizen engagement, public safety, and community development.

As a business owner, I recognize the need for sustainable economic development. As a community worker, I understand the need for engagement. As a volunteer, I appreciate the need for community.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mapleridgefirst

Twitter: @mapleridgefirst

Website: www.mapleridgefirst.com

Phone: 604-788-7379

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Have you held office in past? If so, please specify: ? Yes, I’ve been a City Councillor since 2018.

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CLICK TO CHECK OUT OUR FULL ELECTION GUIDE ONLINE

Questions:

(These answers are presented as the candidates submitted them)

1. Does the City have a handle on the problems created by homelessness?

Yes, Maple Ridge First understands the problems of our street-entrenched mental health and addictions population, and we have begun to implement solutions.

Within the first year of being elected, Maple Ridge First closed the illegal camp and created a community social safety program (CSSI), with safety officers to provide business support, citizen support, and to help those in need.

We worked with social service providers and community partners under this “made-in-Maple Ridge” approach.

This program is now being copied by 15 other municipalities in B.C.

2. Do you believe residents of the City feel safe?

Don’t know.

3. Do you support the City borrowing funds to build a new aquatic centre?

Yes.

4. Are you in favour of development along the Alouette River?

Don’t know.

5. Can City hall do more to attract new businesses to open in Maple Ridge?

Yes.

6. Should the City borrow funds to build a new arena facility?

Yes.

7. Should Maple Ridge take more direct action to combat the local opioid crisis?

Don’t know.

8. Is the City taking adequate measures to lower carbon emissions?

Yes.

9. Are tax levels too high in the City?

Yes.

10. Should the City commit to making a decision on proposed new developments within 12 months or less?

Yes.

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

How the questions were presented to each candidate

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows news readers have told us how much they value this important, straight-forward reference guide that helps orient them with the range of choices on the ballots – both at the council and school board levels.

Towards that end, we have attempted to make this package available (along with the following instructions) to each of the candidates in a timely fashion ahead of the Oct. 15 election.

Please read carefully before you start to fill this out.

To help voters in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows make their choices on election day, The News is asking local candidates 10 issue-based questions.

You must provide a ‘yes,’ a ‘no,’ or a ‘don’t know’ (Y, N, D) response to EACH of these questions.

Each question MUST be answered with yes (Y), no (N), or Don’t Know (D). This will be published in a grid in the Oct. 6 edition. Any questions not answered will be LEFT BLANK.

Candidates may also expand on ANY OR ALL of these questions (to a maximum of 200 words each). Please note any responses longer than that will be cut off at the 201-word mark.

Due to space limitations, we can only guarantee to run one of these answers in The News print edition ahead of the election. You must CLEARLY indicate which expanded answer you want to see published in print. If you do not specify, we will choose. Any and all expanded answers provided will be published online at www.mapleridgenews.com.

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