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Jennifer Watts 

Candidate, District 14

Email: jenniferwatts@ns.sympatico.caWebsite: jenniferwattshalifax.ca Facebook group.Telephone: 425-7997

About

Jennifer has a Masters degree in urban and rural planning from TUNS. Her neighbour on Duncan street is Sean Phillips. Her paid employment and volunteer experience includes working with children and seniors. She has worked as a planning consultant on municipal issues, developing wind turbine bylaws and watershed planning. She is active in the United Church, working for them and the Tatamagouche Centre on "educational resource development, leadership development and strategic planning." She was also a "Research Project Coordinator for Seniors' Prescription Drug Use Project," with the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging at Mount Saint Vincent University. Her focus on policy development comes from a social justice and peace issues perspective. In Saskatoon, she worked on a jobs program for immigrant women and as a community coordinator at a school.

Goals and Issues

According to Jennifer, the "number one issue is sustainable transportation." Her goals include "consistent, annual funding for bike paths," "pedestrian friendly neighbourhoods," reducing car traffic and use on the peninsula and increased public transit. She thinks her district needs better crosswalks and slower moving cars.

In regard to new buildings and neighbourhood development, she says new developments ought to offer affordable housing and cater to a diverse population. She supports a new central library, community schools, local recreation facilities, parks, anti-poverty programs and a new farmer's market. She does not take a firm stance on the Tax Reform proposal.

On the record

Listen to Tim's interview with Jennifer

Affiliations

Jennifer does not belong to a political party, but she did canvass for Alexa McDonough’s campaigns in the past. She also participates in the Oxford Street school's breakfast program, an Intergenerational knitting group, a Food Security Issues Group, the Duncan street Women's Book Club and the KAIROS Ecumenical Social Justice Network.

Source

Webpage, responses to Coast questions, Coast article.

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