This would include mandating:
- The availability of parts at reasonable prices;
- Provision of free and publicly available service manuals;
- Publicly available repair information such as software tools and schematics;
- Repairability labeling to inform consumers of the likely lifetime and fixability of the product; and
- Enforcing repairable designs (e.g., replaceable batteries, long-term software support, etc).
For those that might care, I’ve worked in the trades and construction for most of my professional life. I drive heavy equipment now. I’ve never been one who believes that our professions define us (although they certainly describe us), and I’ve seen too many bad ‘bosses’ to believe that profession equals expertise, but it has given me a chance to work with a lot of people and take me a few places. I have worked and volunteered with enough nonprofits to know that determined and caring individuals and groups can accomplish amazing things.
I’ve lead house builds for Habitat for Humanity, worked overnights at the 1JustCity overnight shelter, delivered food to St Matthews commons, coordinated community art projects with Synonym Art Consultation, sat on the SNA Holistic Housing committee, coached youth basketball at MERC, and done dozens of community clean ups, walks, and visits in communities around this province and beyond. There are so many kind and caring people and they deserve leadership and representation that understands the impacts from your front step. We need radical alternatives and reasonable solutions, and this is what community does best!
I run for the Greens because we occupy a necessary political space. The only answer to “who should win this election.” is Manitoba, and what I hear is Manitobans asking for a minority government that is accountable, with a diversity of voices and opinions. We want proportional representation to remove ‘strategic’ voting and encourage participation. A strong democracy requires a literate and active population. We want universal basic income, because the most cost effective way to broadly support our health system, care systems, policing systems, economy, and ecology.
This, as they say, is not my first rodeo. I’ve ran federally and provincially, and met some amazing organizers, but none impress me as much as the young people taking charge of their futures and getting involved in political activism. Our provincial party has some of the most impressive persons I’ve ever had the pleasure to plan with, and I’m working with them to build to the party into a force for the future.
This election has given me the opportunity to connect with people doing the good, hard, and under-recognized work that keeps the fabric of our society stitched together. I have seen that we can make plans together that don’t require the favourable whims of government, and that we can sometimes change those whims if we are united in speaking up for our communities.
When politicians give you numbers, ask a nonprofit if that is a reasonable number. When they make promises for change, ask your community leaders if they’ve been consulted. Governance is a skill and we aren’t picking from a field of experts. I believe in the Reading Rainbow school of politics (don’t take my word for it), abundant living and the Anthony Keidis school of economics, and in the promise that young people carry in a kind and sustainable future.