Current Occupation: Certified Management Accountant
Voter Information: novak2012.blogspot.com, @Chad4Mayor on Twitter
I was born and raised in the thriving metropolis of Moose Jaw, just a short 45 minute drive to the West. As Moose Jaw didn’t have many amenities in the 80’s, we often took family trips to Regina for shopping and entertainment. I recall how Regina was viewed back then, and how since 2000 that image certainly has changed. People are very proud to call Regina home now, and I most certainly am as well. I moved here in 2001, acheived my CMA designation in 2004, and had the “pleasure” of being an Income Tax Auditor with CRA for 4 years, in one of my many career choices over the last 15 years. I look forward to making Regina an even more vibrant and exciting city to call home, and one of the top tourist destinations in Canada.
QUESTION AND ANSWER
1. Briefly, why are you running for council?
I want to make a better Regina. There have been some great things done over the decades by some great mayors, and I want to follow in that tradition. I envision a Regina in 2030 where we have the lowest tax base in all of Canada, with a great tourism industry, and vibrant communities that are the envy of North America.
2. What is the single most pressing issue facing Regina? How would you solve it?
I recognize that we have some serious infrastructure and debt issues in Regina, and for me, those should be our top priorities to focus on, before tackling some of the luxury items like a new stadium. In regards to the new stadium, I would much rather have a year round domed facility (with retractable roof), but only when we can reasonably afford it and when it is properly designed and planned, with the proper funding model. We should be actively pursuing private funding and possibly fundraisers as well. In the interim, I feel the renovation is probably our best option.
3. Beyond immediate concerns like housing, the stadium and infrastructure renewal, what “big idea” project do you want to work on that nobody seems to be talking about?
I have several “big idea” projects, but one that no one else seems to be talking about, which has been a hot topic on the campaign trail, at least from the people I’ve spoken with, are the traffic woes in our City, specifically on the Ring Road. As such, I recognize that we need to convert Ring Road into the Freeway that it was originally designed to be. I want to work on a solution for the level railroad crossing, as well as an overpass at Pasqua and Ring Road. Long term, I want to look at more overpasses and possibly adding a third lane in each direction.
4. Name something the last council got right.
The design of the Plaza. It is a beautiful look, and is a great community minded project.
5. Now, point out their biggest mistake.
There are several. The Plaza also falls into this category, because it came in WELL over budget (2-3x), and disturbed the downtown traffic situation for 2 years during construction, and another 2 years thanks to the extra work required on Lorne Street and 12th Avenue. Let alone the close of a long time local business, the Novia Cafe.
6. What are you reading these days?
Council Reports, many, many council reports. I need to be informed on all of the current projects in order to be an informed candidate.
7. Beyond your residence, do you own any property in Regina or in the immediate area?
I don’t even own my residence, so no I do not. I’m one of the poor suckers who rent in our City with a market that has skyrocketed through the roof. In 2003, I rented a 3 bdrm house for $650, considered very high back then, today, I rent a 2 bdrm condo for $1,500, which is “low” in 2012.
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1. What is your favourite Regina restaurant?
Applebee’s South. They know us by name there, and Cary Snyder is one of the kindest gentleman I have had the pleasure to meet.
2. Who is your favourite Regina artist?
I would have to say that Stephanie Thomson is someone I very much admire. She has done a lot in the Regina musical/performing arts scene, and has involved a lot of great local talent in her productions at Applause Dinner Theatre.
3. What actor would play you in the gritty cable drama, Queen City Hall?
My favourite actor of all time, Michael J. Fox, who funny enough, played a Mayor on Spin City. He needs to be a little more “out there” though!
4. How would your character die?
By eating tainted pasta in Regina’s newest Italian Ristorante.
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PICK A SIDE
Cats or Dogs? Cats
Vampires or Werewolves? Werewolves
Boxing or Roller Derby? Monster Trucks
Steak or Sushi? Steak
Hill Towers or Legislative Building? Legislative Building
Quance Street or Dewdney Avenue? Dewdney Avenue – who the heck designed Quance Street anyhow??
Artesian or Wascana Park Gazebo? Wascana Park Gazebo
Prairie Dog or Richardson Ground Squirrel? Prairie Dog Magazine of course!
Giant Grasshopper or Stegosaurus? Is this a potential wrestling match at the Queen City Hall?
Saskaboom or SaskAdvantage? Saskatchamatoon. (Grown Ups movie reference)
Bike or Sports Car? Ummm….convertible sports car!
Le Macaron or Five Guys? Never heard of the first one, so Five Guys all the way. No cup.
The Beatles or the Rolling Stones? Stones baby! Two sellout concerts in Regina, highest grossing on their tour!
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BONUS QUESTION: Make up your own question (And answer it, of course!)
What traits make a great mayor?
Being open to the public and accountable to them. If there are decisions made that the public don’t agree with, there should be a way to allow the public to hold the Mayor or Council accountable. I’ve made my pledge to the taxpayers, thanks to the CTF (voterscontract.ca) – but the only other Mayoral Candidate that has is Tim S.
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