Moon Inthavong

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Position: Ward 8 Councillor

Incumbent: No

Previous council experience: None.

Other political experience: None.

Political affiliation: None found.

Political donations: None identified.

Occupation / Profession: Social services worker; Fanshawe professor; close quarters combat instructor

Languages: English, Thai, some French

Transit: “I am in support of the BRT. This is a progressive plan. There are so many positives. One is that, BRT will provide opportunity for London to be leaders in green power, through implementing Electric Buses. As well, help generate from shovel to ground entry opportunities for employment. Roads and infrastructure that urgently needed updates will get an overhaul. As a tax payer, I stand behind the BRT plan – I see it as an investment that will benefit the community in the long run. I have read the London Transportation Master Plan, and support it.” [1]Excerpt from Electipedia.ca survey response

Social Housing: “I have worked as a Case Manager and as a Out Reach Worker, with various Social Services Agencies here in London. I know the value of the Housing First Model… Where do we start? I’d like to see a pilot project that would allow private housing stock to be part of the Social Housing Market.” [2]Excerpt from Electipedia.ca survey response

Business Climate: “Take Care of the People so they can go on to take care of the Community; is my philosophy. As Council we are not mandated to create jobs – however, that does not mean that we can not create an environment of support and direction. We need to promote that London Ontario is home of successful entrepreneurs and maintain that relationship. And find more ways to partner up within our own business culture.” [3]Excerpt from Electipedia.ca survey response

Fiscal Responsibility: “Fiscal responsibility should not always mean being fiscally prudent. Sometimes we need to take risks on expenditure. Fiscal Responsibility means progressive thinking. It should mean spending our tax dollars well.” [4]Excerpt from Electipedia.ca survey response

Safe Injection Sites: Supports safe injection sites. [5]Excerpt from Electipedia.ca survey response

Other: Universal “Basic Income – I am a huge supporter of UBI. I am part or the London working group for Basic Income Canada Network. When Ford cancelled the Pilot Project in Hamilton, we stood up and continue to do so. Please stay tuned!” [6]Excerpt from Electipedia.ca survey response

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Electipedia Survey Response

This candidate responded to Electipedia's survey. Read the candidate's reponses below:

NameMoon Inthavong
How would you describe your political outlook?Choose not to answer
Do you currently belong to a political party at the federal or provincial level?No
Have you previously been a member of a political party at the federal or provincial level?No
Instructions

For the following, please select one option that best indicates how each statement reflects your position or philosophy:

Social assistance payments should never be tied to mandated work or education requirements.Strongly Agree
Fiscal prudence is the hallmark of sound governance.Somewhat Disagree
All public servants should be prohibited from going on strike.Strongly Disagree
Fees for using vehicles at certain times in high traffic zones is a reasonable way to subsidize and encourage the use of public transit.Strongly Disagree
Climate change represents an imminent threat that should be addressed by governments at every level.Strongly Agree
Oil pipelines are an effective way to boost Canada’s economy and energy self-sufficiency.Strongly Disagree
While environmental concerns are important, government’s first priority is to build infrastructure that is safe and cost effective.Somewhat Agree
Spending on social programs is more effective than spending on law enforcement and jails.Strongly Agree
Borrowing by governments, if done responsibly, is necessary to meet the needs of citizens.Strongly Agree
Mandatory minimum sentences for criminal convictions are needed to ensure equality before the law, and to act as a deterrent.Somewhat Agree
Safe injection sites are necessary to protect the most vulnerable members of our society.Strongly Agree
Instructions

Please provide a one-paragraph response outlining your position on each of the issues indicated. Keeping mind that a) your answers will be publicly available, b) answers may be lightly edited for spelling, grammar, clarity, or length and c) while subsequent amendments to answers may be considered, the original response will remain visible to the public:

Transit

I am in support of the BRT. This is a progressive plan. There are so many positives. One is that, BRT will provide opportunity for London to be leaders in green power, through implementing Electric Buses. As well, help generate from shovel to ground entry opportunities for employment. Roads and infrastructure that urgently needed updates will get an overhaul. As a tax payer, I stand behind the BRT plan - I see it as an investment that will benefit the community in the long run. I have read the London Transportation Master Plan, and support it. Most people do not know that there is a Mobility Transportation Master Plan portion included in BRT. Unfortunately this has been a huge controversial debate and have divided Londoners. I encourage everyone to keep updated throughout the process. Try to attend the info sessions and asks question, as I have. More importantly, please consider reading the Master Plan and process the information for yourselves - so that you can make informed decision.

Environment

This past year, Infrastructure Canada announced The Smart Cities Challenge. According to* https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca (2018); The Smart Cities Challenge is a pan-Canadian competition open to communities of all sizes, including municipalities, regional governments and Indigenous communities (First Nations, Métis and Inuit). The Challenge encourages communities to adopt a smart cities approach to improve the lives of their residents through innovation, data and connected technology.One prize of up to $50 million open to all communities, regardless of population.*

This is a very important topic to me, as a humanitarian and a visionary. Any Smart city would be wise enough to amalgamate an environmental plan. As a leader, I am always searching for opportunities and learning about ideas on how to protect our natural Eco-systems and safeguard ethical policies regarding our environment. I'm always excited about initiatives that include inclusiveness. This would have been an amazing opportunity to work within our Indigenous Communities. No application from London, was submitted. I do not want us to miss any more valuable opportunities for London to grow. I will continue to find ways on how we can get involved with such incentives.

Social Housing

I have worked as a Case Manager and as a Out Reach Worker, with various Social Services Agencies here in London. I know the value of the Housing First Model. Social Housing should be a huge contingency plan, for London. There are so many sides of the issue that must be addressed. Social Housing affects us all directly or indirectly in some ways - regardless, it affects. Housing/Shelter is a Human Right. If we do not find a solution or solutions - all our housing needs might be at risk.

Where do we start? I'd like to see a pilot project that would allow private housing stock to be part of the Social Housing Market.

Under the Community and Protection Services Committee for the City of London, I would create a Task Force and Special Committee that offers preemptive provisions and solutions in the following areas that have been identified in the Community Services section:
a) Housing and Homelessness
b) Homeless Support and Emergency Shelters
c) Social Housing
d) Affordable Housing
*I would follow up with this with wrap around support & services that are geared to each individual situation.*
There are so many untapped resources at our disposal, including grants and proposals. The city can be a forward leader in this.

Business Climate

* Take Care of the People so they can go on to take care of the Community; is my philosophy*

As Council we are not mandated to create jobs - however, that does not mean that we can not create an environment of support and direction.

We need to promote that London Ontario is home of successful entrepreneurs and maintain that relationship. And find more ways to partner up within our own business culture.

As Londoners, Leaders and Educators we need to learn how to read the trends and be prepared to adjust or progress (evolve) with any business climate.

Fiscal Responsibility

Fiscal responsibility should not always mean being fiscally prudent. Sometimes we need to take risks on expenditure. Fiscal Responsibility means progressive thinking. It should mean spending our tax dollars well.

Law and Order

There is not enough information for me to provide a statement.

Safe Injection Sites

Yes, I support safety injection sites.

Other Issues

Income Security

Universal Basic Income - I am a huge supporter of UBI. I am part or the London working group for Basic Income Canada Network. When Ford cancelled the Pilot Project in Hamilton, we stood up and continue to do so. Please stay tuned! In the mean time, I would highly recommend following Mr. Scott Santens on Twitter @scottsantens - up to date news and articles on Universal Basic Income.

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