Duncan mayoral candidate: Daniel Helmer

Daniel Helmer

  • Please tell us a bit about yourself and what made you decide to run in this election?

I'm property manager for the Cowichan Health and Wealth Centre in Duncan. I'm running for Mayor to keep our community safe and clean from all the dirty needles in our school grounds, our playgrounds, the Parks and our trails. For more Effective & Efficient Policing, moving forward with our water and sewer system, parking.

  • Do you support the Drinking Water & Watersheds Protections Service bylaw referendum?  

No. If you want to protect our water, don't wait until it is 90 degrees in the middle of summer, to bring in water restrictions. We live on an island we cannot count on the snow or the run. Reduce water waste at the start of spring. 

  • Do you support the Cowichan Housing Association Service Establishment bylaw? 

No. This money will sit in the CVRD's bank account and cost the taxpayers over 100,000 dollars a year, in admiration fees. Home owners who have worked hard to buy their homes are in jeopardy of losing their home to Inflation and Taxation.  

  • How do you plan to work with other governments within the region, including local First Nations as well as provincial and federal governments?

Working together to make our community's, the province and our country a better place for all people.     

  • One Cowichan supporters have expressed concerns about climate change, especially local impacts on our water resources. What local climate change mitigation and/or adaptation strategies would you support if elected?  

I will need more information on this issue before I could give a detailed answers, but need to inform our community that we can't waste water.

  • How do you propose managing growth sustainably in the Cowichan Region (e.g. transportation, environmental/agricultural protection, land-use, housing, cost of living)?

Transportation is very good in our community, buses are designed for all our citizens. The highway is a different story and I can't answer that one in 100 words or less.

Environmental issues and there are many, that would have to be looked at individually and dealt with.

Agricultural land should be protected as they're producing food for a profit. I don't think it's right to give a tax break because you have 5 chickens on your property. 

Land use, housing and cost of living, as long as the greed of humanity out ways the need of humanity, these issues will never be solved

  • What do you consider the three most pressing issues facing local government and the one most important thing local government should do on each one?

Intravenous drug abusers, policing, water & sewer system and parking. Working with the Community and the Council to make our Community Safer and cleaner and easier to find parking.

  • Our citizen surveys indicate a desire for more consultation and accountability between elected officials and their constituents. If elected, what would your approach be to those issues?

We all have to work together to make a better Community. YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE, SO SPEAK UP AND VOTE ON OCTOBER 20th.