Name: Tobi Loopkey
Neighbourhood of residence: Dundonald
What is one big idea that could transform Saskatoon?
Saskatoon is already a beautiful City, but we are missing a landmark hotel at the river landing location that would make a great addition to our riverbank.
A preliminary budget update is forecasting a property tax increase of 3.89 per cent, not including police or growth. Is that too high? If so, what do you believe should be cut to drop that number?
Saskatoon City Council needs to be more accountable for its spending. Everyone has the same complaints, but no one is listening or taking action. They are asking, “Where is all the money going for the Remai Arts Centre?”. “Why is it so far over budget and behind schedule?” Saskatoon has some BIG bills to pay in the next 20-30 years but no one is getting ready for that. Our money may not be going to the right areas in the city. Perhaps less outsourcing and leaner running of departments.
Would you advocate for building a downtown arena?
It would have been nice to see a downtown arena in Saskatoon but I believe it’s too late. I believe there are better areas then the industrial area and the already congested downtown.
Should Saskatoon hire more police officers?
We need to look at better solutions for our policing. Our officers are doing a great job but are overstretched. We need to look into the root cause on the need of the police, is it scheduling, hours, etc. I believe an increase on officers is also needed.
What should the City of Saskatoon do to prepare for the legalization of marijuana?
We need to learn from what other cities are doing and see what is working and what is not for them.
How should city council regulate ride-sharing companies such as Uber?
Public transportation NEEDS to be regulated and controlled. Public safety can only be met with proper vehicle safety inspections, background checks, medical checks, and proper insurance.
Does Saskatoon have an urban sprawl problem? If so, what are your solutions?
There are two ways a city grows, up or out. It’s too expensive to grow up, so we grow out. Saskatoon could use more up in the downtown core area and give it a more metropolitan feel, which in turn would bring foot traffic to downtown businesses.