Andres on the issues
Accessible and reliable public transportation has been a big focus for the region of Waterloo for the past few years but Ward 5 remains underserved and inaccessible. Ward 5 has many active and expansive developments and we need to make sure accessible public transportation is proportional to the Ward’s population. Active transportation is also important and providing pedestrians and cyclists with safe spaces while ensuring connectivity of bike lanes, paths, and trails is a priority for me.
Sustainability is incredibly important to me and as your councilor for Ward 5 I will work to make sure that the City of Kitchener takes climate change and environmental projects seriously. Our weather patterns are changing and planning for new developments and infrastructure needs to take into account increased flooding risks and more extreme temperature changes. We also need to take carbon reduction goals seriously and make safeguarding and expanding green spaces a priority.
Ward 5 is a strong family based community and it needs safe and thriving green spaces. The RBJ Schlegel Park will be a wonderful addition, and has the potential to act as the starting point for a Ward 5 community hub. As your councilor I will work to ensure the Park meets the needs of our community and is accessible and useful to all. Recreational spaces should include community centres, libraries, and locations for cultural exchange, and these spaces should be active and accessible to all ages, all year round.
Kitchener has worked hard to build a vibrant community and I support projects that help foster a sense of community and belonging across the city and in individual communities. This includes community spaces and events that are accessible and inclusive, support for multicultural, local arts, and affordable spaces for community events. As we continue to grow it is also essential that we maintain a strong and sustained connection to our heritage, working to repurpose our historical spaces.
Ensuring that Ward 5 is a safe community is key to a healthy sustainable community. Community safety means effective traffic calming measures and safe spaces for kids to play in their neighbourhoods. It includes having infrastructure and policies in places so that people can get around safely without needing a personal vehicle. This includes transit routes that get you within a safe distance of your home, it means having well lit and separated pedestrian spaces between communities, and it means timely city-led snow clearing on streets and sidewalks.
This region is growing quickly and it is important to ensure that decisions are being made to promote smart growth. This means building up instead of just out; making the best use of our city space and holding the country line. It means ensuring new constructions and renovations are sustainable and that we are building diverse types of housing, including an adequate number of affordable units. And it means planning for diverse transportation in all communities — leaving dedicated space for public transit and safe space for bikes and pedestrians.
Hi, I’m Andres Fuentes and I am running to be Ward 5’s representative on Kitchener City Council. I moved to Kitchener from Mexico City with my family when I was seven years old. I have grown up in this community and I am passionate about seeing it succeed.
I have a vision for a sustainable, livable, and growing Kitchener. Making this vision into a reality means ensuring infrastructure encourages active transportation, affordable housing, accessible community spaces, and ambitious environmental initiatives. I want to make sure Kitchener is focussed on smart growth and community building.
I ran in my first election as a student at the University of Waterloo. My position as the Vice President of Education for the Federation of Students launched a career in political advocacy, focussing on education and environmental reform. I have worked on numerous political campaigns, both locally and federally: working most recently to elect Laura Mae Lindo to Kitchener Centre.
I currently work as the CEO of the University of Waterloo’s student media organization: Imprint Publications, and the Editor in Chief of ECO, a policy newsletter for Climate Action Network International.
Kitchener has incredible potential and I am looking forward to unlocking key issues that affect Ward 5 every day.
Your city councillors should be your most accessible representatives and I want to run a campaign that listens to and is driven by your concerns and ideas.
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Every day we need to get places, whether it is getting around the neighbourhood or the city, we rely on transportation infrastructure. We are not currently doing enough in Kitchener to ensure that transit infrastructure is inclusive and accessible. Mobility should never be a challenge or a danger whether you’re choosing a personal vehicle, active Read more about Transportation[…]
Feeling safe in your neighbourhood is key to building a sense of community. Whether it be children walking to school, someone out for their afternoon stroll with their dog, or neighbours playing road hockey, we need neighbourhoods where vehicles are driving at a safe speed for pedestrians. The difference between an accident between and car Read more about Community Safety[…]
Sustainability is incredibly important to me and I’ve been working on environmental issues for almost 10 years. We need to ensure that the Kitchener is prepared for the impacts of climate change. Infrastructure is a long-term investment and we need to ensure we are making decisions based on the best data and with as much Read more about Environmental Sustainability[…]
Kitchener has seen massive growth in recent years; we have more companies, more families, more young professionals, and more students choosing to make Kitchener their home. Community growth can be a great thing but it is important to ensure cities are managing growth so that it is purposeful, efficient, and sustainable. This means ensuring your Read more about Smart Growth[…]
Ward 5 is a growing community filled with new families, new growth, and lots of green spaces. The Huron Natural Area is one of my favourite parts of the ward. Whether I am going for a run or just taking a stroll around the trails, it’s a great space to relax. It’s one of the Read more about Huron Natural Area and the Importance of Green Spaces[…]
Long time Kitchener resident Andres Fuentes has registered to run for Kitchener city council in Ward 5. Fuentes is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, and is currently a candidate for a Masters in Climate Change. Fuentes brings a breadth of political experience, having worked on national campaigns for Michael Ignatieff and Barack Obama, Read more about Local sustainability leader announces candidacy for Ward 5[…]