A Ten Step Plan for a Better Moose Jaw

September 21, 2012

1. Improve efficiency, accountability, and transparency of City financial management

2. End unnecessary overspending in non-essential areas to shift funds for the improvement of essential public services placing priority on infrastructure upgrades and providing adequate funding to public transit and the humane society

3. Improve procedures for Citizens to raise concerns and complaints with City Council

4. Think Green & Blue: Implement environmental initiatives using innovative thinking to avoid extra costs to taxpayers

5. Address the economic impact of the closure of Valley View Centre through a focus on local job creation

6. Provide public transit service on evenings so that transit can be utilized as a primary mode of transportation by workers, and address/prevent bus driver shortages through proper funding of the transit department

7. Address poverty and the lack of affordable housing in our City

8. Work with Council to have the provincial government or a private company establish an affordable and convenient commuter bus service between Moose Jaw and Regina to increase access to career and education opportunities

9. Launch a public sector marketing campaign to attract new residents and tourists to Moose Jaw and to attract new industry and businesses; this includes an updated and innovative City of Moose Jaw website

10. Improve post-secondary education options in Moose Jaw

Elect Larissa SHASKO as Councillor.  A voice of reason, a vote for change

Press Release: Nomination papers have been filed

September 4, 2012
For Immediate Release
September 4, 2012

Candidate for City Councillor Larissa Shasko has filed her nomination papers with City Hall this morning. Shasko is hoping to send a message that she is serious about getting elected to Council and her campaign is now in full swing. "I've already been out talking to voters on the doorstep and my online campaign components are fully operational," states Shasko. 

Shasko is running on a platform of fiscal responsibility, local economic development, and improv...

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Transit budget must be increased

September 1, 2012
Public transit is an essential service for our seniors, working families and individuals, youth, and those living with disabilities in our city. However, the transit system is underfunded and can not retain/attract drivers due to wages and benefits that are not competitive with other cities. Transit is also the only city department where workers are paid only time and a half for overtime instead of double the wages like all other city employees. The routes drivers are expected to endure offer...
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What I will bring to Council

August 18, 2012

On a local online forum, I was recently asked "if elected what will you bring to the table?"
My answer is as follows:

I will bring a willingness to work with others on Council in a cooperative manner to improve how Council functions. At the same time, I will be assertive and direct when needed to ensure improved governance. I will be committed to sound fiscal management. I will take a hands on approach to marketing our city to attract new businesses and industry and more tourists and new resid...

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Press Release: Larissa Shasko running for Moose Jaw City Council

August 9, 2012
For Immediate Release
August 9, 2012

Larissa Shasko is announcing today that she will be seeking a seat on Moose Jaw City Council in the fall civic election. Shasko was nearly elected to Moose Jaw City Council in 2009 with over 2000 votes cast in her favour. She is a seasoned political candidate having sought office as a Green Party representative in numerous elections in recent years, including three times as the Palliser candidate in the 2006, 2008, and 2011 federal elections and once p...
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Blog topic: growing our population base

August 9, 2012
I'm very excited to be announcing my campaign for a seat as Councillor on Moose Jaw City Council! Moose Jaw is a beautiful city with many amenities and a lot of room to grow. I moved here eight years ago from nearby Regina and have found it to be a wonderful place to call home. Our city's close proximity to Regina makes it possible to live in a smaller, quiet, and safe community while still working or going to school in Regina. I am hoping our city will see more new residents whose dail...
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Welcome to my campaign blog!

August 8, 2012
Welcome to my campaign blog! Watch for my weekly blog posts during the month of August. During the campaign months of September and October I will be adding new posts twice a week.

This campaign it is of great importance to elect the right people to Council. Moose Jaw is a great city with a future that is wide open. We have many strengths as a community that need to be built upon. We also have many weaknesses that need to be addressed through innovative policy solutions.

Since resigning a...
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