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LEARNING AT THE LANDFILL – Coun. Roslyn Woodcock (second from right), who is seeking re-election, paid a visit to the Whitehorse landfill Monday morning. She and some of her council colleagues were there to help sort the construction waste. Shown left to right are consultant Maura Walker talking about the sorting procedures to city official Geoff Quinsey, Mayor Dan Curtis, Woodcock and Coun. Samson Hartland. Inset Roslyn Woodcock.

Woodcock is first councillor to reveal plans

There are many ways people give back to the Whitehorse community, says city councillor Roslyn Woodcock.

By Stephanie Waddell on July 10, 2018

There are many ways people give back to the Whitehorse community, says city councillor Roslyn Woodcock.

For her, it’s her position on council that allows her to give back, and that’s something she wants to continue for another three years.

In an interview after Monday evening’s council meeting, Woodcock announced her plans to seek a second term in office to do the work she says is very rewarding.

“It’s extremely challenging and frustrating work,” she said, before going on to note that often the most challenging work can be the most rewarding.

The last three years as a councillor have presented Woodcock with some of the hardest and most rewarding work she’s done.

And it’s an obligation she takes seriously as she balances the more immediate interests and concerns in the community with the long-term vision that will take Whitehorse into the future.

“It’s important work,” she said.

An update to the Official Community Plan (OCP), which serves as a guiding document for the city, is set for next year.

That will be complemented by continuing efforts to follow through on a number of recently adopted documents – the Transit Master Plan and the Bicycle Network Plan, for example.

“All of those feed into the OCP,” Woodcock said, adding she’s wants to be part of the implementation over the next few years of the plans that have recently been adopted, as well as being part of the development of the next OCP.

She praised city staff’s work in looking at the city’s long-term future through its planning processes.

It wasn’t that long ago that a number of people in the community were critical of the Whistle Bend area, with many commenting on it as a “dust-bowl” that wouldn’t draw residents.

Today, the neighbourhood is growing substantially with many residents who enjoy living there.

It’s the foresight in planning, which includes community consultation, that allows for the success of such development and contributes to positive neighbourhoods, she said.

Similarly, Woodcock noted it would be hard to find anyone today critical of the Millennium Trail winding along the Yukon River downtown.

During the planning, however, there were many who didn’t want the paved pathway to be developed.

It’s that long-term vision for the overall good of the city that Woodcock considers when she’s making decisions on council.

In her own neighbourhood downtown, Woodcock noted current plans could see many new residents moving into the area in future years.

She may not want to see her neighbourhood population rise so significantly.

However, she pointed to the benefits of adding density to existing neighbourhoods in the city. She favours that over going into undisturbed areas like Long Lake to add housing.

“Our community is growing so fast,” she said, adding she’s excited to see where the city goes over the next 10 to 15 years.

The Whitehorse and Marsh Lake areas together are now home to about 30,000 people.

As for what the biggest issues will be in the Oct. 18 vote, Woodcock said that is “totally up to the public.”

It’s important to note, she continued, that good governance does not revolve around one specific issue. Rather, it takes into account the entire community and the long-term vision.

Woodcock went on to stress that while she has her own stance on issues like density in existing neighbourhoods, for example, she won’t guarantee any big changes for the city should she be re-elected.

“I will be one of seven,” she said of the role of council.

She went on to highlight the direct democratic process of council, with six people with “completely different” backgrounds considering issues and voting on the direction to take.

While she may not always share the same view point as her fellow council members, she said the process allows for those different views to be represented at the table where decisions are made.

As Woodcock gets set to seek another term in office, she said she encourages all eligible voters to get out and cast their ballots, as this is their opportunity to have a direct say in who sits at the council table.

She pointed out the city has worked to have numerous polling stations opened as well as opportunities to vote via proxy, advance polls and mobile polls.

Woodcock lives downtown with her partner and their dog.

She owns two businesses: Plan: Write Consulting and Imagine Laserworks.

She’s also been involved with a number of organizations ranging from the Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre to the Guild Hall to the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre, Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon and more over the years since moving here in 1999.

Woodcock is the first councillor to publicly announce plans to seek re-election. No non-member has publicly expressed plans to pursue a councillor’s seat in October.

In the 2015 election, Woodcock collected 2,347 votes, finishing fourth in the race for council.

Mayor Dan Curtis and local resident Wilf Carter are the two declared mayoral candidates. Carter also challenged Curtis in the 2015 election.

Comments (24)

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Spend and spend liberal on Jul 16, 2018 at 3:59 pm

This person knows how to spend money as fast as it comes available.

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Vote correctly on Jul 13, 2018 at 8:58 am

In the end, it's the luck of the draw and if her name is near the top of the list of city councilors during the election, she has a good chance. Lots of people just check off the names that are on the top of the list when voting.

People need to start voting for something they want and not vote for the sake of voting.

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Irwin Armstrong on Jul 12, 2018 at 3:18 pm

Let the great civic purge begin.

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Jayne W on Jul 12, 2018 at 2:09 pm

@Miles protecting greenspace?????? I am pretty sure she voted to turn PROTECTED GREENSPACE into housing last year, so do not hold your breath. @ Thomas............ As for wanting to hear from her voters....I have about 10 emails she still has yet to reply to. @Mikey this is the third Council member that has mentioned Longlake area in various methods, so we can't be quick to rule that out.

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Miles Klondike on Jul 12, 2018 at 1:59 pm

Councillor Woodcock understands the need to run a tight civic ship financially.
She should run for mayor. She will stop infilling in town and ensure there is housing for people with low incomes.
She will sharpen the rules to make sure the motorized toys do not bother residents.

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Josey Wales on Jul 11, 2018 at 8:43 pm

Hey Allan...indeed, good valid points.
The SJW’s in OUR hall are commi-lite, wealth redistribution and polarizing citizens are tools to accomplish their goals.
They have leaned so so far left in the quest to PANDER, and to strengthen their delusional philosophy that they have fallen over, taking our community into their rabbit hole of stupidity.
Question is...can our community get back up and center itself?

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Miles Klondike on Jul 11, 2018 at 6:51 pm

With a few slips she has always advocated for protecting green spaces and she knows we want quiet neighbourhoods.
I like her perspective overall and will vote for her if I see her making the right choices over the next few months.

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Daknow on Jul 11, 2018 at 6:26 pm

Mikey...mikey
Look at a land use map online....there is a piece of FN land there....but the rest is Whitehorse/commissioners. Like 200 ha of developable land.
And FODH.

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north_of_60 on Jul 11, 2018 at 5:45 pm

I will vote for the candidates who promise to waive residential garbage tipping fees on every weekend.
Woodcock won't be one of them.

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Mikey on Jul 11, 2018 at 4:05 pm

@Salar:
Longlake area is FN settlement land, CoW or YG can't develop anything over there.

@Gordon of Riverdale
Traffic enforcement is not the City's jurisdiction, that is enforced (rarely) by the RCMP

Educate yourselves gents.

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daknow on Jul 11, 2018 at 3:12 pm

If any candidates campaign to do away with dump fees and increase revenue by opening up land for development (and not 4 years from now and not at 200k per .10 ha) they will get my vote. #Growasetelectedofficial

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Dean LaRue on Jul 11, 2018 at 2:57 pm

It's mid July and the crosswalks on Thunder Road (as in Fourth Avenue) STILL haven't been repainted

The Police could make $50,000 a day if they ticketed speeders , cross walk crashers, red light runners and cell phone yackers between Main Street and CTC

But HEY - we've got TWO rainbows on Main Street this year.

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Gordon of Riverdale on Jul 11, 2018 at 2:12 pm

I'll be voting for any candidate that runs on an 'enforce basic traffic laws - plow the sidewalks in the winter" platform
and that sure AIN"T YOU Roslyn

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Josey Wales on Jul 11, 2018 at 12:45 pm

Every person elected to our hall is COMPLETELY outta touch, arrogant and clearly very very entitled.
Many of our lifer ‘crats with their head stuffed in the public trough also need a cull.
Looking very forward to engaging with our enabling mayor in the disparaging of our citizens
Zero F’s will be given for civic compelled speech, as my thoughts will be clearly known to all.
Also we need purge the absolute cancer that is equity. PERIOD!
The many many idiots (too damn many) we have here feel that outcome and opportunity are the same, they are not.
Meritocracy is so so badly needed EVERYWHERE up here, acting as chemo to said cancer that has destroyed a once great place.
The Yukon, the rest of the country...and now America lite is trying to be Canada with over the top PC Crusades, supporting the invaders...etc!
Millions dead in two world wars, but yet it seems we no longer appreciate actual freedom be it your person or your speech and thoughts.
They say charity starts at home, so too does the purge...please never underestimate the ability of a civic government to intrude and zealot like do as they damn well please, after all...they are nobility.
Or so they have “themselves” convinced of their nobility and based on decades of experience....completely untouchable and unaccountable to anyone at all.
Look forward to the public component of the charade we call an election.
Josey....out

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Allan Foster on Jul 11, 2018 at 9:58 am

" she encourages all eligible voters to get out and cast their ballots"
YEP - we'll be doing that.
The city infrastructure, policing and traffic situations are a mess.
The entire city council and mayor needs to be replaced by people interested in
the BASIC RUNNING OF A CITY and not handing out bags of money to self-interest groups.

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Salar on Jul 11, 2018 at 6:32 am

Open up Long Lake to housing development. Infill every neighbourhood with open areas. And watch out for the Nimbys. They already have a house within driving distance of downtown and don't care if you do. Open up some goddamn land!

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My Opinion on Jul 10, 2018 at 8:36 pm

Really. So you think that people want to live there? Could it be that there is absolutely no where else to build? Cause and affect. This is one that needs to go.

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Fed Up on Jul 10, 2018 at 8:19 pm

The Liberal cadre of Dan Curtis, Jocelyn Curteanu and Roslyn Woodcock all need to go. We need a common sense and financially accountable council.

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Adam Smith on Jul 10, 2018 at 7:50 pm

I wish Ms. Woodcock the best. It is a thankless job and kudos to anyone who would consider it.
Will the Whitehorse Star provide every candidate the same amount of coverage? This is a generous article at best in terms of length.

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Thomas on Jul 10, 2018 at 6:26 pm

I recommend to talk to Councilor Woodcook. I have done that, and I appreciate her being open to my concerns and suggestions.

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jean on Jul 10, 2018 at 3:47 pm

This councilor supports the policies that cause many of the problems at the dump.

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Jayne W on Jul 10, 2018 at 3:35 pm

I do thank Ms. Woodcock for her dedication on City Council. It is a thankless position at times, especially in this day and age of social media. But it appeared sometimes she did not think for herself, but voted with whatever Mayor Curtis was wanting. I do hope ANYONE, in any neighbourhood (sub division) that has zoned green space, a zoned park area, or any type of parcel of land that is not already zoned for housing or future development does not vote for Ms. Woodcock, we will slowly loose these areas to housing. Our next council does need to work on affordable housing (working with FN and YTG), they need to look at building a brand new (reasonably priced) subdivisions not just fill in here in there.

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north_of_60 on Jul 10, 2018 at 3:02 pm

This is a perfect example of the underutilized "waste" that's destroyed at the dump every day. This is why house prices are so high and people can't afford to build modest homes for themselves.

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ProScience Greenie on Jul 10, 2018 at 2:50 pm

Super lame optics just to get some cheap votes. Vote for substance, not fluff.

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