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“The library could use a major update,” said Marta Haireek, 20. “I often go for walks with my mom, and I’d like to see safer streets and sidewalks, as well as some investments in the park.”
Katrina Srour, who described herself as a busy mother of two, said traffic calming measures and the safety of her children are the most important matters to her in Ward 7 — especially in school zones.
Flashing crosswalks, lower speed limits, and separate bus bays are some of ideas she would like explored. “I want to thank Farah for hearing our issues and concerns in the area,” Srour said.
According to El-Hajj, Ward 7 has “some of the most collision-prone intersections.”
She’s particularly keen on improving where Banwell Road meets the expressway. “Banwell is the only road connecting to the E.C. Row Expressway in Windsor that does not have an off-ramp,” El-Hajj said. “This must be corrected.”
Asked to estimate how much such improvements would cost, El-Hajj said she doesn’t have dollar figures — but amounts in the multi-millions would be appropriate.
“We see projects across the entire city that require funding and get funding,” El-Hajj said. “It’s (about) working with other government levels — whether it’s reaching out to the federal level or the provincial level.”
“It’s (about) working with residents to see what matters to them the most, and that’s what matters to me the most.”
El-Hajj is one of 12 candidates in the byelection that will fill the Ward 7 council seat left vacant by Windsor-Tecumseh MP Irek Kusmierczyk.
Election day is officially Oct. 5, but advance voting begins Sept. 29.