“I think you have to look at what we are doing…We have LiveSafe programs, we have SPIN [?] programs … we have more young people participating in sports to make sure they’re off the streets. Uh, we’re working with the WPS. We’ve just added a police helicopter to, you, know, fight crime. We just added a cadet program…

“And as a matter of fact, we’re no longer uhh, the uhh, how they used to say it – the auto theft capital of Canada. So it just goes to show that some of the programs we’ve implemented are working, but by the same token, we still have a great deal of work to do, but we certainly are moving in the right direction.”

—-Mayor Sam Katz responding to criminologist Rick Linden’s assertion the city needs to do more about crime prevention in the wake of a large rise in violent crime severity reported by the WPS in 2009.

‘Work to do’

“I know it’s not going to be easy. I know we have a lot of work to do” Katz, Jan 2, 2004, Winnipeg Sun.

“We have some hard work to do here at City Hall.” Katz, Mar. 27, 2005, Winnipeg Sun.

“People have to realize that as the mayor, you have a lot of work to do every day.” Katz, Aug. 4, 2006. Sun.

“We still have a lot of work to do, there’s no question about that…”Katz,  Feb 29, 2008. WFP

“You’ve got Higgins, you have the Louise Bridge, you have the Disraeli. We have so much work to do and unfortunately we were never given the opportunity — and they’re all linked together.” Katz, June 24, 2008. WFP

“The bottom line for me as mayor is that we have work to do.” Katz, Mar. 6, 2009. WFP

“We still have much more work to do.” Katz, July 22, 2009

“We have a lot of work to do in organics and recycling, but I think we’re moving in the right direction.” Katz, Feb, 18, 2010.

‘Right direction’

“…our downtown is moving in the right direction.” Katz, June 26. 2004 WFP

“I believe that rapid transit will be yet another positive step in the right direction to further revitalize downtown…” Katz, July 12, 2004 [in a 2003 letter to then-mayor Glen Murray.] WFP

“It’s a step in the right direction.” Katz, Nov. 23 2004. WFP

“… very small half-steps in the right direction” Katz, May 17, 2005 WFP

“If you’re heading in the right direction — keep walking.” Nov. 19, 2005 WFP

“We are still facing a $1-billion infrastructure deficit, but we are moving in the right direction.” Katz [self-authored Winnipeg Sun column] Dec. 24, 2005

“That’s also in the right direction…But at least we know we’re in the right direction,” Katz, Dec. 31, 2005, Winnipeg Sun.

“Today’s groundbreaking of the Strand is another step in the right direction.” Katz, April 11, 2006 WFP

“We’re moving in the right direction. We need to do more.” June 6, 2006 Winnipeg Sun

“Will it stop street racing in our city? Probably not entirely. But it is moving in the right direction.” Katz, June 9, 2006. WFP

“Last year’s budget increase was “a positive step in the right direction while trying to balance competing priorities with limited financial resources,” a spokesman for the mayor said.” Katz [via spokesman] Sept. 26, 2006. WFP

“There are a lot of steps going in the right direction,” Katz spokesman Salyn March 14, 2007.  WFP

“We’re going in the right direction. Before, we were going nowhere,” Katz, Mar. 14, 2007. Winnipeg Sun

“There’s so much more to do,” he said. “It just gratifying that others acknowledge we’re moving in the right direction.” Katz, Mar 21 2007 WFP

“I believed I could build consensus among council and get our city moving in the right direction. This budget shows we can accomplish this.” Katz, March 25, 2007, Winnipeg Sun column.

“Winnipeggers gave me a strong mandate to get Winnipeg moving in the right direction.” June 24, 2007, Sun column.

“There’s no secret we need change. We just want to make sure we change in the right direction.” Katz, Sept. 27, 2007 WFP

“I think we’re moving in the right direction,” Katz, Feb 18, 2010 WFP


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