As an educator, James has direct experience that individuals from all backgrounds have skills and potential to fulfill personal goals and become valuable, productive members of our community.  Like a solid public education, safe and affordable housing is a basic need that allows our fellow Edmontonians to develop themselves and help develop our city.  Through partnerships with developers and community organizations, as well as the provincial and the federal government, Edmonton needs to be more proactive in ensuring the continual expansion of affordable housing stock in our city.  James will be a tireless voice in an effort to see this issue is integrated into all large-scale planning and development projects.