When it comes to locals who make their mark on Montreal, Balarama Holness is at the top of the list. Holness is a Grey Cup championship winner, the founder of Montreal in Action, and currently in the process of finishing up his law degree at McGill University.\nBalarama has previously run for Mayor of Montréal-Nord and is now considering, although not sure yet, running for Mayor of Montreal in 2021.\nMTL Blog got to pick his brain about what main changes he believes the City of Montreal needs to make, and he provided us with the three main points he would work on.\nEditor's Choice: 2 Montreal Universities Have Been Ranked In The Top 10 In Canada\n\n"A fair relaunch of the economy to ensure that everyone flows through it."\n View this post on Instagram Two years ago today, on August 17th 2018, the City of Montreal officially approved the @mtlenaction petition that led to the public consultation on systemic racism and discrimination. Over the past 2 years the following has transpired: - 7000 people have participated in the public consultation - 38 recommendations were published - The City of Montreal reversed its position and now officially recognizes systemic racism - Montreal’s organizational structure changed — a member of the executive committee is now accountable to implement the 38 recommendations. - Forthcoming, in October 2020, a commissioner will be appointed to support the implementation of 38 recommendations. Before the next election, an action plan will be outlined by the City of Montreal that will encompass everything from employment, culture, to public security etc. Montreal en Action now has 40 members working on implementing the recommendations as well as awareness campaigns and educational tools to empower the public. Join us now and make a difference. A post shared by Balarama Holness (@balarama_holness) on Aug 17, 2020 at 7:22am PDT\n\nHolness's first plan of action would be to ensure that as the economy relaunches after COVID-19, it's done in a just manner.\nHe explained to MTL Blog that "As the economy relaunches post-COVID, it has to be done in a way that is just and inclusive for those who were disproportionately impacted by the economy."\n"This means that you need to ensure [...] that jobs that need to be filled are done in an equitable manner where everyone has equal opportunity, including visible minorities, ethnic minorities, women, Indigenous persons and people with disabilities."\n\nHe would make sure ALL boroughs receive proper infrastructure.\nWorking to solve issues of territorial disparity is also at the top of his to-do list.\n"You have to ensure that territorial disparities, areas in Montreal, specifically boroughs such as in the North-East, [have] critical infrastructure, from transportation to green spaces to sports infrastructure," he said.\n"You have to get transportation to connect these boroughs that are on the periphery of Montreal to the economic arteries of Montreal."\nBalarama made clear that marginalized boroughs get less funding.\nHe also said there's a lack of green space and parks in these boroughs, and pointed to research that shows green space is correlated with health, life expectancy, social integration in society and general well-being.\n\nHe would find ways to bridge the gap between City Hall and the public.\n View this post on Instagram @mtlenaction grabbed Canadian headlines after mobilizing a grass-roots movement over the past two years that pushed Montreal’s City Hall to hold hearings on systemic racism. That is no small accomplishment in Quebec, a French-majority province where the government has repeatedly denied the existence of systemic racism. Over 12 months, 7,000 people testified or made submissions for the inquiry @ocpmontreal which published a damning report last month concluding that City Hall was turning a blind eye to racial profiling by the police. It also took City Hall to task for the fact that nonwhite people accounted for only 6 percent of the city’s 103 elected officials. After the report, Quebec’s premier, @francoislegault.pm appointed two Black ministers to lead an anti-racism task force... @nytimes by @dan_bilefsky * Visit Montreal en Action on Facebook for the full article. * Donate to @mtlenaction link in bio. A post shared by Montreal en Action (@mtlenaction) on Jul 10, 2020 at 8:23am PDT\n\n"I want to ensure that, once elected, people are engaged in a participatory democracy, whether it's the budget, decision making at City Hall, ensuring that parties have more representation," he told MTL Blog.\nCity Hall does not currently represent the population, he said, because there are 5% visible minorities at City Hall compared to 32% visible minorities within the city at large.\nHolness said he believes that if more people's concerns are heard, this would lead to the proper allocation of funds — directed toward what the population feels is necessary. \n"By doing that, you can have decisions made at City Hall that are informed by the public," he explained.\n"Most people at City Hall [...] [follow] a political culture that is not to stand up for people who don't vote for them or people who don't look like them [...] If you don't have a City Hall that represents the population, you're going to have a void."