Candidate running for Councillor


Administration & Governance

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Canadian Home Builders Association:
The only employee of Lethbridge City Council is the City Manager. Should a vacancy occur, what are the skills you will look for in a candidate, what recruitment process would you advocate for, and how will you ensure a transparent recruitment process?

Answer

I would advocate for an independent hiring firm to be involved in the hiring process, with Council closely involved. Through an independent hiring firm the recruitment process will be more transparent and a wider candidate pool may be achieved. The skills I would look for in a candidate would include systems planning, fiscal responsibility, leadership, team building, visionary, and a team player.


2

 

Aerris Managing Solutions:
The revised Municipal Government Act (MGA) is requiring that all municipal councils have a Code of Conduct that represents a commitment by each member to conduct themselves in a certain way. What would you include in the City of Lethbridge Code of Conduct for your council?

Answer

Building off of the current Council’s Code of Conduct, which presently holds Council accountable for confidentiality, conflict of interest, and personal gain, I would also add a line or two about Council having to conduct themselves in such a way that represents the best interests of their citizens, and that Council will make themselves available to the citizens, within reason.


3

 

Aerris Managing Solutions:
As a member of Lethbridge City Council, what does “accountability” look like and what initiatives would you undertake to achieve accountability?

Answer

To me, accountability looks like making yourself available to the citizenry of Lethbridge. This means responding to emails, going out to the community to speak with community groups and individuals, and generally being approachable. Accountability also means being able to set out your goals and your priorities, based on what you’ve heard the community ask for, and being able to look back every few months and demonstrate how you have followed through on those asks/concerns. Finally, accountability also means being able to admit when a mistake is made and learn and grow to be a stronger voice on council from it.


4

 

Aerris Managing Solutions:
The Municipal Government Act (MGA) outlines the role of council but reality is often more complicated than legislation. Explain how you see your role as an elected official in relation to the operations of the City?

Answer

With regards to the operations of the City, I see the role of Council as being the body responsible for providing the vision, the governance, and the appropriate policy that will enable the Administration to carry out the actions that the City of Lethbridge considers to be in the best interest of the City.


5

 

Lethbridge & District Labour Council:
We should continue investing in expansion of City of Lethbridge public transit services and ensure that public tax dollars are not being used to subsidize private companies or ride-sharing platforms. Please choose from: Strongly disagree, Somewhat disagree, Neither agree nor disagree, Somewhat agree, Strongly agree.

Answer

Strongly agree


6

 

Lethbridge & District Labour Council:
What is your position on Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) and the function they serve in the future growth of the City of Lethbridge? Please choose: Mostly Oppose P3s or Mostly Support P3s.

Answer

Mostly Oppose P3s


7

 

Group Questions:
Would you vote in favour of making councillors a full time position for the 2021 Lethbridge municipal election?

Answer

Yes


8

 

Group Questions:
Would you vote in favour of creating an electoral ward system for the 2021 Lethbridge municipal election?

Answer

Yes


Arts & Culture

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Allied Arts Council:
What are your top three priorities for the arts in the City of Lethbridge and how should these activities be funded?

Answer

1. Performing Arts Centre 2. Promotion and support of local artists 3. Affordable spaces for small groups/organizations to mount performances I believe that these there are opportunities to encourage our vibrant artistic community by limiting the amount of resources used to bring in outside performances, and focus on Lethbridge based talent and centres that better improve the capacity of the arts in Lethbridge. By focusing on local talent we can create a vibrant core that keeps the arts alive. I believe that the first step to this is following through on the plans for the Performing Arts Centre before costs continue to rise, creating something that all residents can take pride in.


10

 

Allied Arts Council:
What do you believe is City of Lethbridge's role in arts investment?

Answer

Recruitment of local talent for public displays and community events that are organized by the City of Lethbridge. Headline performances with local talent alongside world class entertainment to foster the development of artists in Lethbridge. In a similar way, engaging artists through existing organizations, such as SAAG, U of L Faculty of Fine Arts, and the Allied Arts Council and all of its members will greatly enhance the respect the community has for talent that is already present here in Lethbridge.


11

 

Lethbridge Public Library:
What do you see as the role of the public library in our community and how would you support it?

Answer

With the rise of mobile devices, the library has done an amazing job of becoming a hub for community resources in addition to the traditional context of borrowing books. The library sees a diverse group of our citizens using its resources for everything from toys and movies to accessing the internet to stay in touch, or research places for rent in our community. I believe that the library should be supported in its efforts to remain a safe and accessible place where barrier-free access is available to all. I feel that programs on community education as well as having the ability to connect individuals at the library with services will only strengthen an already amazing place.


12

 

Allied Arts Council:
Do you support the public art initiatives being undertaken by the City of Lethbridge?

Answer

I support the measured development of Public Art to commemorate and celebrate local talent and culture. I feel that a balance needs to be struck however to ensure that art is meaningful to the taxpayer and not an unnecessary burden. Finding local talent for these projects allows our city to display the many diverse cultures and beliefs that make Lethbridge the vibrant place it is.


13

 

Allied Arts Council:
Lethbridge City Council has demonstrated its commitment to building a Performing Arts Centre in its recent Capital Improvement Program. Will you advocate for the completion of this project?

Answer

I believe that the building of a Performance Arts Centre is overdue in this City. This centre would bring more opportunity to Lethbridge, and capitalize on the opportunities currently being missed. By continually delaying this project, we will inevitably cost the taxpayer more money in the long run, and make this initiative even more contentious instead of something that should be celebrated as an opportunity to grow


Economic Development

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Downtown Lethbridge Business Revitalization Zone:
What are the top three priorities for the development of downtown Lethbridge and how should these developments be funded?

Answer

1. An improved transit system 2. Supporting harm reduction strategies to keep our downtown safe and accessible. 3. Decreased barriers for small business start ups An improved transit system comes from increased ridership. If we were to introduce a U-Pass and a sliding scale user fee system, we could increase ridership, as well as increase revenue. Furthermore, if we can demonstrate the positive impact had on the environment, we may be able to access grants to help subsidize the fees. Decreasing barriers for small business start ups would in fact save the City money, as would supporting harm reduction strategies.


15

 

Chamber of Commerce:
What are your top three priorities for economic development in Lethbridge and how should these be funded?

Answer

1. Simplifying small business start up 2. Building a performing arts centre 3. Transit improvement As I already mentioned, simplifying small business start up would save the City money and generate new sources of revenue. Similarily, again, an improved transit system comes from increased ridership. If we were to introduce a U-Pass and a sliding scale user fee system, we could increase ridership, as well as increase revenue. Furthermore, if we can demonstrate the positive impact had on the environment, we may be able to access grants to help subsidize the fees. And a performing arts centre has already been budgeted for in this next budge cycle.


16

 

Canadian Home Builders Association:
Can you identify any areas of Lethbridge where you see increased density as an effective tool to support lifestyle choices, a growing economy, and a healthy environment?

Answer

We are already beginning to see the positive effects of increased density in our downtown core. With many diverse businesses and initiatives in the area I believe that we will only see a greater desire to reside there and greater economic growth. I believe that this can be replicated in other areas through simplified zoning and business regulations, allowing more resources in individual communities and neighbourhoods. More residents living in an area means more resources and growth, it is a mutually beneficial relationship. I believe there is room for this in all neighbourhoods but particularly ongoing efforts downtown, as well as near the University, and near the College.


17

 

Chamber of Commerce:
What specific message do you have for the business community of Lethbridge?

Answer

As successful or aspiring businesses, what has paved the road to your success? What challenges have you encountered and how could the regulatory processes in place within the city been simplified? What processes have worked in other municipalities that should be adopted here? I look forward to learning more and advocating for a stronger base of businesses in our community.


18

 

Canadian Home Builders Association:
Recognizing that private enterprises and the City of Lethbridge co-exist in the acquisition and sale of land for commercial and residential activity, what role do you see the City playing in land development?

Answer

The sale and acquisition of land needs to be fair and competitive between both the City of Lethbridge as well as private enterprises.


19

 

Lethbridge & District Labour Council:
As a municipal leader, what should the City’s role be when the decisions of other levels of government affect citizens of Lethbridge?

Answer

The City’s role should be an advocacy role, one where the City continues to show leadership at the other levels of government, and advocates for what the citizens of Lethbridge want.


20

 

Chamber of Commerce:
What do you feel are the greatest opportunities and challenges for business in Lethbridge?

Answer

Strengths: 1. Lethbridge is ranked as one of the best places for business 2. Encouraging entrepreneurial spirit in Lethbridge. Challenges: 1. The development and need of an improved transit system. 2. Lack of a fully functioning airport


Environment

21

 

Environment Lethbridge:
What are your top three environmental priorities for Lethbridge and how should these be funded?

Answer

1. Waste management – blue and green bin 2. Improved transit to reduce vehicular use 3. Improving pedestrian and bicycle paths The city should be a leader and steward in environmental endeavors, there may be increased short term costs, but ultimately environmental stewardship will save resources both in terms of our footprint and taxes will be seen in the long run. This should be supported by approaching community groups and businesses to help on capital improvements.


22

 

Environment Lethbridge:
Lethbridge's Municipal Development Plan states that minimizing the urban footprint and enhancing public space are important parts of a sustainable built environment. What measures would you take to achieve these goals?

Answer

I would improve the transit system, re-evaluate the Cycling Master Plan to find ways to speed up the rate at which we are building bike and pedestrian paths, as well as introduce a blue and green bin waste management program.


23

 

No Drilling Lethbridge:
In 2014, Goldenkey Oil Inc. proposed a project to drill for oil and gas within Lethbridge city limits. If such a project was proposed during your term on council, what would be your position?

Answer

I agree with the previous council’s decision to oppose drilling for oil and gas within the municipal boundaries of Lethbridge. Such activities in, or near, residential areas was widely opposed by the Citizens of Lethbridge, and poses unnecessary risks in our community.


24

 

Environment Lethbridge:
On council, what would you propose to better manage our water?

Answer

I would look for expert advice on how best to proceed, we have a strong base of knowledge at institutes such as the University of Lethbridge as well as can look to models that work in other municipal centres. We would need to balance these recommendations with concerns of citizens in how this will impact their life through community engagement and education.


25

 

Environment Lethbridge:
Giving that City Council has adopted waste reduction targets, what strategies would be most effective to meet waste diversion targets?

Answer

I am in favour of curbside recycling and of extending the plan to include recycling of organics. The current Council adopted aggressive environmental targets and, if we are to meet these, we will need some system of blue and green bin recycling. Furthermore, redirecting these recyclable materials will also extend the lifespan of our landfill.


26

 

Environment Lethbridge:
How should the City of Lethbridge support renewable energy projects (solar, wind, etc)? Please choose from: These projects should not be allowed within city limits, These projects should be allowed within the city with the entire cost borne by the home owner, The City of Lethbridge should provide incentives for home owners to develop renewable energy projects, Renewable energy initiatives should be a requirement in all new Lethbridge development.

Answer

The City of Lethbridge should provide incentives for home owners to develop renewable energy projects


Social & Equity

27

 

Arches:
To what extent do you believe harm reduction strategies (such as needle distribution, supervised consumption services, naloxone kit distribution, etc.) are an effective intervention for people who use drugs?

Answer

The City needs to continue advocating for Harm Reduction strategies. We need to advocate for safe injection sites, a medical detox centre, and support our community agencies, such as CMHA and ARCHES. These are proven to be effective intervention for people who use drugs. We also need to engage with concerned citizens throughout this process for both ongoing education, as well as transparency in the impact made as they progress forward.


28

 

Arches:
What support services is our community missing in order to best support people who use drugs, people who engage in sex work, or people who are homeless?

Answer

The City needs to continue advocating for Harm Reduction strategies. We need to advocate for safe injection sites, a medical detox centre, a day program for our homeless population, permanent supportive housing, and more affordable housing. We also need to set-up services to help individuals find the supports that are right for them and navigate systems to reduce resources that are wasted in diverting and mitigating social issues sooner.


29

 

Lethbridge & District Labour Council:
The City of Lethbridge should formally commit to dedicate space for eligible child care services in city-owned, or city-leased buildings and facilities, including community centres, libraries, and other municipal buildings. Please choose from: Strongly disagree, Somewhat disagree, Neither agree nor disagree, Somewhat agree, or Strongly agree.

Answer

Somewhat agree


30

 

Coalition of Indigenous Voices & OUTreach Southern Alberta:
What is the City’s role in addressing issues of systemic racism and discrimination?

Answer

The City’s role is one of leadership and education. The City has a responsibility to lead the way through inclusive governance and policies, as well as educating the population about the issues of systemic racism and discrimination.


31

 

OUTreach Southern Alberta:
Do you consider yourself an ally to the LGBTQ+ community, what does that mean to you, and how would it be reflected in your actions as councillor?

Answer

I would absolutely consider myself an ally to the LGBTQ+ community. This, to me, means using my place of privilege to help create and keep spaces safe so this community can continue to grow and thrive. This means speaking up for inclusion and speaking out against discrimination when we see it. This would be reflected in my actions as councilor through inclusive policy measures, open and continuous conversations with the LGBTQ+ community, and the continuous support of such groups as OutReach and the Pride Society.


32

 

Coalition of Indigenous Voices:
As an elected official, what steps will you take to build in processes of decolonization, indigenization, and reconciliation into the City of Lethbridge?

Answer

I believe that the first steps to be taken to build in processes of decolonization, indigenization, and reconciliation are reflected in the Reconciliation Implementation Plan that was developed jointly with the City of Lethbridge and the Lethbridge Indigenous Sharing Network. Given that this plan has been developed with the advice of our local elders and indigenous leaders, I believe that we would be most successful in these endeavors by following through on what those who have lived experience have to say about their own reality. We also need to continue relationships with our neighbouring indigenous nations, and make sure their voice is heard and informs our relationship between us all.


33

 

Lethbridge & District Labour Council:
Most of our public services and facilities have a user fee but the City subsidizes the cost of the facility or service. What is your position on the subsidization of public services and facilities? Please choose from: Users should not pay at all so that everyone can access the service, Small user fees should be charged but I would consider waiving them for low income people, students, or seniors, A user fee should be charged to all users, The City should not be subsidizing someone’s hobbies or recreation, Private companies should be providing these services and facilities with market forces setting fees.

Answer

Small user fees should be charged but I would consider waiving them for low income people, students, or seniors


34

 

Coalition of Indigenous Voices:
As an elected official, how would you enhance relationships with Indigenous peoples within the City of Lethbridge and with neighboring nations that border the city?

Answer

Through the Reconciliation Implementation Plan, developed jointly by the City of Lethbridge and the Lethbridge Indigenous Sharing Network, we can see exactly where we need to go on this journey to heal and respect all of our indigenous neighbours. These plans have been developed with the advice of many of our local elders and indigenous leaders as well as the dedicated efforts of the city staff and community members from a wide range of services. We would be remiss to dismiss this thorough work, which I feel needs to continue moving forward with support from Council and the city, and through education and information with our residents.