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

A city manager must have both hard skills (technical knowledge of city operations) and soft skills (people skills). Required skills would include: excellent judgment and decision making; conflict management and negotiation ability; leadership; team-building; budgeting and project management; and history of highly ethical behavior and integrity. I would advocate for using a recruitment firm to institute a search. While ensuring appropriate FOIP/privacy and Human Resources laws are followed, I would advocate that we keep the public informed on the process including our expectations for a candidate, the process we’re using and why, who is involved and the timeline for hiring.


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

Lethbridge City Councillors will: - act in the best interest of Lethbridge and its residents and not in their own personal interests - behave in a respectful manner towards their colleagues, residents and all those with whom they interact - show respect for all cultures and work to build and sustain relationships - maintain confidentiality - work hard; research, read and inform themselves on matters before Council; attend meetings regularly and commit to doing their job well and faithfully


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

Both the public and councillors play a role in accountability. The election is one aspect of accountability. The public also needs to participate on committees, attend open houses, question what Council does and have high expectations of Council. Council must ensure there are numerous ways for the public to actively participate in relevant and meaningful ways. Councillors must regularly communicate with the public and ensure they are available for people who have questions, ideas and issues. I would have regular office hours, actively invite people and organizations to attend Council meetings and reach out to people with diverse ideas and backgrounds to ensure a wide breadth of input.


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

The City of Lethbridge operates under the City Manager form of government. This means operations are not the purview of councillors and councillors must appreciate that their role is to set directions as policy makers. However, councillors must have a strong understanding of operations in order to make well-considered strategic and budgeting decisions. This means asking a lot of questions, learning about how the city operates and also discovering how other municipalities operate. The public needs councillors to be excellent at liaising between city operations and the public, helping residents navigate city operations when necessary as well as communicating city operations to the public.


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

Somewhat 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

No


8

 

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

Answer

No


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

Priorities are the performing arts centre, funding for artists and support for youth in art. In the last CIP, council approved money for the planning and design of a performing arts centre. Funding for the projects will need to come from a variety of private and public funds. Part of the role of council will be advocacy, particularly with regards to other levels of government and grants.


10

 

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

Answer

Arts investment is a business investment similar to others done by the City and, like investment in other sectors, is vital to the community. As with all city investments, investment must be done in a financially responsible matter and should be strategically done to encourage private investment that will multiply the city’s investment. Arts are an economic driver. Artists pay taxes like other entrepreneurs and businesses. Arts attract people, tourists and other businesses to our community and support a diverse economy. Diverse economies are better able to weather economic downturns. Arts also help create vibrant, alive communities with resilient, educated and well-rounded citizens.


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

It is essential that we have vibrant public spaces where all of our community is welcome and where we can gather, meet and have great discussions. We also need places where people can find trusted, reliable information and where they can learn how to access that information. Development of literacy skills is essential for our community. The Read-On program supports newcomers to our community. These are some of the vital roles being played by our public library. There are many ways to support the library including continued funding, advocacy and sharing with the public the changing and growing roles of public libraries in our community


12

 

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

Answer

Arts investment is an essential community investment and public art brings a vibrancy to our community and I support public art investment by the City of Lethbridge. I would like to see more representational public art in some of our public spaces and I would like to see greater opportunity for the public to have a direct say in what public art the city invests in.


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

If funding can be secured, I would absolutely advocate for the completion of this project.


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

The downtown has ongoing and long-term priorities. An ongoing priority is to work with various partners to ensure the safety and security of visitors and residents downtown. More residents downtown will also help security. Strategic/long-term priorities include creating a high quality pedestrian environment. This could include completing the vision for 6 Street South and turning it into a pedestrian thoroughfare. It would also include creating way-finding signs to encourage pedestrians. It could also mean looking at mid-street crosswalks and scramble intersections. Long-term strategic priorities also include redevelopment of 5 Street South with road construction and sidewalk enlargement.


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

Answer

My three main priorities for economic development are: - continued promotion of existing businesses and attraction of new ones - growing business incubation ideas for entrepreneurs to keep the best and brightest from our post-secondary institutions in Lethbridge - continued work on the airport in collaboration with the county to support tourism and business travel and to grow the economic impact of the airport Funding would involve private and public investment from all levels of government developed into a sustainable funding model that fits into our city budget.


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

Three places that would be enhanced by densification are downtown, the Upper Eastside (or the old warehouse district as I call it) and 13 Street North. The Heart of Our City Housing Incentive Program (HOCHIP) was designed for exactly this reason, to encourage underutilized buildings and spaces in the downtown to be developed into residences. This fits into an idea historians have been promoting – adaptive reuse – where we look creatively at buildings and see how they can continue to serve in a new use. Densification will support businesses in these areas and also provide great spaces for entrepreneurs and those involved in the new economy.


17

 

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

Answer

You’re important. We need strong local businesses for a strong Lethbridge. I appreciate the risks you take and the challenges you face and I thank you for all of the hard-work, dedication and passion you bring every day to your business and to our city. If elected, I look forward to working with and for you.


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

Lethbridge Land is a company set up by the City of Lethbridge in the 1940s and its purpose is to work on developments that would not be done by private enterprise. The purpose of Lethbridge Land is to focus on community needs not met by other developers, to put community development above profit, and to ensure that the needs and vision of the City of Lethbridge are met through their designs and development.


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

Lethbridge residents are regularly and strongly affected by decisions made by other levels of government so the city’s role in relation to these decisions needs to be specifically targeted depending on the issue. Roles the city can use include advocacy (alone but also with other municipal governments and with various businesses and organizations), promotion of city issues to other politicians and levels of government, supporting citizen advocates, acting as a liaison, and helping support education and communication efforts. We also need to keep involved, educated and informed.


20

 

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

Answer

Opportunities - partnerships with our post-secondary institutions - a population growth above the national average which maintains a strong demand for real estate and which grows the market - growing demand in areas such as agri-business, tech, bio-industrial - better positioning within the regional area through marketing and partnerships Challenges - finding ways to retain post-secondary graduates and build on their knowledge - rising costs - competition with online businesses and the need to develop ways to encourage people to buy local


Environment

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

Answer

Priorities: - collaborate with various groups to develop and deliver programs that focus on the 3Rs: reduce, reuse and recycle - develop ways to enhance food security and locally grown food - discuss options for green energy both as a corporation and with Lethbridge residents Will look at ways to collaborate with private partners and other levels of government to find ways of funding these priorities.


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

There are many ideas I would bring forward for discussion and review. These include looking at ways to increase densification in specific areas of the city, ensuring the transit and transportation systems meet the community needs going forward, supporting (perhaps incentivizing) renovation and adaptive reuse to balance new greenfield development, looking at options to promote urban agriculture to enhance locally grown food and looking at ways to promote (and especially not inhibit) new ideas such as the small house movement and others.


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

While I personally am opposed to drilling within city limits, council and the City would have to investigate what options (if any) we have in preventing such a proposal and would then have to evaluate the proposal.


24

 

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

Answer

The city has shown a commitment to managing our water by becoming a signatory of the Southern Alberta Water Charter. The city needs to be a leader in this field. This means reviewing best practices, ensuring the best practices are built into future developments, encouraging conservation in city operations and among residents, and implementing community outreach and education for Lethbridge residents.


25

 

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

Answer

Several strategies will be necessary to meet the city's target of 50% waste reduction. These strategies could include, setting up Green Teams to review policies and operations and making suggestions as well as community outreach and education. It would also mean looking at the 3Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle), instituting a curb-side recycling project and looking further at curb-side composting.


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

I must rely on and follow the advice of experts in this field with regards to the effectiveness of these strategies and based on what I’ve heard and read from professionals involved in this area, these are important strategies for providing necessary services to our residents.


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

From what I have learned through discussion with experts, Lethbridge residents would be helped in the short-term by a detox center, an increase in the staffing level of the DOT(downtown outreach team), greater counseling and support systems (for mental health issues and addiction issues), an intox centre (safe sobering site), and more housing options. For long-term solutions, we also need to look at supports for the prevention of poverty and childhood trauma. We must all (all levels of government and the public) work together in these areas.


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

Strongly 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 has many roles in addressing issues of systemic racism and discrimination. The city has internal responsibilities including reviewing its own policies, ensuring professional development for city staff and committees and making a concerted effort to develop diversity on its staff, boards and committees. The city has external responsibilities through supporting CMARD, implementing the Reconciliation plan, ending policies such as carding, promoting public discussions and working with other communities and community groups.


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

Yes, I’m an ally. Whether I am elected as a councillor or not, it will not change my attitudes and actions. I will continue to advocate for equality; support friends and community members; and continue to assist where and how I can (such as the help I gave supporting historic research for Pridefest’s historic walking tour). As an ally, I will continue to listen and educate myself and others.


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 will continue what I have done for years. The process begins individually, critically and consciously assessing my own thoughts and actions. I work everyday to be part of the solution and not support stereotypes and negative actions. I will act as a role model and continue to build personal and professional relationships that will encourage conversations and action. I will encourage the City of Lethbridge to expand the professional development opportunities and expectations for staff and encourage a review of our internal processes and practices. I will argue for the end of practices such as carding. Through it all, I will be guided by Indigenous members of our community.


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

I will continue to do what I’ve been doing for years: - listen and learn to the ideas of other about what is needed to build relationships - attend events and learn about Indigenous culture and history - discover and promote ways our communities can work together - continue reading and re-reading the TRC calls to action and the city’s reconciliation plan and work to ensure they are implemented within the city and city departments - help connect people and act as a liaison