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

The top skill I would look for is experience in running a council and a city and/or a business. The candidate one need to be a person (either male or female) who possessed great listening skills and is willing to attend community functions as a way of supporting the particular event. In terms of recruitment, I would follow the same procedure as has been the case in the past and that is by making the general public aware of the "vacancy" by posting the position on social media as well as the many other forms of communication.


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

The simple answer is utilizing common sense which is far from common in our era... but added to that is respect and acceptance of people from ALL walk of life resulting in no discrimination regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation etc. To conduct oneself in a professional manner with honesty in everything a counselor says or does and lastly be an advocate for all people groups within our city.


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

Accountability is being responsible or accountable to those who elected you to the office. One way of doing this is by soliciting comments and ideas from "the people" before an important vote at the Council level that would/could impact heir lives.


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

I would see myself as a representative of the people and not just those who voted for me on the ballot. I, as a part of a group of 9 (8 Councilors and I Mayor) would be a part of a democracy and I would seek to respect the majority vote even if I didn't agree with the particular decision.


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 Support 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. Diversity in the type of arts made available to the general public 2. Priority given to local artist from all walks of life 3. Accessibility to all citizens by way of not charging an admissions fee to view art in a gallery or public setting. The City should set aside funding for the arts and strike a committee to determine what should be funded and to what extent.


10

 

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

Answer

The city's role is one of ensuring that any arts investment is done in such a way that it is of interest to a broad spectrum of the population.


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

The role of the public library is vital to any/all communities and ours is no exception. An educated populace is vital to the fabric of the community and all people must be given access to library services which continue to evolve to keep pace with current trends. I would support the library by promoting its many programs and vote in favor of acquisitions and facility upgrades as the need arose over the course of time.


12

 

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

Answer

Yes I do but as always more could be done with advice and participation from citizens and members of the arts community.


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

Absolutely! Our current Performing Arts Centre is a relic from the past and in order to be viable thereby attracting quality entertainment it must be modernixed as needed to be successful.


Economic Development

14

 

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

Candidate declined to answer the question.


15

 

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

Answer

Candidate declined to answer the question.


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

The best area (as is the case in all cities) is the downtown core as it offers to best mix of businesses as well as cultural events such as CASA, SAG etc.


17

 

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

Answer

My message would be - we are very appreciative of your willingness to "set up shop" in Lethbridge and we are more than thankful for the job opportunities you provide for the residents of our city. The businesses you run provide us with an easy access to the products and services we are in need of thereby ensuring that we do not need to travel to larger centers to satisfy our shopping needs.


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

I think that the City, given that it does own some land/property, is in a good position to take the lead in development of land and property. The very fact that the City has the ability and the departments to ensure that all infrastructure work is done in a timely manner, makes it the best avenue to take the lead in 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

The City's role is one of being the first line of discussions with the various levels of Government from Municipal to Federal. As always, the City should bring forward the best interests of the citizenry but always going to the electorate for advice/information on how best to proceed on their behalf.


20

 

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

Answer

The opportunities are limitless as it depends on the type of business seeking to establish themselves in our community. I think at this particular time the biggest challenge would be the availability of suitable land on which to build, especially if it's a factory/manufacturing type business. I feel that the City has been very good to work with and is more than willing to entertain more business opportunities.


Environment

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

Answer

My top three environmental priorities are: 1 ) A viable/affordable/sustainable Recycling Program 2) Clean and well care for park and green spaces 3) A focus on clean air with an emphasis on pollution control


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'm not sure I fully understand this question but my response would be that we ALL need to minimize our Carbon Footprint and do our utmost to ensure that green spaces/parks are inviting and accessible to all.


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 would be strongly opposed to any drilling within city limits - no questions asked!


24

 

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

Answer

I feel that our water is already being managed very well but we need to ensure that no pollutants are allowed to enter the water table or bodies of water such as the Oldman River...


25

 

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

Answer

Well, the easy answer is to implement a good recycling program where all citizens are encouraged/required to recycle in bins provided at whuch time garbage pickup would be reduced to every other week resulting in a guaranteed reduction in waste material going to the 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 simple answer here is that harm reduction strategies are designed to do what they state - harm reduction... the user is no doing the self injection in a clean and safe environment thus reducing the harm being dome to him/herself by using dirty needles etc.


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

My primary concern is for the homeless and I feel strongly that the City needs to do a much better job of providing affordable housing to all citizens regardless of income level/social status. I think it starts with a full realization that we DO have a homeless problem and that affordable housing is not really available to all!


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 disagree


30

 

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

Answer

It can simply NOT be tolerated and I think that CMARD has done a really good job of ensuring that it the incidences of racism and discrimination are reduced. Education is the biggest single factor here.


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 consider myself to be one who accepts people from all walks of life and sexual orientation. I'm a firm believer in equal rights for all and that we need to love and accept all people regardless of the lifestyle the engage in or adhere to...


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 think the City is in a great position to engage in conversations that involve all groups and that we should agree to work together to eliminate the very processes being referred to. But, it takes all sides being at the table to accomplish this...


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 would begin by holding public forums/town hall meetings where groups sit discuss and discuss how best to work together to address the relationships that appear to be shaky at best.