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

Some of the skills I would consider important for the City Manager would be someone with background in finance and management, excellent human resource skills and strong leadership abilities. I feel the recruitment process should be done by an independent recruitment agency with guidance from the members of City Council. This would insure the process is transparent.


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

I would include a strong ethics plan. As representatives of the City of Lethbridge, I feel that Councillors should conduct themselves in a way that best represents our community.


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

I would ensure we have strong governance policies.


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

It is important for council to follow legislation as it is outlined in the Municipal Government Act. The role of a councillor is to ensure governance by creating policy and making decisions that have positive impact on the City of Lethbridge.


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 Support 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

Three top priorities are: Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG) expansion, planning and design of a Performing Arts Centre and the continued support of the Art Acquisition Program. Current City Council just recently approved our Capital Improvement Program budget for the next 4 years. In this plan, Council focused on these and various other Arts initiatives in the community. The three priorities listed above have been budgeted for in the CIP and will be funded through that program.


10

 

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

Answer

I believe it is important to consult with the Arts Community in Lethbridge when it comes to future arts investment. City Council's decisions are often based on recommendations from public input, community groups, and committees. I continue to support this practice.


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 Lethbridge Public Library is all about Connecting You to Ideas!  The Main Library (located in the heart of our downtown), The Crossings Branch Library in West Lethbridge Centre, our Bookmobile and our 24/7 virtual library, all of which connect us to many services. Our libraries offer so much more than books. If you’re looking for something to do, the Library offer speakers, forums, music presentations, symposiums, art exhibits, film festivals, information sessions, current events, Writers’ cafes and so much more.  Children’s programming is also available. I support the services offered by our public libraries.


12

 

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

Answer

I strongly support the public art initiatives undertaken by the City of Lethbridge. It is the policy of the City of Lethbridge to support the acquisition of public art, which is a vital ingredient in the cultural fabric of Lethbridge. Public art builds a visually rich environment, plays a role in attracting creative businesses and workers to our city, provides arts opportunities that are freely accessible to all, and encourages the growth of a culturally-informed public. Public art creates a distinct and vibrant legacy for the citizens of Lethbridge.


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

The building of a Performing Arts Centre has been one of the top priorities in the community for many years and I am committed to work towards the completion of this project.


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

I would support incentive plans for private investors wanting to invest in our downtown. Some of these programs that already exist include a $30,000 downtown incentive program used to promote residential construction in our downtown, a graduated taxation incentive to encourage new business construction in our downtown and a newly approved transit station. These programs have been budgeted for with previous resolutions of Council including Federal and Provincial grants for the later.


15

 

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

Answer

1. To encourage new business investment in Lethbridge. Techconnect is an incredible organization that helps with keeping our University and College graduates in the community by offering assistance with business start-ups. 2. To encourage expansion of local business in Lethbridge 3. To support the current businesses that support our community Funding of these incentives would come from private investment as well as possible tax incentives.


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

There are many areas around the community where increased density would allow for a lifestyle that many citizens would enjoy. Community input on these areas would be of importance. This would allow access to home ownership at affordable prices. These areas would have to be supported with transit and local shopping. I would continue to support our community input and city planners with initiatives that help grow our community.


17

 

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

Answer

Having owned and operated multiple business in the community for close to 30 years, I have experienced success and have also taken some hard knocks. I have worked hard for what I have, and for that, I truly understand the value of a dollar. I will continue to represent the small business voice in Lethbridge, and continue to support and advocate for our business community at the local, provincial, and federal levels.


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 support private enterprise land development but also support the role the City plays in land development. City revenues generated from residential land sales are utilized to fund projects such as the ATB Centre, renovation to nature centre and school site developments to name a few. If the City was not involved in land development, these funds would most likely come from taxation via property tax. In addition to residential land sales, currently, the City of Lethbridge is the only developer of heavy industrial serviced land in the community.


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

As local government representatives, City Council should continue to work closely with our Provincial and Federal levels of government. When decisions are made at a provincial or federal government level that affect the citizens of Lethbridge, City Council must work collaboratively for recommendations and solutions.


20

 

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

Answer

As an entrepreneur, I have been extremely grateful over the years to own and operate various business. There are many great opportunities but I would like to focus of one of the main challenge I have faced. This challenge is the property tax rates in the community for businesses. The property tax rates for businesses are extremely high. Although my business will continue to offer good value for the services we provide, it makes it difficult to be profitable with the current property tax rates. As a business voice on council, I will continue to advocate to reduce these rates.


Environment

21

 

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

Answer

1. Recycling 2. Solar and Wind power generation on our City's buildings where appropriate. (the City needs to lead by example) 3. Possible tax incentives to homeowners that elect to use alternate forms of energy The City Staff that are continually looking for grants and funding from other levels of government, I would like to see these projects not only funded municipally but with grant support from our provincial and federal partners.


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

With some of the incentives currently in place for downtown residential construction, and proper planning in other areas of the community, we can reduce urban sprawl, therefore building and creating a more sustainable environment.


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 oppose any project wanting to drill for oil and gas within the city limits.


24

 

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

Answer

First and foremost, the City has to lead by example. I would like to have a detailed presentation from our water department to council on how we can conserve water within the community and actively educate the community on these initiatives.


25

 

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

Answer

With support from the community, recycling within the community is the #1 way to reduce waste. City Council also approved, by resolution, a yearly increase on tipping rates at our landfill to help meet waste diversion targets.


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 believe our community should have a balance between harm reduction strategies and rehabilitation/recovery opportunities. Supervised consumption services as well as needle distribution services allow community agencies (social workers/medical staff) to connect with our city's most vulnerable population. One of the most effective forms of intervention is providing connections to much needed services. Some of these services include addiction counselling, mental health counselling, and housing.


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

Through Social housing in action (SHIA) the provincially supported program to address our city's most vulnerable, we are currently working with various agencies to help assist individuals that struggle with addictions. Many of these supported agencies also work with local sex trade workers. The continued cooperation with the Province will ensure these individuals do not fall through the cracks. As the board chair for the Lethbridge Housing Authority I am passionate about housing, more importantly appropriate housing in our community. The City of Lethbridge does require more housing that is RGI (rent geared to income) I strongly support advocating for appropriate housing initiatives.


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

Neither agree nor disagree


30

 

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

Answer

Through a committee of council, we have created a Truth and Reconciliation Plan. Our City is one of the first communities in Canada to create a plan to address this. I look forward to the implementation of this plan.


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

It is extremely important that we as a community are inclusive and that the rights of all community groups are respected. As a councillor, I would insure that we continue to respect the rights of the LGBTQ+ community by promoting awareness of the needs and experiences of LGBTQ+ people and advocate for equality.


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

By resolution, Council recently set up a Reconciliation Committee. This committee of Lethbridge is comprised of the Lethbridge Indigenous Sharing Network and the City of Lethbridge.​This coalition is a local response to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission's (TRC) Calls to Action, leading the way in engaging all people of Lethbridge in dialogue and transformative experiences that revitalize the relationships among Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous peoples. The City of Lethbridge was one of the first cities in Canada to answer the TRC call to action and I will continue to support this committee and resolution of Council. ​


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

We currently consult with the Indigenous peoples by meeting with Chief and Council to ensure we are working together to meet goals of our communities while addressing Indigenous people.