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

Skills: Exceptional Leadership proven innovation in previous work experience willingness to challenge the status quo Looking at new ways to do things challenge staff and inspire staff to be exception one that builds trust and fosters relationships with our business community and interest groups. Recruitment: - Include 1 to 3 key members from outside agencies / businesses / other key stakeholders from business / institutional and non-profit for the selection committee along with Council this would help ensure transparency.


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

- as an engineer i believe we should hold public safety / interest as paramount - mutual respect - everyone gets to speak / everyone listens - rules for conducting meetings. - rules surrounding conduct outside of council


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

As an engineer I am accountable to the public under our proffesional practice legislation. I coduct myself daily with the highest standard of ethical behavoiour in all things I do. I would expect the same standards as a Council member. Accountability includes: - transparaceny - due diligence in research and understanding issues before voting - a commitment to engage the public and discuss issues prior to voting


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

Council sets policy based on their understanding of the public desires to set services levels and targets and the overall direction of the City. Administration is the "how" and implements these policies. My role as an elected official is to listen, consult and create / develop policy as a reflection of community desires. I see my role also as collaborator with different levels of government, partner with business and advocate for those that need a voice.


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

9

 

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

- Performing Arts Centre. Funding : All three levels of government, as well as donations and - Continued support for the SAAG and the planned expansion, funding as above. - Public art support especially in the downtown public realm. Funding should be reviewed and discussed with the community.


10

 

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

Answer

City plays a vital role in Arts investment. We should support, advocate and at times fund to continue to build our vibrant arts community.


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

Public Library is key in our community. The library offers a meeting place, a learning place, a community centre, outreach, and so much more. Yes, I believe our City needs to continue to support a vibrate Library. Some recent examples of libraries in Calgary offer wonderful models to build towards like the NCL.


12

 

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

Answer

Yes, when they balance public desire along with cost. Art in public realm is proven to strengthen and grow vibrate communities with reduced crime.


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

Absolutley. This centre can be a focal point for the community bringing pepople in form all around. It can be a catylist for further art development and can support spin off business.


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

- 3rd avenue walkable, pedestrain friendly opportunites for street closures and - continued development of living opportunities downtown work live play - continued events in Galt gardens and opportunities for more street closures to support business events / farmers markets etc.


15

 

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

Answer

- Continued pursuit of having businesses move to Lethbridge to build of employment base and job creation. - Create opportunities for a educated young professionals to remain in Lethbridge after post secondary education. - grow the entrepreneurial spirit in our youth so they remain and grow our community. Funding for these should be through partnerships with business and our educational institutes.


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

absolutely. Increased density in many areas of the City support community, interaction, reduced crime and fosters a sense of place and belonging. north Lethbridge subdivisions, to support our growing working population that finds employment in the northeast industrial parks. Communities just outside of downtown that support a transition from growing families to older generations living at home. Higher density developments can support community, be demonstrate environmental stewardship and reduce urban sprawl.


17

 

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

Answer

I am a small business owner, and I have worked in senior administration in the City of Medicine Hat so I understand business issues from both sides. I believe the role of Council is to help build the best environment for business to flourish. I will help shape a business friendly City Hall. I will listen and be available to discuss any issue.


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 believe that the City RELD should first be working on those items that fulfill a greater community need primarily affordable housing opportunities and then commercial and industrial land. I believe a review of the City practices within the development of residential lots should be undertaken to truly determine if that is a business the City should be in and to what extent.


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

Advocate through and through, we need to work with all levels of government to obtain the most we can for our citizens. Future funding from the province and federal governments is in question and we must start now to advocate for funding for our future plans.


20

 

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

Answer

Opportunities: - access to markets, proximity to markets, our transportation network - our skilled labour market - our innovation our passion Challenges: - recovery through a difficult recession - uncertain taxes going forward


Environment

21

 

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

Answer

Landfill usage and waste diversion to maximize the lifespan of our facility. environmental sustainability, this should become part of our everyday delivery of services. Clean water and managed water water. These our pubic service priorities and should be funded by all three levels of government (tax base)


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

include public art in all new developments City partnerships. Maybe in area redevelopment plans. Review density targets at ASP and outline plan levels but consider these numbers at a much coarse grain I.e. total density west side versus just a single ASP. But most importantly engage and partner with our development community. They know best how to achieve these targets. I am also a strong supporter of infill and redevelopment opportunities in the existing neighborhoods of Lethbridge. These items need extensive public consultation to support existing neighborhood desires.


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 not support this project. On the previous request the Citizens of Lethbridge were very clear on their feelings on this matter. loud and clear.


24

 

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

Answer

As council we may need to look at levies or surcharges for excessive water usage. Alternatively we could investigate opportunities to reward water conservation. I think there are many opportunities here that would not be to difficult to implement at a basic level and grow. What are other communities doing, what has worked, what doesn't?


25

 

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

Answer

- education - engagement with industry partners to develop innovative ways of reducing waste. - reaching out to other communities and learning, I do not support leading with fees and charges and punitive measures.


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

they aren't so much an intervention method as a life saving method. We need to protect people even when the make poor decisions. These are realities of our community and as a community we need to be moving towards zero deaths and protect all our citizens. I fundamentally believe in working towards zero homeless as a fist step towards addiction management.


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

safe housing / affordable housing / drop in centers. access to medical professionals without going to emergency access to support workers.


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 disagree


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 needs to be a leader and role model. All our employees need to demonstrate this also. Our response to the truth and reconciliation commission must be implemented and become our everyday way of life.


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 am an ally. I have supported and attended pride parades, and as an elected official I feel this speaks even louder volume when we attend. We need to model an inclusive community in all things we do.


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 would use the response to the truth and reconciliation commission as a road map and seek understanding and guidance from our indigenous people in the community. I have a lot to learn, but if I am elected I will engage in conversation to better educate myself understand and move towards healing.


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

reach out and listen and learn. Through respect, engagement and humility.