Candidate running for Mayor


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 be experienced and have core competencies such as a good grasp of municipal responsibilities under the MGA, ability to understand municipal finances, ability to assume command quickly, ability to gain the respect of employees and the public in a short period of time. The recruitment process will be transparent in that a nation wide search would be conducted using a professional company skilled in recruiting senior executives. The process would be communicated to the public and community organizations.


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

City Council policy CC8 "Ethical Guidelines of Conduct for Members of Coumcil" currently exists. It requires updating. Pecuniary interest whereby elected councillors, or their close family members, could benefit financially from decisions of council should be included. Also access to confidential or releasing confidential information must be included for the same reasons. It should be noted that violations could include forced resignation and a ban from future eligibility are the penalties under the provincial regulation.


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 means being responsible to the electors. It includes being prepared to make decisions at public meetings and to defend the collective decision of city council, regardless of ones personal views, once city council, as a whole, has made a decision. The individual must be a leader who is innovative and creative, knowledgeable of government grant opportunities and one who is open to considering new ideas and methods. The successful candidate will be goal oriented with a strong background in strategic planning. They should have a proven ability to attract support for their ideas and solutions.


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 role of an elected official is governance, oversight, and accountability.


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

Neither agree nor disagree


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

1. Performing Arts Centre in the downtown 2. Continued support for public art 3. Support for arts existing organizations ( SAAG, Allied Arts Council , Lethbridge Symphony, etc ) Funding would be a blend of tax support and community support.


10

 

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

Answer

The role of the city of Lethbridge is to promote and support art and arts activities in our community to enrich the cultural aspects of living in our city. to have well rounded citizens, the arts must be visible and easily accessible. Fee for service agreements, funding the arts in the capital budget and continued investment in public art are examples of the city's investment in the arts.


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 to promote literacy and continuous learning. It is a community resource for the public of all ages. It serves to stimulate thinking and ideas.


12

 

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

Answer

Yes. They are what set our city apart from other most mid sized cities in Alberta.


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

Yes. I am prepared to work with the Arts community to develop the plan, advocate for external funding and look for ways to complete 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

1. Continued redevelopment of the downtown by adding to existing residential opportunities. 2. Restoration of historical buildings 3. Continued supply for downtown activities and festivals to bring people downtown These activities should be funded through capital incentives such as HOCHIP and Heart of the City funding grants to organizations.


15

 

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

Answer

1. Attracting new businesses to locate in Lethbridge 2. Encouraging existing businesses to expand 3. Providing supports for new business ideas and startups These activities are best supported by providing funding to Economic Development Lethbridge who leverage core funding to obtain additional funding from external sources to maximize the impact of the dollars provided.


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

Having a vibrant downtown with low vacancy rates would be desirable. Careful planning for the location of new industries is important to maintain quality of life.


17

 

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

Answer

I will continue to promote and support opportunities for business investment in Lethbridge. Lethbridge will remain a business friendly communiity with a business friendly mayor.


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 city has to ensure land and servicing is available in a cost effective manner. We need to keep up with growth. The city needs to provide a high level of service and clear direction to encourage and sustain an environment for continued growth and investment. Our neighbourhoods need to be well designed to sustain quality of life. The city needs to be solution oriented in supporting commercial development activity.


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

Our role is one of advocacy for the interests of our citizens and our community. We need to have access and effective ways to communicate with decision makers at the provincial and federal level. I work tirelessly to ensure that Lethbridge is on their radar and that they are aware of our issues.


20

 

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

Answer

The greatest opportunities are our steadily increasing population, our diversified economy and our growing reputation as a great city for investment. Our challenges are that we are underperforming in some key areas like tourism, sustaining high quality restaurants and attraction of a 5 star hotel.


Environment

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

Answer

1. Implementation of an environmental management plan at the city of Lethbridge - to be funded from existing operations as a strategic priority. The city must be a leader. 2. Implementation of city wide residential curb side recycling as outlined in the approved Waste Diversion Plan with a blue bin program in 2019 and green bin in 2021 to be funded from service fees. 3. Continued support for implementation of the non-resitial waste diversion plan, as approved by Lethbridge city council in 2015 to be funded from tipping fees at the landfill and fees to be charged by existing and future private operators.


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 continue to encourage the city of Lethbridge to implement an environmental management plan based on continuous improvement whereby goals are opportunities are identified. This would continue to be a priority within our strategic plan. Opportunities for greater waste diversion, conservation and community education should be available in all public spaces and at all public events.


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 oppose the plan, as I did in 2014 taking action to meet with the provincial government. I proposed a motion, supported by Lethbridge city council and subsequently approved by the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association that the Municipal Government Act be changed to give municipalities greater say over drilling activities proposed to take place within their boundaries.


24

 

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

Answer

A community education program for water conservation. Working with the business and industrial sectors to promote great water conservation.


25

 

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

Answer

1. Leading by example - the city must demonstrate that they are committed and not just asking others to reduce waste. 2. Working effectively with our largest producers of waste in our community to identify creative and environmentally sustainable alternatives. 3. Community eduction and awareness - communicating what we are doing and how businesses and individuals can help.


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

These projects should be allowed within the city, with the entire cost borne by the home owner


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 support these programs. They have been shown to be effective in building trust with drug users and providing an opportunity for rehabilitation. I formed the Leaders Coalition on Opioid Abuse in November 2016, This committee of local experts and professionals meets monthly to identify possible solutions to the local crisis. The committee presented to Lethbridge city council sitting as Community Issues Committee on May 1, 2017.


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

A supervised injection site is currently not available. Non-judgemental supports. Inadequate supply of social housing and associated wrap around services to ensure individuals can be successful living independently.


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's role is to be a visible leader in opposing racism. We need to continue to fund and support the activities of CMARD. The city's approval of the response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission needs to acted on. The city needs to encourage community wide support.


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 support and attend LGBTQ+ events. My visible participation as mayor is important as a role model for inclusiveness in our city.


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 to build positive relations based on mutual respect. I am committed to including our city's response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in our revised Strategic Plan following the election of the new council. Our response was developed by representatives from our urban indigenous population. That consultation will continue. This council was the first to meet with the Kainai Chief and Council. Those meetings will continue.


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 build and sustain positive relationships with Indigenous people within the City of Lethbridge and with neighbouring nations. Under my leadership we had a first ever council to council meeting with the Kainai council. I supported the city committee to develop a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and attended the committee's meetings. I have encouraged support and participation by all people, organizations and entities in the city of Lethbridge. I will work together with Indigenous organizations like Sik- Ooh-Kotoki Friendship Society and others to identify opportunities to work together.