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

If the position became vacant I think some of the essential skills would be organization, as they would definitely have a full plate implementing the council's plans. They should have training in some sort of multicultural services as there is a broad spectrum in our area with many different ideas and ways of life, which need to be respected and worked with. They should have experience in the administration of a city our size and similar demographics. The position should be poem to all, but concentrated in our area. If other skills are slightly lacking they can be learned. I'm sure the other councillors have ideas I may not have thought of, which is good, and the reason there are eight seats


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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 think accountability to the voters is important. When acting on behalf of the city our actions should be in line with our goals for the city. We are not in this position for our gain but for the city's benefit. Honesty should be important as one lure just leads to more. Even if the truth may not color me in the best light at times, it is ultimately good for the city in order to move forward.


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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 believe that accountability is the ability for us to show the reasons behind our decisions, including but not limited to spending, initiatives and program support. If, for example, I were to support bus fee adjustments, I should be able to show my evidence clearly as to my decision, or if I claimed fuel expenses for meeting someone out of town, them I should show what the meeting pertained to and how it benefits or city.


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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 think the city council is imperative to creating a vision for the city. We will also need to investigate and research how we can achieve the goals. I think this will be an exciting endeavor with some very tiring and tedious stretches. We we'll then work with our City Planner to take the steps to bring these goals to fruition. Many of those steps will be small and may not be sensational, but we will engage in every aspect with enthusiasm because it is all crucial to attaining our bigger vision. The way to make a dream into a goal is by taking the steps to achieve them.


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


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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


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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

I think arts are important to our city. There should however btw more private sponsorship and investment in this area. This will promote revenue and bring more funding and further development. I think that a performing arts center is a wonderful idea and should be tired in with a convention, and events center. I believe by using using private investment we encourage growth and strength with a base for sustainability.


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

Answer

I think the city should support arts in the city through helping to find investors. The city would also be involved in maintaining and displaying historically and culturally significant art pieces. The support of artists can come through purchasing and commissioning pieces throughout the city for appropriate reasons and celebrations.


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 public library should be an information and education hub for the city. I think it is important to maintain a healthy, and attractive library for all people to utilize.


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

Answer

I support it to a degree. Yes an arts committee is needed. But I think that funding should be moved towards private sponsors and filanthropic endeavors. However building this plan may take time and the city should not abandon its initiatives but set them up for future transfer of responsibilities.


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, but it should be looked at in conjunction with a convention and events center along the lines of what exhibition park was proposing.


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

Addressing the homeless and low income problems in Lethbridge, More Downtown residential, a street mall. By introducing more housing downtown, we could help lower crime as there are more eyes in the area and therefore it would help reduce crimes of opportunity. Also, it helps with the homeless and low income situation by apportioning low income housing with the development. If there is a walking street mall, it may help encourage spending, as people would make the mall not a store the destination, it would encourage the arts as a place to work and display. We could set up a busking policy for the area. Introduce park and ride for our public transit with the mall adjacent to the transit hub.


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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

Bringing in investors to work with the university and college so as to fund research and development between them, a strong workforce and leading tech companies. Develop the airport to its potential for regional and international flight of product and people. Develope and strengthen tourism to help with arts, and events in the city. We are a city with North south east and west major arteries (highways 2, 3, 4 and 5) we can develop to attract from all compass points.


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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

I mentioned before the development of down town involving housing and it would benefit more from a higher population and shopping to support that population. This would allow for more pedestrian traffic and transit use.


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

Answer

All change had positive and negative effects. If you don't see them then look harder. I support growth and development in our city, but its benefits must outweigh the negative effects it will have on our people. Thank you and vote for growth with conscience n vote Clint 4 Council.


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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

If the city owns and controls the land they can easier zone and sell to developers according to their visions and plans.


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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 leaders should advocate for their people, and be a ligation between the citizens and the provincial and federal governments. It is the cities interests we are elected to represent, and when supported by our people our city could shine as an example to the rest of our province and country.


20

 

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

Answer

Some of our greatest advantages is we are a city accessible by all compass points, We have an airport capable of supporting large planes and international flights, and we have a beautiful community that supports diversity, and is working on reconciliation which shows love and dedication. Some of our bigger challenges are we are a city moving from small to large in stature. Sometimes this takes a shift in our mind set to realize we are ready for these opportunities. One of our strengths may also be one of our challenges. We are a diverse city and therefore need to exercise empathy and love for others values. We are a city reconciling and need to have patience and understanding for each other.


Environment

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

Answer

Lethbridge is located in a prime area for renewable energy sources. We have the sun the wind, water ways and geothermal access. We should make policy to promote their development. Our city is starting to have success with community gardens, we should continue developing this initiative. We need to develop our transit system to attract more riders, and look at how we find it.


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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

We need to confront developing park areas, bike, and walking/hiking paths, and again developed an efficient transit system with more ridership.


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 the development of these industries in city limits as the prices we would pay such as lower property values, possible physical dangers, and visual appeal would out weigh the benefits it would give.


24

 

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

Answer

Watering guide lines for lawns. Proper disposal of waste in our drainage system. Water monitoring systems for levels and purity, with steps to take when these levels are yellow and red.


25

 

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

Answer

Recycling is an inevitable occurrence through all of Canada. We need to sit down and figure out the most efficient and cosy effective way of doing it. We can tweak the plan later but need to decide now and stick to it. I think curb side recycling is the best option right now.


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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

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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 think that supervised consumption sites and lowering the risk of health care costs with clean distribution can be effective. However, if the proper infrastructure is not used with proper education, and support people working these tools they will be turned into a way for people to easier support their addictions instead of gaining support for rehabilitation. I personally would not hand out the needles but I would sit and give care to the poor and afflicted hearts of those beautiful people, and probably cry myself to sleep knowing the heavy burden they carry.


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

We have developed a support system that calls the afflicted to come to us. What we need to do is developer a system where our compassionate workers, and volunteers go out to the people.


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 police force should be charged with creating policy for dealing with these issues, with city council consultation. They have the proper training to determine how to address situations that arise. In all city run buildings and events there should be no tolerance for this misguided and uneducated action.


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 can honestly say I do not understand what is in their hearts, and that is ok. They don't necessarily know what is in mine either.But I can and will welcome these people into my heart and home. I would love them and care for them as I would any person because that is who they are to me is people.


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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 welcome our indigenous brothers into this family of Lethbridge. I acknowledge that this is historical black foot land and am honored to be a part of it now that we may grow and develope a city culture all people can be proud of.


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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


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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 believe the city as it is promoting itself a as a festive and artistic place should have representation at other cultures events and encourage other nations to send ambassadors to each other's events n this can help developed understanding amongst different cultures.