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

We would require a list of core competencies required for this position, and additional competencies related to our future plans for the city. I would recommend that we conduct a national search for qualified candidates.


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 ask the City of Lethbridge to consider the guidelines of other corporations. Following a Code of Conduct supports and promotes ethical behavior and decision making. The goal of such a code is to provide a respectful and safe workplace. I would expect that the members of our Council would understand and observe the code and act with integrity in our relationships. The City of Lethbridge is guided by the Freedom of Information Act which protects the privacy of our employees, community and business partners, along with any confidential information, while being open and transparent on community issues.


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

Council needs planning, reporting and auditing to occur at the staff level. Questions and directions from me to the City Manager will ensure that the wishes of the citizens and good government are carried out.


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 Council is to lead and direct. Planning, reporting and auditing occur at the staff level. Staff and council have an ongoing dialogue to produce the best results for the citizens. It is important that City Councillors do not interfere with the operations of the City, but obtain information or discuss their concerns directly with the City Manager.


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

No


8

 

Group Questions:
Would you vote in favour of creating an electoral ward system for the 2021 Lethbridge municipal election?

Answer

Yes


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

1. Maintain current arts groups operational funding ie: SAAG, CASA and Allied Arts Council 2. Next Step Funding for the Performing Arts Centre, including feasibility, funding strategy, usage and operational plan. This building needs to work for the long term. 3. Continued support for arts festivals for their vitality and economic impact. These priorities are currently funded.


10

 

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

Answer

The community leads arts development while the City provides some seed or base funding. Arts development makes the community more attractive to newcomers and citizens alike.


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 plays an important role in our community providing a place for learning and entertainment, important public gatherings and as a technology hub. I would support continued funding for what is a vital public service.


12

 

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

Answer

Yes, I believe that public art has a central role beautifying our city. Public monuments help us remember our shared values and history eg: the Cenotaph and the Truth and Reconciliation Monument when completed. I would like to see more private money supporting public art; there are a number of new buildings that would be enhanced with either a sculpture or a large painting. I would also encourage local artists to participate in the utility box program, which is currently funded through the public art program.


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 support the construction of a first class Performing Arts Centre and would encourage all levels of government, the private sector and individual donors to assist with completion of this project.


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

1. More housing, funded by the private sector with municipal incentives. 2. The Performing Arts Centre, with funding from all three levels of government and with the help of private and individual donors. 3. Work to ensure that the downtown is safe for everyone and that the streets are beautiful; funding from various sources including the Capital Improvement Plan, the Downtown Redevelopment Fund managed through the BRZ, and continued Business Improvement Loans.


15

 

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

Answer

1. Continued municipal support to Economic Development Lethbridge, funded by the city and various grants such as Alberta Innovates 2. Identify and encourage business opportunities related to recycled materials, funded by private investment supported by EDL. 3. Focus on new agricultural crops and related byproducts; funded by private investment supported by EDL


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

Downtown, as outlined in the Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan. Westminister and Senator Buchanan (in North Lethbridge), subject to the completion of an Area Redevelopment Plan. The proposed London Road ARP supports increased density, especially at the west end of the neighbourhood, the so called '.Peninsula'.


17

 

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

Answer

The City of Lethbridge is a vibrant, multicultural community with a diverse economy and a skilled and well educated workforce. When combined with a superb geographical location, rich agricultural lands, first class educational institutions, healthy environment, good infrastructure, the rule of law and a stable political environment make this city a great place to do business.


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 of Lethbridge is responsible for planning, regulation and oversight with concern for the overall composition of neighbourhoods and business districts. A cooperative dialogue with private enterprise and homebuilders is essential to ensure success and to build successful communities.


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 should be a voice for the concerns of it's citizens, which includes speaking directly to the Provincial and Federal governments.


20

 

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

Answer

I feel the greatest opportunities for business include products related to the use of renewable energy, housing and construction in the Downtown and older neighbourhoods, the development of local businesses that export product from the city as a result of an online business and new products or byproducts from the agricultural sector. I feel the biggest challenges for businesses, and for retailers in particular, is the exponential growth in online shopping, the rise in the minimum wage and business and carbon taxes, and an underdeveloped airport. Recycling and the requirement to recycle by industry and business will be both a challenge and an opportunity.


Environment

21

 

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

Answer

1. Making our recycling goals; 50% residential reduction by 2021 and 65% by 2030. Businesses and institutions reduced by 25% next 6 years. Funded through user fee for residential and increased surcharges and tipping fees for business. 2. Planting more trees to maintain and improve our urban forest, altered mowing regimes in certain manicured areas, funded through the parks budget. 3. Slowing urban sprawl and supporting increased density. Mostly private investment. Rebate funding in Downtown assisted by the BRZ.


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 encourage increased density and slow urban sprawl by supporting upcoming Area Redevelopment Plans for London Road, Westminister and Senator Buchanan communities. Support enhancement of public spaces through environmental design, clean and safe park initiatives including new initiatives by our Police Commission, Adopt-A-Park activities, public art, and new furniture and lighting.


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 drilling for oil and gas inside the City for health and safety reasons..


24

 

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

Answer

Get ready for climate change. If current predictions come true, the Oldman River basin will see diminishing water flows and longer, hotter summers develop in the next 30 years leading up to 2050. I will support increased cooperation and planning initiatives with our partners inside the Oldman Regional Watershed region with the goal of improving efficient water usage and maintaining water quality.


25

 

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

Answer

Curbside recycling and composting is a success in Calgary, Taber, and other communities and helps ensure a longer lifespan for our expensive landfill sites. Action is now required. Meeting our targets will require continued study, monitoring and education but we must move forward with civic collection and waste diversion strategies that includes all citizens. We must engage the creativity and initiative of the private sector in the use of materials diverted.


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 that harm reduction strategies save countless lives. Supervised consumption sites result in reduced deaths due to overdose. Supervised injections are done with clean needles. Support for other health issues can also be provided.


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 need a safe injection site, please see my earlier comments on this issue. I support the German model on brothels; sex workers need a safe place and inspected facilities in order to be safe. The vibrant Lethbridge Poverty Report of 2015 recommends that affordable housing must be a priority and that we must set a goal of eliminating homelessness from our community.


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

The City of Lethbridge has a leadership role in addressing these issues, promoting a vibrant and multicultural, multiracial community. Support for the Southern Alberta Ethnic Association and various festivals and celebrations help break down barriers, eliminate discrimination and promote understanding.


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 would be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community and would participate with them in pride activities.


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 believe it is essential that we understand the truth of our collective histories and fight against racism and discrimination.


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 support the efforts that have been made so far that have made the City of Lethbridge the first city in Canada to approve and begin to implement a reconciliation strategy with First Nations in general and in particular, the people of the Blackfoot Confederacy. In this ongoing project I would consult with my fellow councillors and meet with Blackfoot Elders to discuss issues as they arise. I would also support work on a reconciliation monument to be placed in a significant location within the City of Lethbridge. I believe these types of monuments are important reminders of our shared values.