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

The person holding such a position must safely demonstrate a commitment to the Citizens of Lethbridge. This person should hold the necessary experience, skills and qualities as determined by Council. The current City Manager should take an active part in the recruitment process and Council should give great credence to the opinions brought into the discussion by the person who has served this City faithfully and well for many years. That once a short list has been determined, the citizens of the City should be introduced to these candidates via digital & print media and then be given the opportunity to "interview" them in an open forum, not unlike what Candidates for Council take part in.


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

It is always important for any type of leader to do so by example. The CoC for the City must include that members should exude honour and professionalism in everything they do. Common morals and virtues are the backbone of our society and council must uphold the same. That everyone is treated equally regardless of race, religion, creed or sex, which includes sexual orientation or identity.


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

Opinions and positions will always vary, but in a democratic society majority rules. As a member of council I would pledge to the Citizens of Lethbridge that I will always be open to any opinion or idea even should they differ from my personal position. That I would put forth to Council that consensus of opinion, principle or ideal which through consultation with the people of Lethbridge, has been reached. That I would hold myself to the highest standard and not seek re-election if after my term I feel I have failed in my mission to be the best Councillor I can be.


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

I see my role as one to interpret the MGA as a whole. To apply the legislation in the best interests of the Citizens. To confer with the Citizens of Lethbridge as well as with other jurisdictions for policies and ideas that could stand to benefit the City of Lethbridge, and bring to Council the same.


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 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

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

I believe a vibrant, lively arts culture in the City of Lethbridge is key to establishing and attracting professional business to Lethbridge. Council's first priority should be the creation of a new Performing Arts Centre, next is a conference centre where activities such as Comicon and other such gatherings can easily be accomodated lastly, Council should continue to improve on its recent successful efforts to hold and attract more Cultural Activities in Galt Gardens such as Love & Records and Octoberfest. The assets may be funded by Capital Improvement loans and/or Private/Public partnerships, whereas the Cultural Activities funding model currently in place can be reviewed and adjusted.


10

 

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

Answer

I believe a vibrant, lively arts culture in the City of Lethbridge is key to establishing and attracting professional business to Lethbridge. Seeding that culture with some investment is like water to a plant, necessary for growth.


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

At the height of our digital information age libraries often fight to stay relevant. The Lethbridge Public Library has in the past and continues to engage the public in a meaningful and interactive way through it's many projects. The key to relevance is being open to change, and the library demonstrates daily that it can do that. Promoting the events and activities that the LPL provides for the community is key to its maintenance and growth.


12

 

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

Answer

Without public art I believe areas of our cities would fail to show the inclusive, diverse and creative community we are. It would be tantamount to living in a home with blank walls which was sparsely furnished. I believe that the City must ensure that projects supported by sustainable funding continue to expand on initiatives already in place.


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

Without a question of a doubt, yes. It is important to the vibrancy of Lethbridge's Arts & Entertainment culture.


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

Revitalization, Engagement & Security. I believe that a revitalized downtown will create an environment where people want to be. In order to come however, they have to feel safe & secure. Like fire which needs Air, Fuel and Spark to exist, fail to meet any one of these priorities and we will not meet our goal. The city should continue to support in its efforts the Downtown Business Revitalization Zone, Lethbridge Police Service and Arts & Entertainment groups to continue to foster growth in the downtown core.


15

 

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

Answer

To continue to attract new & diverse businesses in order to retain & attract young talent and thus further grow and develop our city. To provide a place for meetings, conferences and events to impress on the world around that Lethbridge is a progressive place to do business. To make Lethbridge a functional and livable place to call home. This should continue to be supported by funding Economic Development Lethbridge.


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

I believe redeveloping areas in the downtown and Westminster areas of Lethbridge to include medium and high density commercial & residential complexes is where this tool would be highly effective in all areas of Lifestyle, Economy and Environment.


17

 

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

Answer

There is nothing that cannot be achieved if only the will, drive and determination are present to develop and diversify our economy. We must there fore not lose sight of all the segments that make up our corner of the Province of Alberta, those are my ABC's. Agriculture, Business & Culture


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 should restrict its role in land acquisition & development to providing infrastructure services, unless it is for creating or building Public Spaces.


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

I believe City representatives have a duty, collectively to speak for the city of the municipality when another level of government adversely affects City interests. It is through open dialogue and diplomacy with other levels of government that solutions become apparent.


20

 

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

Answer

For many years Lethbridge focused solely on its agricultural base. Although the City has come a long way in diversifying its economy, it is still largely an agricultural community. Only through diversity in business can Lethbridge attract new types of industry and perhaps retain some of the many undergraduate students we see leaving our fair City post convocation.


Environment

21

 

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

Answer

Candidate declined to answer the question.


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

Candidate declined to answer the question.


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

Candidate declined to answer the question.


24

 

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

Answer

Candidate declined to answer the question.


25

 

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

Answer

Candidate declined to answer the question.


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

Renewable energy initiatives should be a requirement in all new Lethbridge development


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

Addiction is often a symptom of deep-seated mental health issues such as depression. Once depressed, it can be terribly difficult to pull oneself out. This often leads to drug and alcohol abuse to try to bring about even the most fleeting of reprieves from existence, tragically this sometimes ends in suicide. Needle distribution, supervised consumption services, Naloxone kit distribution, etc are only treating the symptoms. I believe supporting, perhaps building a treatment centre or services may actually lead to eradicating dependency from our society.


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

I visited the soup kitchen and homeless shelter the other day and although the shelves were stocked and the users stomachs contented I see the facility underutilized in way of support services, neglected in ways of providing comfort. We must do more. We must do more to help the under-privileged find their way to self sufficiency. Give that hand up.


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

Promoting inclusiveness. Addressing the Truth & Reconciliation report (like the City has started to do). Learning more about the Blackfoot culture, language and people. Celebrate the history of the traditional Blackfoot peoples of this area. Welcome with open arms immigrants from all corners of this earth, regardless of race, creed or religion.


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

Definitely. I have close friends and family members who are gay. They form a integral and important part of my life, and contribute to the person I am and hope to become.


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

The first step is to step up! Become more involved in the programs available in the city that address the issues facing our fellow citizens. Learn to understand the on a personal level the issues they face and offer my conciliation.


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

Acknowledge that this city was founded on the traditional territory of the Blackfoot Peoples, that their culture is an integral part of Lethbridge's cultural identity and that we need to celebrate the heritage of all indigenous people. Support to an even greater extent cultural events that educate everyone on the traditions of all nations of our local indigenous populations.