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 City Manager's position is diverse. This individual needs to be visionary. Particularly given the point (where rapid growth is on the horizon) in our history that we currently find ourselves in. Beyond experience in civic management, the candidate would need to possess great leadership skills, excellent communication skills, an ability to work collaboratively, possess an understanding of the tax base and the economic engines that drive our community and have a proven work ethic from past experience/references. Recruitment needs to come from an international search. Lethbridge is an attractive place to live and work. I believe qualified candidates would be attracted to such a position.


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 individual who holds an elected position, there are expectations regarding professional conduct. Such Codes of Conduct are commonplace in many professions. Most items within such codes are truly common sense. Items that clearly are included relate to positive, fair and considerate treatment of co-workers and constituents; an inclusive and supportive view of all members of society regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or age; and a clear sense of responsibility regarding occupational duties - including being a positive public ambassador/role model for our community.


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: often related to transparency and clarity. People often seek accountability when they are dissatisfied with a process and/or when they are not clear on what is going on. In my view, a public institution (that relies on taxation to generate much of the needed funding) bears a responsibility to attempt to provide as much clarity as possible with regard to decision making processes, budgeting, virtually everything that has to do with the use of tax dollars. Being extremely clear about process most often leads to a greater sense of accountability. Initiatives? One would have to look at what is currently in place to provide citizens that sense of clarity and adapt it accordingly.


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

As a newcomer to council, I think it is completely fair to respond to this question by stating that, "I don't even know what I don't know yet!?" That said, I would agree that the role of an elected official in relation to City operations is diverse and complex. I don't believe that there is a piece of legislation that has all of the answers that is for certain. What I do believe is that elected officials are elected and paid to listen actively and effectively, gather evidence and expertise with regard to any issue that comes before them, and after careful study/consultation make decisions that are informed and clear.


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

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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

Priority One: a performing arts Centre that will serve the community for generations. Given the size of our community, this type of venue is noticeably lacking. Priority Two: provide frameworks for successful further development of our local artists/performing arts opportunities for local artists/performing artists - professional and amateur. Priority Three: assist in the continued development of better communication and collaborative models between all Arts groupings in the City and area.The Arts are the soul of any community. Funding to occur through existing Civic grants (Heart of the City), tax dollars and assisting in developing frameworks for private sponsorships of Arts Events.


10

 

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

Answer

The Arts (Music, Art, Drama, Dance, Multi-Media, Film, Recording Arts, Writing, and the list Art forms can go on for awhile) are creative, imperative and intrinsic to society in general. They are a pivotal part of development for our youth and relate to our identity as a community. In my view, we need to be a community that supports artistic growth and opportunity for all citizens - not only as providers of art, but, as importantly, in the majority of cases - as consumers of Art. Investment in the arts relates to an investment in who we are as a community and what sort of a community we will become in the future.


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 is important not only in the function of being a source of books, other media and information but also as a gathering place for our community. I fully support the Public Library sites in our city as a defined centres of learning and community spaces where ideas can be freely exchanged.


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

Answer

I must admit that I am completely ignorant regarding the public art initiatives! However, I am excited to learn about them. Given my previous answers regarding the importance of Art in our society, it would follow that I would support this sort of initiative - particularly if it celebrates local artists and their work.


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. This venue will be a legacy building (one that will last for generations) and is an important piece in the amenities puzzle in Lethbridge. It will relieve the demands on the Yates Centre as a performing venue for local and non-local groups. It will provide opportunity for more outside arts group to visit the city and provide more opportunity for citizens to consume performing arts.


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

Attempt to ensure that premium tax generation locations, in the downtown area, are used to attract businesses over civic or non tax generating organizations. The latter definitely have a place in the downtown, however, our priority should be to attract businesses to high value locations. Attempt to create a different community mindset regarding downtown. Work on treating the downtown just as we would our school yards and residential communities. Currently, we do not view it this way - the expectation is lower. We must focus on safety, create an environment that attracts and welcomes community, families, business and tourism. If our mindset changes, the downtown becomes a community 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

1)Attempt to find a balance in use of CIP between projects that create economic growth, tax generation and job creation alongside projects that relate to city facilities and infrastructure. 2)Continue to create an environment to attract even more agricultural food processing, manufacturing, green innovation and technology firms. Competitive tax rates, utilities and infrastructure serviced land. Collaborate with Provincial and Federal governments. 3)Plan for equivalent economic development around the major projects like a performing arts centre and convention centre. Attract businesses to surround these major centres that create just as much economic development as the cost of the project


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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

Clearly, the downtown area. That was discussed previously in question 22. Beyond that, looking forward proactively to a growing group of retiring "baby boomer" generation citizens and that demographic's desire to downsize their personal living spaces but not yet be engaged in housing designed for Senior Citizens. How is our community set up to handle this demand?


17

 

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

Answer

While I come from a public service background, I am well aware of the risks made and the importance of private business/industry in our community. My commitment is to be in consultation with the business community as a councilor. In my view, excellent communication is key to any successful relationship. I believe that our business community makes our community vibrant. I would look forward to learning much about our business community and taking time to understand the unique nuances of Lethbridge's entrepreneurs on the way to a partnership with City Council that continues to develop Lethbridge into a world class city. There is great potential here!


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 should not compete against local private business in this area nor should it use their buying advantage to increase the value of land for local businesses and developers. We want to attract business and entrepreneurship - not be in competition with it.


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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

As an elected city council member, one of the major duties is to be an advocate for all citizens in Lethbridge. If there are decisions made at the Provincial or Federal levels that impact the city/citizens in a negative way, the Mayor and Council are the "first line" with regard to connecting with those levels of government and advocating on behalf of the citizenry. Electing representatives who are skilled in communication, collaboration and negotiation is, in my view, important.


20

 

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

Answer

Opportunity: Attract major investment in Agriculture, Food Processing and Technologies. Promote business diversity that makes the community less prone to economic recession. Develop the Airport further with an emphasis on commercial use - if this happens, expansion of personal travel elements will likely follow. A Challenge: losing large businesses to the County due to straight up comparative competition. The greatest opportunity may well exist in our population exceeding the 100,000 mark. Statistically, this often means an expansion in demand for services, which, in term leads to more building/business opportunities and further attraction of population to those jobs.


Environment

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

Answer

I feel as though we are extremely fortunate to live in this place. The coulees provide immense walking, hiking and cycling opportunities. I also feel that city planning has been quite successful (particularly on the West Side) in connecting green spaces with pathways. I guess a priority is to maintain the integrity of the green spaces that we currently have and perhaps look for further opportunities to provide "nature" space in an ever growing community.


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 think I will defer to my answer of the previous question? Clearly, as we grow and expand, careful consideration must be paid to minding our "footprint".


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 be against such a project within city limits and would lobby to not have such projects developed close to our city limits.


24

 

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

Answer

I believe that I would have to become far better educated, regarding this issue, in order to comment. I would look forward to learning about our current water management system - the pros and the cons - from experts who regularly deal with this important factor in all of our daily lives. It is my belief that, as a councilor, there will be much to learn about many things! I would look forward to listening and learning.


25

 

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

Answer

This is a large issue. It is also quite complex. I would like to believe that all citizens are interested in becoming more efficient with regard to waste reduction. I would like to investigate other models as well? Can we, as a community, begin investigating the use of waste at a power source? There are many European countries and communities that are implementing such strategies, drastically reducing their carbon footprint and effectively using their waste as a resource. These sorts of models would be interesting to investigate. Is there a reason that Lethbridge could not be on the cutting edge of that sort innovation? It would be interesting to find out.


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 believe that such strategies can be very effective and are important, not only for our citizens who are dealing with substance addictions but also for the safety of the general public. Without supervised consumption sites, many commonly used public places (parks, streets, washrooms, alleys) in our city can become, quite suddenly, very dangerous places. Beyond that, it is my belief that supervised sites can also act as a gateway to treatment and recovery for those of our population who struggle with addiction. As our population grows, so grows the problem of illicit drug use. As a community we need to take steps to address this issue and not simply ignore it and hope it stops.


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

As stated previously, as our population grows, the percentage of people who are are disenfranchised and at a high risk also grows. As a community, it is important to address this. How? Firstly, acknowledgement of the problem as opposed to attempting to ignore it. Beyond that, truly attempting to understand where the roots of these social problems stem from and then attempting to provide structures to support those in our community who truly need the most support at this time. I am afraid that I am short on answers with regard to this issue, however, please know that I am greatly committed to working toward taking logical steps and investigating plausible solutions at the civic level.


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 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 (and in my view, every individual citizen) must be vigilant and ardently showcase no tolerance for any form of racism and/or discrimination. Addressing it, again firstly, means acknowledging that systemic racism and discrimination exists. It does. Awareness is the first step to ensuring that such lines of thought are not further perpetuated or accepted.


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 would like to consider myself an ally to all people, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender, race, religion or age. I have no difficulty stating that I support the LGBTQ+ community. What does that mean to me? It means belonging to a larger community that is aware, educated and increasingly less judgmental of others. I would like to believe that we live in a community where all people can live happy, healthy lives and strive to achieve their personal goals while contributing to the community at large without risk of discrimination of any sort.


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 embrace any process that brings about greater awareness for all citizens regarding these issues. It is my view that they are extremely important to our society, in general, as we move forward.


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


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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

Be there. Make a real effort to understand, anthropologically, how Indigenous peoples and culture have arrived where they are today. Recently, there has been a tremendous emphasis on Reconciliation. This is important to all members of our general society - not just Indigenous peoples. Once again, this relates to caring to be aware. Without a context of the larger picture, it is impossible to understand who we all are and where we all are. I am committed to enhance relationships (via my role on council) by simply being willing to be there, to listen and hopefully to begin understanding positive ways to move forward with this greatly valued percentage of our population.