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

I have significant experience in recruitment, which was a major role in my previous career with the Federal Government. I will advocate for the "Merit Principal" Required skills: Educationally Qualified; Proven Experience History; Organization; Management; Communication; Leadership. The position of City Manager is widely publicised through a recruitment agency, ensuring a broad spectrum of candidates are canvassed. Ensure that an adequate period of time is allotted to attract the suitable candidates. The selection panel would consist of a combined Administration/City Council. The updated process being provided to the community upon request and posted on City Website.


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

1- Councillors, during session, are to conduct themselves in a courteous and respectful manner. 2- Councillors are to refrain from "cat calling" and/or interrupting fellow council members. 3- Councillors are to display a non-partisan position 4- Councillors are to respect "rules of order" during session. 5- Councillors are to declare any potential conflict of interest (perceived or otherwise) and for the Chair/Mayor along with the majority of Councillors, to determine whether a conflict exists. 6- Councillors will attend sessions unless there are legitimate reason for absence. (Vacation, medical, court and bereavement, being recognized as major legitimate reasons for absence.)


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 is a concerted effort on the council member to work as a team member on City Council. To do so in a manner that is respectful of the council in general and towards those coming before council and in the community proper. Accountable to act upon issues at hand in a concerted effort of reviewing, discussing and rationalizing same. To do so with an open mind and an open heart. Accountable in research and obtain necessary data and factual information with respect to issues coming before council. Initiatives I will take to being accountable: To be in open communication with my fellow council members, administration, community members and all parties concerned.


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

My general characteristics that will be exemplified in my role as City Councillor are: Experienced; Qualified; Proactivity; Reliability; Dedication; Integrity; Motivated; Responsive. I am an excellent communicator and liaison very well in all scenarios. I pride myself on being responsive to enquiries and will strive to provide accurate and timely information. I have worked in a "team" environment in my entire career, this is what is absolutely crucial in being a City Councillor. I have excellent work ethics. I am a people person, and enjoy being out in the public, I will foster a good relationship with business and residents, not only during City Council, but out in the community.


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 answer


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

Reasonable, support funding, from the Municipality must be considered in support of the arts in our community. Having said this, the arts must demonstrate their efforts in securing funding from private, commercial and corporate entities together with (where possible) funding from guilds, organizations, philanthropists and possible levels of government where grants or scholarships , may be available. Top priorities : 1-Engagement of the community in art displays and performances through comprehensive advertising and promotion. 2-Providing opportunities for artists to perform and or display their art in the community and beyond. 3-Encouraging youth to become involved in the arts.


10

 

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

Answer

The City may participate in a private - public partnership to engage the arts investment. The City should carefully consider endorsing individuals, groups and organizations in their applications for grant funding from other sectors. The City may promote arts through the City web site. The City should be cognisant of art activities and may offer opportunities for displaying exhibits in and around City properties. The City may wish to consider bringing arts representatives to attend City Council meetings, on a regular basis, to keep Council apprised of activities and programs in the arts arena.


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 (all three) are an essential part of having an educated and literate population. The opportunity to borrow books, cd's, movies etc. along with being able to read/browse at the library is important to the community. The programs offered by the library are important in the community and offer pre-school children the opportunity of early literacy, a place for connecting with other children in a support setting. The library also allows for students, residents and professionals the opportunity to research and study in a quiet and supportive setting. I would support the library by ensuring at reasonable and adequate funding is provided through municipal resources.


12

 

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

Answer

For the most part, I do support the public art initiatives of the City, with the exception of a recent decision to present a piece of "public art" to the Twin City, "Ville Saint Laurent, Quebec". This public art exceeds $200,000.00 and is supposed to be a represented dedication from the residents of Lethbridge to Ville Saint Laurent. It is unfortunate, NO, down right disturbing, that this public art is not being commissioned from an artist in our community, rather it is being commissioned to artists from and in Vancouver, BC. I feel better decisions have to be made.


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

The Building of a Performing Arts Centre is a definite and recognized "want" in Lethbridge and surrounding community. I too enjoy having a centre to attend for concerts and shows. I do not believe that capital expenditures for the building should come entirely from the tax payer base. If a building to be considered, the community wanting this should determine a private funding structure through corporate sponsorship and or fund raising efforts. Existing performance centres are adequate, in particular, with ongoing upgrades to the Yates Memorial Theatre the community is well served. Lethbridge is conveniently situated to performance centres in Medicine Hat, Calgary and Edmonton.


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- Development must be balanced with residence, shops, restaurants, services along with recreational areas. 2- The downtown area must be safe and secure to the best of the community ability. 3- Accessibility, ensuring that mobility barriers are dealt with in a satisfactory fashion. Funding - Municipal funding along with infrastructure support - Private developers along with "Service Organizations" to be encouraged to develop downtown and that this development be in collaboration with existing businesses/residents and city planners.


15

 

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

Answer

1- The development must be complimentary to existing development in the immediate area. 2- The development should be environmentally friendly with encouraged alternate energy sources being utilized. 3- The City should promote Lethbridge in the local, national and International market as a viable and welcoming place to foster economic development. Reasonable funding from Municipal revenue sustained through a variety of sectors including 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

Hypothetically speaking, the downtown sector in the City may sustain increased density, which, if developed systematically, may enhance the immediate community by having more residents in the area and therefore, may result in a neighbourhood atmosphere. This would encourage more business in the downtown sector to service and accommodate the residents. Residents in the downtown sector may promote the sense of "ownership" in the area, which may foster better relations overall, thereby discouraging the transient community which tend to hang out in the downtown core areas.


17

 

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

Answer

I want to see the City be more sensitive and realistic toward the needs of the business community. Land use, bylaws, and regulations need to address the needs for the business sector. Business should be welcome to come to the City with the concerns and ideas and NOT have to wade through "red tape". The City needs to realize the tough economic times we are experiencing and consider tax incentives and breaks in license/permit fees towards the business community.


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 strongly believe that the City should NOT be involved in land development as this is best left in the hands of land developers for obvious reasons. When the City requires development for direct municipal purposes, the City should collaborate with developers to ensure specific needs are addressed.


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 must have a clear understanding of jurisdictional decisions. This would be as a result of excellent liaison with our local elected provincial and federal representatives. When these decisions affect citizens (ie Federal marijuana laws, Provincial labour laws, fire bans, etc.) the City must ensure that departments ie Police Department, Community Services Departments, are fully trained and prepared to deal with impact(s) resulting from these decisions. Committees and Town Hall meetings with citizens are paramount in ensuring communication and understanding of jurisdictional decisions, the City has to be proactive in these processes.


20

 

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

Answer

Our greatest opportunity for Lethbridge in business is our excellent geographic location. We are situated on rail transmission lines and our north south - east west highways are excellent for transportation of goods and services into and out of our City. Seated in the heart of an agricultural regions lends to an excellent opportunity for processing and manufacturing of agricultural goods and products. Our post secondary institutions offer excellent opportunity for education. Challenges are resultant of high taxation, land use bylaws, "current" City dominance in interfering in private business operations. Practically, "non-existent" air port service for commercial and residents.


Environment

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

Answer

1- Keeping the City green by planting of trees, grass in parks and public areas (along boulevards). 2- Keeping our drinking water safe and clean for municipal consumption. Ensuring that our sewage treatment is above average and that the treated sewage is fully processed before reentering the river system. 3- Monitoring and reducing "idling" of city vehicles (buses and trucks in particular) buses especially at the downtown, north side and university hub transfer stations. Funding through municipal infrastructure funding and through enforcement/regulatory services.


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

To ensure that the urban development plan is visited on a regular basis with the opportunity of input from the residential and business community. The formulation of advisory committee(s) with members of the public and business on this committee. Long range plans and feasibility studies conducted locally by City staff to ensure that the Municipal Development Plan is and stays on track with reporting to City Council and published updates to the community.


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 am not in favour of drilling for oil and gas within the City of Lethbridge limits.


24

 

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

Answer

Firstly, I am opposed to the fluoridation of our municipal water supply. Secondly, the water treatment plant should be modernized as required to ensure the safety and supply of municipal water. A water department reporting should keep council apprised of any deficiencies or concerns being experienced in the treatment of our municipal water.


25

 

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

Answer

The City SHOULD NOT be involved in curbside recycling or the operation of a Material Recycling Plant. These services should be fully operated by the private sector. The City should provide education to the business and residential sector regarding waste diversion and encourage participation in meeting reduction targets. The existing recycle stations should be better monitored to ensure that proper sortation of recycled material dropped off, goes in the correct container(s). Incentives in the way of shared rebates should be offered to residents and business for their recycling efforts, these rebates to come from the actual income received from the sale of the recycled materials.


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

People who use drugs are a recognized element of all communities in general. Choices that drug users have made also come with potential consequences. I do not support "safe consumption sites" as I recognize this a "enabling" rather than addressing the critical issue(s). Naloxone kits may reduce harm and save lives if administered properly and in a timely fashion, and I encourage training and issuance of the Naloxone kits. ( I personally have received the training and have two kits readily available). Persons with drug use issues are best helped through rehabilitation/detox facilities and by professional and medical services.


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 required a detoxification and a rehabilitation center in the City of Lethbridge. Referral and counselling services need to be readily available to the target group who use drugs, realizing of course that some drug uses may not be willing to engage in these services. Police and community outreach services play a role in dealing with drug uses and with those in the sex trade, realizing that both of these sectors will not be going away, regardless of intervention. The best option is to identify, enforce and prosecute to keep our community as safe as possible. Shelter(s) for the homeless are important, and once again we will always have this element of our society in our midst.


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 disagree


30

 

Coalition of Indigenous Voices & OUTreach Southern Alberta:
What is the City’s role in addressing issues of systemic racism and discrimination?

Answer

We must recognize and accept all individuals of society as equal in all respects. The City must not "cater" to or "marginalize" any individual, group or organization. The City should NOT be promoting or supporting any individual or person group over and above any other at any time or for any specific purpose. The specific laws regarding discrimination, racism and hate crimes are inscribed in our judicial system and our enforcement agencies police these. We are also blessed to have the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.


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

The LGBTQ+ community is not a community that I am a part of nor would I consider myself as being an "ally" to. The LGBT+ community is not new and has been within my sphere of work, relations and civic community most of my adult life. In particularly when I was working as a Customs Superintendent at international border crossings. It is my experience, members of this community often go unrecognized by reason of their own choice and therefore there is absolutely no distinction from anyone else. Others who wish to stress their persuasion do so and I have no issue with that either. LGBTQ+ or not, my actions as a councillor would not be reflected in anyway.


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 work as a team member along with the members of City Council and our community in this regard. The issue is greater than just our local community. Positive measures being taken in regards to some of these issues by federal and provincial government must work in concert with our municipal efforts in order to be in step to result in success. Personally, I have worked and volunteered in international and local relations for several decades. I recognize and appreciate different cultures, traditions and religious beliefs. I believe I have skills and knowledge to work towards achieving success in these efforts.


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

Firstly we should NOT be marginalizing indigenous peoples nor should we be elevating them. They, are certainly (for the most part) an identifiable group. On their reservations, their Council makes their rules and likewise in our City we make our rules, both should be recognized and adhered to. For those residing in our City they are not to be treated any different than any other resident in our community. Like any other group, it would be preferable if they would aspire to become