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

While it's easy to look at experience and education there is great value in passion, creativity, and drive. Using the internal/external recruitment process will provide the broadest spectrum of candidates. The hiring committee must include representatives from council, community organizations, and other city services. Once the candidates are selected all interviews must be conducted at public meetings. Each candidate should be rated on a score card system that will be made available to the public for viewing. While consensus based hiring is preferred with 9 council members majority may rule.


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

Our current code of conduct is too vague. Words such as refrain, abstain, and avoid are too flexible to have any teeth- especially in regards to confidential information and personal financial gain. It is of the utmost importance that our elected officials hold themselves to a higher standard and that our code of conduct be iron clad. In this digital age it is pertinent to have policies regarding social media behaviors. There must be steps in place to manage internet misuse- be it racism, drunken tweets, or any number of embarrassing behaviors.


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

Sitting on council is a job and Lethbridge's citizens are our bosses. We are on council to work for and serve the interests of our community and we report to them. 1) Tying CIP, essential services growth and improvements, and support for community services to the election cycle thereby providing voters with concrete information to base their votes on. 2) Being responsible for our own education on issues and maintaining open lines of communication with the communities affected by decisions made in council. 3) Being upfront and honest when mistakes are made- apologizing, educating ourselves, and doing better.


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

-Representing the interests of our community. -Focusing on fiscal responsibility. -Ensuring growth and support of essential services. -Supporting administration in the implementation of plans. -Representing marginalized and minority groups to ensure everyone has a voice on council.


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 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 Oppose P3s


7

 

Group Questions:
Would you vote in favour of making councillors a full time position for the 2021 Lethbridge municipal election?

Answer

Yes


8

 

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

1) continue and increase support of organizations such as Allied Arts Council, Heart of The City, etc. 2) A performing arts centre. 3) Supporting an increase in festivals and markets throughout the year. CIP is a major source of funding but we also must be applying for grants from both the provincial and federal governments as they arise.


10

 

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

Answer

Investment in our local art community is an absolutely essential role. Art is beauty, education, experiences, and community. Art is also beneficial to the economy and tourism. "The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls." Picasso


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 library goes far beyond promoting literacy and education. It is a critical hub for so many organizations and groups in this city. It is a place for ESL students to learn and connect with new friends and neighbors. A place for groups like Pridefest to host events supporting the community. A place for families to gather and spend a day. A place for forums and meetings. Downtown is the heart of our city but without a doubt our libraries are a very large piece of our soul. The city should not only support financially but through the continued promotion of events & opportunities. I look forward to finding new and exciting way to further the support of our libraries.


12

 

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

Answer

I do. Art is a major factor not only in quality of life but in economic growth and opportunities for folks in the community. Not only do I support the current initiatives but I look forward to growing and expanding the city's contribution to the arts and our community.


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. To me it's not just a matter of advocating but finding ways to speed the project along. A preforming arts centre is long overdue in our city. As I've stated not only is art a benefit to the community in terms of education and enrichment but it can also be a boon to the economy and in community growth. The centre will provide jobs and opportunities in growth, tourism, and in employment.


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) Increasing small businesses and continued support of community events and non-profit orgs (BRZ, OWC, EL, AAC, etc) 2) Increasing housing and ensuring access to affordable housing in the downtown core. 3) Infrastructure projects such as repairs to 3rd ave and 5th, Galt Gardens, bus depot, and derelict building rehab. Funding should come from a combination of sources- CIP, taxes, grants, etc.


15

 

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

Answer

1) Building an inclusive and accessible city to attract and retain employers and employees (transit, cycling, housing, art & rec, social services.) 2) Campaigning green energy businesses to set up shop in our city. 3) Working with small businesses and the Chamber to find innovative ways to support and encourage our entrepreneurs. Again a combination of CIP, taxes, and grants. Adding to that council campaigning to meet these goals.


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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

The downtown and London Road areas are a beautiful example of this and will, with the right support, be an ideal model for the rest of the city. We see areas in all quadrants where these goals are highly achievable. The work in the Copperwood and the north end towards Balckfoot has been good. While every neighborhood has potential we need to work to ensure each area is affordable for small businesses and that the infrastructure is built to allow a village or community feel to each area.


17

 

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

Answer

Thank you. Thank you for being brave and bold, for investing in our community and our culture. Thank you for your long hours and stressful nights. Thank you for sticking through the bad times and keeping your doors open. Thank you for creating a city that my child loves to explore and for teaching him the importance of hard work and community. My comic book store, my dress store, my music venues, my cheese and wine joint, my dress store, my florist, my grocer, my farmer, all of the many places we shop- you make this home.


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

Regardless of who is running the development the city should pass by-laws that mandate multi-family dwellings, low income housing, and retail space that is affordable to small business. To many of the retail areas in developments are only affordable to corporations and that is not supportive of our community. Affordable housing is a challenge in this city. Many municipalities have by-laws that incorporate multi-family and affordable housing into all new developments. This is the sensible and right thing to do.


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

It is important that council have a good working relationship, including open and honest communication, with all levels of government so that we may have a solid voice at the table. The city must abide by all laws passed on a provincial or federal level. It is council jobs to work within the laws to find what works best for our vity.


20

 

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

Answer

It can be very difficult for our small businesses to compete with corporations and big box stores. There are a multitude of issues that lead folks to shop on the edge of town as opposed to the heart of our city. But the support our small business owners show for each other, the level of service and community involvement, and the stellar services and products they provide are unmatched. We owe them the growth, development, and work needed to encourage a more local shopping mindset.


Environment

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

Answer

1. Bringing green energy producers in to our city and continued support for those that have already set up shop. 2. Moving forward on curbside recycling, adding in curbside composting, and looking at a ban on plastic bags and restaurant styrofoam. 3. Increasing water conservation, solar energy, and moving towards green energy transit. Taxes and grants. The federal and provincial government regularly offer municipalities grants and it is expected that green grants will be on the rise.


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

Lethbridge has an amazing array of green spaces. We are especially lucky to have the coulees running through the city. But there is always work to be done Speeding up the cycling plan, creating more community gardens, pilot projects on turning streets downtown in to pedestrian streets are a beautiful start. As the campaign has progressed I've learned Lethbridge is full of amazing people with brilliant ideas. I'd like to open the conversation up to the public to see what more we whould do!


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 emphatically opposed to all urban drilling.


24

 

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

Answer

We've seen a 57% decrease in water flow over the last 100 years. While a public education campaign on water conservation is a must the city must lead by example- small fixes like ensuring our sprinklers are watering parks and not streets. As well we should be pushing initiatives for rainwater collection, grey water reuse etc. We should ramp up education on storm drains similar to the painted fish project a few years back. As the water flow declines it is imperative that we ensure regular testing of our water source.


25

 

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

Answer

Expanding curbside recycling to include curbside composting. Organic matter makes u nearly 50% of all waste in our landfill. Banning all plastic bags and banning styrofoam containers from restaurants. Continued campaigns and education on reduce/reuse/recycle emphasizing reducing and reusing.


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

They are not only essential but an amazing way to provide support for people. This not only keeps people safe but exposes them to the support network available.


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

ARCHES is an amazing organization that provides essential services. But the need outweighs their ability. Their needs to be an increase in funding and support and the development of more locations to meet the needs of our community. Should I be elected I would appeal to ARCHES and members of the community they support to develop a plan to increase support.


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

Fisrt I would like to see a POC advisory council. I would like to see representatives o all advisory councils. And in particular ensure a seat on the police commission for POC. We can not be a safe, diverse, inclusive community if POC do not have a voice on council and in all municipal affairs. Council and the mayor must dnounce carding and worth with the police commission to find a solution that ensures police can do their jobs but prevents innocent poeple's information from being collected and stored.


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. As I have for 25 years I will still stand and fight with my LGBTQ+ family. Inclusion and diversity are not buzzwords. Being an ally and a member of the queer community I understand the importance of giving space and my voice to those that are marginalized and discriminated against. Being an ally on council is a continuation of that. My actions would be dictated by extending my privilege to protect, support, and fight for the LGBTQ+ community in whatever way required.


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 TRC made 99 recommendations. I know it is a long. uphill battle. And the only way we can achieve these goals is to work closely with the FNMI community. Follow their recommendations, take action on their suggestions and ideas, to promote and conduct ourselves as leaders in this. Decolonization extends past the FNMI community. We also need to seek out the voices and recommendations of immigrants, Muslims, POC, women, LGBTQ+, and all other groups that struggle daily under colonization in all of it's forms.


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

As above- ensuring all advisory councils have at least one FNMI rep. Upholding the TRC recommendations and working with and on the recommendations made by FNMI representative. Creating and maintaining open, honest, and equal lines of communication with FNMI representatives. And not just acknowledging that we are on Treaty 7 land but actually respecting it.