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

Leadership and communication skills instantly come to mind. The successful person must have the following: vision and understanding the value of vision; openness and transparent,; respect the limitation of his/her power; focus everything on accountability and be willing to change the corporate system and culture; have a community minded approach, engage the community and be a visible leader in the community. Most important is the willingness, ability and realization the he/she is also a servant to the community and has integrity. I assume the assistance of a recruiting company would be needed and for transparency; keeping the community informed as to the process council will follow.


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

There is nothing I would add to the existing code of conduct.


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

Get rid of secrecy and hiding behind FOIP. Conduct more meetings in public rather than in camera. Make decisons in public rather than discussing and debating via technology. Open up the "doors" at city hall. When a member of council travels on the public purse, a written report MUST be filed. When council hands out your money to organizations, agencies, sports, culture, recreational events and special interest groups, a report on measuring success or outcomes must be filed. On major projects , a financial report must be filed by administration once project completed. These are all steps in holding council accountable.


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 role is to represent the tax paying public and ensure that communication is open and free, public business must be done and seen to be done publicly. I believe the role of an elected office has two main fundamental principles/rules: democratic representation and principle of accountability. It's simple, citizens have a right to expect the elected members to reflect and represent their views and that elected members are accountable for their actions. Council is the servant of the public and although the majority voice is heard, the minority voice must be considered carefully.


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 Oppose 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

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 don't know if I have three because I would engage and expect the Arts community to come forward with what would be best for the city however, if I was to choose one, it would be trying to find a way to create a gallery to present the University's extensive art collection. Many of the successful art activities that take place in our city usually come from grass roots initiatives, support and funding which I believe will continue to grow. I believe the relationship between the University and the City has always been a strong one so possibly this could be the next project between the two. A possible funding source for the arts could be a % of new investment $$ by major corporations.


10

 

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

Answer

A vibrant city needs arts & culture. I believe the city has done an excellent job in working with and partnering with the arts. Past and current councils have committed funds to many projects such as CASA and the current renovations taking place at the Yates. With funds being very limited, I believe the city has a role to play but there must be other players involved, such as the corporate and business community. Taxpayers pockets are only so deep and as we have seen this past term, our external borrowing has been or will be the highest in recent memory.


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

Well the city owns the libraries and supports them through funding and grants . I believe the public library is an essential part of the community and I would support it to meet the needs of the community.


12

 

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

Answer

Yes.


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 decision was made by council during the recent CIP approvals. Everything is in place for the process to begin to get it to a "shovel ready" stage.


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

Keeping it safe and secure for all the people who work and live in the area and for all the customers/clients who spend their money downtown is in my mind, the first priority. An unsafe downtown would prevent anything good from happening there. Housing development of some kind as in the units at 601. Existing building owners, who own buildings in prime downtown locations, need to invest in their properties to attract home buyers as well as new retailers needed to provide the services these home owners require. Finding a way to remove vehicles from the downtown streets and create more pedestrian friendly streets with outdoor events/activities, such as Stephen Ave in downtown Calgary.


15

 

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

Answer

It doesn't matter what my priorities are, we have a heavily city funded organization, EDL that is responsible and credited for economic development.


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

What I like best and has impressed me most, are the few builders who are providing infill housing in older neighborhoods. I only hope this will continue and that more builders jump on board. Also the developers who are building condo units and townhouse style developments in various parts of the city is appealing and exciting to see.


17

 

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

Answer

Your voice is important to me and you are the biggest player in the success of the growth in our city. I strongly believe we must open the "doors" at city hall and engage every aspect of our community in charting the path for future vision and growth. We constantly hear the needs and wants from the special interest groups, organizations and agencies but we don't seem to have open, regular discussions with the groups that make our community click; the business community, the builders, the industrial and commercial sector. You are the ones I want to hear from on a regular basis.


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

For commercial activity, the city has no choice but to be involved because no other land owner/ developer takes on that responsibility. However for residential, the city should not be involved because it competes unfairly with the private sector because it has deep pockets it can go to when needed; the tax payer. The private sector goes to the bank to borrow. The other troublesome thing is that the city can pick winners and losers as to who can build in their residential developments even though its taxpayers money footing the bill. The city also controls, through decisions made my council, where new residential developments occur.....city owned land versus private owned land?!?!?


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

Stand up, thank and applaud if those decisions are positive ones for our community but stand up and fight if those decisions negatively affect our citizens. We are elected to represent you and what is best for you. This council did just that early in the term when the drilling companies wanted to drill/frack within our city limits near a school.


20

 

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

Answer

 One of the challenges is that with increasing development comes growth expenses;  infrastructure,  protective services, public transit, pedestrians, cyclists and all types of mobility issues faced by many in our community.  Costs to maintain green spaces, recreation and culture facilities required for the betterment of our community, all add financial pressures. The steady increase of offsite levy's is a challenge in maintaining affordable growth. However, as we grow, we become an attraction for growth in services needed, retail growth as well as hotels, motels, restaurants and the house building industry. To sustain that growth, we need to lobby other levels of government.


Environment

21

 

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

Answer

I will respond as I did with economic priorities; council created and gave seed money to Environment Lethbridge (EL). This is the grass roots organization that will bring forward the environmental priorities to council and they would know better than I, which would be the top three. Having said that, if tax dollars are needed to fund these priorities, they must prove themselves and be accountable to the community. I believe that each citizen has different environmental priorities so they change their behaviour to fulfill them. Things such as carpooling, using transit, energy efficient lights and appliances, low flush toilets , landscaping designs; all contribute to better environment.


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

By creating guidelines and policies that would reflect and assist that type of development and growth.


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

Same as it was last time, not within our city boundaries.


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

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 don't believe they are all effective interventions. Some may work but most seem to be enabling these behaviours and that's why you see a drastic increase. Needle distribution went from 2400 per month 3 years ago to 30,000 per month today. I don't see that as intervention, I see that as contributing to the problem.


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 think we have most of the support services in our city.


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 disagree


30

 

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

Answer

My goal would be to ensure that the city treats everyone fairly and equal, no racism, no discrimination.


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 believe everyone has the right to live their life the way they choose to and I totally support and encourage it. Freedom of choice.


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 don't know of what steps I could take but I would be very open to having a thorough and thoughtful discussion.


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

Private companies should be providing these services and facilities with market forces setting fees


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

By treating everyone equally, with respect and ensuring there is a level of trust.