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

City Manager is a very important position in our city. They are the liaison between Council/Public and City workers and city hall employees. They have to have a working knowledge of budgeting, handling personnel and critical issues facing our city. Recruitment should be on a national scale as Lethbridge is a very desirable place to work and raise a family but do not over look home grown talent as these people may have a good working knowledge of city hall and issues that are important to taxpayers. Some of the job interviews should involve groups of people from small business, seniors, working people and people from the arts and recreation fields.


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

Being accountable for how you spend money as a city councillor is paramount. You are paid by tax dollars and people want to know you use it properly and for the job you were elected to do. Mayor and council are the "face of our city" and you must conduct yourself accordingly. Attending council meetings, sub committee meetings and any other assignment you are involved in is accountability. Being at City Hall or public events you are suppose to be at is part of your job and there is an expectation so act accordingly.


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 transparency for me and all meetings should be open to the public if it involves tax dollars. Councillors need to do their homework and be prepared at council meetings with the knowledge that they understand the issues and you believe it is in the best interest of our citizens on how you will vote.


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

Tax payers want to see that their tax dollars are being utilized as efficiently as possible. I, as a taxpayer, want to get the best "bang" for my buck and I believe all taxpayers do. City personnel are obligated to make the city run as efficiently as possible with the dollars allocated to their respective departments. That must continue but it is up to council to also look at potential revenue streams (other than raising taxes each year) to help top up some budgets that need it every so often.


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 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

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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. We currently have the new CASA building and the Yates Centre( being refurbished to the tune of 13 million dollars I believe) and a lot of taxpayers are happy with these. 2. Allowing taxpayers to decide if a new performing arts centre is really wanted (plebiscite??) 3. Keep activities like Shakespeare in the Park going so we utilize Galt Gardens for what it was meant for, a public gathering space for families to enjoy the arts.


10

 

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

Answer

A very limited role indeed. Private donations should be sought out, some public money, matching grants by provincial/federal governments so it does NOT always fall on taxpayers to foot the bill. The Arts play a vital role in any society but taxpayers have their priorities on how their tax dollars should be spent. Council should not make these expensive decisions without a LOT of public input. Other issues like homelessness and poverty need to be addressed so these people don't feel forgotten by the people they voted for.


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 is a vital part of our community and city council should not hesitate to support it. It is a gathering place for people to use books/computers/newspapers and gain knowledge and understanding of issues on a local, national and international level and make informed decisions.


12

 

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

Answer

I am undecided as I feel I don't have all the information required to make an informed decision. Hopefully during the election this issue will come out so incumbents can explain the city council side of the issue and other candidates can give their opinion as well.


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

I would prefer a plebiscite on this issue and let taxpayers decide. In 2010 the costs were pegged at $70,000,000.00 dollars so today I would guess it would be $100,000,000.00+ I have talked to a lot of people who see it as a waste of money and not a wise investment for the city.


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. Make downtown attractive and walkable so you encourage social interaction amongst a cross section of our citizens. 2. Build in affordable housing and equity 3. Understanding your community is foremost and help diversify the downtown economy Grant money should be available for start ups and an "in place" management team to help new businesses get started.


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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

City should create spaces for start up business and have "incubator spaces" available for new businesses to start. A "Small business Advisory Council" to counsel the Mayor and council members on issues related to small business anywhere in our city. Regulations should be designed to help small business open safely and quickly when it comes to zoning,permits and licensing issues. Continue with a culture of supporting small business (First Friday) is essential. I believe their are grants available at many levels of government to help young entrepreneurs get started and should be encouraged to do so.


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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 core would be a perfect example for those who want a lifestyle of maybe not having a car, starting their own business or be in a partnership with a new business. More walkable streets, NO parking meters, a walk in clinic, doctor's offices, a variety of restaurants and pubs are part of the potential for our downtown.


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

Answer

Lethbridge is a GREAT place to do business but you must understand your community, network weekly or monthly with other business people and have people available to mentor young people looking to start their own business and follow their dreams.


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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 has a huge part in land acquisition and development. The city owns the land for both entryways of another future bridge here in Lethbridge so that was a smart purchase. The city works with our home builders in making land available for builders to purchase and begin new subdivisions in our city. The city also makes land in the industrial park attractive to outside businesses to come to Lethbridge and set up shop creating good jobs for young people and hundreds of jobs in the trades to build them.


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

Council is a sounding board for our citizens and a first link to the provincial/federal governments. The recent No Drilling Lethbridge decision was perfect example of people being outraged by big oil companies and showing the province that the "power of the people" is still a force in this province. Activism is the "rent you pay" for living on this planet and our citizens showed that to the rest of Canada and the world. Politicians need to remember that the quickest way to piss off an Albertan is to "tell them what to do"


20

 

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

Answer

1. Diversifying the downtown economy. 2. Encourage all people that small business is the life blood of our community and we should support them. 3. Help new immigrants to our community to start new businesses if they have a plan or dream to do so.


Environment

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

Answer

1. Using the landfill as an energy source. 2. Encourage people and businesses to look at solar/wind power as an energy source or compliment their primary energy source. 3. Keeping our water treatment plant and waste water treatment plant updated to exceed environmental standards. Funding should be at every level of government. The federal government just gave the city 16-17 million dollars to upgrade our water treatment plants this spring so we are going in the right direction.


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

Creating more walkable spaces (no cars) in the downtown core, using the landfill as a potential energy source, new subdivisions contain walkways and park space, upgrade existing parks to make them safe and accessible for all citizens(handicap accessible)


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 protest with all the people that signed the petition against drilling. Stand in front of heavy equipment, defy blockades, grill our MLA's and Resources Minister if they showed up!! City Council writing a letter was a necessary step but not all that effective. Politicians understand "activism" and it is our duty as citizens to remind them of that every so often.


24

 

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

Answer

I think our water here in Lethbridge is excellent and our city workers at the water treatment plant do a great job. What happens upstream from us on the Oldman River is sometimes out of our control. Educating people on the wise use of water is part of Councils prerogative and should be part of their mandate. Snowfall, or lack of snowfall is one thing we can't control and is part of climate change we have seen over several years now. It is a commodity we need and we need to protect.


25

 

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

Answer

Encouraging recycling at all levels both personal household and business owners. Looking at the potential that "recycled material" has in road repairs, buildings,pathways, etc.


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

The City of Lethbridge should provide incentives for home owners to develop renewable energy projects


Social & Equity

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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 agree that it would be good for those people who take drugs but it DOESNT get to the crux of the problem. Homelessness, unemployment, and different types of abuse are often what lead to drug use. Getting people into affordable housing, jobs or job re-education and mental health counselling is the only answer I think.


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 the city does a good job in all these areas but education is the key. Getting these people a job so they feel some sense of community and self pride, mental health counselling to help them overcome mental health issues they may have. This is a 2 way street and people must meet these services halfway and realize there are people in your corner and want to help you but you need to want the help is a big first step.


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

Reconciliation Week has been a HUGE first step and our city is the first in Canada to do this. An apology from the mayor was vastly important to indigenous people and to recognize we are on traditional Blackfoot land was a small step. The city has held out its hand and initiated a process we hope will continue in to the future so all indigenous people feel welcome and included and can pursue their education and dreams here in southern Alberta. We can't forget what was done to native people in residential schools and the generational cycle of abuse that it caused but to "breathe in the future and breathe out the past" is a start.


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 am an ALLY to the LGBTQ community as I have a personnel reason to be so. I have marched in several Lethbridge Pride parades and do so as a Dad and a teacher. I support all the functions and initiatives that the LGBTQ has accomplished and will do so in the future whether on city council or not.


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 hope the City of Lethbridge hires indigenous people looking for jobs, not because it looks good on paper but because they are good qualified people. Encourage other businesses to do the same because they are qualified and work hard. City Council has apologized for past indignities forced on native people and now the healing process must begin. Lets be honest, I know there are citizens here in Lethbridge who see the "usual suspects" downtown causing problems. That is a fact!! But as someone who volunteers at the Soup Kitchen and Food Bank this is not limited to native people only. Affordable housing, jobs and a feeling of self worth will go a long way in reconciliation in our city.


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

Invite indigenous people to ALL public events put on by the city, expand reconciliation week to include elders going to elementary schools with stories and traditions, city council visiting the Blood and Pikani nation for talks on job creation, education, infrastructure, health care and the environment.