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 would look for a demonstrated leader with a strong business background and who is community orientated. I would like to see a committee made up of equal parts sr management, city council and a citizen group. We should open up the interview process to both internal and external employees with a focus on finding the most suitable person for the job, and not just someone who is part of "an old boys club". I would like to see this approach taken with all sr management positions.


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 councilors need to be aware they are always in the public eye. I would include a code of conduct that prevents city councilors from directly calling out city employees. As the city manager is council's only employee, the city manager is the only one who should be called out for irrational behaviour. Any city staff should only have to receive criticism from Sr management. I would also include ensuring conflicts of interest are noted and that any councilor must identify a conflict before carrying out any votes.


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

We are elected to serve the public and not ourselves. Accountability means showing up for council meetings, answering citizens emails and phone calls and basing information on facts. I would ask that each councilor should sit on the same number of committees as any other councilor, attend upwards of 90 percent of council meetings, and for our councilors to create reports of community gatherings and events they have attended to show their outreach into the community.


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

City council is the voice of our citizens. Our role is to support economic, residential, cultural and environmental developments by working collaboratively and basing our decisions on facts and a realistic risk factor. Our role is also to not only listen to the concerns of community members, but to actively fight for the rights of each citizen.


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


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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

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. Building a performing arts center - funded through provincial and federal grants. 2. Creating opportunities for artists to showcase their work in designated public areas - funded through the BRZ and Heart of our City, with input from the allied arts council. 3. Developing an arts and culture master plan - funded through council


10

 

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

Answer

As we are representing our citizens, we are also representing our culture here. Without support from government, the arts is sure to suffer. It is our role to make Lethbridge an attractive city, and to do so we must support our artists in order to not loose talented people to other city centers.


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 in itself a breath of knowledge. The resources at the library help many of our citizens become better informed and engaged in the community. I would support it by investing time and energy into the promotion of library events and securing funding for any upgrades the library may need.


12

 

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

Answer

I do, I think it is great that we have a Public Art Master Plan. We have a 9 step program in place to secure public art. Now it's time we start implementing some projects. Currently the master plan only focuses on parks and gateways. I feel we should include dressing up our alley ways, and finding creative art projects to hide or at least take the focus away power boxes, gas meters etc.


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

100% yes. A brand new performing arts centre is long overdue.


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. Galt Gardens master plan - council with input from stakeholder groups 2. Reviewing the housing incentive program to make it more lucrative to potential investors - heart of our city 3. The restoration of our historic buildings - local citizen groups and council


15

 

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

Answer

1. Youth/Student employment programs to attract and maintain our talented young people. - U of L, municipal tax breaks 2. Tourism and services economy - Creating 1 single entity (combing Chinook tourism and visit Lethbridge) to focus on bring people to Lethbridge 3. A framework for Aboriginal economic prosperity, developed in conjunction with Aboriginal Affairs - federal/provincial grants to entrepreneurs with the support of council


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

The downtown, the more positive people we have living, working and playing in the downtown, the more vibrant our downtown will bcome.


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

Answer

As a small business owner, I know the struggle first hand and understand that any help offered by city groups (committees, staff) can go a long way in creating a succesful business venture.


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

Developing bylaws that ensure high standards are followed by all developers (green spaces, community gathering places, meeting infrastructure standards etc).


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

As with the legalization of marijuana, the city needs to support both the decisions of our government and the needs of our city. Changes don't take place overnight, and we have to have plans in place well in advance of any changes taking affect.


20

 

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

Answer

We are almost at 100,000 people, and with the new investment from Cavendish farms we should an increase in consumer spending. We also have a very beautiful landscape, and some great events in Lethbridge. We need to focus on our tourism by strategically marketing ourselves in places like Montana and Saskatchewan. Our biggest challenge is holding on to our student population.


Environment

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

Answer

1. Creating a sustainable recycling program. - Council 2. Developing a sustainable renewable energy sector - private business with municipal support 3. Rewarding households for decreasing their carbon footprint - Council


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

First off, we need to have strict guidelines for our developers to follow in neighbourhood development. Working with existing neighbourhoods to create more energy efficient homes (through tax breaks for upgrading to energy reducing products like windows, doors, furnaces) and encouraging houses to reduce the amount of garbage they throw out. A real pet peeve of mine is seeing some of my neighbours trash cans overflowing with cardboard and other recyclables.


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

Oil spills can be devastating to any community, fracking is not perfect and if there is even a .1 percent chance that a spill could occur within our city, I do not support it.


24

 

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

Answer

We need to educate our citizens on proper water management. Watering grass for hours on end and running water when not needed are common mistakes people do. We need to have a social marketing campaign to change the way people view water management. The current consensus in most people's minds is we have a never ending supply of water, so why worry? We have to change that mentality.


25

 

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

Answer

We should have different sizes of garbage cans that each household can pick which one they want. The larger then garbage can, the more the household has to pay on property taxes towards waste collection.


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

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 addicted, it's no longer a choice for them it is a way of life. We need to support these people and not blame them. Keeping them safe and out of harms way not only makes it safer for the individual, but also for our community. Without support, it's almost impossible to battle addiction. I believe harm reduction is the best policy towards helping people achieve a cleaner lifestyle while reducing the negative impact they may bring to the community.


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

A proper shelter that is kept clean, up to date and frankly habitable. More support to the YWCA, last year they turned away a lot of woman in need room and board because they just didn't have any room left.


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

Very important we do this. We are an ever changing and growing community. To prevent the types of rallys and hate mongering groups, we cannot condone any sort of racism or discrimination in our community. We have to understand that people are who they are, and hate crimes should be punished the same as any other major crime. We also need to support our CMARD and ensure the reconciliation plan is implemented and supported by council.


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 do consider myself an ally. What that means to me is I support everyone's way of life. People are who they are and it is not up to anyone to dictate how someone else should live there life. Why someone would feel the need to hate a group of people based on the sexual orientation is beyond my comprehension. I was always brought up to respect everyone and allow people to be who they are. I cannot even imagine the anger I would feel if someone was actively against the way I live my life.


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 reconciliation plan we have developed is wonderful and it's a great start to creating better relationships between our communities. In my opinion adults who hold hate in the heart towards a group of people are hard to change. Attacking someones core values (no matter how wrong they may seem to you) will never create a change of opinion. What we need to do is focus on our youth so that these values of hatred and racism are not instilled, by teaching them the history that Canada hides from and have them understand that at the end of the day, we are all people who deserve basic human rights and the ability to just be who they are.


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

I have already established relationships in the blackfoot community and will continue to do so, by visiting and supporting places such as Sik-Ooh-Kotok friendship centre, Saamis aboriginal employment and Opokaa'sin early intervention society. As a Metis person, I understand the struggles of growing up aboriginal in a land that looks at you as an outsider. My mother went to residential schools, and because of those schools she doesn't know her native tongue Michif. Residential schools still have an impact on our aboriginal youth today. It is important that we continue to support our aboriginal communities who are still feeling the effects of one of Canada's darkest chapters.