Candidate running for Councillor


Administration & Governance

1

 

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

They have to have emotional intelligence, strong leadership skills, clear communication style and the ability to think out of the box. I was never a fan of hiring search firms until I was part of the selection committee for our new chief of police. We hired an agency out of Calgary who interviewed all parties affected by the hire to get their feedback, brought us top quality candidates and took care of arranging confidential interviews in a way we could never accomplish here in town. I would suggest the same process. The process will be transparent but not the candidates if they prefer confidentiality.


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

Apart from the already clearly laid out rules against financial conflicts of interest, that council members interact with each other, and members of the administration, in a respectful manner. Unfortunately this is difficult to codify and even more difficult to enforce.


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

To me accountability is all about taking responsibility for one's actions. We need to be very clear about what we are doing and why. When citizens are upset about an action taken by council we need to be able to own up and explain our intentions, not change the subject or shift the blame. This takes integrity which, unfortunately, cannot be codified or enforced either. One can only hope that the majority of councilors have it.


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

I see my role as collaborating with my colleagues on council and the city manager to achieve the goals that council agrees upon. We create the policies and procedures and the city manager has his staff implement them. I am not an accountant or an engineer or a lawyer so I have to rely on the expertise of our senior administration and need to have a respectful working relationship with them. I value their knowledge but won't hesitate to question them if I feel we are heading in the wrong direction.


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

Neither agree nor 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

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

Continue the Public Art Program as it is funded now. Lobby the provincial government to reinstate the arts funding that has been cut over the last few years. Build a new Performing Arts Centre with as many federal and provincial grants as we can get our hands on, fundraising within the arts community and, if necessary, tax dollars.


10

 

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

Answer

Anyone who has ever travelled will tell you the things they remember most about any trip taken are related to the arts - galleries visited, plays or concerts attended, public art stumbled upon. If we want a vibrant city we have to place value on artistic endeavors and enable artists through advocacy and funding.


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 the one place where anyone can go and take advantage of their services regardless of income or station in life. It should be a gathering place for people to gain knowledge and connect with people. I am on the library board and have seen them raise their profile over the last couple of years with various programs and initiatives to keep people coming back. I cannot imagine a community without them.


12

 

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

Answer

Absolutely.


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.


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

1) Make it a safe and welcoming place which is being addressed through various initiatives being undertaken by the police department in conjunction with Community Services and our downtown partners. 2) Increase the number of people who actually live there which we are helping facilitate with grants to developers who build new living space downtown.3) Make it attractive and inviting which we are doing through various programs such as Clean Sweep and tax breaks for renovations.


15

 

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

Answer

The top three priorities are 1) attracting new businesses 2) helping them thrive and 3) keeping them connected. We fund Economic Development Lethbridge and they have thrived in all three areas: 1)They outdid themselves with the Cavendish farms project which will undoubtedly lead to more opportunities down the line 2) Tecconnect is an incubator for new business ventures and a training and mentorship provider for existing businesses and 3) the Intelligent Communities project focusses on strengthening our city's connectivity.


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

DOWNTOWN


17

 

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

Answer

I want the business community to know that I admire your courage and tenacity and appreciate your contributions to this city. It is said that you can't fight city hall but I don't think you should have to. If we are doing something that's not working for you then come and talk to us. We are all in this together.


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

The system we have now seems to be working well and if it needs improvement I would like to hear from those who think so.


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 our responsibility to have good working relationships with other levels of government so that when we need to lobby on our citizens' behalf that we have open lines of communication. This council has those relationships and have been very successful in our lobbying efforts.


20

 

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

Answer

The Lethbridge lifestyle (medium size city with a small town feel) is our greatest strength. Along with our educated workforce, which comes from having both a college and a university, and our solid infrastructure, we were able to attract the biggest investment Lethbridge has ever seen in the Cavendish project. As we exceed 100,000 people in the near future I think businesses who adapt to the demands of the larger city while retaining the personal touch will thrive.


Environment

21

 

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

Answer

During the last campaign we heard loud and clear from the public that we had no one dedicated to the environment portfolio. Since then we have hired a number of staff in various departments who concentrate on environmental issues, we created Environment Lethbridge as a community council whose mandate is to promote sustainability in Lethbridge and we have a council Environment Committee who hear reports from all of them and brings forward resolutions as appropriate. The top three priorities are Air, Water and Waste.


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

Building Legacy Park was, and is, a huge enhancement of green space in Lethbridge. Our newly adopted River Valley Master Plan will ensure the protection of that area for future generations. We do a good job of maintaining, and adding to, our extensive pathway system.


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

Vehemently opposed.


24

 

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

Answer

I think our water is managed very well now.


25

 

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

Answer

Residential curbside recycling Education and encouragement for the commercial, industrial, institutional and construction customers with eventual financial penalties for non-compliance Increase in tipping fees This council is doing all of the above


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

At the moment they are the most effective tools we have available to us.


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 need detox beds, a safe sobering site, a shelter that provides daytime activities and more affordable housing.


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

We ourselves need to be inclusive, as individuals, as a civic government, as a service provider, and as an employer. We need to support initiatives that combat intolerance and foster understanding.


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 now. At first I was opposed to the transgender sidewalk because I didn't understand why it was such a big deal. Then I got curious and asked members of our transgender community to explain it to me. I said that when I was a kid there were just men and women and now there are all these categories and it's confusing. And they said "We have always been here but back then we were hiding". I almost cried. And I got it. And I'm sorry I didn't get it sooner.


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

This council recently adopted a Reconciliation Plan created by the people who know what needs to be done. I will follow their lead, not blindly or without question, but with a view to real change.


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

A user fee should be charged to all users


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

See my answer to question 32