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

This is a good question, City Manager should be well versed in laws, provincial and federal. Financial skills need to be previously demonstrated.


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

Adher to council values, which should be respect, transparency, inclusion, honesty, and trust.


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 means listening to the issues of the people and doing my best to address their concerns.


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

Find ways to Bridge the Municipal law unique to the needs of the people of Lethridge.


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

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

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

Public visual arts, the artists in our community need to showcase their work. We have amazing artwork at the University of Lethbridge and the College. We need to incorporate public visual art into the infrastructure budgets of all new builds in our community.


10

 

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

Answer

Continue to honor local artists. We need to maintain local theatre, Yates and to promote the Art Gallery to maintain a commitment to the citizens of Lethbridge.


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

We need to maintain changes in learning in the public library. For example; 3 D printers. we need to continue with "IT" portion is kept up to the modern standards.


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

Yes, we need to have Art, it is what makes change.


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

Development in the downtown core could use some tweaking on the method of meteor payment; develop a few closed off to traffic pedestrian friendly streets, with a somewhat tourist appeal, patio chairs and tables for resting or eating, outdoor markets and vendors. A more heightened sense of security to address the flow into the downtown core.


15

 

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

Answer

The city of Lethbridge needs a 3rd Bridge, we need to bridge the gap of almost 40, 000 residents on the west side, and 60, 000 across the river. There needs to be a partnership with the province and the city in how to achieve this.


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

We need to develop apartments in the high density downtown core, this will give an increased presence of residents living in the heart of the city.


17

 

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

Answer

Small business is what has grown the Lethbridge community.


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 city has a role to prevent "Sprawling", we need to maintain the same level of services Lethbridge has for the rest of the city. We need to maintain the water, public transportation, civil services and the EMS.


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

Advocate for the Lethbridge citizens.


20

 

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

Answer

Permits, land, zoning, skilled workforce and supply and demand.


Environment

21

 

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

Answer

Recycling, regular, organic and compost City transit, more transit users less vehicles on the road Park spaces


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

Candidate declined to answer the question.


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

NO


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

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

Harm reduction strategies are a medical health issue. I think we need to gather more info and research to look at providing a Wrap around service, each client has a Caseworker to help them navigate the system to assist with them with their choices.


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 an inclusive wrap around service in a visible area, that can assist in this. It is a never ending problem, but we can make a difference. Perhaps we can gather info from Edmonton who have a program in place to assist in this area.


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

The city needs to ensure they are truly committed to addressing these systemic issues and provide avenues for people to get assistant to deal with this.


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, i am an ally and support the rights of the LGBTQ and their inclusion into the community.


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 am on the Reconcilation subcommittee and will take steps to build a better Lethbridge in its process of decolonization, indigenization, and reconciliation into the City of Lethbridge.


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


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

As an Indigenous Metis Elder i have lived and worked in this community for almost 40 years. I have established a good rapport with a variety of agencies and services in this community. I have received an award by the Urban Aboriginal Board of Lethbridge for my work in the community with the Indigenous families. I was nominated for a Human Services Worker award by Opokaa'sin for my work with Aboriginal families in the community. I continue to foster new relationships with people in the Indigenous community.