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'd be looking for the person who best fits the job description: Someone who can maintain the city budget and represent the municipality in a variety of settings. They must have an ability to research issues important to the city and advise the mayor and council on the best course of action. I'm not certain on how the city does their recruiting but I would think the search should be far reaching not just in Lethbridge. Transparency would be part of the vetting process by what I suspect would be a hiring committee made up of appropriate people who understand what a City Manager is tasked to do.


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

It may be cliché and simple but "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you." Have respect for everyone who is a peer on council and treat every person who approaches you with a question or concern equally. Be polite. And if you're going to tweet something out maybe it's a good idea to write it. Read it. Think about what you wrote for 5 minutes and if you feel it's still appropriate, only then can you hit send.


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

I think it's incumbent on everyone to be honest. That includes everything you do in life, not just what you're doing on matters of city council. As someone who has not been on council before, I will have to find out what's in place right now and find out if accountability is working.


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 need to be a student and a communicator. I need to find out everything on every topic. Be informed and knowledgeable before making a decision. I would maintain communication on my decisions using various forms of social media like twitter, facebook or even my own personal Blog.


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 Support 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

A Performing Arts Center in Lethbridge would be my biggest priority. The downtown is the heart of the city. A performing arts centre could be the soul of the city. There's a great committee working now on ways to secure provincial and federal money along with the CIP program with the City.


10

 

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

Answer

Helping secure money and then helping it efficiently operate by hiring qualified personnel


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

I just heard a statistic that illiteracy is still relatively high in our city. That is an important aspect that the library can help overcome. They've had tremendous programs over the years and I would support continuing them.


12

 

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

Answer

I do for the most part. Sometimes I don't understand them, but that's kind of the beauty of art. It engages a discussion. SAAG is one of the most renowned art galleries in the art world in Canada. The U of L has one of the greatest collections in the country. It helps to put Lethbridge on the map.


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. Historically, Lethbridge has a great tradition with a Performing Arts Theatre. The Yates is filled to capacity every year. We miss out on touring shows. It's important.


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. More condo-style living developments 2. Assessment of current structures to determine their viability 3. Continued security. There could be a combination of private companies plus tax incentives. Security would fall under the Police budget.


15

 

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

Answer

1. Attracting private businesses from the agricultural and tech world 2. Assist in attracting more researchers for both the Research Centre and the U of L 3. Securing sporting events both national and international along with non-sporting conventions As far as funding, I would propose an economic committee who has the expertise in this world.


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 core. I can see that area thriving much like a Manhattan in New York City.


17

 

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

Answer

First off, know that I believe that Lethbridge is a tremendous place to do business and raise a family. We have great amenities here and I think it's going to get even better. I would also invite businesses who have major concerns to let me and other councillors know what those concerns are so that we can have a great discussion about them.


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

Much like the collaboration between the city of Edmonton and the people who wanted the Rogers Center. There was tremendous acrimony during that negotiation. But there was discussion, compromise and a willingness to get a job done that was the best possible decision. It got done. Everything can get done with the right mindset.


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

To communicate the arguments on all sides to the citizens of Lethbridge. Have a dialogue. Find the best decision.


20

 

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

Answer

The city is at a great population right now. There is great opportunity for growth. With that growth we have to make sure we have infrastructure. We have to monitor that growth.


Environment

21

 

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

Answer

Keeping as much waste as possible out of the Landfilll Reducing the carbon footprint. Continue to educate everyone on the importance of recycling.


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

I think it's all about communication and education. The message needs to be repeated often. Perhaps an educational tour by experts to schools, service groups and other organizations would be a benefit.


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 be against it. Based on what I've read there is little economic advantage for such a project.


24

 

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

Answer

I think the people in that department are doing a tremendous job.


25

 

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

Answer

Again, I think it's a matter of education and communication.


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

Based on what I've hear of the model that exists in Vancouver, it saves lives. Perhaps the next stage would be be to have a rehab centre in the same building where people can turn to specialized personnel.


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 would have to discuss this with organizations like Streets Alive and Bridges of Hope who have a better understanding of the issue.


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

Neither agree nor disagree


30

 

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

Answer

First and foremost. Set a good example. And again we need to engage with the disenfranchised. Get educated on these circumstances. Have compassion. To quote Lin Manuel Miranda: "Love is love is love is love."


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. They are first and foremost human beings. I totally respect who they are.


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

Again, it's all about reaching out and understanding. Partnership is the new leadership.


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

Reach out. I'd love create relationships with the Sik-Ooh-Kotok Friendship centre and Opokaa'sin. I need to learn more about their culture.