Candidate running for Mayor


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

"The Peter Principle" illustrates how "managers rise to their level of incompetence" by being promoted in an organization based on the performance of their last job. Eventually, the person would find themselves in a position they are unable to perform. In theory, an organization can have a completely incompetent hierarchy if hiring constantly from within. Therefore, hiring from the outside can serve the organization. Searching outside for the best talent would not be off the table, but neither should be promoting from within. We have many knowledgeable people in city administration, though the best talent from outside should not be out of the question. Truly open competition is the best way.


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

I would like the council to be completely accessible in every way, and already they can be reached by email and other common methods of communication. However; accessibility also means being publicly visible. For me, this means that the entirety of council should use public transit as much as possible, when in the city. For the years I've used the public transit system in Lethbridge, I have not once seen a member of council ride the bus, though some have claimed they do. Many families have no choice but to use public transit; and many like myself also choose to use public transit, as the concept aligns with my values. Code of conduct is not simply limited to "professional behaviour."


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 rests within a person. Accountability is how they in their core choose to conduct themselves in every facet of their existence. In a professional setting, some take it to mean operation within parameters of the law. The law however; is not moral. Morality and law are two separate ways of being, but overlap in many ways. A law imposing morality upon a person is an amoral law in itself. Council members are accountable to the People of Lethbridge. They are bound by law, and bound by policy. Within those parameters they exercise morality & personal accountability. If their inner accountability is not recognized first, therein is the purpose of law & policy to correct that failing.


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

Leading and working with council to direct city administration in providing soluble actions to seemingly insoluble issues the People of Lethbridge face is the ultimate agenda of council. Not self serving decisions, or gaining political points, but overall increasing the quality of life of the People of this city. Council and administration does not operate within a vacuum devoid of the public. The People are who we are choosing to do this work for, and if any council member does not recognize that, I would question their motives in being there. This is not "a part time job." The lives of almost 100,000 People are affected by the decisions council and city administration make. That is sacred.


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

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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

Physical public art can add a surreal majesty, and profound beauty to the landscape. The large installations by the Galt Museum illustrate this perfectly. Encouraging public art is essential to beautification of the city, but also in many ways adds to the psychological well being of the People. The city can include public art funding within its budget, but we can and should also encourage wealthier residents to patron our local artists. Art is essential to an informed democracy, so much so that often historically, totalitarian regimes would suppress the arts first. Funding for the arts is where P3's serve society, in a most positive way.


10

 

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

Answer

There are not unlimited funds for the city to work with. That being said, support and funding for the arts is essential to an informed democracy. Focusing on funding for the arts, and investment in infrastructure for the arts, is as important as attracting business and enabling business to grow within the city. Artists and architects can even work together to create functional infrastructure that not only serves the purposes of businesses or the city, but infrastructure that is also a piece of art in itself within the landscape of the city. For some reason we are obsessed with 90 degree angle buildings made of glass, concrete, and stone. Why not create something beautiful & new?


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 essential. The library is more than books, but also offers many other services and programs that ultimately add to the knowledge and culture of our city. The public library is not only a place of knowledge, but also a safe space for every person in the city to gather. Unfortunately, the library is often underappreciated by the public. Encouraging the public to read and be part of the library is a support I can personally offer, and as Mayor, ensuring that the library can continue and grow while maintaining the rich documents that fill the shelves is definitely within the interests of the People. I've mentioned informed democracy several times, so I'll let you assume it.


12

 

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

Answer

yep.


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

Before a shovel of dirt has been turned, the city has already invested $500,000 in planning the performing arts centre. To abandon it would be a terrible waste of time and taxpayer funds. Seeing the project through, with the best use of taxpayer funds in mind, and perhaps in partnership with private industry, may see the performing arts centre built to its full potential. Again, here is an instance where P3's serve the public good, provided of course that those private investors do not infringe on the public's ability to create and perform within that space. (ie: if an anti-capitalist anti-bank play was to be performed, & a bank was the principle investor, the bank has no right to stop it).


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) Encountering the homeless population effectively with the resources and services they need is definitely required. For too long have we as a city overlooked or ignored this human rights issue, 2) Ensuring that businesses are enabled to operate with full support by the consumers is also essential. Council can initiate a "buy local" campaign to encourage the People to support our businesses. 3) Attracting businesses that offer what box stores don't is key as well. Box stores decimate local businesses by undercutting them in price and product. Informed consumers are essential to business sustainability The city budget in tandem with the province & federal government can achieve all of this.


15

 

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

Answer

1) Enabling small start up businesses to rezone properties perfect for their business is key. Some business owners I've met have sought elsewhere as rezoning in the city is cost prohibitive for them. 2) Infrastructure to accommodate local farmers, such as a textile plant refining hemp products, while encouraging local farmers to produce hemp, creates synergy & jobs. 3) Taxing big box stores within the municipality can likely be achieved. If they're bleeding money out of the local economy they should reciprocate by putting it back in. These initiatives may be achieved at minimal cost to the taxpayer, provided we find the right partners to bring into the city (like Cavendish Farms).


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

I'm not exactly sure what you're asking here.


17

 

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

Answer

Politics and business are two separate worlds for good reason. Often they overlap in partnership, and sometimes in the worst way possible, overlap in corruption. To keep these worlds separate but enable these worlds to operate together in the best interests of the People is what I am interested in.


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

Ensuring that the People of Lethbridge will not be adversely affected by land development (such as fracking, or other pollutant industries) is within the interest of the public. The city has a responsibility to safeguard against such "developments" from occurring.


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

Advocacy on behalf of the People of Lethbridge is a key function of council. To wholeheartedly and effectively advocating for the People is a requirement of Leadership.


20

 

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

Answer

The forthcoming legalization of cannabis for recreational use is a great opportunity for business development in Lethbridge. Legitimizing legal growers for medical cannabis is an avenue the city can look forward to. The community supports businesses like "BOB's Headquarters" and having dispensaries move in along with shops that offer "baked goods" can be something that the public can become more comfortable with. The world is changing, and the forthcoming legalization of cannabis is merely decriminalizing the use of a substance many People already healthily partake in. A challenge is not jumping on that opportunity before competitors build that infrastructure in their cities before we do.


Environment

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

Answer

1) Encouraging solar and wind energy capture within the city to reduce costs of utilities on the consumer is within the scope of power of council, by revisiting restrictions placed upon personal wind turbines. 2) creating tax incentives for residents who choose to use these technologies can be tabled. 3) Creating better infrastructure for recycling initiatives is already in the works with curbside recycling, supporting that initiative is within all of our interests as responsible citizens.


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'll get back to you on that.


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

STRONGLY OPPOSED


24

 

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

Answer

Water has to be managed with all the People upstream and downstream of our Water resources. This is OUR Water as Humans, not just private industry or America's. TO ensure we have sustainable Water sources is a collaborative effort with many entities involved int hat process, not simply a 13 member group.


25

 

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

Answer

Educating the public on their waste production is key. The public must recognize their impact.


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

Renewable energy initiatives should be a requirement in all new Lethbridge development


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

They are effective in tandem with other efforts, such as the oncoming intox and detox centres. Prevention is the first step, and that means addressing poverty and the symptoms born from poverty as well.


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 transition home that is fully staffed 24/7 with trained professionals who know how to deal with addiction, mental illness, and poverty. Where resources and infrastructure are collected under one roof.


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 has an essential role, but as I'm running out of time to elucidate my thoughts on this before the survey closes, I'll let you ask me in person.


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. Supporting and celebrating the LGBTQ+ community needs to be more visible than it is within the city. Not just lip service.


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

By building a strong and enduring relationship with all the Tribes who signed Treaty 7, and the city as an entity.


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

By being elected ;)