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

The CAO must be a team builder. He/she is the broker between Council and the rest of staff. Personally, I saw great benefit in working with a CAO that was a lawyer in a previous life. With respect to recruiting, I would advocate that a private head-hunting firm be contracted to produce a list of 3-4 candidates nationwide for Council to interview.


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

Transparency. I think the new Council needs to conduct more of its business during regular meetings rather that in-camera.


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

Councillors need to be held to their word. They need to accept responsibility for poor decisions, just as they do for good ones. No passing the buck. They need to understand that you can learn from a mistake. They will do better by taking action to correct the problem and then move on.


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

The number one role is to listen to the ratepayers! Before an issue comes to the table, study it! Then hear out your staff and their recommendation. If not satisfied with what is recommended, Council can't be afraid to table it for a bit and ask for another option.


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 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

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

I would need to do more research in order to properly address questions 17-21. I have my own questions and little time . Unfortunately, these questionnaires come at a very busy time for candidates, given multiple surveys and forums to attend. Sorry!


10

 

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

Answer

Candidate declined to answer the question.


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

Candidate declined to answer the question.


12

 

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

Answer

Candidate declined to answer the question.


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

Candidate declined to answer the question.


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) Safety! Discussions with LPS needs to continue. Public intoxication and aggressive panhandling is intimidating and needs to be addressed. 2) Keep up the incentives that encourage residential development downtown. 3) The new parking/bus terminal will be a huge asset. Good work.


15

 

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

Answer

1) Attract more industrial/commercial development. 2) An airport with much better service is needed. I will use my contacts at Lethbridge County to work on a new governance model. 3)The City must continue to support EDL in order to pursue & attract more business to locate here.


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 is one of the best areas to encourage increased residential density. Properties near the college and the university could also be targeted for more density. In fact, all areas of the City should be looked at for potential zoning or rezoning for higher density.


17

 

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

Answer

I totally support any initiative that would help existing businesses expand and grow. I would also support any initiative that will attract new businesses to locate here.


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

I hear some developers have issues here. The general mood is that the City should only be in the land development business where private developers aren't...Industrial for example. There's a perceived conflict when the City competes with private land developers for residential uses. There are concerns, given the ever increasing off-site levies and their control.


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

If decisions by the Province continue downloading on municipalities, municipalities, thorough AUMA & AAMD & C, needs to pressure the province to direct funding our way to cover expenses.


20

 

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

Answer

As far as opportunities, we have lots of agricultural producers in our region with access to water, moderate temperature and the US market. Agri-related businesses would do well here. A major challenge is the level of service at the airport. The lack of a decent trade & convention centre is also a challenge.


Environment

21

 

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

Answer

1) Encourage alternate energy sources (solar, geo-thermal, etc.) 2) Retrofit existing public buildings to be more energy efficient. 3) Continue protection of the river valley. There may be Provincial incentive programs for the first two.


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

1) Encourage higher densities in new Area Structure Plans (and resist reverting the multi family sites back to single family at the request of neighbors) 2) Keep programs that direct residential growth towards the downtown. This has alternate benefits. 3) More infill developments. The new London Road Plan is a good start.


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 oppose it. Even though the City has no jurisdiction, putting pressure on the Province and the oil company seems to work.


24

 

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

Answer

1) Retrofit fixtures in Municipal buildings. 2) Encourage homeowners to do the same. 3) Manage the over use of water on our green spaces.


25

 

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

Answer

Recycling is the answer. The question is WHO should do it...City? Private? Homeowner?


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

I still fell detox/rehab centers should be the first option. I am still on the fence over these newer programs...but I'm hoping I will be shown that the strategies work. I'm also concerned about the actual location chosen for the safe consumption site. (maybe too close to entertainment establishments.)


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

The use of drugs and sex work are personal choices. If and when help is needed or requested, rehab and detox centres would be my first thought. The City should consider building a new shelter on public land. (site to be determined)


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

First, the City's role is to listen!


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'm as straight as an arrow...but I have absolutely no issues with the LGBTQ community. My actions on Council would be no different than for any other group. Present a valid case and you have my vote!


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

Another tough question! Another mandate for the committee mentioned in question 40.


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

Tough question. Needs a whole lot of study and open dialogue. Maybe start with a joint committee to bring recommendations to Council?