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

Candidate ideally should hold a degree in business management with a broad spectrum of experience (ie. from construction to upper level management prior). Person should be an inclusive & communicative leader with excellent administration skills & a collaborative management style; have a thorough knowledge of modern policies/ practices of public administration; knowledge of municipal finance, community & economic development, public works, public safety operations etc. Hire via a recruiting agency that advertises across Canada. Don’t rush the process; interview as often as needed; ask questions and have background checks and references to ensure we make the right choice.


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 will advocate for inclusiveness where 6 values are encouraged: RESPECT - Responsibility to each other and the public; Empathy and understanding for each other; an environment of Safety, Positive Attitude, Excellence, Caring and Teamwork. We must work as a team for the betterment of the community.


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

One is being respectful of public funds; mindful that everything we buy means an increase in taxes for our citizens. We owe it to our community to not waste their money; rather question all spending to ensure that what we buy is essential to the well being of our community; that taxes are stable so families and those on a fixed income are not financially stressed. It also means being respectful of our environment – doing all we can to be good stewards. Its important that we engage in discussion & solutions to climate change.


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 would work to ensure that decisions we make as a Council promote the welfare and interests of the city - its safety, economic and environmental well-being. I'm hoping we elect people who bring a diverse range of expertise to the table so we may have *informed* discussions - share information and recommendations with each other and Operations in order to make the best decisions possible for our community.


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 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 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

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

1. Performing Arts Centre. P3 funding. 2. Continue improving Galt Gardens to ensure that our City centre remain vibrant and viable. City funding. 3. Showcase artists through public festivals and events. City working in collaboration with the art community.


10

 

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

Answer

Public art in the downtown core adds vitality. It is already the policy of the City to support the acquisition of public art which is recognized as a vital ingredient in the cultural fabric of Lethbridge. Let’s build on this.


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

Our Library is public space for higher knowledge; there to provide and promote the enjoyment of reading and literacy. It’s also a place for community information events and film festivals. I want it used for what its intended for, not a place for drug dealers.


12

 

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

Answer

Yes - I agree with the City that Public art builds a visually rich environment, plays a role in attracting creative businesses & workers to our city, provides arts opportunities that are freely accessible to all, and encourages the growth of a culturally-informed public. Public art creates a distinct and vibrant legacy for the citizens of Lethbridge. Let’s build on this.


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 I will.


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

Innovative housing development downtown that is affordable, attractive and energy efficient targeting for net zero energy costs. Let’s showcase for Lethbridge what is possible and that we are environmentally responsible. I would urge that projects be funded by way of public private partnership with the City providing guidelines and requirements. Galt Gardens- time to renovate so our city park is more useful and accessible. Stimulate development of dense, vibrant, mixed use downtown which included small businesses, apartments, coffee shops, food trucks etc.) which are accessible without car dependency.


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

Answer

Diversify our economy with renewable energy and related jobs. (fund using P3) Provide competitive tax incentives to draw new business to Lethbridge. (City funded) Stimulate development of dense, vibrant, mixed use neighbourhoods that are a mix of offices, residences, coffee shops etc. which are accessible without car dependency to a diversity of users (e.g. children, youth, seniors, all income levels, etc.) which is well used round-the-clock, all days of the week, and during all seasons and which allows for the effective functioning of all types of business, social and cultural activities with very low inputs of energy for transportation and logistics, thus increasing the viability of these


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

City Centre downtown, London Road, Westminster neighborhood area, West side on Columbia Blvd & McMaster area.


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

Answer

Get on board with renewable energy before the rest of the country does. Lethbridge could be a leader vs a follower. Huge business potential in this sector and a way to diversify our economy, secure jobs for our youth and address climate change at the same time.


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 would like to see the City withdraw from the business of land development / real estate. Rather, it should focus on curbing urban sprawl and providing economically and environmentally sound guidelines for development. I would also advocate for a light trespass bi-law which would cure a multitude of social and environmental problems.


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

Are you talking about the provincial level? If so- Municipal Government Act (MGA) recently went through a major review and unfortunately it did not address all the needs of municipalities. Example- sections 66 / 643 that "grandfather" past decisions were not amended in order to give a city the power to apply changes regarding land-use bylaws; urban drilling/fracking are still under provincial jurisdiction. This means we are subject to 2 levels of governance. All we can do is what we did before – fight to drive frackers out of our city. Once prov. legislation is in place its not possible.


20

 

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

Answer

Greatest opportunity lies in the field of renewable energy. With our natural & abundant resources of sun and wind, we can be part of the solution of curbing climate change & diversifying our economy - providing opportunities to new business & securing the future for our people with apprenticeship training & jobs. Greatest challenges will relate to increasing droughts & water scarcity.


Environment

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

Answer

• Transition to renewable energy. Collaborate with UofL (research) & Lethbridge College (apprenticeship training); EDL & Chamber of Commerce. • Get ICI (Industrial, Commercial and Institutional) on board for recycling. ICI generates most of waste & must be involved. City and Chamber of Commerce to lead this. *Ban plastic bags. • Protect our pollinators by reducing use of herbicides/pesticides in our parks & planting fruit trees and berry bushes as food supply for these creates and our community.


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

Encourage dense, vibrant, mixed use neighborhoods for walking, biking , business – neighborhoods that are a mix of offices, residences, coffee shops etc. which are accessible without car dependency to a diversity of users (e.g. children, youth, seniors, all income levels, etc.) which is well used round-the-clock, all days of the week, and during all seasons and which allows for the effective functioning of all types of business, social and cultural activities with very low inputs of energy for transportation and logistics, thus increasing the viability of these neighborhoods.


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

Urban fracking has no place in our community - we are living in a drought zone where water is scarce & droughts are frequent. We should not put our water at risk for the sake of fracked gas. We can safely and responsibly create energy with renewables. That’s the direction I would like to see us take.


24

 

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

Answer

With climate change in the picture- droughts will be more frequent and water more scarce. Water scarcity causes severe economic loses limiting/ disrupting agricultural, industrial & energy production. Let’s engage in solutions; think outside the box. One idea is to allow retention cisterns to be installed in our city and in our parks. Retention cisterns allow for rainwater harvesting which means we save water.


25

 

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

Answer

One that requires all businesses and organizations in to recycle the same materials we do at home, plus scrap metal, clear plastic film (polyethylene) and wood.


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

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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

Lets use the services that are in place while at the same time expand service to get people off their addiction. Programs need to be coordinated; work in tandem. Education is key - lets get schools involved - educate our youth so we may have a wholesome society.


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

Vulnerable people especially need access to basics like a public rest room; like spaces for socializing and getting information on work and rehab resources. Established government facilities should be utilized.


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

We need to be directly engaged with community members/leaders on a regular basis who have a pulse on what is going on. I would advocate to have reps from First Nations, the Islamic Centre, Multicultural Centre, homeless shelters/ food banks and police service etc. on board to help us find solutions. Lets focus on goals and solutions – try various strategies; measure outcomes; be flexible and real about what works and what doesn’t. What we all want is a safe, inclusive community.


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

Some of my dearest friends since grade school are gay plus I have employed LGBT people over many years. I have an understanding of their challenges. I believe the City is doing a great deal towards recognizing our LGBT community. I would advocate to establish safe spaces for LGBTs to form networks, relationships & job information/ opportunities. It would be important to know who might discriminate against LGBT’s in order to curb potential harm. Peter Tatchell is an activist on this front who would be worth contacting for help in this area.


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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 believe talks are already underway which I fully support. We need to hear more from the aboriginal community to hear their views and work towards solutions that are real, practical, do-able and measurable. I want us to work more effectively together so we may come together; live in harmony and with respect for one another.


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


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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

We need to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land we live and work on. As a city we need to create and implement policies for Aboriginal representation, consultation & employment. Aboriginal voices should be included in policy discussions concerning health, education, housing, child services and the broad array of public services that impact urban life. I would like to see greater Aboriginal presence into our community - at public events, at presentations/ talks in schools & community events.