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

- High level municipal management experience - Knowledgeable about elected officials governance - Deep understanding of municipal budgeting and accounting processes - Proven ability to work across, and with, multiple disciplines - Recruitment process would be via a national executive search firm. Transparency=candidates are screened to the criteria developed.


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

The revised Municipal Government Act (MGA) includes a regulation for Code of Conduct for Elected Officials. Once the MGA is in force, municipalities will use the code of conduct in the regulations...which may include enforcement measures. Hopefully the regulations will cover: - Written communication with public and within Council (non-abusive, non-threatening, non-discriminatory, appropriate for age/sex/gender/ethnicity of person/group communicating with); - Verbal communication guidelines as above; - Behavior in a public setting, as above; - Clear acceptable use of social media; - Clearly outline behaviors/interactions that would put Council in disrepute


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 is simply being responsible to the residents of Lethbridge. Councillors are accountable to citizens every day of the year: email addresses are public, our phone numbers are public, Council meetings are public. Council is elected to make decisions on behalf of the citizenry, not necessarily at the behest of citizens. Further, it is impractical to seek opinion from the public for most issues before Council. It can be practical to seek the opinion of citizens on large, overarching concepts such as the current Council with the Citizen Assembly on Council remuneration and hours of work. Council should continue to be involved in public consultation processes of the City


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

Council provides broad, strategic direction for administration. Council also provides oversight of operations without getting involved in the minutiae of day to day tasks. Council seeks answers from administration to provide accurate information to residents and to make informed decisions. Council and administration should have a synergistic relationship, building on the strengths of each body while repecting legislative and functioanal differences.


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

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

1. Public art - as it is now funded via allocation from capital projects; 2. Performance art- government, corporate, ticket sales,donors, free enterprise 3. Visual art - government,corporate, donors, free enterprise


10

 

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

Answer

Since Provincial funding cuts to the Foundation for the Arts and the Foundation's change in funding criteria, Lethbridge arts groups have been scrambling for operational funding (so we have been told by several groups). The City can/should advocate for equitable funding for arts organizations so they can focus on the art and not the art of fundraising. That being the said, Council has provided "bridge" funding to assist arts groups to operate while the groups developed strategies for longer term viability.


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 plays an important role in our community as a hub of information, literature , activities and as a gathering place. I am in favour of the City continuing to support the Main branch , the Crossings branch and Chinook Arch Regional Library at current levels.


12

 

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

Answer

Yes. Public Art is, for some people, their only tangible exposure to art in its purest sense. Continuing the public art allocation from capital projects is something I fully support.


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

I will advocate for its completion when we have a viable funding model that doesn't create undo stressors on the City's budget (capital and operational) and that it doesn't create an unreasonable tax burden on residents.


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. Continue HOCHIP (Heart of our City Housing Incentive Program) - Operating Budget 2. Continue TRIP (Targeted Redevelopment Incentive Policy) - Operating Budget (tax cancellation) 3. Allow on-street decks/patios on 6 street, turn 6 street into pedestrian only when new transit centre is complete. Utilize concept other downtown streets/lanes if it is successful with attracting people to the downtown core during evenings and weekends.


15

 

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

Answer

1) Intelligent Communities designation will put Lethbridge "on the map" with the most advanced/progressive/connected communities in the world. This recognition will draw high-tech business to Lethbridge and will enhance our reputation as a world class agri-business and agri-processing centre. Funding from community, City of Lethbridge and EDL. This will also require: 2) City-wide Fibre Optic infrastructure. Creating next generation infrastructure enables existing businesses to become more efficient and allows for the development and usage of emerging connected technologies. It also attracts new business that requires this type of infrastructure. Funding from grants, capital budget,


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

Of course downtown comes to mind first. All areas of the City could have increased levels of density because increased density usually creates efficiencies in transit, emergency response and transportation.


17

 

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

Answer

Thank you for choosing Lethbridge as a place to do business. Thank you for employing our residents and contributing time and money to charitable organizations. And thank you for being advocates for yourselves and your colleagues to aspire to build the best business environment possible and to work with the City toward that end.


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 see the City continuing to play a similar role in land development unless private developers can help create a system to keep revenue levels for the City to be consistent with historical revenues (higher off site levies?) derived from Lands and Real Estate.


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

The City needs to have open communications with all levels of government, our MP and MLA's. Our role is to clearly articulate the effects of higher level decisions on our residents, to advocate for change if the effect is negative and to be gracious if a higher level decision has a positive effect.


20

 

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

Answer

- Cavendish Farms expanding operations in Lethbridge will attract other business as large projects of this type put the spotlight on Lethbridge. - Achieving Intelligent Community status will attract business. - Maintaining a positive climate for business will attract new business and keep business in Lethbridge. - Greatest challenge for business is to ensure the City and other levels of government are responsive to their needs. The City should have a positive relationship with the business community and be able to advocate for that community with other levels of government.


Environment

21

 

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

Answer

- Implement Residential Waste Management Strategy - Fees - Continue ICI/Construction/Demolition Waste Management strategy - Fees - Develop and implement Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Policy for City owned buildings (existing and new projects) - operations


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

- Construction of our City's 3rd regional park, Legacy Park in the North is proceeding. The last 2 Councils made this happen - Our first cycling boulevard (7 Ave. S. ) is currently under construction as well. I would encourage the development/re-development of connected walking/biking paths as described in the master plan. - I would advocate for the continued inclusion of neighbourhood parks in all outline plans - I would advocate for continuing our work on the current Age Friendly initiative to create a community that is inclusive of all ages


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

Oppose


24

 

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

Answer

This question assumes that our water management practices need improvement. My job on Council is to ask questions of the experts to gain a better understanding of current practices. Since I'm not a water engineer it behooves me to ask good questions about water management to those whose job it is to manage 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

- Implement the waste management strategies that have been approved by Council. - Utilize continuous improvement methodologies to ensure the implementation of those strategies remains effective and relevant.


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 that are clearly laid out may be the only means to get your "foot in the door" to assist addicts. Public education helps those who are not addicts to understand the issue, but face-face discussions with user is imperative to get them to engage in less risky behavior.


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 more front line people that are trained in these areas. Period.


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

The City should be a leader in adressing those issues


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 am an ally. I sponsored the resolution calling for the development of a non-binary census (which passed). I voted in favor of the Rainbow and Trans crosswalks. The ATB Steering Committee (of which I'm Chair and includes Mayor Spearman and Councillor Hyggen) advocated for universal washrooms in Phase 1 of the ATB Centre and Universal washrooms and change rooms in Phae 2...all are now included.


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 would engage in the processes discussed earlier. Please read my bio...my whole career has been about trying to help all people have better lives.


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

- Continue to have the urban indigenous persons advisory group ( that was brought together for the Truth and Reconciliation work) meet regularly to help guide the City on issues involving indigenous persons. - Continue to reach out to Kainai Chief and Council and Piikani Chief and Council to discuss common issues.