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

I feel this position is just like any other position, you advertise and seek out the best candidate for the position. The candidates must be interview by a committee and then the best 3 candidates for the position presented to the council and a vote could be made for which person is the candidate to receive the position.


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

Always respect for people no matter their opinions. Listen to the people of Lethbridge as they are our bosses. Work hard at health, safety and environmental protection. Fight corruption and fraud and always promotion financial transparency. Upholding human rights for each and every Lethbridge citizen.


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 believe in accountability to the citizens of Lethbridge, I also believe we need to consult, talk and seek the opinions of the citizens of Lethbridge as we work for them, all of them and are intrusted to make the right decisions for the people and 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

I feel it is my duty to help make informed decisions for the operations of the city that best reflect the interests of the city and it's citizens.


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 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

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

Lethbridge is brimming with an amazing array of local talent, and often our current venues that host these events and/or performances are booked to capacity, while many others are left without a venue or opportunity to bring their projects to the residents of Lethbridge. The completion of a new Performing Arts Centre would not only be a way to bring in some great regional productions, but also a space to allow local talent to showcase themselves here at home. I believe that a community can thrive with a strong commitment to the arts, and I would like to engage with groups like the Allied Arts Council to find out the funding needs and feasibility of projects they would like to support.


10

 

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

Answer

Of course, the city should have a vested interest in the arts. These are the things that bring a vibrancy and culture to our community and attract people to visit and live here. The arts are typically the first thing on the chopping block when looking for ways to cut spending, and I believe this does a great disservice to residents. The more diverse arts shows, performances, and exhibits we bring in, the healthier it is for the economy as a whole. It helps attract and retain labour as well as active participants and show goers.


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

While some may believe that public libraries are becoming obsolete, there is no denying that they are still paramount in being open access to information.  Especially now in a time where the focus of education is put a lot more on independent learning, the library is a fantastic resource for students, and the community at large.  Many libraries even host events like story hour for children, study groups for students, and book clubs for young and old alike.  I believe the library is an important resource for our residents, and could  commit to supporting it's growth and retention in any way I can.


12

 

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

Answer

I do support initiatives with regards to public arts.  I feel that any way we can celebrate our heritage and appreciate our culture is important for our residents.  Any way we can manage to support these projects  while remaining financially responsible to our residents is a worthwhile endeavor.  


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 would advocate for the completion of this project.


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

One of our main priorities should be the safety and security of our residents.  We cannot entice people to live and/or visit our downtown core if they feel it is unsafe or unsavoury.   Creating a vibrant and fun place to visit with safe roadways, and even pedestrian only areas, not unlike the Stephen Avenue Walk area of Calgary, could definitely attract visitors to spend time downtown. And of course encouraging businesses to "open shop" downtown would definitely be helpful.  Creating new structures or revitalizing existing real estate in a way that is economically sound will only help increase the traffic to our  downtown core.


15

 

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

Answer

At the top of my list is affordable housing.  This  could be funded through the creation of new multi-family homes with incentives to the companies tasked with building them.   Secondly, keeping local talent local.  While we have fantastic post-secondary schools here, many students leave because we don't have a great labour market in Lethbridge.  Keeping residents here would create an influx of labour, which in turn would boost our economy. Thirdly, we need a way to entice businesses to move to Lethbridge.  This again would be a boost for both the labour market and the economy as a whole.


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

Anywhere in Lethbridge could use increased density to promote an increase in affordable housing.


17

 

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

Answer

I am a business man and entrepreneur at heart. I understand what it takes to create and operate a successful business. I understand the trails and tribulations that come with trying to make that business a success. I will always be a champion for local business owners, and support local when ever and where ever I can.


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

The City would have to always be involved in the sale or development of land for commercial and/or residential activity.  It is the responsibility of council to foresee potential growth and anticipate the viability of the city as a whole.


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

As we work for the people of Lethbridge, it is in our best interest to always keep the needs of our citizens as a top priority.  We need to make proper decisions, but ensure that the voice of the people is always being heard


20

 

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

Answer

As a business owner, I know that it is difficult to hire appropriately educated or trained people and be able to pay them what they are necessarily worth.  Our economy is not such that people can be paid a living wage here that is in line with the ever rising housing market and overall cost of living.  However, Lethbridge is the hub and heart of Southern Alberta.  There are many outlying communities that come here to work and do business.  We need to ensure that we are competitive enough to bring in business without seeming unrealistic in our costs for services


Environment

21

 

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

Answer

I am well aware that access to and ease of use of our transit system is of great concern to our residents.  I would fully support finding ways to eliminate costs to our residents and make transit free for all to use.  I am not completely familiar with the barriers and difficulties many of our residents face with regards to transit, but I would welcome and seek out conversations with users as well as providers (drivers, transit managers, etc) to find ways to improve access, drive and wait times, and overall satisfaction with our transit system. I know that environmental issues are not always easy to navigate, but I fully intend to research and come up with ways to make Lethbridge "greener".


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

All new developments would be required to meet these expectations.


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 not support it.


24

 

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

Answer

Conserving our water is of growing importance in Lethbridge.  With our ever growing populations, it is imperative to find ways to conserve and properly use water.  I think the city needs to be more vigilant in ensuring that public areas are being watered at appropriate times, that sprinklers are not running in inclement weather, and that they are in proper working order so as not to be watering fences, sidewalks and roadways instead of the green spaces they are intended.  I would welcome conversations with council in regards to offering resident incentives to have low-maintenance yards, low-flow toilets, and water-efficient indoor fixtures.  These things could greatly reduce water usage.


25

 

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

Answer

As I'm unsure of what targets are currently in place, and how far short we are falling in this regard, I would need to do more research in seeing what is presently being done and how we  could meet or exceed what is currently being done.


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 efforts need to be in place.  A provincially funded safe-injection site would not be a burden on local tax payers.  It would help reduce drug usage and overdoses from happening on our streets if people who use these drugs have a safe place to go.  It would help eliminate the dangers of finding needles in our parks or on our streets.  Drug addiction needs to be treated like the disease it is, and every effort should be made to help our residents that have issues with dealing with this disease. 


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

While I think it is great that the hospital is dedicating a few beds for detox, we are sorely lacking a proper detox centre, which I feel is greatly needed here.  The fact that our overdose rate is higher than anywhere in the province, speaks volumes to this regard.  Our homeless shelter is bursting at the seams, often turning away residents that come looking for help.  I would like to speak with those in Medicine Hat to find out how they are battling their homeless situation, and see if we can model our city in a similar fashion.  Our sex trade workers need access to long term mental health counselling and properly trained people to help with an exit strategy


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 first step in combating racism in our city is admitting that it is still an ongoing issue.  I think the city is taking some great steps in communicating with our Indiginous leaders, and embracing things like Reconciliation Week.  Unfortunately,  I don't think we will ever truly see an end to racism, but I firmly believe that ALL people should be afforded the same respect and dignity as their neighbors.


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 consider myself an ally for the LGBTQ+ community.  I employ members of this community, I have friends within this community, and as such, I am aware of the challenges that they can face, and I believe I offer support wherever I can. My wife if fond of the expression, "I'm straight, but not narrow", and feel that this encompasses me as well.   


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 think Justice Murray Sinclair said it best.  "Reconciliation is about forging and maintaining respectful relationships. There are no shortcuts."


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

Early engagement is key to effectively and respectfully communicate with our Indigenous neighbors.  It is imperative that we listen and approach conversations with honesty and transparency  We need to be willing to learn and listen to all sides and issues that are brought forth and adapt where necessary to allow the Indigenous people to feel like their voices are being heard and their concerns are being validated.