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

1- A City Manager first and foremost must have a great understanding of the MGA. He/She must come with civic administration experience. 2- I would advocate for a national search with the opportunity for internal and external candidates for the position. 3- A sub committee of council in conjunction with City of Lethbridge Human Resources would diligently create a process that would end up determining a recommendation of a candidate to Council.


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

To continue with respect for other council members values and perspectives. Understanding that each member of Council brings value to the decision making process. By doing so, it supports council as a whole in making well thought out decisions.


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 equates to answering to your actions. Continuing to respond and educate the electorate on the individual councillors reasoning for the decisions that they have made.


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's role is to set policy and direction for the corporation. The City Managers role is to implement the goals and objectives of Council within the corporation.


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

1- Maintaining and investing in our current Art facilities. 2- Continue working towards creating the new performing arts centre. 3- Create a community which embraces and supports local artists, musicians and groups and help them to capitalize on their talents and abilities. Funding for this will be a combination of local tax dollars in conjunction with leveraging both provincial and federal funds and local fundraising.


10

 

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

Answer

The current program of allocating 1% of all capital project funds to community art must be maintained. At the same time the City of Lethbridge must keep an open mind to create new innovative ways to invest more.


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

Libraries are the cornerstone of any community. Their role is changing with the onset of both technology and human habits. Even though libraries will stay true to their foundation they must always stay current, modernized and accessible for all. I will continue to support them by providing appropriate funding and keep an open mind for innovation an change.


12

 

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

Answer

Yes.


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.


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 with the Heart of Our City Housing Incentive Program (HOCHIP) 2 - Continue with the Targeted Redevelopment Incentive Policy (TRIP) 3 - Continue to address the issues of Safety and Security in the downtown These will be funded through local municipal taxes and grants (provincial and federal) when available.


15

 

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

Answer

1- Maintain a competitive mill rate for commercial land. This will be funded by policy of City Council. 2- Make sure that the proper infrastructure is in place to allow for commercial growth. This will be funded in combination with municipal funds, with provincial and federal funds. 3- Allow for responsible commercial growth opportunities throughout our community (north, south and west). This will be funded though the private sector but allowed for through the Land Use By-Law.


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

Downtown would be the ideal location to increase density for lifestyle choices, a growing economy and healthy environment.


17

 

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

Answer

The City of Lethbridge values the role businesses play in the community and they should feel confident that City Council will always be willing to listen to their concerns and ideas.


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

It is key that the City play a role in land development. The city must be mindful of the scope within land development. The city must also be strategic in making sure that investments in land be for the betterment of the community.


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

We must advocate for the citizens by making sure that other orders of government understand the effect of their decisions on our community. Our role is to make sure that we are at the table when such decisions are taking place.


20

 

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

Answer

The greatest opportunities are a diverse economy, two post secondary institutions, and a diverse labour force within the community. The greatest challenges are the cost of labour, and uncertainty with policy changes within the provincial and federal governments on business.


Environment

21

 

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

Answer

1- Community Environmental Strategy. While there would not really need to be funding, some initiatives and grants or incentives could be culminated through municipal, federal and provincial funds. 2- Energy Consumption Reduction. This would feed into the current Provincial Programs and while funding might be a little higher on the front end, the maintenance and cost savings would follow. 3- Air Quality and Green House Gas (South Saskatchewan Regional Plan -SSRP). With Provincial and Federal requirements changing, there will likely be incentives or funding from those orders of government.


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 would support policy and direction towards these goals would need to be set from Council.


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

No drilling within the City limits.


24

 

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

Answer

Water conservation techniques, and water rationing program implementation may need to regulated if conditions warrant.


25

 

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

Answer

Continuing to follow through with the Waste Reduction Policy and the plans that were set forward and approved.


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 are key and this issue is paramount in our community. All strategies must be entertained and analyzed for effectiveness as we need to try many angles to attack this problem.


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 safe injection site is needed in the community. - The homeless shelter must be upgraded. - City needs to bridge other types of social services.


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

Our role is to show leadership by working with community stakeholders to make sure this issue is addressed.


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 and I have a proven track record of supporting the LGBTQ+community.


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

We are currently doing so through the reconciliation week at City Hall. This is just the first step in building bridges.


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

Through open dialogue and taking action through both policy and leadership.