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

I believe the City of Lethbridge already has a recruitment strategy. The Mayor and Council would share with the public the approved strategy of what skills we are looking for in the City Manager and where we are advertising the position. Due to privacy laws, not all parts of the application process can be made public, as not all candidates want it known they are looking for a new job. The City Manager needs to be committed to the on going development and sustainability of Lethbridge to make this the best city it can be. The City Manager must have a 25 year vision of sustainable growth and development.


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

It is critical to have respect for each other. Lethbridge has a strong heritage as a melting pot of many cultures. As we near 100,000 people - we must be respectful of people that come to Lethbridge to live, work, or play.


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 accountability means working within the council approved budget and mandate. Listening and responding to citizen concerns. Researching solutions that are sustainable and an effective use of tax dollars. Where possible work towards reducing costs to the taxpayers while maintaining quality service and programs.


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 see myself as part of the council team of eight plus the Mayor. We meet as a Council to listen to the prepared presentations, to ask questions, and to make effective decisions on taxpayers behalf. I also believe it is important to be visible in the community to hear the feedback on issues and advocate for taxpayers concerns.


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 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

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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

Clarify if a new Performing Arts Centre would be sustainable without reducing funding to current arts facilities and initiatives? An ideal situation would be to form a partnership. Alternatively the city would either have to take funding away from another project or increase taxes. How much would the taxpayers be willing to pay to build the project? Would that be sustainable for the taxpayers?


10

 

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

Answer

The city must create a climate that allows people of all artistic levels to develop their creativity. Art and culture is part of the fabric of our society, where we learn about our culture and a better appreciation for each other.


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 has become a center where people can gather to find support services, to learn by reading books, accessing the internet, or joining a group. The library plays an important role in connecting citizens in the community. To support people Community Links offers free mental health and wellness support at the downtown library.


12

 

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

Answer

yes, public art is designed to create discussion or teach us about our heritage and forefathers. Examples of educational public art is the Galt Family bronze in front of the Galt Museum and in the downtown core the plaques that contain a short history on our heritage buildings.


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 understand why people want a new Performing Art Centre, I believe that we must explore co-location options that will provide the long term sustainability and economic efficiency for the ongoing maintenance and staffing of the facility. We need to collaborate to ensure this project fits the community needs for the next 50 years.


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

Increased events in our beautiful Galt Garden park that give the citizen a reason to visit the down town core to enjoy the event, eat and shop in our local businesses. Public events can apply for a grant from the city to help fund their event. Love and Records and Applefest are excellent examples of events that have grown to fill Galt Gardens. Increase funding for the DOT Team. Revitalization of the downtown buildings to increase the shopping and business experience for citizens and visitors to Lethbridge.


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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

The City of Lethbridge needs a Convention Centre that can host a dinner / event of more than 1000 people. This multi use space can host a variety of events from conferences, trade shows or sporting events such as national judo or gymnastics competitions. A Convention Centre will be a local job builder with ongoing direct economic development for local businesses as visitors eat, shop, and sleep in Lethbridge.


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

If you look at the larger density areas, like the condo's near the City Police Station, and Canadian Tire South, West side Save-on . These residences bring a vitality and vibrancy their neighborhood and are within walking distance of shopping and services.


17

 

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

Answer

Continue the great friendly service to your customers. I am a dedicated local shopper and I enjoy shopping in Lethbridge. I appreciate the skill and expertise of our local tradespeople.


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

If we are going to expand outward, the city planners must work with the land owners or developers on land acquisitions. If we are going to expand upward for condo's, the city planners must ensure the infrastructure is in place and construction is adequate to support ongoing needs for future residents.


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

Open communication is always the best approach to clarify a proposed decision from another level of government that impact Lethbridge's residents. As a City Council Member and community leader we must work with one voice to influence the other level of government's decision that may adversely affects the people of Lethbridge.


20

 

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

Answer

Given Lethbridge’s proximity to Calgary and the USA boarder people tend to shop outside of Lethbridge, this is the challenge for our small business owners. The opportunity is when visitors come to Lethbridge for good and services our local businesses benefit. Visitors eat, socialize, and stay over night, this is a direct boost to the Lethbridge economy.


Environment

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

Answer

clean water, waste management, and recycling. We must collaborate with the province and businesses who are heavy users of our resources.


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

The current plan seems to be working well, with continued awareness and education new builds have better environmental sensibility, like building up and not out. Where possible utilization of new technologies that produce more efficient heating and cooling outcomes, solar heating and better insulation applications. Efficient building techniques are important in public spaces as they will provide better opportunities to reduce energy and save money.


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 be against such a project and would request a council dialogue with the surrounding municipalities so we all have a full understanding of the project.


24

 

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

Answer

I believe dialogue and education is key to management practices, we all must take small steps be more efficient with our water consumption. Businesses that requires large amounts of water would need to consider how they could be more efficient in their water usage. Currently the city has 520 kms of sewer lines with 19 lift stations and provides 80,000,000 liters of purified water per day, .


25

 

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

Answer

Working with large producers of waste to minimize the waste going into the land fill and maximize what can be recycled.


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

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

Improved harm reduction strategies are critical to a healthy and safe community. Regretfully, drug and opioid abuse is in the city. Together we must ensure that all members of the community are safe. A supervised consumption site would reduce the adverse affects that we see and hear about, such as the careless disposal of needles and overdose. If we had a central site, it would be able to work with the people who have addictions and provide options towards a drug free life.


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

ARCHES needs a larger venue and safe injection site to facilitate the variety of support services they offer to help people leave their harmful addiction and lifestyle. Onsite support services have proven more successful and positive client outcomes when clients can get the help and support they need. The data tells us that people supporting people is the strongest healing agent in recovery and stabilization.


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

The City has made giant strides with ongoing education, their Housing First Policy, and now the Coming Together Reconciliation Implementation Plan. All citizens of Lethbridge deserve respect and need to be protected from discrimination. All people have protection under the Alberta Human Rights Code. It is through our ongoing education that we can grow our understanding for others from different countries, who look different, or wear different clothing. Mainstream is no longer mainstream, we are a community of people from all over the world.


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, I support the LGBTQ+ people and their families. A good friend of mine passed away in the 1980's of HIV. It was tragic for the family as it was difficult to explain his lifestyle to others. As a Councillor, I would continue to listen and support people acceptance in the community. We all need friends and want to know that we are welcome and belong. Isolation and people loneliness is a real problem in today's busy society that can be fixed through conversations and gatherings. I care about people, acceptance is critical to our healthy city.


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 am not sure that we can ever decolonize anyone, as it is a personal journey. We need to accept how the person feels and work with them on reconciliation. We need more housing and ongoing mental wellness supports for people who feel excluded. We need ongoing collaboration and conversations on where people will live and work to feel accepted and better about themselves.


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

I would continue to build relationships with Indigenous people and their leaders. It is through mutual respect and clear understanding that will help us work together on resolving complex issues. If a person leaves the Reserve to come to the City for work and does not have housing - it will not take long until problems surface. We all take our housing for granted, but we need to be respectful and considerate of those who need housing support and provide that step up housing option.