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

If a vacancy for City Manager opens, I would want potential candidates to demonstrate attention to detail, but are also able to envision a "big picture" for the city. I want someone who will create a culture and environment where people will feel safe and able to do their jobs, as well as increase communication and data sharing between departments.


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 believe the draft guidelines for a code of conduct as laid out by the MGA is already quite comprehensive. I like that some disciplinary actions are laid out as it holds councillors accountable for their actions. I would like to see the inclusion of a non-partisan, external committee responsible for ensuring elected officials follow these guidelines and that there is a safe process in place for those coming forward to report a concern.


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

To me, accountability means following the guidelines, legislation and code of conduct set out by the Municipal Government Act. We are responsible not only to our fellow council members, but to the public to ensure we act in the interest of everyone, not just a select few. I want to create situations and environments where people can feel safe and welcomed in voicing their concerns and ideas.


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

My role as a councillor would be to not have direct influence over city operations. We can suggest directions through the City Manager and hold the City manager accountable for not meeting citizen expectations. Some actions that can be taken, but are not limited to creating/revising of policies and bylaws to guide operations, but we do not have direct access and control over city operations, as that's the duty of city employees.


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

Yes


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

My top three priorities are: 1) Creation of a performing arts centre, 2) Continued support of growth and planning on par with sport facilities, 3) Increased education and exposure to the arts through occasional free event days, so citizens can get exposure and participate in various forms of art without worry of financial barriers. These activities would need to be considered on a case by case situation and most likely funded through multiple sources. These could include grants, tax dollars and/or partnerships.


10

 

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

Answer

I believe the city should be investing in art. It's the landscape of our city and its architecture. Art is an engaging medium, as it brings together diverse groups and cultures to express their unique interpretation of our city and its setting within Southern Alberta. It also allows for reflection and growth, both on a personal basis as well as a community basis. Arts also attracts tourism and supports job creation as well as other economic development opportunities.


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 is able to provide a space where people come to interact, learn, work, and of course read! It removes accessibility barriers for people who may not otherwise have the materials to succeed. As well, the library provides excellent opportunities for low and medium income families to create lasting memories through their diverse range of programs for adults and children. I would support initiatives and policies that will allow the library to continue to develop and serve the community's needs.


12

 

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

Answer

Yes I do. We should be supporting the initiates put forth because arts help a city to be diverse and inclusive and it creates a welcoming atmosphere for discussions. It also attracts tourism and supports job creation as well as other economic development opportunities.


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

Absolutely. It is a needed facility in our community. It will provide job and development opportunities to students and graduates from our post-secondary institutions, as well as create a space for local talent to develop professional skills and can support local artists in giving them a platform to create their shows. It will also allow us to attract shows to our area that we can not currently support. This would again help with job creation and economic development opportunities.


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

My top three priorities are: 1) updating Galt Gardens, 2) increase business and residential developments, and 3) promote an after-work (5pm and later) environment and encourage residents to spend their evenings downtown. We also need to expand the programs that worked for Downtown to Upper Eastside and Northern parts of the city. These activities would need to be considered on a case by case situation and most likely funded through multiple sources. These could include grants, tax dollars and/or partnerships.


15

 

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

Answer

My top three priorities are: 1) encourage professional youth/student development and retention, 2) continue to expand diversification of business types, and 3) encourage the development of small businesses. These can be funded through multiple opportunities, such as taxes, private grants and investments, and encouraging external organizations to fundraise to achieve their goals.


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

I believe the Upper Eastside, Downtown, between 13th street north and Stafford Drive, around the college and university are good areas to target for increased density in the future, as well as new development areas on the west, south and north sides currently.


17

 

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

Answer

I would like the business community to know that I am interested in developing Lethbridge's business sector with consideration for social, economic, and environmental factors.


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 believe the city needs to makes sure that when they approve land developments they are meeting the goals of the city to identify social, economic and environmental impacts, as well as make sure the bylaws and permitting processes are easy to understand and follow. Considerations for current occupants of the adjacent lands are vitally important, and we need to make sure any developments are created in consultation with their neighbours, especially when the land use is different.


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

I believe we should be an advocate for our citizens. We need to make sure we are being heard, whether it's through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities or through local advocation. We should also help to make sure that our citizens are aware of provincial and federal public consultations that are occurring in our area.


20

 

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

Answer

For the sake of honesty, I feel I do not have the background or knowledge base to be able to form a comprehensive position on this issue at this time. If elected, I plan to conduct extensive literature review on the projects, options and opportunities brought before council and would also be looking for information from those whose professions are in this area.


Environment

21

 

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

Answer

My top three priorities are: 1) increasing accessibility to transit and alternative transport (such as cycling), 2) developing/supporting a recycling, compost and waste management program, and 3) addressing urban sprawl. These activities would need to be considered on a case by case situation and most likely funded through multiple sources. These could include grants, tax dollars and/or partnerships.


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 increasing density and mixed land-use options. We need to make sure that new developments are multifunctional, focused on density and include green spaces, are planned for our environment considerations such as runoff and water quantity considerations (city licence for water amount under the GOA Water Act as well as water treatment facilities) and have options for community gardening. We also need to allow for transit accessibility and continue to promote through design cycling and walking as a viable alternatives.


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

In a word, no. That is due to lack of research on fracking operations and their consequences to the environment and cities surrounding it. The literature surrounding fracking and oil extraction has showed negative impacts on various fronts, and this would not be in the best interest of our community as a whole.


24

 

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

Answer

If we continue to grow as a city, we need to become conscious of our water limitations, since we are provincially regulated in regards to our water consumption under the GOA Water Act. To obtain more water, since our basin is closed to new licencing, would require transfers. I believe we need to educate residents about water conservation and look at our bylaws surrounding our water use, and how we can conserve as a city. Our city water treatment staff do an amazing job managing our drinking water as well as our waste water. We need to continue to support them by making sure we have the research and information coming out on water quality and quantity issues from our university and others.


25

 

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

Answer

I would support proper recycling initiatives and a composting program to further divert waste away from our landfills. We have to look at waste solutions for commercial and industrial areas in addition to residential areas. We need to make sure they are accessible by all and continuously reviewed and updated as needed over the years to come. We are lucking to be in an age when data and information are readily shared and accessible. Technologies and solutions are happening in shorter timeframes then ever before. There is no reason we should not be using all this information to our advantage as it creates jobs and helps to meet environmental and social needs.


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

I believe they are extremely helpful for drug users. I completely support the development of safe injection sites in Lethbridge, and there is a plethora of research available that supports this method of intervention.


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

I do not have the background to be able to make an informed statement for this question as to what support services our community is missing. However I would be following the advice and recommendations made from the experts in these fields and we also need to listen to the people who are living these situations or have in the past. We need to destigmatize and correct the mis-information surrounding people who use drugs, are engaged in sex work and/or are homeless. We need to support audits of our current services, such as the shelter, support services like Arches and safe injections sites. We need to support our emergency responders having up to date training.


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

Our role is to help break down those barriers and recognize these issues are in our community and need to be addressed. We need to take a leadership role with regards to the Reconciliation and Implementation Plan and continue to support and push for these types of initiatives. We need to make sure all city employees are properly trained in recognizing racism and discrimination and have the tools to stop it.


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, absolutely. I want to continue to listen to the concerns of the community and help disseminate important information. I would support initiatives and policies that allow our community to be safe and inclusive to everyone in the 2SLGBTTQQIA+ community. We need to continue working with OUTreach Southern Alberta Society, the Pride Centers and Lethbridge Pride.


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 believe we have already started building some of these processes with Reconciliation Lethbridge. We still have a long road ahead of us and lots of work to do as a community. I would continue to follow the national Truth and Reconciliation commission recommendations and Reconciliation Lethbridge's recommendations to ensure these processes are proceeding quickly, efficiently and correctly.


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 follow the recommendations set out by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report and by the committees established to look at this issue (such as Reconciliation Lethbridge), as well as consult with local Indigenous, Metis and Inuit Elders and groups to determine how our city can enhance its relationship with them.