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

Whether we hire someone from Lethbridge or from somewhere else, we need to find the most qualified person for the job. We need a city manager who has experience running a large administration, and leading organizations to work together to solve problems. We also need to focus on better training for our current personnel, to ensure that in the future we have the most qualified and diverse municipal workforce to draw from, for management and administrative purposes. We need to ensure we find a candidate that will work with council in a productive way. We also need to ensure the hiring process is open, transparent, and clearly communicated to the public.


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

City councillors should behave with dignity and treat each other, and members of the community with respect. Just because you agree or disagree with someone's views does not give you the right to demean or belittle them whether they are your colleague or a citizen with a concern. Councillors represent the community and there is certainly a particular decorum to fulfill with this role. I would address this issue in any revisions to a code of conduct.


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

The ability of citizens to hold their councillors accountable for the decisions they make is a fundamental right. City councillors make decisions, big and small for the community and should be held to the decisions they make. To me, accountability is implementing a ward system for Lethbridge, to ensure that councillors truly represent their district and the citizens within it. A ward system would open the doors to our local government, and give residents a chance to vote for someone who knows their neighbourhood - who knows what it’s like when there is a power outage or a water main breaks, someone who is familiar with the concerns of the people on your side of town.


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 the role of city councillor as that of an ambassador to the city. We need to make sure we make the best decisions and connections for Lethbridge, and actively look for new ways to do that. City councillors should expand their roles as public officials, to keep in touch more with the community they are elected to represent. Councillors should have a role in guiding city administration because they are the ones held accountable by the voters for the services that they receive.


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

Yes


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

My priorities for the arts in our city is ensuring we press forward with a Performing Arts Centre. We have money allocated in our latest CIP to get this project started, and we need to keep our focus on that to make sure it happens. We need to consult with performers and artists prior to construction, to ensure that all needs are met during the design process. We need to take life cycle costs into consideration and plan sustainably for energy and future efficiency reasons. We also need to ensure that our PAC will serve diverse economic needs, so that we can gain support from the entire community.


10

 

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

Answer

Arts and culture are very important in a society and Lethbridge is no exception. The City of Lethbridge, as well as other levels of government should invest in the arts because art and culture are not necessarily driven by the profit motive in a free market. City Council has been a big supporter of the arts, and if elected I would continue this by pushing forward with our commitment to build a new Performing Arts Centre.


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

Public libraries are very important focal points and resources for a community. When we think of libraries, we often only think of books, but in the 21st century public libraries offer so much more. They offer access to the internet for a multitude of purposes, educational programs, entertainment, meeting space for community groups and events, and public service initiatives. Both of our public libraries and programs like the Bookmobile, are vital to this community and council should support them as much as possible. This would include direct financial support for programs, and to work together with library personnel to provide the services our community needs.


12

 

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

Answer

Public art is one thing that makes a community vibrant, and I support public art, especially in our downtown core. I think it is important that public art installations have some cultural or historical relevance, to better justify the use of public funds. They also need to be tasteful and inoffensive to the general public who lives with them everyday. Proper consultation with citizens is required when erecting art installations in public spaces.


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 am absolutely in favour of moving forward with our Performing Arts Centre and will be an advocate for it if elected.


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

I am in support of densifying our downtown core, and creating new opportunities for business and housing. We need to look at multi-purpose buildings that serve diverse economic needs and give our community greater options with both business and housing. We would have to look into offering land incentives for developers to attract them to our city centre and to develop it to its greatest potential. Further commitments to beautify our urban core are essential to maintaining its vibrancy. We also need to support the recent TRIP decision from city council, to maintain and better preserve our historic buildings in the city centre.


15

 

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

Answer

My priorities are to push forward with the new performing arts centre, the economic benefits of this are clear. We also need to secure the 72 million dollars in shadow funding to move ahead with the expansion and redevelopment of Exhibition Park. I would reach our to our federal and provincial partners, as well as community groups, to find the funding we need to move forward with that important project. I also believe we need to create an independent airport authority, that is self a self funded private entity, to enhance or airport without direct cost to the taxpayer. All of these projects working together will help secure better economic opportunities for Lethbridge in the future.


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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 is the best example of where we need to increase density. We have a vibrant downtown core, and as the city grows outwards, we must also look at building upwards. Building taller, multi-purpose buildings in the city centre will boost economic development, and provide better options for affordable housing. With improvements currently under development in our downtown core we need to ensure that smart planning and investments are made in order to be cost effective. I would also be in favour of building higher density affordable housing residencies near our post secondary institutions, to better serve the needs of our students.


17

 

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

Answer

We need to continue to be an attractive and desirable place for companies large and small to do business. Lethbridge has been named as one of the best places to do business in Canada, and city council needs to make sure that this stays the case. Council needs to work productively, effectively and sustainably with our business communities, and provide ways to continue to be an attractive environment for them to thrive.


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 needs to take a leadership position in terms of designating land for certain uses, in order to manage development and ensure environmental sustainability. Once land has been designated for commercial use by private enterprises, the city should work cooperatively with them to meet their needs.


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 ambassadors of Lethbridge, councillors need to stand up for the people of the city, to voice their concerns and advocate on their behalf. We need to work cooperatively with our federal and provincial governments to ensure that Lethbridge is adequately represented. We need to continue to lobby for investments within our city, and secure the best economic opportunities that we can for Lethbridge.


20

 

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

Answer

One positive step for business growth in Lethbridge was the recent TRIP decision for business owners downtown. I support measures like this, and believe they should be extended city wide. We do a great job attracting large business ventures to our city but I feel that we need to better serve our small businesses to ensure that they have fair economic opportunities to succeed in our city. We need to encourage small business growth in our city, as they are what make us a unique and diverse place for commerce, and to attract further immigration and tourism opportunities.


Environment

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

Answer

We need to invest in wind and solar energy. These are two incredible areas of renewable energy, that would thrive in Lethbridge. We have a high percentage of sunny days throughout the year, making solar investments worthwhile. Being in a particularly windy region, wind power makes absolute sense. We need to invest in more wind turbines to further reducing our environmental impact, and to reduce our dependency on non-renewable resources. We also need to work hard with our transit and industrial developments to actively reduce our carbon foot print, by making smart investments and offering incentives to encourage overhauling existing systems for more energy efficient ones.


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 encourage development of all sorts within city boundaries. Current planning to expand urban boundaries needs to include proper measures for infrastructure to serve the needs of outlying areas. We need roads and streets that connect with our current systems in the most efficient ways possible, and serve the growing needs of traffic flow in the city. We need to make smarter initial investments when planning infrastructure to help save us capital over time. The enhancement of our public spaces is important to garner the most value and increase public usage of those spaces and we need to find ways we can reduce resource diversion by creating public spaces that consider environmental impacts.


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 fully oppose drilling of any kind within city limits.


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

Answer

There are several deficiencies with water management in our city. On many occasions, I see the sprinklers in our public spaces and boulevards watering more of the roadway then the grass itself. We need to put the people in place, whether they be from the current city staff or from the outside, to effectively manage our sprinkler system. Being in a drought prone area, we also need to raise better public awareness, and work with residences and businesses to conserve water when it is scarce, and limit wasteful practices.


25

 

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

Answer

City council has approved a curbside recycling program, and we need to move ahead with that. This will ensure the continued diversion of waste from our landfills, and provide economic opportunities. Implementing this program will be the best way to continue to meet and eventually surpass, our current waste reduction targets. Once we have implemented this program, we need to look at a composting program to further divert and reduce waste.


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

I am in support of the decision to move forward with a supervised consumption site. We have a very high rate of drug related deaths, compared to other regions and need to combat this. We need to keep drug users off the streets, out of our yards and playgrounds. This is about harm reduction, and it is what the heads of our emergency services are calling for so we must listen. The selected location is centrally located, within 1.5 kilometres of the majority of overdose calls, and away from residential neighborhoods and buildings. This is an important tool to help drug users get clean, supervised by health care professionals. We need to implement this program before anymore fatalities occur.


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

Affordable housing is a concern in our city, and we need to actively look at ways to correct this. Higher density housing in our downtown core and offering better solutions for low income citizens should be a priority for city council to implement. Looking at denser, multi-purpose buildings in the city centre is a solution to this problem. Moving forward with the installment of a safe consumption site will provide increased support to drug users and offer them the resources they need to get clean. This will save us money over time as the current methods of dealing with overdose calls and drug debris pick up are not as cost effective as implementing a safe consumption site.


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

City council has a duty to protect and represent all citizens of Lethbridge. We need to find ways to educate citizens and emergency service personnel, to reduce the unconscious biases that we may have. We need to ensure that we are an inclusive and tolerant community, that is known for helping each other regardless of race, financial status, or background. Councillors are the leaders of the community and should address these concerns in diplomatic and professional ways.


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

As a member of the LGBTQ+ community I would consider myself as an ally and advocate for it. We need to look out for the interests of all citizens, from all walks of life, and be a progressive and inclusive place for everyone.


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

The new CIP calls for a study of the feasibility and location of an Indigenous Cultural Centre in Lethbridge, which I want to see completed. I am also in support of erecting a memorial to children lost or displaced by residential schools. However, reconciliation is about more than buildings. We also need to improve representation of indigenous people within our city workforce at all levels, and provide cultural sensitivity training for our police and emergency responders to reduce instances of carding.


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


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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

With our proximity to the largest reserve in Canada, reconciliation is especially important in our community. We are intertwined with the indigenous community in southern Alberta and Lethbridge in particular. City council needs to continue to find positive ways to work with members of our indigenous communities. Symbolic and historic events like reconciliation week are wonderful ways to improve relations with the indigenous community. We are all equal, no matter our race or background and should be treated as such.