Candidate Survey Results

Candidate running for Councillor


1

 

Downtown Lethbridge Business Revitilization Zone:
What is your position on Revitalization of downtown Lethbridge?

Answer

Main street restoration project is great but we need more than store fronts. People express dismay at the public cost of some of the programs. Reviews are necessary of all incentives. What is actually working? At the same time people don’t want to see more derelict buildings. Empty buildings pay more taxes /penalties than those keeping up and maintaining occupants.? Downtown bus depot with washrooms for bus drivers &transferring passengers? Smaller &more frequent buses? Bus fees lowered? Regional bus service to downtown? Get rid of meters-parking machines instead? Park anywhere with one ticket? Find something for the homeless to do?


2

 

Greensence/SAGE/KLEW:
Human activities are contributing to global warming and climate change. Please choose from:
Agree
Disagree
It's complicated

Answer

Agree

Comment

Warming,cooling trends(ice ages),volcanic action and various climate changes have run their never ending cycles since the dawn of time. Human activities and population growth have influenced these cycles/changes greatly.


3

 

Greensence/SAGE/KLEW:
The Environment Lethbridge Council have requested a seed grant of $120,000/year from City Council. Would you support the City providing seed money for the Environment Lethbridge Council? Please choose:
Agree
Disagree
It's complicated

Answer

Disagree

Comment

city has an environmental committee that looks at initiatives. concerns/problems there? city has a number of programs in place that I would like to see more awareness and promotion of. particularly like the yellow fish road program. Promotion of what is out there now and more compliance of.


4

 

Greensence/SAGE/KLEW:
Do you support expanding the City's waste management plan to include curbside recycling? Please choose
Agree
Disagree
It's complicated

Answer

Disagree

Comment

I want to encourage the existence and expansion of private companies for those not able or willing to bike with a basket or cart, walk with a cart or drive to recycling centers. Perhaps private companies could do better at promoting the pick up of tree branches etc. to our green bins too. It would have to be paid for whether private or public at this time. A bin would not work in front of my yard due to wind and mischief. I would have to get more feedback to see if others may have those same concerns.


5

 

Greensence/SAGE/KLEW:
Some cities, like Medicine Hat offer incentives to utility consumers to improve their homes and reduce utility use. Are you in favour of implementing a similar incentive program in Lethbridge to encourage residents, businesses, and the City itself to reduce their carbon footprint? Please choose:
Yes
No

Answer

Yes

Comment

I would be very interested in the details to implement a program,that reduces energy consumption.


6

 

Greensence/SAGE/KLEW:
In 2012, Lethbridge City Council adopted a non-binding resolution opposing the use of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in drilling for oil and gas within municipal limits. Would you actively seek to enforce this resolution? Please choose:
Full Ban
Non binding resolution
No position
Support fracking

Answer

Non Binding Resolution

comment

Apparently at this time, we cannot enforce a full ban. Water flow moves earth,what are these chemicals used etc. Yes I would enforce this resolution.


7

 

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:
Oppose P3s
No opinion
Support P3s

Answer

Support P3s

Comment

The function they could serve is to improve the financial efficiency of the city. That could free up other resources to: increase our options to attract growth, to increase the tax base , to supply /improve needed services and to start/complete projects.


8

 

Lethbridge & District Labour Council:
Is the contracting out of public services necessary to the operations of the City of Lethbridge? Please choose:
Yes
No
Unsure

Answer

Unsure

Comment

I asked this question at a forum to the mayoral candidates last election. It is expensive to ask the taxpayer to pay for both. The replies seemed to indicate that they felt we could support in house. Many factors would come into play here : specialty equipment/expertise etc.


9

 

Lethbridge & District Labour Council:
Buy-local or Made-in-Canada purchasing policies should be supported even if they result in higher costs. Please choose:
Strongly disagree
Somewhat disagree
Neither agree nor disagree
Somewhat agree
Strongly agree

Answer

Strongly agree

Comment

I have always looked at labels first and bought made in canada when I could. I have not gone on a shopping trip to the U. S. for over thirty years. That is a personal choice I have been able to make to date and I am comfortable with.


10

 

Lethbridge & District Labour Council:
Closure of Federal Government service offices and reductions in Provincial funding to post-secondary education have implications to the community of Lethbridge in terms of service loss and job loss. What is your position on these closures and reductions and, 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 am sure the implications were not entirely lost on who we have entrusted to make those tough decisions. Many factors played a part. As a councillor , within a team, our role should be to investigate,anticipate and influence as many of those factors as we can to the benefit of our community.


11

 

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, and seniors.
A user fee should be charged to all users.
The City should not be subsidizing someone’s hobbies or recreation.

Answer

A user fee should be charged to all users.

Comment

Subsidize low income: seniors,people and students. Continue fees AT THIS TIME. The buses are a public service.I believe the city has to make available public transit, at a lose or not. smaller buses, more frequent times , a regional service to Coalhurst, Coaldale, Raymond etc. to consider. Some cities supply their seniors & low income with taxi coupons to fill in the gaps in service. I believe some of the city pools are in part, partnered now. The potential leisure center ;the more it is partnered the sooner we may get it. The more taxpayers are willing to subsidize also the sooner we may get more facilities.PLEBISCITES full of facts should be offered. It will be your debt and your children's.


12

 

Lethbridge & District Labour Council:
The City of Lethbridge should endorse an expanded Canada Pension Plan strategy and implement a Living Wage policy.Please choose from:
Strongly disagree.
Somewhat disagree
Neither agree nor disagree
Somewhat agree
Strongly agree

Answer

No answer

Comment

An expanded CPP can take many levels and directions and effect different people in different ways. Living wage policy., of course it sounds great. If you go after the obvious, where do you stop? Who decides on details and analyses consequences?There is no answer possible without parameters.


13

 

Play Local:
Which of these approaches do you favour and explain why you favour this approach in the comment section.Please select:
Building infrastructure and facilities to meet current needs in order to keep taxes low
Investing additional funds to accommodate future growth

Answer

Building infrastructure and facilities to meet current needs in order to keep taxes low

Comment

Are comments limited to 500 characters.I believe that 2 surveys showed that residents want a leisure center before other projects. I agree that the use and pay back could be huge. It is not just about property tax bills but mill rates, loans and debt expenses there of.


14

 

Play Local:
These three projects may come up in the next community improvement plan process:
  • Performing Arts Centre
  • Developing the Exhibition Park
  • Completion of the final phase of the Crossings Ice Complex.
  • If you could only fund one of these projects which would you choose? Please explain your choice in the comment section.

Answer

No answer

Comment

It is not about MY choice. What do the residents want to see first? If there is significant debt I want significant involvement of the tax payers. If they want a plebiscite so be it. debt management policies, how will it add to the current debt owed per man, woman and child , when could we afford to start the next project etc. .


15

 

Play Local:
During the last phase of the 2013 CIP, only the aquatic portion of the leisure centre was approved. What would be your commitment to having the final phase (the fieldhouse portion of the centre) completed?

Answer

investigate more partnership possibilities, my commitment would entail an extensive fact finding before any decisions could be considered ,made or finalized. Presentation of facts, the public's full knowledge of all that will affect them and their input would be essential.


16

 

Play Local:
The Recreation and Culture Master Plan report commissioned by the City of Lethbridge found that Lethbridge has inadequate recreation facilities. Why do you think that this situation developed and what would you do to rectify this?

Answer

The availability of grants and the ability of Lethbridge to match grants in terms of costs is a huge factor in how this developed. And it will continue to be a factor, whether you are talking performing arts, leisure center or whatever.Completion of the crossings ice complex & the skateboard park will help to rectify. Stronger joint - use agreements/partnerships required.


17

 

Sik-Ooh-Kotoki Friendship Society:
Many Lethbridge residents with First Nations' Status face considerable difficulty when accessing services in the City of Lethbridge. As Status holders, they are referred to support on reserve. On reserve, they are referred to services in the city as they are residents of Lethbridge. As an elected official, how would you propose to remediate these gaps in service and accessibility issues?

Answer

What has status holders,support on reserve, and services in Lethbridge previously brought forward for solutions?What was helpful ,what was not and why?What are all parties considering now? We would have to examine what all party's are willing and able to contribute to the solution before those gaps could be filled..


18

 

Group:
On council, would you actively support the following?
Ward system for electing councillors? Please choose:
Yes
No
Unsure

Answer

Yes


19

 

Group:
On council, would you actively support the following?
Councillor become a full-time position? Please choose:
Yes
No
Unsure

Answer

Yes


20

 

Group:
The City of Lethbridge is a signatory to the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities against Racism and Discrimination. In addition to this, do you support the allocation of additional financial resources to create local initiatives that foster the city's commitment to inclusion? In the comment box please elaborate on your answer. Please choose:
Yes
No
Unsure

Answer

Unsure

Comment

Funds and the amount of, would depend on the details of local initiatives, scope, duration and possible partnerships etc..


21

 

Group:
Do you support a bylaw that ensures all buildings serving the public (existing, renovated and new) are physically accessible? Please elaborate on your answer in the comment section. Please choose:
Yes
No
Unsure

Answer

Yes

Comment

Every effort, structurally and financially should be made to make this happen as soon as possible.


22

 

Group:
The following are some of the issues you may be asked to address on City Council. Please choose no more than your top 5 priorities.
  • Affordable and plentiful family recreational and leisure opportunities
  • Bikeable city
  • Frequent and accessible public transportation
  • Vibrant downtown
  • Available low-income housing
  • Community gardens
  • Residential waste reduction
  • Reduced administration costs at City Hall
  • Promotion of Lethbridge as a “City of Choice” for skilled workers
  • Low residential taxes
  • Reduced business licensing costs
  • No Herbicide city policy
  • Municipal Food policy
  • City operated curbside recycling
  • A third bridge to the West
  • Airport enhancement
  • Other (please explain in comment box below)

Answer

Promotion of Lethbridge as a “City of Choice” for skilled workers, Other (please explain in comment box below), No Herbicide city policy, Residential waste reduction, Reduced administration costs at City Hall

Comment

Financial analysis,debt management,increase tax base by partnering/initiatives for more people to establish careers here,reduce costs redirect some of that money to go toward many of the items listed in the left hand column ,define LOW residential taxes? If you just increase mill rate,pay as you go or internal/external loans to make up the difference(STEAL from peter to pay paul)what have you really gained?



Candidate Details

Darlene M. McLean has worked in the financial services industry for 18 years. At this point in her career she has a flexible schedule and is ready to commit to a full and busy four years on council. She has spent considerable time since 1994 in council chambers directly addressing issues before boards and councils of the day on various items that affect the people of Lethbridge. She has steadfastly held to the belief that we can evenly and fairly improve the liveablity and quality of life for Lethbridge residents, no matter what neighborhood they reside in. In the past she has had considerable volunteer experience with the Humane society (when it was held together by a hand full of people) and the Westminster Neighborhood association. She also attended many meetings held by the Lethbridge Citizens for Better Governance, to learn about their concerns. She is a member of the Lethbridge Eagles club and the Lethbridge Horticultural society. The genuine and sincere volunteers that she has met along the way have been a huge inspiration to her.