Candidate Survey Results

Candidate running for Councillor


1

 

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

Answer

As a member of the Heart of Our City Committee, I am in strong support of continued revitalization efforts and funding. The success we have achieved over the last several years has benefited our city in many ways. I believe in continued and strengthened partnerships between the Downtown BRZ and the HOC Committee (and organizations represented on that committee).


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

While there are many factors in this equation, it is scientific consensus that human activity is having an impact.


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

It's complicated

Comment

I have been very involved in the work this group has undertaken over the last 2 (or more!) years. As such, i support their goals,and recognize their need for 'seed money', but cannot commit to an exact dollar figure without a discussion around the business case and deliverables expected.


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

Agree

Comment

From the results of the most recent survey, I believe more than 3/4 of our residents are desiring this service as well.


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

No

Comment

This is far too complicated for a simple yes or no. Here is the short version...The only avenues a municipality has to raise revenues are through taxes or utility charges. To give a resident a rebate, that money must first be taken from them in taxes or higher utility fees. If a resident (low income or otherwise) cannot afford to upgrade their homes or appliances, they are still paying higher taxes/fees, and subsidizing those with the ability to make improvements. Other orders of government should and do provide these incentives.


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

Full Ban

Comment

The jury is still out on fracking, and I would rather err on the side of caution when peoples health, lives and property could be impacted.


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

No Opinion

Comment

While there could be a possible benefit to entering into a P3, at this time, I have found no case which would benefit the City and its' residents. I would not be opposed if a mutually beneficial opportunity presented itself.


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

No

Comment

No comment.


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

Somewhat agree

Comment

While I could support such policies, we have to operate under the rules set out by the Provincial and Federal Governments.


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 did not support the cuts. Our role would be one of Advocacy and working with the Institutions to inform and educate the province.


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

Small user fees should be charged but I would consider waiving them for low income people, students, and seniors.

Comment

I have supported and sponsored policies to enable low-income residents to access our facilities and services for reduced rates. Participation in community life should be available and accessible to all.


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

Neither agree nor disagree

Comment

As a member of the Vibrant Lethbridge Committee (Poverty Reduction), I do support a living wage policy. however, it is complicated, and needs to be thoughtful in its approach and implementation. Without having a policy in front of me, it is hard to discuss it.


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

Investing additional funds to accommodate future growth

Comment

Building with capacity for the future is always a more financially responsible option. many projects/facilities have suffered due to this lack of foresight.


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

This is far too important a discussion to simply rank the projects. All three of these have different benefits to our City, and all could be funded in different manners. I do not see this as an either/or proposition, but rather as an opportunity to achieve all three projects for the betterment of the quality of life of our residents.


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

During the Capital Budget process I ensured that the Aquatic Centre was referred to as Phase 1 of the full leisure Centre project. I believe that with proper planning/budgeting, we WILL make the full build-out a reality.


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

Time and Money seem to be the answer here. Many of our facilities were built during the 1970's, and we are now nearing the end of their lifespan. Council has been trying to provide for the needs of our residents through the last few budget cycles, and many of those facilities will be built over the next few years (Aquatic Centre, Twin Ice, Curling, North Regional Park, etc). We will still need to make investments to ensure we are always providing for the needs of our residents.


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

Any resident of Lethbridge should have the same access to services provided. We can always work closer with our partners and neighbours who also provide services to ensure that no one is falling through the cracks in the system.


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

I am Very supportive of CMARD's work. To allocate more funding, I would first want to know what the funds would be utilized for.


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

Accessibility has always been a top priority for me.


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

Affordable and plentiful family recreational and leisure opportunities, City operated curbside recycling, Vibrant downtown, Promotion of Lethbridge as a “City of Choice” for skilled workers, Frequent and accessible public transportation

Comment

Hard to choose only 5 from this list. Low taxes should be a priority for everyone, but I believe that people will pay for services they want or require. Unnecessary spending should be eliminated.



Candidate Details

Born and raised in Lethbridge, Jeff has also spent the majority of his adult life living and working in this wonderful city. As an active participant in our community, Jeff has served on various organizations from the Allied Arts Council to Economic Development Lethbridge. Jeff is currently President of the Family and Community Support Services of Alberta, and the Chair of the Municipal Planning Commission. Jeff has also been a long-time supporter of the arts.
After more than 20 years in professional theatre, Jeff ran for City Council in 2007 as a way of giving back to the community which has given him so much. Jeff remains committed to working together with all of Lethbridge to ensure our city remains one of the best places to live, work and play.