Candidate Survey Results

Candidate running for Councillor **Late Entry**


1

 

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

Answer

A vibrant downtown means a vibrant healthy city. I have in the past and will continue to support the downtown BRZ in doing what they think is best for downtown. However there is one missing key component for a vibrant downtown; that is people living there. We need to find a way to attract condo living so that people can live right in the heart of downtown. All the buildings should be allowed to convert their upper floors into residences, plus new ones going up to serve that same purpose.


2

 

Greensence/SAGE/KLEW question 1:
Human activities are contributing to global warming and climate change. Please choose from:
Agree
Disagree
It's complicated

Answer

It's complicated

Comment

I say this because I am not totally sure. I do believe that there is a correlation between human behavior and global warming simply because our planet population has gone from 3-4 billion to 7 billion in my short time on this planet, so that must have an impact.


3

 

Greensence/SAGE/KLEW question 2:
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

Based on what I know about this request and how I have seen other seed money from taxpayers grow into a continuous flow of never ending money, without being able to measure their validity and justification, makes me wonder if this is the best way to go. I think we as council need to set the direction first, establish goals we wish to achieve and then find funds to achieve those goals.


4

 

Greensence/SAGE/KLEW question 3:
Do you support expanding the City's waste management plan to include curbside recycling? Please choose
Agree
Disagree
It's complicated

Answer

Agree

Comment

I do support some sort of curbside recycling, but not the little blue box type. I have always said that we should have garbage pickup every second week rather than weekly, and use the alternate week for recycling using the garbage bin we have. People don't want 2-3 bins for specific use and I agree. Whatever way we choose to do it, it must be convenient or it will fail.


5

 

Greensence/SAGE/KLEW question 4:
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 answer

Comment

That would be a great idea, and I'm guessing there are many residents that already try to change their behavior to reduce utility use. An incentive program would hopefully encourage more to do so, but I'm not sure if the tax payer should absorb the incentive costs for someone else who chooses to improve their homes and reduce utility use.


6

 

Greensence/SAGE/KLEW question 5:
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 biding resolution
No position
Support fracking

Answer

Non Binding Resolution

Comment

The reason I say non binding is because we have no authority in this matter; it is the decision of the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), the Provincial Gov't. All we can do is clearly state our position and mine, if I could, would be an outright ban, simply because I am not convinced of the total safety there is for the residents. Council's role in this is to work hand in hand with the AER so as when their decision is made, we would have had an opportunity for our voices to be heard and the safety of our citizens be assured.


7

 

Lethbridge & District Labour Council question 1:
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

Oppose P3s

Comment

From what I know about P3, I'm not convinced this would provide a benefit to our residents. It sounds good because it appears the community could get projects completed by an infusion of private money; but in my mind becoming a partner where the partners have different intentions, I see problems down the road. The private investor must want profit somewhere, sometime, whereas the public investment wants to provide a building and a service for the community. I don't see this taking place very often in many communities, so until I see a real benefit for the people I represent, I would oppose P3.


8

 

Lethbridge & District Labour Council question 2:
Is the contracting out of public services necessary to the operations of the City of Lethbridge? Please choose:
Yes
No
Unsure

Answer

No

Comment

The real answer is yes and no. I say this because there are certain services that the city cannot contract out while others, it may. What comes to mind is snow removal; in a year where we get plenty of snow, the city contracts equipment and staff to meet the snow removal needs of the community in a reasonable time, we hope. In year's where we have little or no snow, we won't have that equipment, had we owned it, sitting idle. Another example where the city could consider contracting out, are the concessions at the hockey arenas including the Enmax so as to provide a variety of food and beverage choices to the general public. In my mind if we could provide a better, more efficient and effective service to the public, maybe we should investigate it thoroughly.


9

 

Lethbridge & District Labour Council question 3:
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

Although I personally agree with this statement and practice it, I don't believe we can impose this type of policy due to the many Trade Agreements put in place by the Provincial and Federal Governments; some are NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement); NWPTA (New West Partnership Trade Agreement). These were created to allow for competition I believe so just as we can't "buy local", our "locals" can also compete elsewhere.


10

 

Lethbridge & District Labour Council question 4:
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

Once again, these are examples of where all we as council can do is publicly and often, state our case and make the other levels of Government well aware of what effect their decisions have on our community. We have no authority in decision making when it comes to Federal and Provincial matters, of which closure of Federal services offices and the Provincial education funding cuts are. Our role is simply to be in their face and voice our opposition and demonstrate what a negative impact their decisions may have on our community.


11

 

Lethbridge & District Labour Council question 5:
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

For essential services, all of us contribute through our taxes so no user fees; for public services and facilities, not everyone uses them equally so a user fee is OK, to a certain limit. For those low income, students and senior citizens, a reduced fee in my mind is the right thing to do. We want to be a community that cares and includes everyone, therefore we should do our best to make all our facilities available to everyone.


12

 

Lethbridge & District Labour Council question 6:
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

Somewhat disagree

Comment

I don't believe the city can be everything to everyone and this is one thing that I think is beyond the city's responsibility. There are many options for anyone to contribute and plan for their retirement. As far as the living wage policy, I really don't see how this would work based on too many variables that could greatly affect the purpose of this policy.


13

 

Play Local question 1:
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

We have a policy and a plan called pay as you go and I believe this is the way to operate with public funds.


14

 

Play Local question 2:
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

I choose no answer because the next CIP process will be in about 4 years time and I am of the belief that community wants and needs change rather quickly. So the right way would be to look at all the projects at that time and the council of the day will have to decide. All three of these are valued in the community and all are great projects, but I guess if I had to choose one, it would have to be Exhibiton Park, simply because this in my mind is the one project that needs the most updating to function, but most important, the one that will attract ALL members of the community. The other two are more dedicated to specific groups.


15

 

Play Local question 3:
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

Well I actually voted for the entire project, field house and all, even though that meant no other project would have been approved. I did that because I know council now has no more money for any projects in the 10 year window of the just approved CIP, all monies are dedicated to other projects. So unless the other levels of Government come up with new programs where we could access new money, the remaining part of the leisure centre will have to wait for 10 years before it gets considered. Or the new council can remove currently approved projects, and dedicate those funds towards the rest of the leisure centre project. That is why I voted for it all, so it would be a completed project, rather than a piece meal project, if we find funds.


16

 

Play Local question 4:
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

In my humble opinion its because, if you take a look around you, you will see that the vast majority of the new buildings going up are for city use and city staff; new Firehall which doesn't improve response time, new Fleet Services Building, new Employee Resource Centre, new addition and expansion to Lethbridge Transit, addition to the Police Services Building just to name a few that have been approved in the last CIP. These add up to somewhere around $60-$80 Million!! This would have been enough to complete the leisure centre, or entirely fund the Ex Park project. So the previous councils, getting back to the earlier question about the CIP, approved these projects in their CIP document and now we see them being built, thereby no more money for anything else. This council saw the need as outlined in the Recreation and Culture Master Plan and tried to allocate as much as we could to address those inadequecies.


17

 

Sik-Ooh-Kotoki Friendship Society question:
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

A group came to council a while ago, and I can't remember their name, when we were discussing the sale of the 1st Avenue property across from Sears. Their intention was to get all these services that are required by First Nations Status citizens and others all under one roof. There were I think 13 organizations and agencies in that group that asked council to support their project which would have been on that property. I thought that was a great idea therefore supported it. Well it didn't go ahead, so I believe this is one thing we as council should try to assist in, so it beomes a more efficient and effective way of these agencies providing their services to those that need it.


18

 

Group question 1:
On council, would you activily support the following?
Ward system for electing councillors? Please choose:
Yes
No
Unsure

Answer

No


19

 

Group question 1b:
On council, would you activily support the following?
Councillor become a full-time position? Please choose:
Yes
No
Unsure

Answer

Yes


20

 

Group question 2:
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

No

Comment

I don't believe this should be city led, but we as citizens should change our attitudes toward one another and start one by one in including everyone and standing up against racism and discrimination. I think that would be more effective, rather than being forced upon by some city initiatives.


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Group question 3:
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

Absolutely!!! I experienced this many times as I was in a wheel chair on several occassions, for a day with Chris Schamber who took me all over the city, hilighting things that I took for granted and would never have thought these to be barriers. Well I was amazed at how many barriers they are, so yes, yes yes, this is a must goal for next council!!


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Group question 4:
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

Reduced administration costs at City Hall, Low residential taxes, Frequent and accessible public transportation, Vibrant downtown, Bikeable city

Comment

No comment.



Candidate Details

Born & raised in Lethbridge
University of Lethbridge Graduate
Married to Selena - 29 Years
Elected to Council - 1995, 1998, 2001, 2010
Mayoralty Candidate - 2004
Lethbridge College Men's Soccer Coach
I enjoy walking, biking, traveling, enjoy my food and americano's, being with my family and friends, sitting around enjoying my back yard.