Candidate Survey Results

Candidate running for Councillor


1

 

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

Answer

This is a very important area of our city and city council must continue to support it. 60% of working people in Lethbridge are involved in a small/medium size business and many in the downtown core. It has a great history in our city but must adapt and change to shoppers/diners wants and needs. The BRZ is working hard to continue this legacy and come up with ways to support and encourage new businesses to open here. I agree 100% with what they do and their collaborative effort with the business people working there.


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

No comment.


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 would want to know what the money will be spent on; research,PR,salaries,advertising,etc.


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

Yes,although the city has spent money on consolidating recycling collection areas,some people still find it difficult to get there recycling there. Having the option to have curbside recycling for cardboard,tin cans,glass and organic waste should be made available to the taxpayer if they want it.


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

No comment.


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

There has to be other areas outside municipalities where oil companies can explore. Citizens health and the health of our community is MORE important than oil money. We know the province has all mineral rights so the city MUST press provincial govt. to stay out and off of municipal lands.


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

This is a 50-50 answer for me. When it comes to schools and hospitals the provincial govt should be building these facilities for all Albertans to use. Some infrastructure like roads/bridges could be P3 initiatives for cost sharing purposes.


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

The city has hired hard working,qualified people over many years and taxpayers EXPECT them to work hard for the betterment of our community. Set the bar high and people will achieve and work hard because it is expected. Have no expectations and some people take advantage of that.


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

I totally agree that "buy local-think global" is an initiative the city and all people in Lethbridge should follow. To keep jobs in our city, it is essential and vital part of the economy. If costs do get out of hand, consumers will understand this and make a choice NOT to buy local. Business people know this is a good concept for them and shouldn't take advantage of it.


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

City council has to be an advocate for all education,not just post secondary. Funding at all levels has been cut at the expense of our children and their education. These are essential and vital elements of our community and must be supported by city council.


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

We all understand that user fees for recreation and public transportation has always been there. It does help those lower income or fixed income citizens get around our city or use city run facilities for their enjoyment. Use the fee to help in upkeep of facilities,buying new equipment used in those facilities,etc.


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

Somewhat agree

Comment

Of course they should endorse it but people MUST take care of themselves to some degree as well. You can't expect the govt to take care of you throughout your lifetime. Work hard,save towards retirement and the govt kicks in with OAS and CPP. Pensions in Canada are under immense pressure and people must be motivated to do their part so they can expect a comfortable life when they retire. A living wage is also important so people can expect to provide for themselves and family during their working years.The provincial govt should look to raise the minimum wage so low income people/students/part time workers can live and provide for themselves.


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

No comment.


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

Crossings Ice Complex

Comment

It is important that recreational facilities keep up with the expanding population in Lethbridge. Every part of Lethbridge must be looked at and facilities provided for these areas. Future planning is SO important as the city expands north,south and west. Giving taxpayers and their children recreational opportunities is paramount for their fitness,leisure and sports needs.


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

This depends so much on costs! Pay now or pay more later is a catch 22 proposition and taxpayers realize this I hope. The capital budget is a 10 year plan approved every June 30 and city council has to be careful in making these big ticket promises and expecting taxpayers to always agree with their decisions.


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 city has done a good job keeping up recreation facilities over the years,especially heavy use facilities like ice rinks and pools. Eventually the law of diminishing returns kicks in and you have to decide if fixing it up is throwing away tax payer dollars or is building new better. The rapid expansion of the north side and west side of Lethbridge has also put recreational facilities under pressure so the city has to keep up with taxpayer demands for more of them.


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

It is difficult to do as most Native people fall under federal jurisdiction if on reserves or caught in the middle if they are have off reserve status. The city should work with all stake holders like federal,provincial and local administration to fix the gaps and press other levels of govt. to step up and do what they are expected to do in helping First Nations people. First Nations people must ALSO press their own band council to provide for them as is their band right and first nation status. Band councils have a HUGE responsibility and must think of their own citizens needs before their own.


18

 

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

Answer

Unsure


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

Yes

Comment

Lethbridge is a VERY desirable place for immigrants to come to and we need to foster that commitment and have it continue. Citizens are welcoming and opportunities are here for those who want and new life and work hard for themselves and their families.


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

It's complicated

Comment

Public buildings for sure but in private business it is often difficult and expensive to make their building handicap accessible. If businesses can afford it then by all means do it, but if it is a financial burden on a small business they should not be forced to do it.


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

Reduced administration costs at City Hall, Reduced business licensing costs, Low residential taxes, Affordable and plentiful family recreational and leisure opportunities, Other (please explain in comment box below)

Comment

A strong police,fire and EMS is essential in Lethbridge as we pass 90,000 people and expand north,south and west.



Candidate Details

Shackleford is a long-time high school teacher, coach and community volunteer who says he believes Council needs to balance the best interests of the city with that of the taxpayer.