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

Downtown does need some extra attention to get cleaned up but we need to be cautious what we do as the city grows because Lethbridge is simply getting to big for a "Party in the Park" like it use to back in the 80s.


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

Disagree

Comment

I do not know anybody personally that in any way contributes to global warming. Even watching the newer extreme sports on tv do not show any global warming or climate changing problems. We are on the right track. we just need to stay on it and continue to improve to improve as finances allow.


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

Seed money means first time idea money. Plan works = ok. Plan fails heads roll. I need an extensive study plan to read, in advance of the council meeting, to make a proper informed decision.


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

if cost worthy, yes. My wife and I use the bus most of the time or Sandy walks. Recently the closest bins were moved to an area further away from us and any bus stop and it is a non paved location that retains water easily. we live in a young family neighbourhood along with a few seniors. we all have the same issues.


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

Yes

Comment

reducing the carbon footprint is something that I strongly believe in and will do what I can to support it. They even had a show on tv from Mission BC challenging them not to eat or drink anything that came from further out of Mission than 100Km. This meant completely not just bought at the store. Coffee drinkers beware. One way to truly appreciate the farmers market.


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

Full Ban

Comment

I will never be in favor of doing anything that will put another human life in danger. 100% never gonna happen.


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

No opinion

Comment

I'm just learning about the P3s today so my knowledge is very minimal. I have chosen to study on my own instead of call a council member and get his/her opinion on the issue.


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

Yes

Comment

One person can not do it all. There must be guidelines that are to be followed with proper consequence if not.


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

YES. I am tired of buying Canadian souvineers to send to Sandy's family in the USA that are made in China while they send us USA souveneers that are made there in the USA. I would be honored to save up and buy Canadian, when the option is available.


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

We are the voice of the city and we need to remember that. Any concern that the city has with the Government, Provincial or Federal, we need to speak up on their behalf as a united front.


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

A user fee should be charged to all users.

Comment

This question combines two answers as I am low income and do miss out on a lot simply due to lack of funds. I requested this several years ago and was treated like a joke.


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

Strongly agree

Comment

This question requires more thought. I strongly endorse the CPP. I need to look into the Living Wage 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

fix,maintain,and promote what we have.


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

Exhibition Park

Comment

The entire list has its list of merits. I chose the Exhibition because of the Rodeo, Fair, Whoop-Up history of Lethbridge. I would obviously be interested in listening to you, the City, before my final voteable decision is made.


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

I know that the quicker things are checked the quicker they can be used again. I need to see where this is on the "to do" list. I would guess that it is 2014 but that is just a guess.


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

Who did this list and who paid for it? With all the scandal going on right now, I wouldn't even go near any report or plans that involve the City until the new council is hired. then they can rewrite the survey with a new committee and all of Lethbridge can have a say on what to do.


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

The building celebrating equality of life for all citizens will be opening very shortly, in Winnipeg, for everybody to celebrate humanity the way it should be. "Together" I dated a first nations angel and at times we could not tell who was being bullied worse. If you were treated like crap day in and day out how would you feel? First Nations need help, we help. Other Nationalities need help, we help. I call it humanity


18

 

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

Answer

Unsure


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

Yes

Comment

As a board member of People First Canada and the President of the Alberta Chapter, Inclusion and equality is our mandate. When the fight to close Michener Center in Red Deer closes, Alberta will be the 4th Province to be institution free. Meeting with United Nations Dignitaries in person and on line is great, especially when I update them on both Canada's and Alberta's progress on inclusion.


21

 

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

If we believe in inclusion we have to also believe in accessibility. I can't even see my doctor without getting help to get into the building because there is no button. the golf course has a button but no ramp. and the list continues to grow instead of shrink.


22

 

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

Available low-income housing, City operated curbside recycling, Frequent and accessible public transportation, Affordable and plentiful family recreational and leisure opportunities, A third bridge to the West

Comment

This one question was the tough one. I could think of people that I have met going door to door that have brought up at least 10 of the list.


Candidate Details

Layton is an activist for, as well as president of, the Alberta Association for People First of Canada, an organization formed by people who felt they were not considered as people first. They felt that they were talked about, talked to, thought about, and treated according to the disabilities that others labelled them with.