Candidate Survey Results

Candidate running for Councillor


1

 

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

Answer

A vibrant downtown community is vital to our City. I spend a lot of time downtown supporting local businesses. The efforts of the BRZ have shown successful results and I encourage and support the continual revitalization of our downtown. New additions to our downtown such as CASA, the fountain in Galt Gardens and the Farmer's Market all serve to attract our residents and visitors. Improving public transportation will serve to draw more people to our downtown; furthering the efforts of the BRZ.


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

On September 27th 2013, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report stating that global warming is unequivocal; and it's extremely likely that human activities have been the main cause of temperature rise.


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

Agree

Comment

No comment.


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

Many other cities offer curbside recycling. If Coaldale can do it, so can we.


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

Lethbridge is situated in a prime position to utilize wind and solar energy. Barriers to households and businesses developing wind, solar and geothermal projects need to be addressed and replaced with incentives. The City should work towards viable energy alternatives especially with the recent notice of potential oil and gas drilling within City limits. Our City could be a leader in alternative energy systems.


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

I support a full ban; however I do understand this decision is beyond City Council's authority.


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

Oppose P3s

Comment

No comment.


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

No comment.


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

The City municipal leaders should be standing for the needs of the municipality. The commodification and privatization of our post secondary institutions needs to end. The reduction of services; information; and jobs by these Federal and Provincial cuts in the name of austerity is unacceptable.


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

Public services and facilities provided by the City of Lethbridge should be inclusive to all residents. To maintain these operations a small user fee is acceptable as long as there are provisions in place for those who may wish to use the services and facilities but cannot regularly afford to do so.


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

Strongly agree

Comment

No comment.


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

Burdening the future with crumbling infrastructure and ill-prepared planning is irresponsible. We see that our current recreational facilities are facing capacity usage and needing major upgrades. Balancing future needs with current requirements is a responsibility of City Council.


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

All are worthy projects; though I feel Crossings Ice Complex to be the top priority as I believe it serves all community members in the most inclusive manner.


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

I support increased recreational opportunities and realize this has been identified as a priority. However, it would be irresponsible to commit support without being fully informed on the cost and funding.


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 situation developed because recreational facilities were not highly prioritized and funded in relation to recent population growth, demographics, and usage. Assuring our City's recreational facilities are appropriately funded and prioritized using meaningful population and growth projections should lead to improvement.


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

Bridging our communities is essential to social healing. Sik-Ooh-Kotoki Friendship Society has identified vulnerabilities and barriers within the system. Through cooperation with the City and other organizations (e.g., Aboriginal Council of Lethbridge) these gaps in services should be meaningfully addressed. Recognizing and including diverse community members and viewpoints in City discussions and decisions is essential to creating a modern, innovative, and vibrant City.


18

 

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

Answer

No


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

Recognizing and including diverse community members and viewpoints in City discussions and decisions is essential to creating a modern, innovative, and vibrant City...though throwing money at the issue is not the entire solution. Education and the fostering of mutual respect is essential.


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

All new public buildings should be completely accessible to everyone.


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

Municipal Food policy, Frequent and accessible public transportation, Available low-income housing, Community gardens, Bikeable city

Comment

If I could choose three more they would be Vibrant Downtown; City operated curbside recycling; and Affordable and plentiful family recreational and leisure opportunities.



Candidate Details

Martin traces his roots to the Blood (Kainai) Reserve in Southern Alberta and has lived his entire life in Lethbridge and area. He sees the City as a connection to the past, grounded in the present, and a director of the future.
Martin has experienced poverty in his life. He has also experienced the social barriers that prevent those in poverty to thrive. He has worked in tourism, science, and the medical field as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Martin is currently a student at the University of Lethbridge pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Martin's experiences have led to a valuable and unique perspective. One that focuses on People and the principles of inclusiveness and advocacy and sustainability. Martin realizes that our community decisions have impact and make change not only within our City, but beyond our municipal boundaries. Including all of Lethbridge in this process will make our City a leader of the future.