Candidate Survey Results

Candidate running for Councillor


1

 

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

Answer

I am a strong supporter of the BRZ, and the Heart of Our City initiative. I see Dove Christian Bookstore as a good example of how downtown buildings can be -revitalized. There were plans at one-time for a strip-club in that area. The development of condo units in the downtown core (possibly next to Lethbridge Centre?) would help bring more residents into the area. I like to think in this case that "If you build it, they will come."


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

Agree

Comment

On Friday, Sept 27, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said it can now say "with extreme confidence that human activity is the dominant cause of the global warming observed since the 1950's, Scientists called man-made warming 'extremely likely,' the strongest words yet on the issue as it adopted its assessment on the state of the climate system." (CBC)


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

Agree

Comment

I recently attended a meeting of Greensence where the co-chairs of Environment Lethbridge shared their vision with a number of Environmental groups in Lethbridge. I was impressed with their vision, particularly plans to educate Lethbridge residents on ways to reduce waste. I support the one-time seed grant to help the group get off the ground, and provide direction for Council on environmental issues.


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 support the concept in principle. Having lived in Edmonton for ten years, I've seen first-hand how effective it can be in recycling products and extending the life of the landfill. Having said that, we need to find the funds to implement this. I'm hoping Environment Lethbridge can help in the discussion.


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

I think its worth exploring the proposal to determine how effective (or not) it is in those cities, as well as the cost of such a program.


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 have concerns regarding the effects of fracking, and I firmly believe there should be no fracking for oil and gas within city limits. The feedback I receive from the citizens of Lethbridge as I go door-knocking is that you clearly do not want this happening in Lethbridge. I believe we need to work with other municipalities in Alberta to ensure those concerns are heard and addressed by the province.


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

Support P3s

Comment

Given the recent CFIB report on municipal spending and how it is outpacing population growth in Lethbridge, I believe we need to explore this option.


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

Unsure

Comment

I'm not sure it's "necessary", but it certainly should be looked at. We need to look for efficiency where-ever possible. It seems to be working when it comes to the swimming pools in Lethbridge.


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

Somewhat agree

Comment

I like the idea of supporting local business, so I support this idea in principle. It would mean the money would stay in Lethbridge. However, if it results in significantly higher costs, then we aren't being fiscally responsible. We must also acknowledge that legislation clearly sets out rules for the City to follow in the tendering process.


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

It is unfortunate when these things happen, and I sympathize with the employees affected, and how it impacts their families. However, since my platform includes fiscal prudence, it would be hypocritical of me to suggest that it shouldn't apply to other levels of government. If those decisions will save dollars at the provincial and federal level and thus keep those taxes from going up, it's hard to oppose. I would ask to sit down with federal and provincial officials and explore alternatives to mitigate the impact on the local economy.


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

I believe this should be open for discussion as we look at ways to find efficiencies in order to hold the line on taxes. If we can lower property taxes, residents could then use that money to spend on user fees if they so wish. They then have a choice on how their money is spent.


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 disagree

Comment

I believe this is outside the scope of the City.


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

I defer to the CFIB report on municipal spending from last Fall, which showed municipal spending outstripped population growth. I favour a course of prudent financial spending and living within our means given the uncertain economic times we live in.


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

All three projects are worth supporting. The Performing Arts Centre would help with creating a vibrant downtown. I believe we need to look at Corporate support for that project, similar to what the College and university are doing. I like the idea of a new conference centre at Exhibition Park to attract conferences and outside money to Lethbridge, but it is dependent on provincial and federal funding. And the Crossings Ice Complex will also be of benefit to the residents of Lethbridge, and attract provincial hockey tournaments and outside money. But I am concerned about the additional operating costs that we must absorb when it comes on-line.


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 would like to see the initial project complete first. Do the citizens of Lethbridge want it? And at what cost? And we need to recognize that additional operating costs will come on line once the project is complete.


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

Not sure how this situation developed, but the fact is we are here. Based on the most recent Satisfaction Survey conducted by Ipsos Reid, residents ranked Recreation and cultural facilities as the third most important priority for the City (27%), behind Transportation (34%), and Government services (52%). But are we prepared to go into debt to fund these projects given the uncertain economic climate we're in?


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

I would suggest there could/should be greater collaboration with groups such as Sik-Ooh-Kotoki Friendship Centre, Streets Alive, and the Aboriginal Council of Lethbridge. I've also noticed CMARD has taken on a more public role lately.


18

 

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

Answer

Yes


19

 

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

Answer

Unsure


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

Unsure

Comment

I support the concept, and notice that CMARD is already filling that role.


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

I would support the by-law for all new buildings, and those under-going renovations.


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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

Low residential taxes, Reduced business licensing costs, Frequent and accessible public transportation, Vibrant downtown, Affordable and plentiful family recreational and leisure opportunities .

Comment

No Comment



Candidate Details

eter Deys is the former News Director and Station Manager at Global Lethbridge, a position he held for 15 years. He also spent close to ten years as a news reporter covering City Council meetings in Lethbridge, Edmonton, and Medicine Hat.

Peter is currently semi-retired and has been attending Council meetings in recent months, so he is aware of the issues. He currently serves on the Lethbridge Regional Police Commission, and is a volunteer with the Alberta 55+ Winter Games. Past Board member of Rehoboth Christian Ministries for the Disabled in Alberta.

Peter placed tenth in last October's election, just 217 votes short of the eighth and final spot. He believes your vote is in this by-election is vital. We aren't just filling a vacancy on Council. Your vote determines the course of this City's future. You will decide whether we go back to the way things were, or we continue in the new direction the new Council has set. On May 12th, Vote Deys to Continue the momentum of Change.