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

I feel that what is currently being done by Downtown BRZ and the Heart of Our City Committee is a very good thing. And I think that we should do our best to encourage their good work and continue to improve the downtown.


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

No comment.


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

I have reviewed the information and I think it is some great ideas, however I was unable to get all the information that I would like to give a proper answer.


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 think that curbside recycling is something that Lethbridge needs and should already have. I have been researching the issue, and speaking with other cities and recycling companies I feel that it is well within our power to bring this in at a reasonable cost. I would like to further explore organics recycling as well as working with businesses to ensure that they also are doing their part.


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

No comment.


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 openly oppose drilling and fracking within the city limits. it is something that does not need to happen and would do everything I could to ensure that it does not. However, from my understanding, it is within the city limits but is private land which is why it went through. and am not sure how much power the council actually has.


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

from my understanding of the definition, some of this happens already, for example, Waste management handles the current recycling for the city of Red Deer(providing a service) which the city charges residents a fixed recycling fee. and waste management will broker the deals to recycle the goods at which point they split the profits with the city which is supposed to offset costs. (Lethbridge has a similar set up with its current depots) Agreements between public and private sectors such as this are one's that I approve, but every case must be considered individually.


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 do not believe it is necessary, however I think that times where the service could be the same as the city could provide but not using tax dollars and the private sector assumes the risk it could be beneficial.


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 think that it is our duty as citizens where possible to support local. As for a city council controlling what comes into a city, I am unsure of the power it would have.


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

I personally think that it is unfortunate that these closures and reductions have happened. I would hope that the city could speak on behalf of its citizens and speak with the higher levels of government to let them know how we as a city feels about it.


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

No comment.


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

implementing a living wage policy is a provincial matter, if we were to implement it at the city level. we run the risk of discouraging new businesses in Lethbridge.


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

Investing additional funds to accommodate future growth

Comment

I think that thinking ahead and looking to the future is a good thing and if done correctly will help our city greatly.


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

Crossings Ice Complex

Comment

While I support everything on here. My heart has always been with sports. I feel that they teach kids the value of team work, that losing is ok, to work hard and to be healthy. Sports also builds life long friendships and at certain ages is a great way to keep kids out of mischief. I have seen first hand how being part of a team has significantly increased a young persons mental health in addition to physical health. And without that team, I fear that this person would not be with us today.


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 think that the fieldhouse portion is something that needs to be completed as soon as possible. I have been speaking with many young families and they expressed that in the winter there is not much to do with the kids without bundling them up and braving the wind and cold. the fieldhouse portion is something that young families need and deserve.


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

It may have developed through a number of reasons; rapid city growth, aging facilities, or due to city funds going elsewhere. By referencing the plan, the city has been taking the appropriate steps by expanding on the number of these facilities and I would encourage them to keep following the plans.


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

Better communication between the city and the reserve. it seems that this is a pretty big issue. Working together to ensure that everyone who needs these services are offered them. I think that the city should work hard to ensure that anyone that is in the city (regardless if they are a resident or not) has access to the services offered if they request them.


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

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

Yes

Comment

Discrimination on any level is unacceptable. whether it be racial, by gender, by physical or mental abilities by religious views or any other. The worst thing to do would be to separate people into groups where hatred and anger to others can be promoted. As a city we should strive to be a leader in inclusion. and any initiatives that encourage this I am all for.


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

This is a simple answer. everyone is entitled to equal treatment by others, and access to buildings serving the public should be accessible.


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

Affordable and plentiful family recreational and leisure opportunities, City operated curbside recycling, Frequent and accessible public transportation, Residential waste reduction, Vibrant downtown

Comment

No comment.



Candidate Details

Rory McKeown was born and raised in Lethbridge, graduated from CCH and says he has always had an interest in politics. He wants to help Lethbridge progress to where it needs to be as we continue to grow towards a population of 100,000.