2018 Chris Davis

St. Norbert - Seine River Ward

Chris Davis

St. Norbert - Seine River

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WINDOG considers dog owner Chris Davis to be a dog-friendly candidate. He supports a percentage of taxes being dedicated to dog parks and their designation as 'single-use'. See his comments below.

Platform: Davis’s priorities are rapid transit, roadways, community centres and schools.

Davis would continue to grow the rapid transit in all areas of the city. He supports looking at a light rail transit system. He would introduce buses on Hwy 101 to cut commute times. He wants to reduce the length of some bus routes and add more major stops where buses connect.

Davis would prioritize road repairs, fixing the ones that need the most improvement first. He would adjust the timing of lights so traffic moves better, and install countdown timers at more intersections. He would like to see better street cleaning and snow removal, more paths for cyclists and electric bikes, as well as scooter park 'n' lock locations at bus stops and throughout the downtown.

Davis also wants more funding for community centres, upgrades and/or new splash pads, pools, play structures, drop in centers for youth and teens, and safe places for seniors to gather to play indoor and outdoor games.

For schools, safety is Davis’s priority. He wants more enforcement in school zones during peak traffic times and would lobby to have the 30-kilometre-per-hour school zone limit apply 24/7 year-round. He wants crossing guards at major intersections and easier access for drop-off and pick-up.

Davis, a courier driver, is a first-time candidate. He is not affiliated with any political party. In the past he’s worked as a delivery driver, electrical apprentice, general labourer, and shipper-receiver supervisor. He believes his experience in different fields will enable him to bring a different perspective to City Hall.

Davis is an active volunteer who is very involved in community sports as team manager of the Charleswood Broncos, vice-president of the LaSalle Lightning Football, coach for Richmond Kings Hockey and a hockey referee. He served on the Manitoba Government anf General Employees Union's Young Members Committee.

Q1: If elected, will you put forward and/or support a motion in Council to create a dedicated tax-supported capital fund for the creation of new dog parks and the upgrading of existing ones to comply with standards in the City of Winnipeg’s new Off-Leash Area Master Plan? Why or why not?

I would be on board with a % of the money from the taxes we pay already to go towards dog parks. I would not want to create a new tax or raise taxes for this purpose.

I believe the city should do more to make sure they are in compliance with the standard they have set in the master plan. I know the city doesn't look after or groom parks very well. Maybe the city needs to work directly with dog park groups to fix the problem, or hand it over to the groups while helping with funding. The city can also make sure condo builders have to include a space for a private onsite fenced dog run.

Q2: If elected, will you put forward and/or support a motion to designate off-leash areas as “single-use” parks where only those activities associated with off-leash dogs are permitted? Why or why not?

Yes I would. It's the only place we can take our dogs and exercise them off leash. We shouldn't have to call them back from chasing a ball, or feel bad if people are playing Frisbee and my dog catches it and runs away. My dog knows we go to the park to throw the Frisbee.