2018 Devi Sharma

Old Kildonan Ward

Devi Sharma

Old Kildonan

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Incumbent since 2010.

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A dog-friendly candidate, Devi Sharma will advocate for capital funds through the budget process to upgrade existing dog parks and create new ones. She supports their designation as 'single-use'. See his comments below.

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Sharma is the Speaker of Council and chairs the Governance Committee. She has also sat on the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works, City of Winnipeg Access Advisory Committee and Take Pride Winnipeg Board.

Sharma earned a Bachelor of Arts from University of Winnipeg. She held a variety of positions in the private sector, government, and community service prior to being elected.

In 2001 Sharma was the recipient of the YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction award for her work as a community volunteer.

Sharma has no affiliations with any political party.

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 will advocate for capital funds through the budget process to upgrade existing dog parks and create new ones. The Off-Leash Area Master Plan is a critical document to develop a framework for managing the parks in the future and designating new parks. Being on council at the time, I was vocal and an active participant in the creation of this document. The upgrading of existing parks is absolutely necessary. We need to stress that fencing is a priority for the existing dog parks and bring attention to the fact that currently fences do not exist in most of the off-leash parks.

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?

Single-use off leash dog parks make sense and I support this idea. It's safer for everyone this way. I have heard of injuries occurring for both dogs and people when folks tobogganing have difficulty steering and dogs are playing in the snow. Where feasible, I would support no tobogganing, no football fields, no cyclists, runners or joggers in a single-use off leash dog park.