2018 Josh Brandon

Daniel McIntyre Ward

Josh Brandon

Daniel McIntyre

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A dog-friendly candidate, Josh Brandon supports dedicated tax-based funding for dog parks and their designation as 'single-use'. See his comments below.

Platform: Brandon’s priorities are supporting public transit, creating good jobs at living wages, composting and recycling, building better bike and walking routes, investing in core communities, and promoting community safety.

Brandon, a first-time candidate, is a social justice advocate, anti-poverty organizer, and environmentalist. As former chair of Make Poverty History Manitoba, he was instrumental in getting the Rent Assist Program implemented. The program make housing more affordable for thousands of low-income families.

As an environmentalist, he started a coalition to reduce pesticides use resulting in Manitoba’s cosmetic pesticide use regulation. He led the Manitoba Eco-Network water caucus in its fight for better water quality in Manitoba lakes and rivers; and helped pass the Save Lake Winnipeg Act in 2011.

Josh earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Simon Fraser University. He worked as a researcher at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and co-edited Poor Housing: A Silent Crisis, which focuses on the acute housing crisis in Winnipeg. He is a community organizer at the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg where he works with community organizations create social equity and environmental sustainability.

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?

There’s no question that dogs can benefit from the exercise and socialization that an off-leash park offers. I fully support providing adequate funding for dedicated off-leash dog parks across the city. This must be done within a broader policy of providing adequate funding for parks and recreational facilities for families and children citywide.

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?

I support the creation of single use off leash areas, based on community consultation where they are most appropriate. Any expansion of our network of dedicated off-leash dog parks must also be done with the goal of creating safe spaces for dogs and dog lovers to mingle without fear of harm or disease. Dog parks must meet the needs of dog lovers while also addressing key concerns. These include:

Dog owners who don’t pick up after their dogs

Dogs that haven’t been adequately socialized or trained

A lack of proper separation between small and big dogs

Risks to young children

Environmental concerns such as poor drainage that leaves the soil saturated with potentially deadly bacteria

Potential for animals to escape into the surrounding neighbourhood.

To address these concerns, the city must task the civil service to examine best practices in other jurisdictions and create a plan for implementing them in Winnipeg within a reasonable time frame within a reasonable budget.