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About the Candidate
A dog-friendly candidate, Kurt Morton supports dedicated tax-based funding for dog parks and their designation as 'single-use'. See his comments below.
Platform: Morton’s priorities are infrastructure, transportation, and recreation. He says the City needs to rethink infrastructure; it can continue to pour money into old assets or replace them with modern, cost-efficient buildings that better meet the needs of residents and reduce maintenance costs. He also says the City needs to rethink transportation to improve “bare-minimum service” outside of rush hour and it needs to stop treating pedestrians and cyclists as afterthoughts.
Morton proposes replacing aging buildings with amalgamated, modern, energy-efficient facilities by combining pools, arenas, and libraries.
He wants to increase the rush hour parking ban by an hour, eliminate on-street parking in areas with enough off-street parking, and complete the inner ring road to redirect traffic around downtown. Morton would separate bike lanes with concrete barriers, ensure that sidewalks and bike lanes are accessible all winter, coordinate the plowing of sidewalks with adjacent roads, and improve pedestrian safety with raised crosswalks.
Morton proposes more frequent bus service on major routes, expanding the transit fleet with electric buses, extending bus service to 2 am, and working to restore 50/50 transit funding with the Province.
Morton works for the Department of Planning, Property, and Development. He is best known for speaking out publicly to the media and City Council about the mishandling of the Seven Oaks Pool renovation. This is the first time he's run for public office.
If elected, I would support a motion at Council to create a dedicated budgetary line item to implement the recommendations of the Off Leash Area Master Plan. This would lead to the steady annual progression towards the implementation of the Plan - with a targeted completion date - rather than implementing portions when money happens to come available.
I support the establishment of new single use off-leash dog areas, as well as designated single use fenced off areas in larger parks. It's important to find a balance between all park users, and simply allowing all uses to take place in the same area does not accomplish that.