2018 Robb Massey

Elmwood - East Kildonan

Robb Massey

Elmwood - East Kildonan

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WINDOG considers Robb Massey 'dog-unfriendly'. He only supports one-time funding for off-leash dog parks, and says it should be subject to fundraising by organizations like WINDOG. (Editor's note: WINDOG is an advocacy coalition. It is not a fundraising organization for dog parks.)

Platform: Massey’s priorities are addressing ward infrastructure issues, responsible use of tax dollars, and listening to residents. He wants to repair roads, replace boulevard trees, and infill houses. He commits to working with Elmwood-EK’s “best leaders and to attract others who can bring growth and prosperity” to the ward. He wants “the right kinds of businesses that will attract more quality residents”, for example, banks and grocery stores and a nice coffee shop. He pledges to support volunteer organizations that know how to stretch a dollar.

Massey has a Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Alberta. A self-described coach, trainer, and adventurer, he is the owner of Sprockids a mountain bike instructional program. He blogs about cycle touring and riding with kids. He is also a John Maxwell-certified coach, trainer and speaker.

Massey is an active community volunteer. He served as chair of Elmwood Community Resource Centre, president of Ecole George V School Parent Council, and president of Chalmers Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation Gym Building Committee. This is the first time Massey has run for public office.

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 support one-time funding for off-leash dog parks, subject to fundraising by organizations like WINDOG.

Editor's note: WINDOG is an advocacy coalition. The corporation has no responsibility for raising funds for dog parks. The City of Winnipeg is responsible for funding and operating off-leash areas, not on a one-time basis, but on an ongoing basis.

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 am open to suggestions and proposals for single-use areas, keeping in mind that single-use parks will be smaller and perhaps less ideal than a multi-use park space.