Anne Thompson

Point Douglas Ward

Anne Thompson

Candidate Point Douglas

Dog Unfriendly

Q1: Please describe what you have done in the past to serve the interest of Winnipeg dogs and dog owners - either in your own ward or in the city.
At a personal level, I have supported stray felines (and any kittens that came along), and now care for three canines and a husband – the last of the feline having recently passed. I hope to be understood as a person who is not too species-ist. I do not support exclusionary practices on general principal; though I do consider case-by-case scenario. On this matter, though, please let it be known by all: I confess to being an omnivore and to having eaten the fowl I have raised.
Q2: Does your ward have an off-leash dog park? If not, do you know why not?
There are pretty much no off-leash dog parks in the entire North End of Winnipeg and none in Point Douglas Ward. I cannot explain the lack of understanding of the true value of companion animals by the previous incumbents and will not engage in conjecture on this subject.
Q3: If you are elected, will you increase the number of dog parks in your ward. If so how will you do that? If you have specific locations in mind, please identify them.
With regard to the number and size of off-leash areas, the level of service delivery, amenities, improvements to and the creation of off-leash recreational space in older, well-established neighbourhoods: until I understand exactly just how badly messed up the previous administration has left our municipal finances – and we might not know for another 18 months or so – I will not make empty promises and still claim to be a person responsible enough to care for animals. Everything costs money and our fair City has been brought to her financial knees. Did I mention that the incumbent for Point Douglas Ward was on the Executive Policy Committee?
Q4: Winnipeg lags behind many major Canadian cities in terms of the number and size of its off-leash areas, and level of service and amenities it offers dog park users. Why do you think this has happened? If elected, what would you do to change this?
I cannot explain the lack of understanding of the true value of companion animals by the previous incumbents and will not engage in conjecture on this subject. With regard to the number and size of off-leash areas, the level of service delivery, amenities, improvements to and the creation of off-leash recreational space in older, well-established neighbourhoods: until I understand exactly just how badly messed up the previous administration has left our municipal finances – and we might not know for another 18 months or so – I will not make empty promises and still claim to be a person responsible enough to care for animals. Everything costs money and our fair City has been brought to her financial knees. As the newly elected Councillor, I have access to the power that guides decisions to make available practical solutions. With the help of WINDOG and other stakeholders, I will educate the other members in Council in the realization that companion animal owner issues are family issues: security of self; health and safety of self and of community; accessibility to municipal services and assets. Candid consultation with knowledgeable animal owners will assure the best outcomes for animals, owners, and the City of Winnipeg as a whole. Please be assured that as an animal caregiver, I am mindful of the well-being and importance of companion animals in our society.
Q5: Do you support WINDOG’s model for Winnipeg off-leash dog parks? Please provide reasons. If so, what will you do to implement it? If not, why not?
The former administration has crippled us financially and left us in financial straits and so, unfortunately, it will take time to fulfill our dreams. I am in favour of restricting the entry of unaccompanied minors. I understand that some sort of self- or official policing of the facilities to take care of the slackers who habitually refrain from cleaning up after animals in their charge is needed. Has anyone discussed what to do if one animal attacks another? Does society need to enact “muzzle” regulation if we are freely mixing humans with animals who do not speak either official language? What does WINDOG think of my idea of developing temporary movable areas? It could be done on a shoestring budget but only with the cooperation of the neighbourhoods.
Q6: What specifically should the City do to create off-leash recreational space in older, well-established neighbourhoods?
With regard to the number and size of off-leash areas, the level of service delivery, amenities, improvements to and the creation of off-leash recreational space in older, well-established neighbourhoods: until I understand exactly just how badly messed up the previous administration has left our municipal finances – and we might not know for another 18 months or so – I will not make empty promises and still claim to be a person responsible enough to care for animals. Everything costs money and our fair City has been brought to her financial knees.
Q7: If you are elected, what specifically will you do to improve Winnipeg's existing off-leash areas? Please consider the park infrastructure, facilities, and type and level of service the city offers and give examples.
I will not make empty promises and still claim to be a person responsible enough to care for animals. Our City finances have been crippled and left us in financial straits and so, unfortunately, it will take time to fulfill our dreams. As a newly elected Councillor I will put my full-hearted spirit unto helping create DOG DAYS: where, with the cooperation and consent of area neighbours, city streets will be closed off temporarily on a rotating basis (year ‘round); alternately, or simultaneously, I will work with neighbourhoods to allow off-leash access on specified streets in the early morning hours, say between 05h00 and 07h00 when the dogs could be off-leash. Could you imagine sectors of the city marked off somewhat as "Neighbourhoods on Patrol" are? If streets or back lanes are not options, then other City assets should be made available – those repurposed sites mentioned in the following question, for example. Temporary fencing (similar to what is used at construction sites) can be used to define areas made available to families to socialize and exercise. Above all: cooperation in the creation of- and modification to-, and acceptance and respect for regulations, policies and procedures that ensure everyone knows what to do, why they’re to do it, and how to do it; that ensures everyone receives support (from the volunteer sector/from the municipality) to make them successful in their respective behaviours; that ensures everyone follows through and is accountable for meeting their behavioural/municipal expectations and obligations. I do not support exclusionary practices on general principal, though I do consider case-by-case scenario. I believe that with cooperation room for everyone can be found: even if it means that once in a while an animal may inadvertently run over somebody’s carrot patch.
Q8: Winnipeg dog owners have been losing what little off-leash space they have, as it’s repurposed for other recreational users and for municipal profit through the sale and rental of off-leash space. If elected, what would you do to change this?
With the help of WINDOG and other stakeholders, I will educate the other power holders in the realization that companion animal owner issues are family issues with the view to having them incorporate the needs of animal caregivers into the policies and procedures, regulations and bylaws over which the municipal government has control. I will also educate my co-workers on the physical and emotional well-being a companion animal can bring into the life of another. With the number of PTSD affected soldiers and law-enforcement officers, and the great number of persons coming from war-torn countries, the value of companion animals cannot be underestimated, at the very least, in reducing mental health costs, and by extension policing costs. One of the most important things I believe I can do for people who like to walk their animal in Winterpeg, Manisnowba is to push hard for 50 new pieces of snow clearing equipment so that we can actually walk on the sidewalks. Did I mention that the incumbent for Point Douglas Ward was on the Executive Policy Committee ...twice?
1 comment
  • albert

    October 19, 2014, pm31 11:13 PM
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    maybe she should be mentioning how when her husband walks their dogs numerous times a day, how he can’t be bothered to pick up the landmines the dogs leave on their neighbours boulevards. not only is she not dog friendly, she’s not neighbour friendly. I have never once seen her walk the dogs, and I live right near her.

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