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.
My wife and I have owned dogs for over 20 years including rescuing dogs to give them a new home as we have done with our current Jack Russell Terrier who we have owned for 6 years. As a longtime dog owner, I understand the need for dogs to run and play and to socialize with other dogs. I have not had the privilege of working directly to improve things for dog owners and dogs, but my wife and I have made it a priority to ensure our children grew up with dogs and learned to be responsible pet owners.Q2: Does your ward have an off-leash dog park? If not, do you know why not?
YesQ3: 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.
This would depend on the requests of the residents of our ward. I would welcome the opportunity to work with dog owners in my Ward to determine potential locations and to measure the need for such facilities.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 comment on why Winnipeg may lag behind other cities. Once elected I would like to work with our City planners to determine if there is a way to build dog park space into new developments and to perhaps solidify the idea that dog parks are important to the recreational needs of a community.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?
At this time, without a more in depth look at your model and that of other cities, I cannot say whether I would support WINDOG's model in its current format. I appreciate the work that has gone into creating the model and believe it is a solid base from which to build a city-wide dog park plan involving both those with dogs and those without.Q6: What specifically should the City do to create off-leash recreational space in older, well-established neighbourhoods?
An inventory and analysis of city owned space in older neighborhoods would determine what opportunities exist for new dog park space. The city would have to work with community members to see if changes could be made to existing community spaces or new space may have to be acquired for this purpose. I also think that existing rec spaces could perhaps have set hours for non-dog park use and then for dog use. We may also want to look at re-purposing indoor space that would be accessible in the winter months.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 would like to create a volunteer citizen's advisory committee on dog parks as well as conducting public consultation in each of the wards to determine the actual demand for such parks.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?
I am not familiar with this happening in our ward. Details as to why this has happened would help to understand how to change this.