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.
Family members have bred, trained and shown dogs for many years. I have been supportive of these activities.Q2: Does your ward have an off-leash dog park? If not, do you know why not?
Yes, Brenda Leipsic ParkQ3: 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.
I am a candidate for Mayor, and I recognize that Winnipeg does not provide off-leash dog parks in the the number, size, quality and locations required by dog owners.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?
City staff, administrators and councillors have not understood the demand for such areas, and have assigned this issue very low priority. WINDOG and its associated organizations are succeeding in changing that attitude, slowly but surely.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?
Yes. The three-tiered model makes a lot of sense.Q6: What specifically should the City do to create off-leash recreational space in older, well-established neighbourhoods?
Review the inventory of available City-Owned space and vacant land, and consider acquiring suitable vacant lands where there is a shortage of off-leash recreational space.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.
In July 15, 2014, Executive Policy Committee aproved spending up to $100,000 for a consultant to prepare a draft master plan. I expect the plan will address the need for park infrastructure and services (such as lighting, water, and waste disposal) I hope that we will be able to make provision in the upcoming 2015 budget to start implementing the items of highest priority..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?
In general, and on principle, I am opposed to the disposition of public open space for private use. I would consider other public uses (such as other recreation), but I believe we need to increase the total off-leash space in the City, not decrease it. Any decisions on these matters should be aired throughly, in the hope that a community consensus may be developed in support of any particular decision.