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 family members are responsible dog owners, and enjoy walking Bailey either off-leash at Maple Grove or on-leash throughout our neighbourhood.Q2: Does your ward have an off-leash dog park? If not, do you know why not?
Yes, Maple Grove.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.
It would be nice to be able to increase the number of dog parks in St. Vital, however, it may be challenging to identify City-owned parcels that may be appropriate for this use. Many field and green space areas are currently used for sport, playground or other recreational uses.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?
As Windog has identified, some former dog park areas have been slated for other uses or developed. Services and amenities can be costly to install, particularly if the remaining dog parks are in less usable or accessible areas.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?
There are aspects of the model, such as the importance of the safety of unsupervised children and of maintaining regional parks, that I support at this time. However, I would need further information about current City resources before I would be able to commit to the balance of the model.Q6: What specifically should the City do to create off-leash recreational space in older, well-established neighbourhoods?
The City should develop an inventory of green space areas, determine each area's current use and investigate whether off-leash facilities might be feasible.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 propose that the City administration review Calgary's model to determine what aspects of their model and policies could be implemented for use here.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?
Green space is a precious resource for all Winnipeggers. It is important for the City to retain public green spaces, and to take a balanced approach to all forms of recreational uses for it.