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.
As a lifelong resident of Winnipeg, I know exactly how important it is to have recreation and greenspace for our families. I love parks, off leash parks, mixed use parks and other special use parks. I am also a dog owner and love to go outdoors with Scamp, especially going for walks on the trails along the Red River in St. John’s Park. She is an important part of our family. I have never hesitated to state my support for local causes, as an MP and MLA or as a community activist. I would take this passion to City Hall if I have the privilege serving as your mayor.Q2: Does your ward have an off-leash dog park? If not, do you know why not?
Respondent skipped this question 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.
Respondent skipped this question 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?
Dog parks, like other city amenities, have fallen behind other communities largely as a result of poor planning. Like other Winnipeggers, your voices have not been heard. I believe there is a need to preserve and protect greenspace. For starters, I am committed to ensuring that we work to make sure we have a plan that respects the needs of dog owners. I know that walking my dog is good for my physical as well as my mental health and I know Winnipeggers need safe places where they take can take their pets. We need to recognize this benefit as we move forward with future parks and greenspace planning.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?
I can promise that I will have an open mind and an open door to your ideas. I may not be able to commit to everything you ask for but I can commit to listening and learning and ensure your views are considered as we plan our parks and other greenspaces.Q6: What specifically should the City do to create off-leash recreational space in older, well-established neighbourhoods?
A consensus driven approach that does not put dog owners at odds with existing park users or neighborhood residents is the best way to address this issue. I have the experience to work with city councillors and neighborhood associations who want to see new dog parks built or current dog parks improved to help ensure that new parks are created with neighborhood input and approval.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.
Step one is making sure that the concerns of all parks users are considered, including dog owners, as we develop our parks and greenspace plan. Step two is considering the resource implications behind any change in policy. Only then can we consider what changes can be made to existing policy.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?
Clearly we need to find a better way to serve your needs. I will ensure that the doors to City Hall are open, and you have a voice in the decisions that are key to our future. I will be guided by Winnipeg families and not influenced by a select group of developers. I can promise that if I am elected mayor Winnipeg will have more park space including off leash space