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.
I live in a house with 3 dogs, 2 of which were rescues – my partner, Catrina, brought Ladybug (14 yr old Border Collie/Lab) home from the Humane Society and almost 6 years ago Wilco (6 yr old Border Collie/Retriever) came home with me from Animal Services at 1057 Logan Avenue. Oliver (6 yr old Chihuahua/Yorkie), my partner’s 2nd dog was found in an advertisement.Q2: Does your ward have an off-leash dog park? If not, do you know why not?
I don’t think that Daniel McIntyre has an off-leash park, although Westview Park (Garbage Hill) is very close and is used by many dog owners in the area. There are many parks in the area but not many are large enough to accommodate an off-leash dog park – some dog owners have used field space close to both Isaac Brock, the Minto Armories and Tech Voc. These are less than ideal locations as sports teams are often using these spaces and not all owners pick up after their pets.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.
There is a demand for an additional off-leash space in the area – it would be wonderful if suitable and dedicated space could be acquired and developed for this purpose. There are a number of options but determining ownership and acquiring land would be required. I would certainly commit as Councillor for Daniel McIntyre to champion this cause and to work in close collaboration with WINDOG to make this happen.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 would commit as Councillor for Daniel McIntyre to reverse this trend and work in collaboration with WINDOG to bring an off-leash park to fruition for residents in the ward.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 City of Winnipeg has an obligation to provide a forum where meaningful consultation can take place with all stakeholders. I truly believe that open dialogue leads to solid neighbourhood decision-making. As Councillor for Daniel McIntrye, I would bring together residents so that together we can identify potential off leash areas - both big and small - that could work for dog owners.Q6: What specifically should the City do to create off-leash recreational space in older, well-established neighbourhoods?
Work with residents to identify options for space – even small parcels of land can be effective if properly fenced and maintained.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 support initiatives to provide potable water, increased number of waste receptacles, drainage, and explore other options than poison for rodent/pest control.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?
We need to change the climate from being adversarial in tone to collaborative. As WINDOG rightly points out, there are tens of thousands of dog owners (and lovers) in our community, and the health benefits of dog ownership are well documented, especially for senior citizens. We need to roll up our sleeves and work together to create spaces at the neighbourhood level where responsible dog owners can go to exercise their pets and socialize. I am committed to creating a collaborative climate in Daniel McIntyre and as a dog owner myself, I look forward to enjoying off-leash opportunities in our ward.