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 worked closely with Councillor Browaty over the past year on a few projects related to the popular Kilcona Dog Park and the ongoing Kilcona Park redevelopment proposals.Q2: Does your ward have an off-leash dog park? If not, do you know why not?
It does. The very popular Charleswood Dog Park which attracts dog owners from all across West Winnipeg, including Tuxedo, St. James and River Heights.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.
Due to the extension of the William Clement Parkway, it is imperative that our community identify and establish additional dog park space in Charleswood-Tuxedo & Whyte Ridge. As of this moment, I do not have a specific location in mind, however there are a number of city-owned parcels throughout the ward, plus new development taking place within and nearby. I am confident we can find suitable locations for additional space for 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?
I can't speak to the experience of other cities, but do believe that more services and amenities can be brought to Winnipeg dog parks. Dog parks should be fenced in, there should be year-round water supply and the number of benches and garbage cans needs to be improved.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 support an increase in the number of dog parks throughout the city. One of the major problems facing the Charleswood Dog Park is crowding, which is largely the result of a lack of similar green space in nearby parts of Winnipeg. More parks should alleviate some of this. As mentioned in the plan, unsupervised children should be restricted from dog parks, but so should untrained or uncontrollable dogs. Many dog owners who use Charleswood Dog Park have complained to me recently that one of the biggest problems is unsocialized, aggressive dogs who scare, or worse, attack, their smaller or more docile dogs.Q6: What specifically should the City do to create off-leash recreational space in older, well-established neighbourhoods?
My ward is fortunate enough to be a part of the city with a large supply of green space. I do not have any concrete plans on what older neighbourhoods should do to address this issue. I believe that local decisions such as this are best left in the hands of the local councillors who know their wards best.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.
As discussed above, I believe dog parks should be fenced in, that there should be year-round water supply and that we need to increase garbage bins so that people don’t have to carry the gifts left to them by their dogs for too long. Further, there should be appropriate signage posted throughout the park establishing the rules and what to do when they are broken by another dog-owner and their pet.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 committed to supporting the establishment of new dog parks throughout the city. Locally, the William Clement Parkway extension must happen, but I have committed to push city engineers to come up with a route that saves as much of the Charleswood Dog Park green space as possible.