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.
Although I have not been active in this area in the past I feel very strongly that pet owners and their pets should have free roaming spaces and would work as City Councillor toward improve dog park access and availability.Q2: Does your ward have an off-leash dog park? If not, do you know why not?
YesQ3: 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.
Yes I would. I would work to ensure that greenspace is set aside in new developments for dog parks.The City owns land in the Ward and I would do my best as Councillor to have some of this land set aside for off - leash usage.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 think that over the last number of years the City has gotten away from enhancing basic services in communities and I think off - leash services have suffered because of this.I think it is time to get back to basics in terms of civic amenities in general and provide more off - leash areas for dogs and dog owners is an important one of those services.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 think the small, mid size and regional model would work very well in Winnipeg and would provide a variety of options for dog owners across the City.Implementation should be always included as a condition in any new development plan so that development approvals require dog park land to be set aside.There may also be surplus lands that become available from time to time that could be designated for such a use.Q6: What specifically should the City do to create off-leash recreational space in older, well-established neighbourhoods?
I would work to identify viable sites in older neighbourhoods.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.
We need to make sure they are accessible for dog owners that have disabilities.We need to make sure that the areas are properly fenced and are safe and secure for dogs.Any chemicals used by the City should be reviewed to ensure they are not harmful to dogs.Landscaping and trails should be part of the design of new dog parks. There should be garbage containers and recycling bins as well as potable water.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 do a comprehensive inventory of existing City owned lands in order to further determine viable locations for new Dog parks.In addition, any new residential developments should also include green space for dog parks.