Matt Allard

St. Boniface Ward

Matt Allard

Candidate St. Boniface

Dog Friendly

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 have advocated for the creation of dog parks in St Boniface. I presented at a City of Winnipeg committee for the creation of a dog park where I spoke in favour of a Whittier Park location, however the final outcome of which was a recommendation from the City of Winnipeg for its creation in lands near the intersection of Marion & Lagimodiere. My reputation as an off-leash advocate is well known, and I proudly display my “I have a dog and I vote” sticker on my vehicle.
Q2: Does your ward have an off-leash dog park? If not, do you know why not?
Yes it does, in located at Mazenod Rd. and Camiel.
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.
I will continue to advocate for more dog parks across the city, which has many fewer dog parks per-capita than other cities of comparable size.
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?
One of the reasons is that the dog owning and off-leash community has only now becoming increasingly organized. As a participant in one of the original meetings that led to the formation of WINDOG, I saw firsthand how quickly the interests of dog owners began to be heard by civic leadership. I look forward to working with this organization and its friends to improve the environment for dog owners.
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 WINDOG model is a bold and exciting plan that deserves serious consideration from the City of Winnipeg in pursuing the goal of off-leash park expansion. Proper consultation needs to occur between the City of Winnipeg, residents, dog owners and other recreational stakeholders. I support the updating of the cities dog-park guidelines, which I understand are currently up for consideration in the next municipal budget.
Q6: What specifically should the City do to create off-leash recreational space in older, well-established neighbourhoods?
Appropriate green spaces must be identified, and compromises reached with other users of that green space. I will work with WINDOG and other dog owners organizations to explore the feasability of smaller, enclosed off leash parks like those found in cities such as Brandon.
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 will continue to work with organizations such as WINDOG to find strategic opportunities and partnerships, as well as fostering the creation of new dog-clubs, in the models such as those found in Kilkona & Maple Grove Dog Park.
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 will protect the valuable off leash spaces we already have. I will also work towards ensuring that if off-leash space is re-purposed for another use, that an equivalent amount of space is provided elsewhere to replace it.
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