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.
Being a dog owner throughout my life, I have exercised responsible ownership including spay and neutering, ensuring vaccinations and licensing is current. I have also sheltered dogs for not for profit organizations relocated from northern communities. Additionally, my family contributes to the Winnipeg Human Society. Q2: Does your ward have an off-leash dog park? If not, do you know why not?
Yes, Charleswood-Tuxedo-Whyte Ridge has a large off-leash park that is used on a regular by many residents.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.
If elected, I would work to ensure dog parks are available in the ward. 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?
If elected, I would want Winnipeg to be a leader in many areas. I would investigate the issue to better understand what the root of the matter is and work to ensure standards for service in Winnipeg are equivalent to other similar cities that includes the availability and amenities in dog parks.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 model seems reasonable, however I would consider how frequently small parks would be used for example in Charleswood. So many residents are accustomed to using the Haney Park or walking on-leash that I think your model might benefit from some customization based on population density of both humans and dogs. Perhaps, more densely populated areas would have greater benefit from many smaller parks; whereas less densely populated areas may use mostly the mid to large size parks with fewer small parks.Q6: What specifically should the City do to create off-leash recreational space in older, well-established neighbourhoods?
I would look for solutions arrived at in other jurisdictions and determine their applicability in Winnipeg. 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.
Our city has many pressing priorities and competing interests for our limited financial resources. Long term planning can help enhance off-leash areas and for the near term, I would work at ensuring our existing facilities are well maintained.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?
If elected, I would advocate a no net loss principle meaning that should a designated off-leash space be considered for other uses an equivalent or even superior new space should be allocated to off set the impact.