Norman Miller

Fort Rouge - East Fort Garry Ward

Norman Miller

Candidate

Dog Unfriendly

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 do not have a dog and am not yet elected to a public position.
Q2: Does your ward have an off-leash dog park? If not, do you know why not?
I understand from Ms. Henry that my ward does not have a park.
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 am sympathetic to the problems of all pet 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?
Without wanting to be sarcastic, our city lacks behind other cities in a great many infrastructure areas which take priority over pet accommodation.
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?
In my walk through the Riverview area I encountered many dog-owner families and am sympathetic to the need for dogs to be able to run free. When a person acquires a pet that person also acquires certain responsibilities towards the new family member, and one of the responsibilities is to ensure that proper exercise is available for the pet whether it is a dog, cat, hamster or budgie. This is an individual's responsibility and not a city responsibility just as it is not a city's responsibility to provide a dock for my boat or guaranteed parking for my car downtown.
Q6: What specifically should the City do to create off-leash recreational space in older, well-established neighbourhoods?
Perhaps a better question might be " how can the city encourage dog owners to provide the necessary exercise areas for their pets."
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 don't think that anyone knows the true state of the city finances at this time, however, all indications are that there will have to be a major property tax increase just to finance existing infrastructure repairs. I am afraid that broken/frozen waterlines take priority over dog parks. The new councillors have not been handed an empty cup, they have been handed an empty cup with a hole in the bottom
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 dog owner groups come to the table with ideas and financing I will listen to their proposal and help then as best that I am able to, always respecting the interests of all citizens of our Ward.
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