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.
When I did own a dog (passed away early last year) I did make use of the dog park at Kilcona on a regular basis. Was glad it was there and did promote it to many friends, some of which had no idea it was even there.Q2: Does your ward have an off-leash dog park? If not, do you know why not?
No I do not believe we do, but we as a ward have many areas where we could establish some. Perhaps some smaller areas within parks or stand alone parks in themselves. One I had considered was making use of the land formerly used by the East Elmwood Community Centre. Access to the parks should be easier for all and if some land is being under utilized and it makes sense it should be considered.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.
Increasing them would be important as it is an amenity the community at large is asking for and the city should be listening to that. As mentioned in the last question, the former site of East Elmwood Community Centre is one location I had thought of to re-establish as a potential dog park.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 we may be lagging behind due to the same reasons that our infrastructure lags behind...finances. If we can start to re-examine the City finances and find cost savings in some areas and new revenues in others we can look at changing the amenities we offer our citizens. Perhaps the pet community can come forward with funding ideas with which to cost share the development with the City (similar to the community club model) or perhaps the pet business community can assist as well as it directly benefits their industry.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 the establishment of local parks in the community which have the added bonus of getting the citizens in local area interacting and also help reduce the need to drive to the bigger parks. Funding becomes the issue. But where there is a will there usually is a way.Q6: What specifically should the City do to create off-leash recreational space in older, well-established neighbourhoods?
As stated earlier, perhaps allotting areas in under utilized parks or lands within the different areas of the City.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 believe establishing new areas in existing parks and under used areas is a big part of this that can be done from the civic government level. After that, the City could commit time and finances on some kind of cost share or grant basis to help improve or formally establish the areas as off leash areas, Possibly some funding from licences could be reallocated to form a base for this funding.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?
Formally establishing set areas in parks and lands that are under used is the answer here. We must have some form of tracking system on who is using the areas and how often so we can assess what areas are available to allocate. In Elmwood-East Kildonan there are a few smaller parks that could be looked at as dog parks that are not fully utilized. The former East Elmwood Club site would be one, The park on Munroe and Molson could be another. And perhaps some combined usage of the land on Concordia Avenue (in conjunction with a bike path tying Gateway to Harbour View South) to name a few.