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.
As I live in South Transcona, I am lucky enough to be surrounded by fields. I have discussed the possibility of working with the community to develop an off-leash park that is more accessible to all residents of Transcona.Q2: Does your ward have an off-leash dog park? If not, do you know why not?
Yes, currently our ward has a very large park at Harbourview which is due for major renovations provided by the City of Winnipeg.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 would be for adding an additional dog park in Transcona. That being said, I would be required to work with the citizens of Transcona to identify a park/land that would be agreeable to convert to a dog park. I would also like the opportunity to discuss the potential for implementing small off-leash parks in new development areas.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 a lot of amenities are not offered in Winnipeg due to our climate. Many dog parks, in other cities, have pre-existing water connection where there would be limited financial impact. Winnipeg is rich in green space, where I feel that the space could be shared between those that wish to enjoy the outdoors, and those that wish to enjoy the outdoors with their fur family. Ideally, parks that are under-utilized or new development areas pose as an interesting opportunity to correct this. Again, consultation would need to take place between Transcona residents that this would affect.
Also, it would be in our best interest, to work with organizations, such as yours, to set up convenient trash receptacles and signage. Perhaps working within communities, volunteers could be used to monitor these parks and clean the receptacles.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 do support WINDOG’s model for Winnipeg off-leash dog parks. Each councillor would have to work within their constituency, and with their constituents, to identify locations for these parks. I also feel that when creating new development areas, city planners need to work with developers to ensure land be set aside for playgrounds, and perhaps dog parks.Q6: What specifically should the City do to create off-leash recreational space in older, well-established neighbourhoods?
I believe that public forums would need to be had in order to ascertain the needs of the area. Parks that are under-utilized could be shared. It is in the best interest of these neighbourhoods to ensure the space is utilized. Additional amenities would ensure the parks are utilized, and raise awareness of their existence (if you add a use to the park, it would drive interest).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.
Work with area residents, developers, and WINDOG to develop a sustainable plan for the ward. Work with the above mentioned parties to increase signage for parks, knowledge of parks and amenities. I would be for sourcing and increase waste stations and signage. I would be willing to work with existing infrastructure for improved water access.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?
Encourage developers to reserve space for additional recreation space. Encourage WINDOG to take part in town hall style meetings.