2018 Kate Sjoberg

Point Douglas Ward

Kate Sjoberg

Point Douglas

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A dog-friendly candidate and a dog owner herself, Kate Shoberg supports a dedicated tax-based budget for dog parks and their designation as 'single-use'. See her comments below.

Platform: Sjoberg advocates for better access to recreation facilities, proper supports for youth and seniors, better transportation and improved safety but says she also wants to hear the community’s concerns.

Sjoberg is a first-time candidate and a long-time community organizer and activist. As an organizer, she worked with tenants and landlords to make low income housing safer and more stable, collaborated with residents and business on projects to increase community safety, and championed community-controlled greenspaces.

According to Sjoberg, its important that elected officials understand issues clearly. "If we understand that access to transportation is a critical factor in accessing the city, we are less likely to deny entire communities of people the right to travel by increasing fares. If we understand that healthy, open and active public spaces, recreation and libraries are the places that we get to know and care for one another, if we value this care, we prioritize and invest in them in more useful ways."

Sjoberg was Executive Director at Spence Neighbourhood Association and the North Point Douglas Women’s Centre. She serves on the national and provincial boards of the John Howard Society, and recently joined the board of Sunshine House.

As a consultant, Sjoberg has supported development at The Wrench, Mount Carmel Clinic, the Manitoba Organic Alliance, and the Prairie Climate Centre. Currently, she works with the Louis Riel School Division to improve educational outcomes in three poverty-impacted communities.

Sjoberg is also a sessional instructor at the University of Winnipeg in the Inner City and Urban Studies Program.

Q1: If elected, will you put forward and/or support a motion in Council to create a dedicated tax-supported capital fund for the creation of new dog parks and the upgrading of existing ones to comply with standards in the City of Winnipeg’s new Off-Leash Area Master Plan? Why or why not?
Q2: If elected, will you put forward and/or support a motion to designate off-leash areas as “single-use” parks where only those activities associated with off-leash dogs are permitted? Why or why not?