2018 Markus Chambers

St. Norbert - Seine River Ward

Markus Chambers

St. Norbert - Seine River

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Although he is a dog owner, WINDOG considers Markus Chamber to be a 'fence-sitter' when it comes to dog parks. He has not indicated where he stands on dedicated funding for off-leash areas and does not fully support 'single-use' dog parks. See his comments below.

Platform: Chamber’s priorities are public transit, roads and infrastructure, protecting the neighbourhood, and keeping it clean and green.

Chambers says Winnipeg’s rapidly growing population and inclement weather demands citizens have affordable, accessible public transportation that is not only efficient, but environmentally, and economically sustainable. As Winnipeg Transit faces continual fare hikes, declining ridership, and safety concerns for drivers and riders, he says Council must develop practical solutions to restore public confidence in the system. Chambers pledges to listen to transit riders and take their concerns and ideas to City Hall to develop workable solutions.

While roads and infrastructure are a priority, Chambers isn’t proposing solutions. He wants to hear from constituents about the issues.

Chambers pledges to work with the residents and local police to develop innovative strategies to address crime.

Chambers acknowledges walking trails are for people and pets but he’s critical of dog owners who don’t pick up and dispose of waste properly. He will work on solutions to provide proper collection and disposal sites.

Chambers is very concerned with the lack of affordable student housing near the University of Manitoba. He is committed to working with key stakeholders such as property developers to establish long-term plans to create affordable and safe housing.

Chambers has worked in the public service for twenty-nine years, serving in a variety of roles related to program and policy development and implementation, and recruiting internationally-trained skilled workers and business investors. He has a certificate in public sector management from the University of Manitoba where he also studied political sciences and sociology.

Chambers is an active volunteer. He currently serves on Henteleff Park Foundation’s board of directors and Dakota Community Centre’s Futures Campaign cabinet. This is the first time he has run for public office.

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?

As a dog owner myself, I would fully support additional off leash dog parks in the community and city-wide. We regularly take our dog to Kings park where she can fully enjoy the open spaces and where we can meet other dog owners.

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?

I would have to honestly have to give this question additional thought. I have seen many families also enjoying these open spaces with and without dogs, so I would be open to sharing the space as long as both pet owners and non-pet owners respect each others right to enjoyment.