Andrew Podolecki

North Kildonan Ward

Andrew Podolecki

Candidate North Kildonan

Dog Friendly

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.
Truth be told, i have not don't much personally. But as an avid animal lover with 2 cats and a dog i understand the love and connection we have for our pets, seeing them as apart of the family, and us wanting them to have the best quality of life possible for them, and that we would do almost anything for them. If elected i would love to make our city more pet-friendly for parks, housing and all-around. It breaks my heart when i see someone having to give their dog away because a new place they're moving to does not allow pets.
Q2: Does your ward have an off-leash dog park? If not, do you know why not?
Only at Kilcona Park currently.
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.
Yes, many people have animals and are animal-lovers and we should all have access to proper facilities so our four-legged friends can join in on the fun. Some ideas i've had for locations is expanding Kilcona Park, Bunn's Creek Park, and possibly Fraser's Grove 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 many have allowed it to get to the back-burner of issues, it has been disappointing to see this has occurred. If elected, i would love to sit down with animal lovers alike and city recreation so we can create a plan to ensure we have more services, while still have bountiful green space for all.
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?
Yes, the model of WINDOG's requests are beyond reasonable, and should be implemented. Basic things like fencing, watering facilities, and proper disposals of waste are the simplest things we can do to start making our parks more dog friendly.
Q6: What specifically should the City do to create off-leash recreational space in older, well-established neighbourhoods?
Consultation and listening is key. Asking nearby residents for their thoughts and opinons about the issue, and identifying under-used parks that are not being utilized currently and put forth a proposal to convert a part or all of the under-used park into an off-leash dog park.
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.
Improved Recycling & garbage bins, fenced areas, watering holes, and many other priorities that have been outlined in the WINDOG proposal. Lets start with listening and Accessibility!
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?
I would halt the sale of Winnipeg's green space & dog parks. Winnipeg's tree canopy is famous & beautiful, we should do the same with our parks to ensure they're preserved and serviced properly, and not sold off to developers or private interests. We have financed & paid taxes for these parks, they should be ours to enjoy as a community.
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