Dwight Hildebrandt

St. Charles Ward

Dwight Hildebrandt

Candidate St. Charles

Dog Unfriendly

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.
Our family is fostered dogs. At present we are fostering a 10 year old named Be-Bop. We also have had family pets for a number of years.
Q2: Does your ward have an off-leash dog park? If not, do you know why not?
We do have a dog park at the border of our ward, but it would be worth studying the addition of a second park somewhere else in our ward.
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.
An increase is possible but there would need to be a demand for it and land available. There is land available close to the old dump that is now park land.
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?
Winnipeg lags behind other cities because it does not have its financial house in order. Winnipeg is in such a mess it can’t repair its own streets and sidewalks. As in a home when there is no money for the essentials (i.e. the needs) then there is no money for “the want’s”. If elected I will, work to have a forensic audit completed on the city finances and expenditures. A complete forensic audit needs to take place. Every penny needs to be accounted for. Only when we know where the money is going can you start to turn off wasteful and duplicated spending. Once we have our financial house in order, it becomes easier to make funds available for other initiatives, such as off-leash dog parks, and pet amenities.
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?
All though I have read some of your information, and I do support the core Idea’s, I would need some additional information and details before I could offer my fair opinion.
Q6: What specifically should the City do to create off-leash recreational space in older, well-established neighbourhoods?
Older neighborhoods could present some challenges while creating off leash dog parks and new pet friendly spaces, however I would indeed be supportive of exploring opportunities to develop spaces with organizations (such as yours) to develop a plan/proposal.
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.
If elected I would study the use of using existing parks and infrastructure to create pet friendly spaces, while also exploring opportunities to develop new pet friendly spaces.
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?
We would work jointly to design a by-law that would guarantee a % of green space to of leash dog parks.
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