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.
I have been a dog owner my entire life. One of the best things about being a dog owner in Charleswood is the off leash dog park located in my ward. My wife and I take our two dogs, Jack and Axel, to the park on a regular basis and are strong supporters of dog parks throughout the city.Q2: Does your ward have an off-leash dog park? If not, do you know why not?
Yes, The Charleswood off leash dog park located between Haney Street and Oakdale Drive.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.
As councillor I will be open to creating additional dog parks. Whyte Ridge is currently without a dog park and residents I have spoke with would like to see one opened in the area. Any additional dog parks in the area, I believe, would be most achievable with future development in the area or by using vacant or unused city owned green space.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 would be a strong advocate for green spaces including dog parks in our city as councillor. I believe it is important to have parks for people to use to stay healthy and spend quality time with their family and pets. All dog parks should be fully fenced in if located near major roadways and have access to drinkable water. I would help improve our dog parks by being a strong advocate for responsible dog owners.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 think Windog’s model for off leash dog parks is excellent. Dog parks and other green spaces contribute immensely to active and engaged communities. I see this every time I visit the Charleswood dog park with people socializing with other dog owners and meeting their dogs.Q6: What specifically should the City do to create off-leash recreational space in older, well-established neighbourhoods?
I will work hard with off leash dog park supporters to find unused green spaces throughout the city and explore options to convert them to temporary (seasonal) or permanent off leash dog parks. Similar with what has been done in Charleswood with the former Charleswood Golf Course.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.
In particular Charleswood faces a difficult situation with city plans to complete the William R. Clement Parkway to Wilkes Avenue, which would directly affect the Charleswood off leash dog park. Having said that the completion of the parkway has been an ongoing discussion for years. Temporarily I would like to see the dog park be completely fenced in and research the feasibility of bringing in drinkable water for the dogs. In the long term I am committed to relocating the dog park within the area once the parkway extension is underway.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?
As councillor I would advocate that all new development include an off leash dog park in its green space plans. As a dog owner a dog park is a safe, fun and active environment where you can go with your family and pet to enjoy the outdoors.