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 support the ideology of no kill shelters and I have used social media to reunite lost dogs with their families.Q2: Does your ward have an off-leash dog park? If not, do you know why not?
As a non dog owner I am unaware of a off-leash dog park in St. Charles.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.
If off-leash dog parks were warranted in the St. Charles ward, I would only support their creation if it was funded by dog owners, as not every person in Winnipeg owns a dog. Therefore I would see it as an improper use of tax dollars. I would not be opposed to having the city assist with funding but not entirely funded by the city. I propose that we include a dog park tax on dog licenses to help dog parks in Winnipeg.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?
This has occurred in part to Fluffy's law not being passed by city council. If elected, I would push to see this law passed.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?
No. As I do not believe it is in the best interest of the general public. Most home owners, who own dogs, have backyards and choose to take their dog to off-leash park to socialize and exercise.Q6: What specifically should the City do to create off-leash recreational space in older, well-established neighbourhoods?
The only option would be to convert a currently designated park area to off-leash, though I would see this as being problematic. Unless a unused park in the area could be located.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.
I propose that we tax dog licenses to assist with funding, by dog owners to create and maintain current and requested off-leash parks. This could include staffing off-leash leash parks.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?
If we were to revisit Fluffy’s law and allow renters to keep their pets, with the understanding that their pets would be licensed. This would increase revenues from pet licensing and would increase use of public off-leash parks. That said, I would like to see the creation of additional off-leash parks located near apartment complexes.