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 worked with the Kilcona Dog Park Club to ensure their interests are listened to and respected. I have provided matching-dollar grants from appropriate City accounts for amenities like benches and picnic tables. I have provided one-off per capita grants for smaller functions. I have liased between City staff and dog park executive members.Q2: Does your ward have an off-leash dog park? If not, do you know why not?
Yes, the city's largest.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.
I will work to add a smaller neighbourhood off-leash park or two. It may be a fenced off area in an existing park or a new park. Areas under Hydro right-of-ways might work well.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 like to continue to work with dog park groups to identify opportunities to improve 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?
I support WINDOG's model for off-leash dog park development city-wide.Q6: What specifically should the City do to create off-leash recreational space in older, well-established neighbourhoods?
Identify areas in parks where off-leash space could be provided. Potentially, some parks could be off-leash during certain times of day when kids aren't playing (i.e. early morning and into the evening).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 am prepared to work with community groups to ensure Kilcona Dog Park is the best in the city.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 think the removal of any off-leash space should be compensated by creating at the very minimum a comparable amount of new space in the general vicinity.