Russ Wyatt

Transcona Ward

Russ Wyatt

Candidate Transcona

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.
Created the first new dog park for a new subdivision that is being constructed inside the Transcona Ward, City of Winnipeg, to be known as Devonshire Village Dog Park. A first for all of Winnipeg.
Q2: Does your ward have an off-leash dog park? If not, do you know why not?
No, because of our close proximity to Kilcona Park and the dog park there.
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, as referenced above and as opportunities through the creation of new housing subdivisions.
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 do not know why we lag behind, however, with organizations like WINDOG and more dog parks being created, I am sure things will improve.
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 proposals as long as they are done in cooperation and consultation with existing neighbourhoods.
Q6: What specifically should the City do to create off-leash recreational space in older, well-established neighbourhoods?
There is no simple solution besides an organization like WINDOG and those who support it need to encourage, fundraise and work with all levels of government to build more dog parks as well as maintain them.
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 believe that if every Councillor works hard in their ward to improve and enhance off leash dog parks, the entire City will see improvement.
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?
Please see the answers above.
1 comment
  • blake

    September 24, 2014, am30 1:55 AM

    Russ Wyatt has answered your questions like a politician. I have lived in West Transcona for 20 years, I have always owned dogs. When we purchased our home in 1994 it backed onto what was designated as an off leash dog walk . The area was between Hoka Street and Plessis Avenue (the green space that runs along the hydro lines parallel to the railroad tracks). When the Transcona Trail was built several years ago our offleash area was abruptly taken away. I contacted Mr. Wyatt and only after many calls did someone from his office return my call (not Russ) There was absolutely no concern for the dog owners like myself who used this space for many years. My request was that a small trail adjacent to the Transcona Trail be there for the dogs. Russ Wyatt did not have the time to contact me about my concerns as a citizen of his ward about the removal of the off leash dog walk between Hoka and Plessis.I found it hard to beleive that he is described as a dog friendly councillor. My experience with Mr. Wyatt has been far different than that advertised on your website.

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