Steven Hennessey

St. Vital Ward

Steven Hennessey

Candidate St. Vital

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.
I do not have a dog but I do take care of dogs owned by family members while they are away. I support the great work that is undertaken by the Winnipeg Humane Society and D’arcys A.R.C.
Q2: Does your ward have an off-leash dog park? If not, do you know why not?
Yes, Maple Grove.
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 believe City Councils motion to further review their current policy is a step in the right direction. I would like to see the consultant be accountable to council and consult more thoroughly with stakeholders to assure a comprehensive study is completed.
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?
There has been poor planning and lack of appropriate consultation. We need to hold the consultants accountable for a more thorough review. I would like to have a master plan for the next twenty years to look at how we are going to build dog parks for the future.
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 believe the model is workable and should be taken into consideration in City Planning moving forward. I also believe there is opportunity to use some existing lands for off leash dog parks in current and new developments.
Q6: What specifically should the City do to create off-leash recreational space in older, well-established neighbourhoods?
Consult with neighborhoods and dog friendly groups to see what options are available for future land use.
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 we need to follow the model of Kilcona Park that includes fencing for Dog parks. Codes of conduct should be posted for everyone to see. The development of mix use lands that offer options for parks is key to our growth. We should also build in more upkeep of the dog parks into the budget so that these dog parks are maintained throughout the year.
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 would review this with WINDOG and other stakeholders and work towards a more dog friendly city.
1 comment
  • Callie Hill

    October 6, 2014, pm31 5:28 PM

    As a dog owner, dog siter and dog “aunt”, finding safe, convenient and family friendly dog parks is a concern of mine. As a single mom, being able to take my daughter AND my dog to a safe park isn’t easy as there are so few places that are easily accessible for us. Fences should be MANDATORY at every children’s park and dog park. Thank you for taking this issue in to account in your campaign. My daughter and I both appreciate it.

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