Question and Answer

Questions from Citizens Answered Honestly

Question 

1. what steps did you take when considering whether or not to run for Councillor? 


Answer   

1. This will be my second time running as City Council and it really was an easy decision.  I have worked for the City for over 32 years and have seen many different issues within the City, unfortunately I have not been in a position to correct many of the downfalls.  Not to say its all bad, just that I would really like to be able to better serve the City and my area and all the fantastic people in this area and City.  I also believe in giving back to my community which I have volunteered throughout the years for many different organizations in various roles.


Question 

2. what experience do you have in collaborating with others that may have goals that do not align with your own? 


Answer  

2.  Part of my philosophy is that not any one person has all the right answers and any one answer is not always right.  I enjoy listening to many different ideas that may not align with my own and I am willing to work with anyone to achieve what is best for this area and the City as a whole.  The role of City Councillor as I see it is to serve the people and look after their best interests which may not be the best interests personally for the Councillor, but I would be working for the taxpayer and that is who I need to answer to.


Question 

3. what is your position on opening Portage and Main to pedestrians? what is the rationale for your position? 


Answer    

3.  Portage and Main was closed for a reason, mainly safety concerns due to the growing volume of traffic.  As you can imagine, that traffic volume has not decreased in any way.  I would keep Portage and Main closed to pedestrian traffic.  Opening it would cause further traffic delays causing more pollution and also endangering pedestrians, not to mention the untold millions that it will cost to open Portage and Main.  This is an expense taxpayers can do without, there are far more pressing expenses we should be taking care of other than a whim to open up Portage and Main.


Question 

4. what is your position on the widening of Kenaston Blvd? what is the rationale for your position? 


Answer

 4. I will try and keep this one short as it drives me crazy thinking about this.  Kenaston/Route 90 south should have been built as a six lane roadway many years ago, but for planning, we now have to beg and pay huge money in order to put in a six lane roadway.  The City knew it would be developing neighbourhoods to the south(Whyte Ridge, Bridgewater, Waverly West) and should have put in adequate roadways in anticipation of growth.  Now we have a 4 lane roadway with numerous lights instead of a six lane roadway with a service road on either side.

 

Question

5. In your view, what are the most pressing needs of the Charleswood/Tuxedo/Whyte Ridge riding? 


Answer  

5.  Currently  the area changed and I hope you are included in my area but if you are  in Whyte Ridge, that is now part of another ward.  I will answer your  question just the same.  The most pressing needs at the moment can't be set to just a couple as all needs are important to someone at some time.  Issues that do need addressing are the poor conditions of the roadways and the increasing crime in the Charleswood area.  As for other issues, the over development and loss of green space that makes Charleswood what it is, the lack of open and honesty from those involved in the developing.


Question

6. What are your thoughts on opening Portage and Main?


Answer

6.  Based on the information given and listening to the people in the Ward, it should remain closed for now.  Many people feel the money can be better spent elsewhere and that opening it is a waste of money.  I tend to agree, perhaps when the City is in good financial shape we can open it as a tourist attraction, but for now leave it closed.