Brantford Sports Council Questionnaire

1. Why did you choose to run in this election?
I have always been interested in politics and our political system. I feel elections are a day for celebration and we should educate our children about the importance of voting and democracy. I have opinions regarding our city and how it is being run. I want to give back to Brantford and I feel that I can be an effective member of City Council.

2. How would you describe yourself to the voters?
I am reliable, committed and community minded. I am committed to reduction of our carbon foot print. It is critical that we address the factors contributing to climate change immediately. I feel that we are missing the the opportunity to use renewal energy sources such as solar power and wind power. We need programs in place to encourage the use of hybrid and electric vehicles. All city new facilities should consider the use of solar panels, as well as provision of charging stations for hybrid and electric vehicles.

3. What would you like the voters to know about you?
I coached soccer for many years and even played for a few years
I was once the Secretary to the Brantford Minor Association. I have lived in Brantford for most of my life…I attended schools and college in Brantford, my University degree is from McMaster. I have watched Brantford grow from 50,000 people to 104,688, with many commuters. It is critical that we consider public transportation and improved traffic corridors in the city, while working towards a reduction in the use of fossil fuels.

4. What is your number one priority if you are elected?
My number one priority is to bring transparency, inclusion and consultation back to City government. Voters must feel that their opinions are considered in all Council decisions. I would like to see fewer “in camera” sessions of City Council. According to the Ontario Municipal Act, meetings should be open to the public with “in camera” meetings occurring only when absolutely essential.

5. If elected, what are 3 steps that you would take to ensure our community is on a firm financial footing?
1. Fiscally responsible budgets must be presented on an annual basis with open public review.
2. All previous, annual financial reports must be published for all city departments and readily available for public scrutiny.
3. Major public expenditures must be presented to the public with full disclosure of all costs as well as accurate timelines for project completion. In the case of cost, overruns and completion date delays, penalties should be assessed unless a very crucial reason is presented to Council. When project bids are received the successful bidder, must adhere to the costs and completion time specified in his bid. Cost overruns and time delays must be the ocassional exception, rather than the rule.

6. If someone came up to you with a proposal to build a new public infrastructure in our city (i.e. bridge, road, facility, park etc.), how would you evaluate whether the project was worth implementing?
My first considerations would be the necessity of the project and the benefits to the community. I would be inclined to listen to the voices from the community, the city staff and the individuals. Once I was assured that the project was necessary, beneficial and achievable, I would make a decision on the feedback from the above sources.

7. If you received a $1 million grant to use for the city any way you wanted, what would you do with the funds?
That is an interesting question. My first consideration would be where did the funding come from and was it earmarked for a specific project. If this was the case then the funds must go towards that project, unless the donor was consulted and an alternate use was approved. If the funds were not allocated to a singular project, there are several methods of assessment that could be used.
1. What is the most immediate project that will benefit the most citizens?
2. What project(s) can we afford to complete?
3. Consider setting up a goodwill fund and allowing groups to submit their individual projects for assessment and funding required. After community consultation, select appropriate projects

8. Where are your favourite places to spend time in your neighbourhood and in the community?
I enjoy seeing productions at the Sanderson Centre. I also enjoy community events downtown such as “Scare in the Square” and the “Santa Claus Parade”. I enjoy attending City Council meetings at City Hall. I also enjoy seeing plays at the Bell Homestead. I enjoy walking in the Ward 5 neighborhood. I have worked on many elections at all levels-Federal, Provincial and Municipal. I am a member of the Brantford Garden Club. I enjoy working in the garden. I love to read and enjoy visiting the Public Library. I enjoy visiting Glenhyrst Art Gallery, as well as the Christmas light display in the grounds.

9. The Pandemic has been with us for the past three years and no one has been left untouched, what are the 3 key things you would do to overcome the impact of the Pandemic as we move forward in 2023 and 2024?
1. Assess the actual impact on the entire population through a survey with all segments of the population with a focus on the young people who were impacted in all aspects of their lives. Ensure that the routine and security of our children and young people is protected.
2. Work with the medical and Health care communities to overcome negative side effects of the pandemic e.g. loss of nurses, doctors and personal support workers.
3. Work with governments at all levels to ensure the all nursing homes develop and adhere to a humane, cautious policy for public and private nursing homes and all long term care homes.