Dave Lane is Councillor at Large in St. John’s, focused on economic development, public engagement, supporting startups and small businesses, improving cycling, strengthening arts support, and protecting built heritage. Outside of Council, Dave leads a project in partnership with Common Ground Coworking to adapt historic downtown buildings into a “creative innovation hub” for entrepreneurs, artists and other self-starters. Prior to Council, Dave chaired Happy City St. John’s, a group of dedicated volunteers focused on public engagement at the municipal level. He is a musician, most notably being a long-time member of Quintessential Vocal Ensemble and the first drummer for Hey Rosetta! Dave lives with his wife Hedi and their three pets.
- Phone: 709-576-8243
- Website: http://davelanestjohns.ca/
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Survey ResponsesWhat is your full name?
What role are you running for? If it's a ward councillor position, please specify which ward.
If you are currently on council, or have served previously, how many years in total have you served?
Why did you decide to run for office?
What do you think makes St. John's unique or special?
Somehow, thanks to our geographic location, our geology, and our place in global history, the people in St. John’s have developed a strong capacity to love and trust one another. This sense that we give people the “benefit of the doubt” and are more curious than concerned when we meet someone new is ultimately what makes this place so special. Yeah, we have amazing natural beauty here, but that’s secondary to how we can just go out and have a laugh whenever we want to hear incredible music and witness great art. All of this between bouts of starting unique little business ventures and working alongside happy people who at the end of the day just want to have a good time with whoever’s up for it.
If you were elected, do you plan to hold another paid job while serving on Council? If so, what would it be and how will you divide your time?
What changes or initiatives would you advocate for at Council?
What, to you, is the most important kind of decision City Council makes?
Questions for at large councillors...
Without a ward responsibility, at-large councilors have more space to focus on specific issues. Do you have one issue you would like to prioritize?
Have you been out canvassing? If so, what are the priorities you’re hearing most loudly?
What would you like to see included in the new Regional Plan?
What, if anything, would you want done to establish better communications between citizens and developers before development is proposed?
How would you use the Engage! process and system?
In your opinion, what are the three best decisions the outgoing Council has made, and why?
2) Directing staff to do a full “Program Review” in the wake of the 2016 Budget. This led to: significant ongoing savings for taxpayers; enhanced and regular internal financial reporting and analysis; elimination of waste streamlining of some processes; and the creating of a position who drives continuous improvement at City Hall.
3) Approval of a new Engage! Framework that is enhancing the way City Hall informs and interacts with the public. We are beginning to develop more responsive policies and a “culture of engagement” at City Hall which is so important if we are to build trust.
In your opinion, what are the three worst decisions the outgoing Council has made, and why?
2) We abruptly removed our City Manager in early 2014. Whether or not it was the right decision, the approach was wrong and it led to uncertainty and confusion.
3) My colleagues gave into pressure of a former mayor and voted against Electric Vehicle infrastructure. Now we’re unprepared for the coming tidal wave of EVs and it will be more expensive.
Quick response questions! In 100 characters or less, what is your position on...
We have to focus on cooperating and coordinating. Regional gov has merit, but not just yet for YYT
Amalgamation with surrounding municipalities
See above. Let’s learn to cooperate on as many shared issues as possible first
Making City Council a full-time job
I’d love to focus 100% on Council but probably want to do other stuff anyway. So I’m ok w/the salary
The mail-in ballot system
Before mail-in, participation 32%. After: 54%. Online not secure yet. Mail-in it is.
The new Municipal Plan
Almost done but taking way too long. We need more creativity and engagement in the regs.
Grants to community and arts organizations
Community grants policy is working well now. Arts grants: double them, minimum.
City employee salaries
They’re high enough for the foreseeable future thanks to our deal for future-saving pension change
Creating more bicycle infrastructure
Proud to get Council approval for Plan funding and a new, permanent Cycling Advisory Committee
Increasing public transit service
Have to do this faster. Things are happening, but way too slowly and quietly
Corporate and union donations to candidates
I understand the concern, but we have limits and candidates should stick to promises, not who paid
How often do you use the following ways to get to work or errands?
Riding the bus: Never
Driving: Almost everyday
Please rank the level of attention you think council should pay to each of these transportation modes in the coming term (1 = most important, 5 = least).
What could the City government do to make St. John’s a healthier place to live?
What changes need to happen to have more diversity in age, gender, race, and life experience on Council?