I have lived in St. John’s for the last 18 years, and it’s where I call home. For the last 10 years, I lived in Ward 3, the west part of Cowan Heights, with my wife Stephanie and our daughter Kendra. I am currently working at RE/MAX as a Realtor. I am also an Olympic Gold medalist (Curling) as a member of Team Gushue. I am an active member of the Kids Eat Smart program currently sitting on the board of directors and donate my time to “Blind date with a Star” in aid of the Learning Disabilities Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, answer phones for the Janeway Telethon, and visit retirement homes. I was also a member of Team KidSport, where I helped promote an initiative that helps youth facing financial difficulties take part in organized sports.
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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?
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 ward councillors...
If you had a whole day off to spend in your ward relaxing, what would you do?
What could Council do to make your ward a better place?
Have you been out canvassing in the ward? If so, what are the priorities you’re hearing most loudly?
Increasing density and mixed uses are priorities in the new municipal plan. Where would you like to see more density in your ward?
How do you think your ward will change during the next Council term?
What would you like to see included in the new Regional Plan?
Getting around the city and to neighbouring cities is becoming ever more challenging. Working toward a regional Transportation plan will not only help with traffic flow, but will help to connect communities to allow more lateral growth.
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?
Investment into our green space areas have been welcomed. Bannerman Park, Bowring Park, Victoria Park & Century Park are great examples of the types of investments that the outgoing Council have successfully achieved.
Investment into affordable housing. The city has made great strides in this department. There is still work to be done by working with Canadian Home Builders – NL, Provincial & Federal Government, however it is certainly moving in the right direction thanks to the outgoing Council.
In your opinion, what are the three worst decisions the outgoing Council has made, and why?
From speaking with hundreds of residents in Cowan Heights over the last 4 months, it is clear that the Bike lanes haven’t been utilized as they were expected to be. It seems to have created a safety issue and only one side of the road being available for parking. The planning and layout of these lanes is not cohesive with the existing infrastructure, with some bike lanes ending abruptly. I’m certainly in favor of bike lanes and promoting a healthy lifestyle, but the implementation has to be done so that people will use them. I live in this area, and see about 2-3 people actually use this bike lanes annually.
Our culture in this city is a major tourist attraction. The cuts to the arts grants (that many feel is already under-funded) was something that I believe should have been reconsidered. We need to embrace the city’s culture and encourage more people to continue in the proud traditions of this city and province.
Not allowing budget 2015 to happen again. May of those decisions have been overturned. We need to be more financially responsible as a council.
Quick response questions! In 100 characters or less, what is your position on...
If it saves tax payers money & provides the same or better services, it’s something to explore further
Amalgamation with surrounding municipalities
If it saves taxpayers’ money & provides the same or better services, it’s something to explore further
Making City Council a full-time job
As the city is growing and changing, the need could potentially be there for full-time councillors.
The mail-in ballot system
It has been a game changer on adapting with the times. It has it benefits & challenges.
The new Municipal Plan
Is a great step to moving our city forward.
Grants to community and arts organizations
The heart & soul of our city. It’s something that should be continued to be supported by the city.
City employee salaries
Should be competitive in the market to bring in the best people for the position.
Creating more bicycle infrastructure
We need to create bike lanes that will be used. Better planning and implementation is needed.
Increasing public transit service
Something we need to dig deeper into. Lots of people calling for it
Corporate and union donations to candidates
Corporate and union donations should be limited or spread evenly to all candidates.
How often do you use the following ways to get to work or errands?
Riding the bus: Almost everyday
Biking: A few times per year
Driving: A few times per month
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?