I grew up in my mother’s home community of Brigus, but came to St. John’s in 2009 to study music and fell in love with the city. Today, I live near Quidi Vidi Lake with my husband Chris and our two beautiful children, Jack (5) and Ursula (2). In addition to working as a teacher, poet, and musician, I work as a management coach, working with high-level business leaders across North America. I also work as an educational program director and arts administrator. In my spare time – when I can get it — I enjoy gardening and hiking, I am an avid painter, and I love spending time with my children and reading as many books as I can.
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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?
2. CULTURE – We can better harness our unique heritage and culture to foster tourism, build a thriving creative economy, and strengthen our community pride. From historic buildings to a strong tradition in the arts, we have many key competitive advantages here. St. John’s deserves to be one of Canada’s cultural and creative capitals, but to get there, we need leadership.
3. COMMUNITY – Let’s create real neighbourhoods, focused on real people, where all residents have easy access to healthy living options such as parks, green spaces, walking trails and cycling routes. Regardless of age, ability, and income level, every person should have safe sidewalks and roads, and acceptable and affordable housing. An inclusive city benefits everybody.
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. Moving to expand the list of registered heritage structures (albeit in the wake of the Richmond Cottage and Quinnipiac demolitions).
3. Adopting the 2014 Affordable Housing Business Plan.
In your opinion, what are the three worst decisions the outgoing Council has made, and why?
Quick response questions! In 100 characters or less, what is your position on...
I think we need better partnerships, not another level of government.
Amalgamation with surrounding municipalities
Unnecessary. Our main fiscal problem is that the Province doesn’t pay its fair share of taxes.
Making City Council a full-time job
I plan to treat this as a full-time job! In the long run, we can’t afford a part-time council.
The mail-in ballot system
Favours incumbents and undermines democracy by making people vote before the election campaign.
The new Municipal Plan
Is four years late and due for revision next year!
Grants to community and arts organizations
Cutting arts funding is penny-wise and pound-foolish.
City employee salaries
When public salaries suddenly increase by 18%, the public deserve an explanation. We didn’t get one.
Creating more bicycle infrastructure
We need to find a way to lower tensions. We all want to be safe!
Increasing public transit service
Implement stop announcements. Increase ridership with discounts, park & ride.
Corporate and union donations to candidates
Corporate and union donations undermine public confidence in Council. Let’s get rid of them.
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).
3. Public transit
Other: Driving is hard to rank: it’s the most common form of transportation, but also has the best infrastructure. Walking is second most common, but we need more sidewalks. Cycling and public transit need a lot of attention, but they are both complex–we need to build both capacity and usage at the same time!
What could the City government do to make St. John’s a healthier place to live?
2. We should be aiming towards universal design. Everyone ought to be able to access, understand, and use every building and service, to the greatest possible extent, regardless of age, size, or disability.
3. Everyone who lives in St. John’s should be able to find affordable and acceptable housing here. Affordable Housing isn’t just about low-income residents, it matters for students, for seniors, for people who are beginning careers, for young families, for artists, for anyone who can’t buy a big, new, detached house right now. 4. Failing to meet people’s mental health causes human suffering and societal costs. While the provincial and federal governments are in charge of providing medical care, many municipal decisions can affect mental health, for better or for worse. Poverty reduction supports mental health, inclusion supports mental health, green spaces and affordable housing support mental health.
What changes need to happen to have more diversity in age, gender, race, and life experience on Council?