1. Do you support the installation of water meters and if yes, who should pay for them?
2. Because Port Hardy has experienced a marked decline in population in recent years should we cut the number of councillors from six to four and why or why not?
3. More than 50 per cent of Port Hardy pool users are from outside the district yet we fund the entire operation. How can we recoup some of the costs?
4. Why should people vote for you?
1. No. Water conservation is the stated purpose for the installation of meters, there are other options. Our access to water should remain a function of a public utility. Meters are designed for a user pay system which is appropriate for industry and institutions but not for residences. This important issue deserves a public forum/debate and a water conservation strategy/management plan.
2. No. Each member of council participates on council and in numerous committees according to their personal knowledge, interests, abilities, and time constraints. Cutting the number of council members to four would limit the scope of ideas and the sharing of knowledge required to make informed decisions for the community.
3. The pool is a valuable amenity to the District and the region. Perhaps we could do more to promote the services offered, perhaps we could seek corporate donations, contributions from those who benefit from our provision of this amenity, and continue to apply for grants. We should also rethink the long summer pool closure and either reschedule or stagger the work if feasible.
4. First, thank you Port Hardy. I truly enjoy the challenges of being a member of Council and prepare myself for all matters that come before us. Aside from the work at the Council table I am involved in committees: Measuring Up, Heritage Society, Health Network, Transportation, C2C/First Nations relations, and Housing. When I ran for Council I said I would work toward identifying and meeting the housing needs of all Port Hardy citizens. We now have a regional housing committee; I am the Chair. We have received significant financial and expert support from the Province. We are on the road to success in housing, but it will take time, persistence and a vision. You should vote for me for my experience and dedication to Council, so I can continue with my committee work, and so I can remain as Chair of the Housing and Homelessness Committee.