2018 Candidate Questions
- As a candidate, how familiar are you with the OCP? Please give an example of your knowledge, or what you have done to familiarize yourself with the plan.
I’ve attended committee meetings on OCP, sat in on council presentations, was part of a neighbourhood delegation to voice our opinion on the urban boundary and residential development. Participated in development of the Silver Valley Area Plan.
- What is your position on the Natural Features section relating to water course protection?
It’s very good but many things are left open for interpretation and we need to understand the spirit of these recommendations when enforcing guidelines in developments.
- Do you believe in implementing policies that would enhance the inclusion of “green infrastructure” within the planning process for existing and new area plans?
Yes, absolutely. Everything from drainage management, waste management, tree by-law, to how we design our
- What is your position on the 30 metre setback relating to fish bearing streamside protection?
I would not allow any less. We should also find ways to acquire some grand fathered properties to create a continuous green space along the rivers for public use.
- What is your knowledge of “wildlife movement corridors?” Do you support them? Please explain your answer.
- What is your position on development within the North and South Alouette River floodplain? Please explain your answer.
There is a reason why it’s called “floodplain”: it’s at risk of flooding. I do not support allowing someone doing something risky and then come back to blame us.
- Are you aware of the activities of Alouette River Management Society, over and above what is reported on our website? If so, how are you aware?
No, except for the learning partnership with the scouts. Advocating for fish ladder.
- Do you believe environmental organizations, such as ARMS, have a role to play in council’s decisions relating to development applications within the Alouette River Watershed? If yes, what role do they play? If no, please explain your position.
Absolutely, such as pointing out
- ARMS is provided an annual grant of $20,000 from the City of Maple Ridge to support the work that we do within the Alouette River watershed. We also oversee the Adopt-a-Block program on behalf of the city and are allocated an annual budge of $25,000 to do that work. Do you believe environmental organizations, such as ARMS, should continue to be funded for work of this nature? Please explain your answer.
Yes. What ARMS is doing with the amount given is a miracle.
- Are you aware of the Heritage River status of the Alouette River, if so, what does it mean to you?
I believe it gives greater protection when it
- Have you ever seen the salmon run in the Alouette River and what should be done to protect it?
Yes, I have. We have to make sure developments must contain all run-off to prevent sand and silt covering Salmon spawning habitat. To make sure spawning fish can travel without any barriers such as a dam.
- What have you personally done to protect the environment?
- Drive electrical vehicles.
- Ride Bicycles.
- Buy local produce.
- Plant vegetable gardens to replace grass in the yard.
- Minimize the use of heating and cooling energy by using maximum insulation.
- Compost and recycle and avoid products with extra packaging.
- Top efficiency electrical apparatus (LED bulbs, Energy Star..)
- Teach kids and others.
- Ran as a candidate for the Green Party to bring environment and climate change issues to mainstream politics.