Positive change begins with thinking collaboratively together - the City and the community. Every conversation could begin with “Yes, we can. Let’s explore your ideas together.”

A Reason to Vote

I will work to improve the tree and urban forest policies, in order to be more responsive to tree replacement expectations and climate change pressures.

A Reason to Vote

I will continue to work to introduce programs that support developers who provide needed amenities within the city's core and surrounding neighbourhoods.

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Skateparks, spray parks and other social amenities are important to the health of our community and our youth, and must be supported.

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The community needs to work together to envision and plan for a future concert hall and civic arts space.

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I will work toward the expansion of the park system, particularly in areas with flooding risk.

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I will continue to work with Red Deer College in their efforts to gain degree granting and to further enhance their downtown campus.

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The Red Deer Regional Airport is primary to establishing a diversified economy. Expanded services must be invited and supported.

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I will continue to advocate for better transit frequency and routes within the city and region.

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I will continue to advocate for green energy use, and waste to energy strategies. We need to district energy production to create financial sustainability.

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The health of a city can be determined by examining its downtown. Through revitalization and focused effort we create a compelling heart for the community that will be a gift that everyone can be proud to share.

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I will continue to work to find ways of highlighting community priorities that provide better services for our taxes, while minimizing civic debt.

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A 1% tax increase equates to $20 per home owner annually. When we understand the community's values and carefully listen we can minimize taxes and use what is collected in a way that improves quality of life for all.

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By shifting City policy and working innovatively with the property owners we can turn brownfield sites and abandoned buildings into valuable community assets.

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Dead trees on city owned boulevards and streets should be replaced within one season.

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Utility bills should be based solely on consumption. The less you use the less you pay.

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Arts & culture lead to healthy economies and vibrant cities. As we thoughtfully help our community design and create amenities we attract new investment in Red Deer.

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People-centric projects enhance the quality of life and lead to economic stability. Careful consultation with the community can help the City with annual planning and budgeting. The most important projects should always come first.

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I support the planning and construction of a 50 meter pool as envisioned by the Central Alberta Aquatics Centre supporters.

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Civic Pride

Civic Pride  — being a citizen

Terms like taxpayer, client, customer, and consumer have slowly taken hold in recent decades.  People nation-wide have begun to think of themselves in these terms and have nearly forgotten the identity ‘citizen’ and its meaning.  During this election I hope to elevate the conversation about citizenship — to once again discover what it means to be a citizen — what responsibilities and joys come with it.  Perhaps… just perhaps, we can return ‘citizen’ to its rightful place in our identity — first and foremost.  I encourage all of us to consider what it looks like when we fully participate as citizens of Red Deer? What is civic pride?

Leadership — community knows best

Listening carefully, encouraging community dialogue, and following through on ideas and initiatives honours community leadership at all levels. When this works well, it enables positive change in our community.  Great things will happen.

  •  I will continue to provide strong and thoughtful leadership by listening and responding to individuals, organizations, and businesses in the community.
  • I will continue to work to improve communication between the public and the City, and increase citizen involvement in council decisions.

Local economic strength — putting people first

Our local economy thrives when we carefully focus on places and opportunities for people, enhance the beauty of the city, and actively involve everyone. It requires vision, innovation, and creativity in all aspects of community planning, with a business-minded approach to building the amenities that attract and retain our population of entrepreneurs, workers, and students.  People settle in great cities when they are full of life and on the move; they stay because they prosper in many ways and have jobs they enjoy that provide good incomes and opportunities.

Environmental health — green and aware

The health of the environment and the quality of our green spaces and urban forest are extremely important to our health and well-being.  We must protect our natural environment and add to our park systems.  We should reward people who try to preserve the environment, and look for ways to better care for it.

Quality of life — culture, recreation, sports, arts, & heritage

In vibrant and economically healthy cities, culture, arts and recreation are at the forefront.  These places feel authentic and have active recreational facilities and expansive park systems.  Cities that focus on culture, arts, and recreation are places where people settle.  The creativity that comes with this focus improves quality of life and diversifies our economy.

Social responsibility — caring for one another

All citizens of Red Deer are important and should have services to help them achieve a great quality of life.  Access to education, recreation, culture, housing, and jobs are important to each and every person who calls Red Deer home.  Relationships are the single most important part of building social fabric — they help us enjoy the good times and manage the difficult times. Community work is complex, and multi-faceted.

From Vision to Action

  • I will continue to use my 20+ years of business experience to guide healthy, long term  economic stability that increases the quality of life in Red Deer.
  • I will support the planning and construction of the 50 meter pool facility as envisioned by the Central Alberta Aquatics Centre supporters, in order to improve our bid for the 2019 Winter Games, and further the community’s vision to be the sports tourism destination of Western Canada.
  • I will continue to work to improve air service and facilities.
  • I will continue to work with Red Deer College in their efforts to gain university status and further enhance their downtown campus.
  • I will continue to find ways to get the brownfield sites and abandoned buildings back into circulation and contributing to the economy and tax base.  I’ll work toward a policy change that would prevent such problems from occurring in the future.
  • I will continue to work to introduce programs that support developers who provide needed amenities within the city’s core and surrounding neighbourhoods.
  • I will continue to breathe life into the revitalization of the downtown, Riverlands, and Railyards,  and push for residential, retail, cultural, and restaurant development.
  • I will continue to look for and support economic development that capitalizes on our central location.
  • I will continue to work to find ways of highlighting community priorities that provide better services for our taxes, while minimizing civic debt.
  • I will work to improve the tree and urban forest policies, in order to be more responsive to tree replacement expectations and climate change pressures.
  • I will continue to support the expansion of the park system, particularly in areas with flooding risk.
  • I will continue to advocate for better transit frequency and routes within the city and regionally.
  • I will continue to encourage the inclusion of Red Deer in plans for the high speed rail between Calgary and Edmonton.
  • I will advocate for the treatment of pollutants in our waste and storm water, including pharmaceuticals and chemicals, so that we protect the environment and downstream communities.
  • I will continue to support initiatives that provide choice in the way we move around our city and will work to improve pedestrian routes, trails and neighbourhood connections.
  • I will continue to advocate for green energy use, and waste to energy strategies.
  • I will continue to advocate for broad community conversation about Red Deer’s needs and future direction, and will work to eliminate the social infrastructure deficit.
  • I will continue to support the community’s vision to end homelessness and work toward appropriate community-owned housing that does not create problems for neighbourhoods and business owners.
  • I will work to ensure access for all to recreation, and culture facilities.

 

4 Comments

  • Ron Baugh says:

    What about fluoridation? Are you still fighting to have that eliminated?

  • Paul Harris says:

    Yes, Ron. I still think it should be removed. Perhaps next time citizens bring it forward there will be more of them and a broader community awareness to convince council. Alberta is quickly becoming one of the last stands in the world to still support the practice.

  • Christine Mullen says:

    I am wondering if you take a moment and speak to your stance/feeling on oilfield. My husband works oilfield as do many in this city. Certain councilors seem to either ignore or put down the critical job oilfield companies do in supporting Red Deer economy.

  • Paul Harris says:

    Christine, the oilfield industry is one of many important industries in Red Deer and Alberta. For a strong economy we must have diversity in our employment sectors. I’ve lived through three serious downturns in an oil-driven economy. At some point in our future the economy will be based on something else, in the meantime we must work to create balance between this important industry and other industries so that we can weather economic crisis in the world for easily.

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