DAWN G TUCKER
QUESTIONS - SOCIAL
IF ELECTED, WOULD YOU SUPPORT THE CURRENT PRACTICE OF PROVIDING MUNICIPAL LAND (UNDER A HOUSING AGREEMENT) AND WAIVING DEVELOPMENT COST CHARGES TO NON-PROFIT AFFORDABLE HOUSING AGENCIES WHO ARE SEEKING TO CONSTRUCT NEW HOUSING PROJECTS?
DO YOU SUPPORT THE IDEA THAT HIGH-DENSITY, COMPACT HOUSING IS
ANOTHER IMPORTANT WAY TO ADDRESS AFFORDABLE/ ATTAINABLE HOUSING? IFNOT, WHAT SOLUTIONS DO YOU PROPOSE TO ADDRESS AFFORDABILITY?
Yes, in our downtown core area especially not only will it enliven and make our
core safer but it will be near existing services. It’s also a good idea to integrate
affordable housing in with developments such as what is happening up at the
reservoir land across from Mutrie Dog Park.
VERNON IS ANTICIPATED TO EXPERIENCE INCREASED IMMIGRATION FROM
ELSEWHERE IN THE PROVINCE AND COUNTRY AS WELL AS OTHER COUNTRIES. DO YOU SUPPORT THESE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF IMMIGRATION AND IF SO, HOW WOULD YOU FACILITATE NEW IMMIGRANTS’ INTEGRATION INTO THE
Yes. Integration happens when there are accessible services for all residents
new or old. There are important services that the Vernon & District Immigration
Services Society provides to our community and as such it’s important to
continue to have that on the city website and support initiatives they are doing.
IF YOU ARE ELECTED, WILL YOU CONTINUE THE POLICY OF PROVIDING FREE BUS PASSES FOR REFUGEES IN THEIR FIRST YEAR?
Yes. I believe that transit is part of making everything our city has to offer
accessible. Refugees have only one year to get their feet under them and in
order to give them the best chance at being able to be self sufficient as a
community we need to support this first foundational year.
QUESTIONS - ENVIRONMENTAL
IF ELECTED, WILL YOU SUPPORT THE CITY'S GROWTH STRATEGY AND LAND USE PLAN, AS CONTAINED IN THE OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN 2013 BYLAW 5470, OR WOULD YOU OPEN UP GREENFIELD AREAS FOR DEVELOPMENT?
Yes. I support the plan as it is preferable to utilizing green space. As a city we
are going to have to meet government step guidelines for green house gas
emissions. When a city sprawls it costs us more and it is difficult to provide adequate
services to all such as transit, snowplowing, road maintenance and water/sewer/garbage/recycling.
IF ELECTED, WILL YOU SUPPORT THE CITY’S ADOPTED MASTER TRANSPORTATION PLAN, WITH ITS EMPHASIS ON MORE TRIPS TO BE MADE BY WALKING, CYCLING, TRANSIT AND CAR POOLING (COLLECTIVELY KNOWN AS ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION) INSTEAD OF IN A SINGLE OCCUPANT VEHICLE (SOV)?
Yes. The city has done a great job with school sidewalks and sidewalks for
seniors (safe corridors). This plan is an integral part of meeting government step
guidelines. We are seeing the benefits of this already such as an increase in
bike to work week participation and the sales of electric bikes in the city. We are
also seeing new developments adding amenities such bike racks and car
sharing. One thing our city should do is add more electric charging stations so
that we have more than just the one by the bus loop.
DO YOU SUPPORT DEVELOPING BYLAWS THAT REQUIRE BUILDERS TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE BC ENERGY STEP CODE (A SINGLE PROVINCIAL STANDARD FOR ACHIEVING MORE ENERGY-EFFICIENT BUILDINGS)?
Yes of course, this is mandatory for our community to comply.
QUESTIONS - CULTURAL
DO YOU SEE ARTS AND CULTURE AS HAVING AN ACTIVE ROLE IN MAKING VERNON A MORE DESIRABLE PLACE TO LIVE, IN BUILDING COMMUNITY, AND AS AN ECONOMIC DRIVER? IF SO, HOW DO YOU PLAN TO SUPPORT IT IN THE FUTURE?
Yes, it is critical. Arts and culture are making communities unique as they reflect
the history of an area and showcase the talents and skills of residents. A few
great examples of our area are Valley Vocal Arts, our dance studios, Vernon &
Area Community Music School, and Creative Chaos.
WILL YOU VOTE ‘YES’ IN THE OCTOBER 20 GREATER VERNON REFERENDUM ON BORROWING UP TO $25 MILLION FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONSTRUCTING A NEW CULTURAL CENTRE IN DOWNTOWN VERNON?
I will vote yes on the referendum. If the referendum is voted down then I will
support that decision by residents and I won’t push through the current plan
through an alternative process like others have done with projects in the past.
QUESTIONS - ECONOMIC
IF YOU ARE ELECTED, HOW WILL YOU PARTNER WITH OTHER COMMUNITIES IN THE REGION TO SUPPORT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; AND WHICH INITIATIVES HIGHLIGHTED IN THE REGIONAL EMPLOYMENT LANDS ACTION PLAN INTEREST YOU MOST, AND WHY?
Yes, we already see this happening with the rail trail and joint marketing for our
golf courses in the valley and the ski hills.
PROVIDE EXAMPLES OF THE WAYS YOU WOULD SUPPORT BUSINESS RETENTION AND EXPANSION IN THE CITY?
The city can make smart choices around areas that are currently sitting empty
and when it comes to infrastructure upgrades/improvements and facilities being
planned and built.
OVER 40% OF BUSINESSES IN EVERY SECTOR ARE EXPERIENCING LABOUR AND SKILLS SHORTAGES. HOW SHOULD THE CITY SUPPORT OUR DEMANDING WORKFORCE NEEDS?
Affordable housing for all segments of our community is where we should begin.
We need to look at out of the box developments to provide housing such as co-
ops or microhousing and ensure that we have the infrastructure to support it as
well as cutting red tape to streamline processes and eliminate inefficiencies.
Attracting immigrants can not only help alleviate labour and skills shortages but
add diversity to our city. As well we need to focus on attracting Doctors, nurses,
RCMP, and other professionals where we are seeing shortages. The new trades
building at Okanagan College is an example we can build on to provide
opportunities to residents so they do not have to relocate and instead can stay in
our labor pool gaining skills needed in our community.
HOW SHOULD THE CITY SUPPORT EMERGING SECTORS SUCH AS CANNABIS, TECHNOLOGY AND ENHANCED MANUFACTURING (I.E. LARGE SCALE BUSINESSES THAT MANUFACTURE PRODUCTS FOR SEVERAL COMPANIES IN ONE LOCATION SUCH AS ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS FOR THE MILITARY OR HOSPITALS)?
We need common sense bylaws and zoning. We need to collaborate with our
regional partners to support emerging sectors and enhance manufacturing so
QUESTIONS - HEALTH
GIVEN THAT VERNON’S OVER 65 POPULATION IS AT 25% (HIGHER THAN THE
NATIONAL AVERAGE OF 16.9%), THAT CHRONIC DISEASES ARE ON THE RISE AND INCREASE WITH AGE, AND THAT SOCIAL ISOLATION IS MORE PREVALENT IN OUR SENIORS,
IF ELECTED HOW WILL YOU SUPPORT INFRASTRUCTURE AND PROGRAMMING TO IMPROVE HEALTH AND REDUCE ISOLATION FOR OUR SENIOR POPULATION AND THOSE WITH CHRONIC DISEASES, AS DESCRIBED IN THE DRAFT RECREATIONAL MASTER PLAN?
One of the ways is to continue to support healthy lifestyle choices creating more
safe corridors of sidewalks, multiuse paths, and parks. We also need to continue
to support our nonprofits that are offering programming such as Helina Centre,
Schubert Centre, and Nexus just to name a few. We need to build a new
recreation complex with an accessible pool for seniors and the mobility disabled.
Hosting events like the Senior Games 55+ is also great for our city. I would also
like to see an accessible dog beach added to our new waterfront plan that
enables those with mobility issues to take their dogs to the beach.
THE 2018 CANADIAN PARTICIPATION REPORT CARD WAS RELEASED WHICH
IDENTIFIED THAT 91% OF CHILDREN AGES 5-17 DO NOT MEET MINIMUM
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY GUIDELINES FOR HEALTH. IN CONSULTATION WITH PARENT ADVISORY COUNCILS, LACK OF SAFE AND CONNECTED BICYCLING AND WALKING CORRIDORS FOR CHILDREN HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AS THE MAIN BARRIER. VERNON HAS BEEN DEVELOPING SEPARATE ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION CORRIDORS THROUGHOUT THE CITY BUT THERE ARE GAPS IN CONNECTIONS WITH NEIGHBORHOODS, THE DOWNTOWN CORE, AND TO THE RECREATION CENTRE.
IF ELECTED, HOW WILL YOU PROMOTE AN INTEGRATED AND CONNECTED ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION NETWORK SO ALL USERS FROM 8-80 CAN FEEL SAFE WHEN TRAVELLING BY NON-MOTORIZED TRANSPORTATION?
I will advocate continuing with the corridors so that we fill in these gaps. A new
recreation complex could offer a pool, indoor playground, proper walking/running
track and more, which would be accessible to all ages and ability.
DUE TO CONCERNS ABOUT ADVERSE HEALTH RISKS OF USING PESTICIDES FOR COSMETIC PURPOSES, THE CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY HAS RELEASED A POSITION STATEMENT URGING MUNICIPALITIES TO BAN THE USE OF THESE CHEMICALS. THERE ARE CURRENTLY 40 MUNICIPALITIES IN BC, WHICH HAVE BANNED PESTICIDES FOR NON-ESSENTIAL PURPOSES. IF ELECTED, WHAT IS YOUR STANCE ON PESTICIDE USE FOR NON-ESSENTIAL PURPOSES IN AREAS WHERE CHILDREN AND PETS ARE AT RISK?
I support not using pesticides in areas where dogs and kids play such as parks
and schools. I also believe the use of pesticides should only be used by those
with certification. We should also map sensitive areas and stop using pesticides
in those areas as well. In the end I believe we can balance the use of pesticides
where essential and banning them where non-essential.