©2018 by Vernon Candidate Questions.

TERRY E VULCANO

 

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?

Yes, I support providing municipal land and waiving development costs to non-profit affordable
housing agencies, seeking to construct new housing.

DO YOU SUPPORT THE IDEA THAT HIGH-DENSITY, COMPACT HOUSING IS ANOTHER IMPORTANT WAY TO ADDRESS AFFORDABLE/ATTAINABLE HOUSING? IF NOT, WHAT SOLUTIONS DO YOU PROPOSE TO ADDRESS AFFORDABILITY?

Yes, I support high density compact housing, plus suggest building residences that do not need
parking and incorporating solar heating (electric heat can be 50% of electrical usage)

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 COMMUNITY?

Yes, I support increased immigration and would encourage more programs and individual
offering assistance along with community liaisons to introduce them to the community, such as
going to classrooms and talking to students and going to workplaces, explaining the
circumstance and how their support can help.

IF YOU ARE ELECTED, WILL YOU CONTINUE THE POLICY OF PROVIDING FREE BUS PASSES FOR REFUGEES IN THEIR FIRST YEAR?

Yes, I endorse free bus passes for refugees, in their first year, plus having ambassadors to show
them how to ride the bus, protocols for boarding & exiting, read schedules, and go on their first
rides with them.

 

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?

I support the City’s Growth Strategy and Land Use Plan; I do not support opening up Greenfield
areas for development.

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 CARPOOLING (COLLECTIVELY KNOWN AS ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION) INSTEAD OF IN A SINGLE OCCUPANT VEHICLE (SOV)?

Yes, I support emphasis on trips to be made by walking, cycling, transit and carpooling.

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, I support developing by-law that requires builders to meet the requirements of the BC
Energy Code.

 

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, I see arts and culture as having an active role in making Vernon a more desirable place to
live. If by economic driver you mean that arts and culture can add to the economy, I do. If you
mean that it would be of the magnitude of an industry like agriculture or forestry, I believe it has
a way to go. Although not artistic myself, I support and endorse programs and events that
celebrate, commemorate, promote arts and culture. However I am unlikely to add further to my
extensive art collection.

WILL YOU VOTE ‘YES’ IN THE OCT 20 GREATER VERNON REFERENDUM ON BORROWING UP TO $25 MILLION FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONSTRUCTING A NEW CULTURAL CENTRE IN DOWNTOWN VERNON?

Unless I see some business plan for how operating costs are to be recovered I will not vote “Yes”
on the referendum to borrow $25 million dollars to construct a new cultural centre. There are a
number of those $25 million facilities, lovely as they may be, that do not attract enough visitors.
The Kay Llnagaay Haida Heritage Centre on Haida Gwaii, The Cowboy Museum in Cochrane,
Alberta and the Siksika Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park come to mind, where there are more
staff present than sightseers. The Guggenheim Museum in Balboa, Spain, is a fabulous
structure, but when I visited there with friends, in 2000, none of us found the exhibits very
interesting. A great building does not make for great exhibits. Whereas in Barcelona, whether it
was the Naval Museum, the Ceramics Museum, the Catalonian Museum or several others they
really knew how to make one feel involved with the exhibits, despite plane looking buildings on
the outside. One does not have to look far for well-presented exhibits as found at the Historic
O’Keefe Ranch, but their attendance is not as great as is befitting its offerings. The Vernon
Museum has good exhibits but I am not aware of an overflow of visitors that having a bigger
facility is going to justify a new facility. As mentioned in my Issues, Concerns and Goals (and in
response to other queries) if the referendum fails I would advocate for putting the Art Gallery in
the old Library Space to have synergies of the Museum and Art Gallery being adjacent to one
another. I am not actively against the referendum but I have given an honest answer. There are
a number of attractions in the area that might benefit from collective marketing and package
deals including the Museum, Art Gallery, O’Keefe Ranch, Planet Bee Honey Farm, the Log Barn,
Davison Orchards Country Village, Kangaroo Creek Farm and Allan Brooks Nature Centre.

 

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?

How much is enough? Lake Country has it in their Official Community Plan to reach a population
of 20,000. If 20,000 is enough for Lake Country why isn’t 40,000 enough for Vernon? A
principle of Eco-Tourism (principled tourism) is to identify carrying capacities and set quotas.
That notion could be applied to the joint areas of the North Okanagan. What are the carrying
capacities for being able to feed ourselves, to have ample water, to be able to move around
without traffic delays? Are we exceeding them? What will it cost to go over capacity? Until
these questions are answered I believe it is premature to plan for more growth. When I go
door-to-door and talk to residents two themes have been emerging: inadequate snow removal
and not wanting to be big like Kelowna. Let us find out what are the wishes of the populace and
determine the various carrying capacities before launching more growth aspirations. If we
cannot meet snow removal expectations at present then is it wise to pursue expansion? In the
1980’s the Brundtland Commission* advocated sustainable development – let’s bring that
concept into the conversation.


Page 44 of the Regional Employment Lands Action Plan recognizes that “The North Okanagan
will continue to face a growing demand for land and development in all categories of
employment lands, especially industrial and commercial lands. It is necessary to direct and
encourage future development in a strategic and economic way as to ensure the Region’s
employment and economic goals are achieved.


There is the crux of the matter – demand for development will occur and we want to guide it.
What will increase quality of life (i.e. not lower average income and not be environmentally
harmful)? Prototyping is sector that could be emphasized/encouraged – design, patenting, and
collecting royalties has greater return to investors than the manufacture of product.
Employment in that sector would be higher income generation than producing product, and is
relatively benign to the environment. If we want to pursue that area then need to encourage it
through research as to what products need prototyping facilities and which skills are available
locally and what the local academic institutions can help fill the gap. It will take time to build a
reputation as an innovative design centre/location.
* Inaugurated after the UN General Assembly realized that there was a heavy deterioration of the human
environment and natural resources.

PROVIDE AN EXAMPLE OF THE WAYS YOU WOULD SUPPORT BUSINESS RETENTION AND EXPANSION IN THE CITY?

Rather than venture guesses as to what might work for supporting business retention and
expansion, I suggest researching the matter with businesses, similar to what Community Futures
Central Kootenay did for Nelson, BC and area. However Council should be willing and prepared
to adopt recommendations that will derive from such a study.

OVER 40% OF BUSINESSES IN EVERY SECTOR ARE EXPERIENCING LABOUR AND SKILL SHORTAGES. HOW SHOULD THE CITY SUPPORT OUR DEMANDING WORKFORCE NEEDS?

There are several things that could be done to address labour shortages
a) Paying more than minimum wage
b) Going to the high schools and encouraging participating in the labour market at entry levels
jobs as valuable for experience, building their resumes and earning income
c) Encourage going into a Trade as early as Grade Nine (show earning potentials of being in an
apprenticeship program vs borrowing money to go to College or University)
d) Providing low rent housing (i.e. that does not require parking) with a remarkable transit
system for getting around

HOW SHOULD THE CITY SUPPORT EMERGING SECTORS SUCH AS CANNABIS, TECHNOLOGY AND ENHANCED MANUFACTURING (IE. LARGE SCALE BUSINESSES THAT MANUFACTURE PRODUCTS FOR SEVERAL COMPANIES IN ONE LOCATION, SUCH AS ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS FOR THE MILITARY OF HOSPITALS)

The question pre-supposes Growth is desirable – it may be for businesses but not for residents.
I am inclined to listen to the electorate on their wishes. If growth is favoured, The City might
pick one area (e.g. innovation) to focus on and concentrate efforts that will make relocating
such industry in the area. However a lot of development is likely to occur without putting effort
into it as the desirability of the area becomes known. I reference Jane Jacobs “Cities and the
Wealth of Nations” were development occurs whether it is wanted or not. Regulations can slow
its arrival but not put it on hold indefinitely. It would be desirable to address issues of
transportation and safety before promoting the area.

 

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 RECREATION MASTER PLAN?

There is mention in the 76 page draft Recreation Master Plan, on page fourteen, that we have
healthy seniors. One of the reasons for this would be that seniors are more active and are living
a healthier lifestyle. There are no apparent specifics for supporting infrastructure and
programming to improve health and reduce isolation for our senior population and those with
chronic diseases as described. Page 54 of the Recreation Master Plan has a brief mention that
“Feelings of isolation are minimized and feelings of inclusion prevail” under “Recreation Will
Enhance The Well Being of the Community” but it does not state how. I say, like my response to
question 11, ask them (the target group). And where there are programs in place, see if the
organizations that sponsor them, would be willing to be included in a survey to evaluate
effectiveness and desirability of activities being held. Responses would be amalgamated and
kept confidential by respondent and organization, with specific group result averages just
shared with participating organizations. Activities that are appreciated in other locations
include: card nights (e.g. crib, bridge), mah- jong competitions, scrabble, going on outings (e.g.
shopping or to near-by attractions), swim ventures, group walks, painting therapy sessions,
having hair done (for women), team puzzle solving, reading sessions, travel presentations,
curling, exercise sessions, choirs, accompanied singing, concerts, playing pool, photo sharing …

THE 2018 CANADIAN PARTICIPACTION REPORT CARD WAS RELEASED WHICH IDENTIFIED THAT 91% OF CHILDREN AGES 5-17 DO NOT MEET MINIMAL 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 CENTER.

 · IF ELECTED, HOW WILL YOU PROMOTE AN INTEGRATED AND CONNECTED ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION NETWORK SO ALL USERS FROM 8 TO 80 CAN FEEL SAFE WHEN TRAVELLING BY NON-MOTORIZED TRANSPORTATION?

The bike paths here and there through the city seem seldom used. It is difficult to travel by bike
when parts of the pathways fade away. As noted in the study safety is paramount. Montreal
has an extensive well-used bike path system that works with cooperation of drivers and cyclists.
It may be a model worth studying. There is also mention of having partial street closures. I’d
like to see this taken further. In places like Santiago, Chile, whole routes are closed every
Sunday and these routes see much use by cyclists and pedestrians who enjoy a Sunday outing.
This might be tried initially on a monthly basis, in some places, with support of residents, such as
along Pleasant Valley Road and/or Okanagan Avenue. Everyone, including youth could see how
much fun cycling can be without concern of the automobile having precedence.

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 the ban of chemical pesticides for cosmetic purposes.