Election 2017 – Councillor Candidates Ward 7

Candidates:

  • Margot Aftergood
  • Brent Alexander
  • Marek Hejduk
  • Dean Brawn
  • Druh Farrell

Marek Hejduk

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Please describe your involvement/interest in skateboarding (check all that apply)

Parent, guardian, or grand parent of a skateboarder(s);I skated in the past but am not actively skating now

 

Do you support changing the bylaw to allow skateboarding downtown?

Unsure

It’s hard to determine whether or not there would be interference between pedestrians and skateboarders.  As a former skateboarder I know what it’s like having to dodge foot traffic let alone allowing it en masse the potential chaos it could create.  However with the advent of longboards, better safety gear, sharing the cycle paths may be an option.

 

If elected, will you support the continued implementation of the Skateboard Amenities Strategy by dedicating funds to skatepark development?

Yes

Skateparks are positive community spaces if they are done correctly and the art that is expressed is done with city permission. One of the reasons I stopped skating over 10 years ago was the less than inclusive attitude of the community built around skating and it never made me feel welcome there.  As I understand that has changed through positive work of proponents of skateboarding and I would welcome those kind of spaces in town.

 

Do you support allowing skateboarding in the Cycle Track?

Yes

I would love to have skateboards and bikes get along, after all there are many scooters and bmx’ers who share the skate space.  I think if skateboarders adhered to safety standards, helmets as mandatory in cycle tracks, I wouldn’t have an issue with the usage.

Brent Alexander

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Please describe your involvement/interest in skateboarding (check all that apply)

Parent, guardian, or grand parent of a skateboarder(s)

 

Do you support changing the bylaw to allow skateboarding downtown?

Yes

As it applies to allowing skateboarding on bike lanes/tracks

 

If elected, will you support the continued implementation of the Skateboard Amenities Strategy by dedicating funds to skatepark development?

Yes

 

Do you support allowing skateboarding in the Cycle Track?

Yes

As a cyclist, there is more than enough capacity to allow skateboarders, in line skaters and scooters on cycle tracks in the downtown core.

 

 

Druh Farrell

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Please describe your involvement/interest in skateboarding (check all that apply)

I’ve nevery skated, but realize it’s a popular sport/activity that would benefit from The City’s support.

 

Do you support changing the bylaw to allow skateboarding downtown?

Unsure

I would need to know more. I am concerned with potential damage to public infrastructure and would seek alternatives, including more skateboard amenities downtown.

 

If elected, will you support the continued implementation of the Skateboard Amenities Strategy by dedicating funds to skatepark development?

Yes

 

Do you support allowing skateboarding in the Cycle Track?

Yes

 

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