Public Safety is a complex and crucial topic. Our Criminal Justice System is rapidly becoming less and less effective. Evidence of this appears every day as criminals
with multiple offences and failures to appear in court are not being held accountable.
If elected, I will wholeheartedly support strengthening the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) to lobby the
BC Attorney General and the Federal government for change. I believe my work experience has given me the tools to assist the UBCM to do this work. The only way to effect change is to work together for a common goal. I would also hope to engage the community
to become more engaged in the Justice Process.
As a former police officer, I observed the justice system when offenders were held responsible for their actions. Today the justice system is soft, and we are below the
standard of what most of us believe is acceptable. As community members, we understand the effects of trauma and the routes folks take to get themselves through it. However, there must be boundaries on what is acceptable for the average community member to
The four pillars of our municipal government are police, fire, water, and sewage. As our city grows, so does the need to ensure the city remains committed to the safety and well-being of our citizens. The
new City Community Plan recently released has five major goals for city for the next 20 years. Public Safety is not one of those goals.
Another area of concern is that The Privacy Act controls
the ways in which personal information may be collected, used, and disclosed. In days gone by, community agencies worked together to solve individual and community problems. Today the act prevents the distribution of pertinent information and community agencies
cannot share information. This act needs to be amended.
If elected, I will do everything in my power to respect and support the rights of contributing community members and taxpayers while supporting community agencies
to assist those in need.
As a police officer and throughout my years of volunteerism, I had extensive partnerships with many social agencies ranging from the John Howard Society to MCFD and various
people serving agencies. I believe those connections, along with my ability to make decisions based on facts, will assist me to serve Nanaimo well.
Finally, I respect and support the need to prepare for the future,
but I am very much about repairing what is broken today. I repeat “common sense goes a long way” and if elected, I will bring that approach with me.