Thank you for visiting my website. I appreciate you taking the time to inform yourself about your local government.
City Hall is responsible for almost all of your daily government services:
Utilities – water / waste water / garbage / sewers / electricity delivery.
Transportation - roads / sidewalks / pathways / transit.
Protective Services - police / fire / EMS / bylaw enforcement.
Recreation - arenas / recreational facilities / parks / playgrounds.
Culture – museum / arts centre / performance venues.
Social Development – housing issues / inclusion policies / community development.
Development – zoning / building permits / safety.
Economy – local economic development / business permits.
Regulation - animal control / unsightly premises / parking.
To ensure that you keep City Hall and City Council responsible and accountable, here are three sections of the Municipal Government Act you should know:
Section 3: The purposes of a municipality are
(a) to provide good government,
(b) to provide services, facilities or other things that, in the opinion of council, are necessary or desirable for all or a part of the municipality, and
(c) to develop and maintain safe and viable communities.
Section 7: A council may pass bylaws for municipal purposes respecting the following matters:
(a) the safety, health and welfare of people and the protection of people and property;
(b) people, activities and things in, on or near a public place or place that is open to the public;
(c) nuisances, including unsightly property;
(d) transport and transportation systems;
(e) businesses, business activities and persons engaged in business;
(f) services provided by or on behalf of the municipality;
(g) public utilities;
(h) wild and domestic animals and activities in relation to them.
Section 153: Councillors have the following duties:
(a) to consider the welfare and interests of the municipality as a whole and to bring to council’s attention anything that would promote the welfare or interests of the municipality;
(b) to participate generally in developing and evaluating the policies and programs of the municipality;
(c) to participate in council meetings and council committee meetings and meetings of other bodies to which they are appointed by the council;
(d) to obtain information about the operation or administration of the municipality from the chief administrative officer or a person designated by the chief administrative officer;
(e) to keep in confidence matters discussed in private at a council or council committee meeting until discussed at a meeting held in public;
(f) to perform any other duty or function imposed on councillors by this or any other enactment or by the council.
If you need to contact me, please don't hesitate to call City Hall. I try to be there every day and it's a great place to meet. After all, City Hall is for the citizens of Lethbridge!
Spouse: Arlene Oishi
Education: University of Alberta (BA), University of Lethbridge (MA): Political Science
Employment: Sessional Instructor (U. of L.), self-employed (policy researcher)
Current Volunteerism: John Howard Society of Lethbridge, University of Alberta Alumni Association, Friends of the Lethbridge Public Library.