Occupation: city councillor and fine-art photographer
Port Moody resident for: four years
Campaign funding: self-funded, crowdfunded
Previous community service: Serving on city council since 2017 byelection; library board and Heritage Commission member, co-organizer, Save Bert Flinn Park.
If elected, what steps would you take to improve housing affordability in Port Moody?
Continuing work on council’s Housing Affordability Task Force, I will push developer negotiations harder to include affordable rental and family units, not just luxury condos; promote local building partnerships; introduce inclusionary zoning for rentals; and support B.C. limits on housing speculation, and introduction of a land-value escalation tax.
How would you balance Port Moody growth and livability?
The current city vision has PoMo growing 25% faster than our residents approved in the official community plan. This pace will seriously strain municipal services and amenities, accelerate park wear, burden taxpayers, and worsen gridlock. To protect quality of life, get growth back onto the approved plan and do smarter planning.
What do you believe is the biggest issue facing Port Moody?
Do we want moderate growth that enhances Port Moody’s amazing quality of life? Or a runaway construction boom that threatens it and sidesteps our OCP?
How can Port Moody attract employment opportunities so residents can work in the same community where they live?
Rethink the city’s current condo-oriented plan for Moody Centre, instead building out the area to establish a thriving clean industry/tech hub and/or university extension that can bring more well-paying jobs to Port Moody, not just low-paid retail/service jobs that won’t support living here. Also, support medical services around Eagle Ridge Hospital hub.