December 5th, 2021

Candidate Q&A

What do you think should be done to address the concerns of Downtown Lethbridge?

By Lethbridge Herald on October 12th, 2021

Nick PaladinoCouncil“Downtown Lethbridge is hurting! The opioid crisis has led to addiction, property crimes and homelessness. To make matters worse, the pandemic has resulted in businesses having to limit their hours of operation. The issue is complex with several pieces to the puzzle. We have already proved that harm reduction on its own, was a ... Read More »

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Should the current council have proceeded with CIP planning and approval that the next council will inherit? Why or why not?

By Lethbridge Herald on October 12th, 2021

John Middleton-HopeCouncil“It is a multi-year plan and that is part of leadership. The next Council will have a chance to imprint the CIP and MDP with their footprint. If elected, I look forward to the opportunity to listen to citizens and forge a forward looking plan that is affordable and is a balance between addressing ... Read More »

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How would you approach the issue of a Performing Arts Centre request for funding? What solutions or ideas do you have?

By Lethbridge Herald on October 12th, 2021

John Middleton-HopeCouncil“This is a challenge. I am not anti-arts. We spent $14.6 million on renovating the Yates, we are spending $5.6 million on SAAG and we have a new arts facility in CASA. The proposed new performing arts center is $138 million. We have big city problems to address that deal with real quality of ... Read More »

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Are you in favour of a permanent facility for supervised drug consumption? If so, where? Are in favour or opposed to free needle distribution?

By Lethbridge Herald on October 12th, 2021

John Middleton-Hope Council “I am not in favour of another supervised consumption site. This was done with limited consultation and communication and had a serious impact on the health and wellness of Lethbridge citizens and businesses. Services such as addiction counselling, health and wellness, housing, food and clothing to reduce addictions, crime and homelessness are ... Read More »

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As COVID numbers appear to be rising again, are you in favour or opposed to a City masking bylaw?

By Lethbridge Herald on October 12th, 2021

John Middleton-HopeCouncil“Masking is about not only protecting you, but also about protecting others. It is not about taking away someone’s rights, I believe we have a moral responsibility to follow health guidelines to reduce risk to the most vulnerable. Washing our hands, wearing masks in public, getting vaccinated and producing vaccine verification are small concessions ... Read More »

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Do you support the $1 million reduction in City of Lethbridge Police funding? Would you restore the original funding or stay at the current reduced level?

By Lethbridge Herald on October 12th, 2021

John Middleton-Hope Council “The police service budget is $40 million dollars. However, more than 84 per cent is comprised of wages and benefits the chief has no control over. This leaves $6.7 million and the city removed actually 15 per cent of the chief’s budget. The Fire Department/EMS also lost funding at a time when ... Read More »

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What are your thoughts regarding the City of Lethbridge recycling/garbage collection/composting programs?

By Lethbridge Herald on October 8th, 2021

Nick Paladino Council “I’m not a fan of the City’s recycling/garbage collection/composting programs. By now every citizen has experienced the smell of garbage left in bins for two weeks. And keeping track of pick-up day is a nuisance. However, I’m afraid it may be too late to make any substantial changes, given the investment spent ... Read More »

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