Alex Pope

Alex Pope has been a member of the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows bicycle advisory committee for four years

  • Nov. 8, 2011 2:00 p.m.

Alex Pope

Name: Alex Pope.

Age: 45

Occupation: computer programmer


Facebook: VoteAlexPope

Q1. What have you personally achieved, or what initiative have you personally led in recent years that qualifies you to be elected or re-elected as a Maple Ridge councillor?

1: I have been a member of the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows bicycle advisory committee for four years and chair of the committee for two years. In that time we have seen a few minor improvements to cycling infrastructure, but I would like to see improvements for cycling in Maple Ridge given a higher priority in the budgeting process. If elected, I would ask to increase cycling funding to three per cent of the Maple Ridge transportation services budget. I believe this can be done by reallocating existing funding and not increasing taxes beyond the already-budgeted four per cent increase. This doesn’t sound like much, but is a significant increase from what we are currently spending and should be enough, by taking advantage of matching funding from senior governments, to build a separated multi-use trail from 203rd to 240th over a five-year period.

Q2. Provide two examples of council’s actions over the past three years and explain why or why not you support them.

2: I commend the current council for the work that has been done to promote investment in the downtown core. We are seeing this work starting to pay off with the announcements of the arrival of Thrifty’s foods and Target to Haney Place Mall over the next two years and businesses participating in the façade improvement program (in partnership with the Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association). I support continuing and expanding these investment programs to attract light industrial, office-based business to the downtown core in order to increase the number of local well-paying jobs in our community.

Q3. Do you support the 13-per-cent increase (over three years) in councillor’s salaries approved last summer? Why or why not? Explain what you would do if elected.

3: Mayor and council salaries should be tied to the British Columbia Consumer Price Index (inflation rate). If we have a standard formula for an appropriate annual adjustment, it takes this decision out of the hands of mayor and council – who probably shouldn’t be determining their own salary increases. I would suggest the last increase be rolled back and this formula be applied instead.

Just Posted

New pool systems being checked out as renos near completion

Maple Ridge Leisure Centre pools open some time next year

Former Maple Ridge mayor new Chamber president

Al Hogarth takes over from Ken Holland

Caddy Shack, one of B.C’s last surviving strip clubs, baring all again for Christmas charity

25th annual event is Sunday and raises money for the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Christmas Hamper Society.

Bill 41 a ‘step toward reconciliation’: MLA

Katzie will get meaningful consultation, says Chief George

Freshco opens in Maple Ridge on Thursday

Free eggs for first 500 customers

VIDEO: Federal Liberals’ throne speech welcomes opposition’s ideas

Trudeau will need NDP or Bloc support to pass legislation and survive confidence votes

VIDEO: John Lennon’s iconic Rolls Royce rolls into Vancouver Island college for checkup

Royal BC Museum, Camosun College and Coachwerks Restorations come together to care for car

VIDEO: Rockslide closes part of Highway 93 in Fairmont Hot Springs

Geotechnical team called in to do an assessment after rocks fell from hoodoos

Chilliwack mom gives back to neonatal unit with Christmas stocking drive

Ashley Durance is paying it forward to other families and their babies following daughter’s NICU stay

Petition calls for appeal of ex-Burns Lake mayor’s sentence for sex assault

Prosecution service says Luke Strimbold’s case is under review

Northwest B.C. wildlife shelter rescues particularly tiny bear cub

Shelter co-founder says the cub weighs less than a third of what it should at this time of year

BC firefighters to help battle Australian bushfires

Canada sent 22 people, including 7 from B.C.

B.C. NDP touts the end of MSP premiums

Horgan, James held news conference to reiterate that people will get their last bill this month

Illicit drug deaths down, but B.C. coroner says thousands still overdose

Chief coroner Life Lapointe says province’s drug supply remains unpredictable

Most Read