Ned Kuruc, Candidate for Ward 3 in Hamilton Municipal Election 2018
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|Election||Hamilton Municipal Election 2018|
|Bio||Growing up in Ward 3 taught me true values that I have carried with me my whole life. Work hard, respect your family and always take care of your community. These values led me to become a top-tier discus thrower and a member of Team Canada as a teenager. These same values and roots have driven me as an entrepreneur.
In 2003, my brother and I took over the Attic Pizzeria, which was run down under previous ownership. We worked hard to bring the Attic back to what it was and should be, a respectable place for the community to come together. My entrepreneurial spirit has also brought me around the world, bringing business and closing deals in parts of the world where it is easier said than done. Once I found out that my wife became pregnant, I shifted away from far-away business, to be close to my family and community.
The same values that were instilled in me growing up in Ward 3, are what are driving me in my campaign to get elected. We need to fight for a safer community, repair infrastructure, affordable housing solutions, transit solutions for all and more support for our local businesses.
Responses to Questions (top)
|Question||Brief Response||Full Response|
|Since the 1950s, most new residential and commercial development in Hamilton has been single-use suburban sprawl. Do you believe Hamilton needs to concentrate new development within the already-built area? Why or why not?||Maybe||I believe that there should be a balance of further development. There are benefits to further developing single-family homes, as well as multi-family homes in urban areas. Housing is a crucial issue facing both ward 3 and the entire city. Focusing on geared-to-income housing in ward 3 will be a primary issue of my tenure, should I be elected. Although multi-family housing development is required in the ward, it is important that the development fit into the community it is built, is financially accessible to those who require housing and takes all necessary measures to mitigate any negative environmental impact.|
|Should Hamilton be trying to attract more young people to live, work and start businesses here, including the 60,000 students studying at Mohawk College, McMaster University and Redeemer University? If so, what should we be doing? If not, why not?||Yes||Yes, I believe Hamilton should be actively attracting more students to stay in the city. Hamilton will naturally attract these students through continuing community development. This includes taking further measures to ensure community safety, making housing accessible and to make key infrastructure investments that will increase everyone's quality of life.|
|Hamilton has been experiencing a slow-motion crisis in housing affordability. Do you support an expanded role for the City to provide more affordable housing? If so, what should Hamilton do? If not, why not?||Yes||Yes, I believe the city should have a role in providing affordable housing. I firmly believe that we should be adapting a geared to income housing strategy. I feel that we can innovate outside of the traditional tower approach to affordable housing. We need to think outside of the box to things like modular housing.|
|The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act mandates that cities must be completely accessible by 2025. What changes would you make to ensure Hamilton complies with this mandate?||Yes||I would create a task force to help local businesses understand what is necessary to meet the necessary standards and to help local business access resources to make the necessary changes.|
|Global warming is an existential challenge facing humanity. Do you think Hamilton should play a role in addressing climate change? If so, what should the city be doing? If not, why not?||Yes||It is important that the city of Hamilton adapt internal measures to ensure that our day-to-day operations move toward a more sustainable future. It is also important that the city establish guidelines that will guide our decisions to ensure they comply with standards that will contribute to a sustainable future.|
|Do you support the "Vision Zero" goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries in Hamilton? If so, what specific actions would you take to implement this policy? If not, why not?||Yes||I support the goal of Vision Zero. It is important that Hamilton take further action to mitigate traffic in our neighbourhoods, provide infrastructure that keeps cyclists safe and expand defined pedestrian zones on busy corners.|
|Hamilton has a legacy of multi-lane, one-way arterial streets dating back to the 1950s. Do you support accelerating the conversion of these streets to two-way? Why or why not?||Maybe||I support the conversion to two-lane streets, as long as it fits into Hamilton's master transit plan.|
|Do you support improved public transit in Hamilton? If so, what changes do you propose? If not, why not?||Yes||I support improved public transit in Hamilton. It is crucial that our transit plan focus on tying together all areas of Hamilton, rather than focusing on a singular line of transit.|
|Do you support phasing out area rating for transit? Why or why not?||Maybe||I would consider supporting the phasing out of area rating for transit, when all areas have equal access to public transportation.|
|Council has voted dozens of times since 2008 to advance Hamilton's light rail transit (LRT) project, including voting to submit the plan with a full funding request to the Province in 2013, and voting to accept full funding and implementation from the Province in 2015. Do you support completing the LRT plan? Why or why not?||No||I do not support completing the LRT as proposed. I do not see it as a good investment into a single line of transit. I have significant concerns about the impact of increased traffic into our neighbourhoods, how the construction period will effect our local businesses and the overall effectiveness of the LRT.|
|Bonus question: If LRT goes ahead, what will you do to ensure Hamilton receives the maximum benefit?||Yes||Regardless of whether the LRT goes ahead, it is important that we grow our transit network to tie together the entire city.|