Bernie Morelli, Candidate for Ward 3 in Hamilton Municipal Election 2010

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NameMorelli, Bernie
ElectionHamilton Municipal Election 2010
AreaWard 03
Email berniemorelli@gmail.com
Website http://www.voteberniemorelli.ca/

* Bernie was born, raised, and educated in Ward 3
* First elected to public office as Trustee for Ward 3 at the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board
* Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc.) and Master of Business Administration Degree (M.B.A.) from McMaster University
* Retired from Dofasco Inc. after twenty-five years of service, where he served as Senior Executive Manager - Market and Product Development
* Lecturer in Business Management at McMaster University for eighteen years
* Executive Assistant to Federal Cabinet for three years
* Involved with National and International organizations related to the steel industry (i.e. AISI, IISI, etc.)


Bernie currently serves on the following Boards and City Committees:

* Committee of the Whole
* Board of Health
* Vice Chair, Audit and Administration Committee
* Past Chair and Member, Hamilton Police Services Board
* Past President and Member, Ontario Association of Police Services Boards
* Director, Hamilton-Burlington SPCA (Council Representative)
* Emergency and Community Services Committee
* Selection Committee
* Taxi Reform Sub-Committee
* Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities (Council Representative)
* Veterans Committee (Council Representative)
* Seniors Advisory Committee (Council Representative)
* International Children's Games (Council Representative)

Demonstrated Leadership and Community Involvement

Here are just a few examples of Bernie's involvement and leadership in the Community over the years:

* Chairman, Mohawk College Business Advisory Committee
* President, C.Y.O. Board of Directors / Chairman, C.Y.O. Celebrity Dinner
* Co-Chairman, "Save the Camp Fund" for children with disabilities
* Vice President / Director, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
* Vice Chair, Good Shepherd Dinner for the Homeless
* Director, St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation
* Director, St. John Ambulance
* Director, Green Growth for Schizophrenia

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QuestionBrief ResponseFull Response
For your campaign, will you be accepting donations from corporations or unions? If so, why? If not, why not? Maybe To date, I am financing my own campaign and have not accepted any funds at this point.

As in the past, I will file a final report and follow the rules as outlined in the Municipal Elections Act.
Council is poised to vote on the Airport Employment Growth District, a 3,000 acre plan to expand the urban boundary around Hamilton International Airport for employment lands. Do you support this plan? Why or why not? Yes To date I have supported this plan. There is no question that job creation and the development of employment lands is a major objective.

Given recent environmental changes in rainfall, the impact on our sewer infrastructure - which is also a basic fundamental need - there is considerable pressure to assess the needs to meet the challenges presented by these changes, as well as meet the objectives stated above.

One might speculate that it may require some rescheduling of implementation plans.
Do you support Hamilton's LRT proposal? If so, what will you do to ensure Hamilton's success in building LRT? If not, why do you oppose it? Yes I do support the Hamilton LRT proposal. It does need considerably more consultative input, but I believe it is the link that will take us to the next level as it hooks up with the transportation system throughout the GTA and Niagara/Golden Horseshoe area.

I plan to support its final implementation - subject to the financial feasibility for all tax payers and a full consultative process for all to comment.
Some cities have committed recently to publishing their public data in an open format that citizens can directly access. Should Hamilton pledge to become an "open source city"? Why or why not? Yes I am committed to complete transparency, subject to legal advice and the need to preserve confidentiality whenever the Clerk or Legal Staff recommend that material remain in camera.
Is Hamilton doing enough to support and encourage new investment in our older neighbourhoods? If not, what should the City be doing? No Hamilton can always do more to encourage investment in our older neighbourhoods.
Hamilton's Cycling Master Plan has Council approval. However, the implementation timeline is very long and ward councillors can block individual bike lane projects. Do you support accelerating the completion of a continuous bicycle network and other initiatives like a bike sharing program and better access up and down the Escarpment? Why or why not? Yes I enthusiastically supported the Cycling Master Plan. Subject to further consultation and support, I am most interested in pursuing initiatives that are responsive to the needs of our community and the people of it.

The increased use of cycling can only prove to be of benefit to those who do it as well as help stem the increased pollution created by motor vehicles.