Terry Whitehead, Candidate for Ward 8 in Hamilton Municipal Election 2010

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NameWhitehead, Terry
ElectionHamilton Municipal Election 2010
AreaWard 08
Email vote@terrywhitehead.ca
Website http://www.terrywhitehead.ca/
BioTerry Whitehead is a dedicated husband and father of four. Since 2003, Terry has worked hard to advance the interests of West Mountain residents at City Hall. Prior to his election to Hamilton City Council, Terry worked in the private sector as well as the Federal and Provincial government. One of the most active members of Council, Terry sits on 37 boards and agencies. In 2007, he was also elected to the national board of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

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QuestionBrief ResponseFull Response
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 Investors and businesses need choices in acquiring suitable lands for their business'. Residential tax payers have carried the burden to long and if we want to address this problem we must create a greater opportunity for investment in our community. Our brownfield policies and development are still important for the appropriate investor.
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 Yes, I fully support transparency. I pushed for and succeded in having the Police Services budget posted on the city's website.
For your campaign, will you be accepting donations from corporations or unions? If so, why? If not, why not? Yes I will be following the rules of the Municipal Elections Act.
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 Yes, I support it because it offers people a safe and green transportation alternative.
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 Yes, I support the concept of LRT. However, there needs to be a better understanding of location, cost and impacts to existing businesses. I would be interested in obtaining a cost/benefit analysis.
Many observers argue that Council meetings could be more respectful and professional. Do you agree? If so, what will you do to change this? Yes We must make sure that the rules of order are followed and hold those accountable who fail to respect these rules.