Judi Partridge, Candidate for Ward 15 in Hamilton Municipal Election 2010

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NamePartridge, Judi
ElectionHamilton Municipal Election 2010
AreaWard 15
Email judi.partridge@sympatico.ca
Website http://www.judipartridge.ca
BioAs an experienced senior executive in corporate, government and media relations, Judi is a well known local champion and advocate of the Flamborough community. As a business owner, during the late 1980's & 90's she established two successful businesses taking great pride in employing local people.

Judi's is known for her take-action personality and strong will to get things done. As a community minded volunteer for 30 years she was most recently a founding member to establish the satellite location of Interval House ~ Flamborough Women's Resource Centre (FWRC) to provide counseling and legal services to help teens and women of all ages living in the urban and rural areas of Flamborough who are dealing with domestic violence, living in rural isolation and family crisis. Two years in the making, FWRC finally celebrated its grand opening in Waterdown in November 2009. FWRC provides the only rural outreach program for domestic violence and family crisis. Judi remains as Volunteer Advisor.

Over the years, Judi has helped secure funding for: Rockton Fair Grounds for new roof and to build new grandstands; for the Greensville Optimists for the Webster's Falls cobble bridge rebuild; helped fundraise to renovate the Troy Community Centre and supported a local builder to champion affordable housing for seniors in Waterdown. There is a 5 year wait list for affordable housing in Flamborough (Waterdown) which is unacceptable. Judi will continue to champion for seniors, young families and single parents for more affordable housing and a recreation centre.

And finally, Judi was one of the founding members of the Waterdown Education (WE) parent group that recently championed for an expansion of the Waterdown District High School, new Guy Brown school and funding for a new school in the new developments in east Waterdown. The group was successful not only in securing provincial funding for the highschool, but also worked with school board staff and Trustee Karen Turkstra to secure funding & approvals for three new elementary schools in Waterdown including a new Guy Brown School.

Judi is currently Director Business Development with Hamilton Economic Summit and publisher of Flamborough E-NEWS.

Judi is married to husband Jeff for 28 years. Together they are the proud parents of Justin and Jordan Partridge. As a family they have spent many years coaching football, baseball, soccer and volunteering with the Wentworth Minor Football League and Waterdown High School sports teams.

Community recognition includes

* Flamborough Chamber - Sandra Gray Community Service Award nominee 2009.
* Flamborough Chamber Community Award nominee in 2008
* Women of the Year Recipient for Communications and Public Affairs in 2005
* Hamilton Chamber Athena Award - Leadership for Women in Business nominee.

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Responses to Questions (top)

QuestionBrief ResponseFull Response
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 As the city of Hamilton continues to grow in population it is essential to build a LRT system throughout the city. The business case for LRT must be a priority to sell our case for support to Metrolinx and the Ontario government ~ that needs to happen NOW. There are already two other municipalities presenting their business case to the province - if we don't get on this, we will be left behind, again.

LRT also needs to be affordable for people to access. People will benefit by having faster, easier access to jobs, and industry/business will benefit with a more efficient transit opportunity for people to travel to those jobs created. Building a LRT system in Hamilton may be a deal breaker for investors looking to locate business here.

It is proven that LRT transit is seen as more appealing to higher educated, young more urban lifestyle people which will result in increased ridership and less single passenger vehicle transportation. My vision for transit in Hamilton also includes multimodal systems and improved services to outlying communities.

An example of this is to implement smaller shuttle hybrid buses serving urban areas of Waterdown and Carlisle. Currently the bus servicing Waterdown is a huge lumbering bus with few riders. The schedule cannot be accessed on the HSR website and is not promoted - people do not know the schedule or see it as reliable.

Waterdown is one of the fastest growing urban areas with 6,500 additional homes being built mostly in East Waterdown. This will result in 17,000 more people with in the next 3-5 years. Additional transit systems along Dundas St. East and Hwy #6 north connecting to Hamilton, Burlington, Mississauga and Guelph needs to be developed over the next 10 years.
Is Hamilton doing enough to support and encourage new investment in our older neighbourhoods? If not, what should the City be doing? No The city should consider funding programs (incentives) to encourage restorative development of existing older buildings as multi-use facilities to include commercial/institutional and residential. We need to grab hold of the new "restoration economy" and leverage investments to rebuild old neighbourhoods. We need to stop sprawl and focus on intensification.

The program would be most successful if it applied to all older neighbourhoods throughout Hamilton (old and new), and a smart way for leveraging investment from the private sector. Older neighbourhoods should include the downtowns of Ancaster, Dundas, Waterdown, Stoney Creek and Glanbrook. One of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city is actually Greensville in Flamborough.

One project that would be hugely successful in older neighbourhoods would be to develop medical facilities based on multiple service delivery. The clinic model could be large or small depending on the size of the neighbourhood, and include doctors, x-ray/ultrasound, pharmacy, physio, blood clinic, dentist and include a senior specialist to address the accessibility needs of our aging population. Potentially, there could be one floor of affordable senior housing as part of the development - a similar type development was just approved by Burlington Council to build on Plains Road in Aldershot area.

There could also be health care intern programs run in partnership with McMaster and Mohawk Colleges to train students "hands on" experience in the clinic. It could be replicated in older neighbourhoods throughout Hamilton creating medical hubs. Private investment funding from angel investors, doctors, the municipality and the province would make it a reality. Any developments must be self sustaining and not require ongoing taxpayer funding.
For your campaign, will you be accepting donations from corporations or unions? If so, why? If not, why not? No I will not accept any personal, corporate or union donations. My commitment is to serve each of you, the people of Hamilton and Ward 15 Flamborough with equal respect and fair consideration. I am not convinced that there is any difference between receiving a personal donation from one person or receiving the same donation from a corporation, developer or union. How is that any different? Many people just can't afford to donate, so become part of the have and have not society, which is wrong.