Kristina Heaton, Candidate for Ward 2 in Hamilton Municipal Election 2014

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NameHeaton, Kristina
ElectionHamilton Municipal Election 2014
AreaWard 02
Email heaton.kristina@gmail.com
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QuestionBrief ResponseFull Response
Do you believe City Hall should be more accessible to Hamilton residents? If so, what steps would you take to achieve this? No I thought City Hall was accessible?!
The Province plans to allow municipalities to use ranked ballots in future elections. If so, will you vote to adopt ranked ballots in Hamilton? Yes Yes, ranked ballots is a good idea, since I've been involved with the Participatory Budgeting process last year, and People's Platform this year. It's a great tool to see what people want or need.
Do you support the city's plan to build an east-west light rail transit (LRT) line with full capital funding from the Province? No The new GO Station rail system is going in now, and with that, a substation could be installed at the east end. Current councillors figure they can expropriate any land, and run a new track down King Street.​ Where?! And with the current debt load of the province, the cost will still come out of our pockets, with even bigger interests.
Do you support the use of participatory budgeting to allow ward residents to propose and vote on local capital projects? Maybe All residents should be notified as to what is being put forward and should be allowed to rate local capital projects as to their feasibility. But currently with the dust settling from this past couple of years of construction from the GO Station to the new Stadium, I will be looking at the financial picture as soon as Council sits.
Do you support an expanded role for Hamilton to provide more affordable housing? If so, what should Hamilton do? Yes Old unused building can be converted to 'lofts' or 'bachelors' with professional services on the ground levels if needed, and second floors dedicated to daycare.
Do you support converting more of Hamilton's one-way thoroughfares into complete, two-way streets that support walking, cycling and transit? No No more 2-way streets. This only creates more toxic emissions with cars waiting and idling to pass each other. Traffic needs to flow. I walk and cycle everywhere, and what is currently planned is beyond reality, particularly with people entrenched in their vehicles, with their gadgets.
Do you believe Hamilton should do more to protect and enhance its built heritage? No As long as developers get final say, and manage to keep the front façade of a building, while they build ultra modern 'condos' attached, there is not much more that can be done right now. But, I'm sure our local Heritage Council is working on that.
Do you support implementing a Vision Zero for Hamilton, with a goal of eliminating all pedestrian and cyclist deaths on our streets? If so, what specific actions would you take to implement this policy, and if not, why? Yes Removal of obstructions, like the calming curves, which make cycling perilous is a start. Adding more angle parking is key to accessibility for businesses to flourish. Buses, cars and cyclists navigating these, is extremely dangerous. This concept has not improved Barton Street whatsoever.
The City's Cycling Master Plan is up for review. Do you support improving the plan to speed the installation of cycling facilities and provide more high-quality protected infrastructure like the new Cannon Street cycle track? No No, the Cannon Street track is completely wrong. It should have been on west bound Wilson Street, and connected to improved alleyways. People are stealing the planters, and still riding on the sidewalks. Niagara region has the better option to share walking and cycling where it's much easier to pass each other, than mobility device and transport trucks.
The Province has shelved a proposal to build a mid-peninsula highway from Niagara Falls or Fort Erie around Hamilton to connect with Hwy 401 or 407 north of Burlington. Do you agree with the Province's decision to put its development on hold? Yes It was inevitable, since the Province recently pumped billions into the auto industry, and now is pumping billions to the various municipalities for transit improvements. We are apparently in debt for at least 15 years now and will be paying interest on interest pretty soon, if they don't put the brakes on.