Keith Beck, Candidate for Ward 7 in Hamilton Municipal Election 2014

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NameBeck, Keith
ElectionHamilton Municipal Election 2014
AreaWard 07
Email keith.beck@live.ca
Website http://www.keithbeck.net/

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QuestionBrief ResponseFull Response
Do you support converting more of Hamilton's one-way thoroughfares into complete, two-way streets that support walking, cycling and transit? Yes I support both reducing the number of one-way streets and the implementation of complete streets.
Do you support an expanded role for Hamilton to provide more affordable housing? If so, what should Hamilton do? Yes Absolutely I support a stronger role for the city in providing affordable housing. It's the final and strongest point of my platform you can see at keithbeck.net. The city should better develop the capacity of CItyHousingHamilton to operate in the market-rental segment. With interest rates where they are, the city could build rental housing that's affordable for those on low-income without cost to the local tax base. It is shameful that the city has not recognized this opportunity sooner.
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 I agree with the province on the mid-pen. I don't see the need for the road anytime in the near future.
Do you support the city's plan to build an east-west light rail transit (LRT) line with full capital funding from the Province? Yes I support the B-line LRT with full provincial funding.
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 Happy to support ranked ballots if asked to. Think I might have already made it to council if it had already been in place!:)
Do you believe City Hall should be more accessible to Hamilton residents? If so, what steps would you take to achieve this? Yes Absolutely City Hall and its business should be accessible to residents. If elected, I intend to form a ward council for ward 7 supported by a wb based platform to share information about current issues before council. I also intend to have that council meet publicly at different venues across the ward over the term. Additionally, I want to push for a project where open data can be used by residents to generate alternatives for consideration. My hope is this helps change a culture at City Hall that believes managing public information is the only way to get work done.
Do you believe Hamilton should do more to protect and enhance its built heritage? Yes
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? Yes I can support more cycling infrastructure with the caveat that I support complete streets more strongly and implementation is going to have to take that into consideration.
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 I can support a Vision Zero policy with the target of zero pedestrian an cyclists deaths, as I've heard has been pursued by other communities in Canada. I have no specific plan to implement because I have focused my time on researching other parts of policy. I'm willing to ask for help from the community to educate me on what should be pursued to realize this goal.
Do you support the use of participatory budgeting to allow ward residents to propose and vote on local capital projects? Yes I do support participatory budgeting and implementing it for ward 7 is a platform issue for me.