Danya Scime, Candidate for Ward 13 in Hamilton Municipal Election 2014
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|Election||Hamilton Municipal Election 2014|
|Bio||Born in Montreal in 1964 to Roderick and Marjorie Mizener; I am one of seven children which included two 'half siblings' that shared our family home during summer vacation and holidays.
In 1974, our family moved to RR2 Dundas Ontario.
Growing up with four brothers; I learned at a very young age that whatever had to be done, I could work with males and succeed!
I quickly adapted to a new school system and within the year was elected as Spencer Valley Senior School Council's President.
Highland Secondary High school became my home away from home as I participated in every possible sport and Student Council.
I loved everything to do with Dundas and the beauty that surrounds it. Hikes to the Peak and Falls were past times that keep me in awe of the nature we are blessed with. A gift that must be cherished and accessible to all. During my last Campaign, I was asked to join the Giant's Rib Discovery Centre and was honoured to work with this tireless Group whom support the wonders of our Escarpment.
Young love blessed me with a wonderful husband and three beautiful children. As a stay at home mother, I needed to fill my days with keeping busy in the Community.
My eldest began Troy Tot's Co-operative Preschool and when they needed more support from the Ministry of Community and Social Services for extra funding for bussing children with special needs, I was on board. Meetings grew into being elected President of the Hamilton and District Co-operative Pre-school Association. Ensuring that all children regardless of need were able to access this amazing program kept me busy writing proposals and brainstorming for ways to make a tight budget stretch while growing our suburban and rural schools.
My volunteering changed direction when my husband Tony was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1992. My daycare in Ancaster was in it's third year and my life became a juggling act between hospital visits, operating my business, parenting my small children and supporting many of the patients fighting their battles. Once again I was nominated and accepted the responsibility of growing The Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada as their first female President.
Staying active in the community has always been a huge part of who I am. I thrive under pressure and find great strength when I am helping make a positive difference in other people's lives.
Being a widow at 30 did not slow me down. I re-invented my business to maximize my income yet ensure that I had time for my children and go back to school to attain my Personal Support Worker Diploma.
Blessed with another child; who was ten days old when my eldest underwent sixteen hours of horrendous surgery, engrained in me that I can handle whatever life has to come my way.
Working as a private PSW in many of Dundas Residents homes became my passion. I loved making Seniors safer and more secure while they recuperated in their homes. Equally humbling was being privileged enough to make the last few days of terminally ill Client's life peaceful.
Balancing my home care career, my children and then my support services business kept my hand in the lives of our Community. I could not imagine not righting a wrong or solving a dilemma or improving whatever needed my attention.
In 2001 I became the Operator of Mizener's Antiques & Flea Market Ltd. Located on Highway 5 and Sydenham hill and celebrating it's 50th Anniversary next year was certainly a new learning curve. I have the title of longest owner and have seniors in their 35th year here.
Managing 100 Vendors whom sell their wares in their designated stalls is like supporting a small Town. Strapped with a shoe string budget, new rural zoning and City issues while continuing to volunteer as soccer Coach, fundraiser, in home Client caretaker etc, keeps my work week in the 60 hour range.
I don't know what not keeping involved and busy means!
My education,, diversified careers, voluntary and unique life experience have me primed to be Dundas' Councillor. I am ready to put my exceptional people skills and astute business ideas to work for us!
Our children, grandchildren, parents, grandparents and every one we love, deserve the best and it will be my absolute honour to ensure that we have the future all of us deserve!
Supporting our Small Town while growing our GreatCity
TOGETHER WE WILL MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!
"OUR DUNDAS, OUR WAY" ~ Ward 13, Hamilton, ON
Responses to Questions (top)
|Question||Brief Response||Full Response|
|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, I would also like to see electronic voting brought in for the younger generation as well as Polling Stations.|
|Do you believe City Hall should be more accessible to Hamilton residents? If so, what steps would you take to achieve this?||Yes||YES, Encouraging more transparent dialogue, easier access to information and celebrating our Citizens while respecting their thoughts would encourage participation.|
|Do you believe Hamilton should do more to protect and enhance its built heritage?||Yes||YES, and allow creative uses to ensure that the Owners can maintain the buildings, celebrate the heritage and expand the uses to have them remain a part of our streetscape for many years to come,|
|Do you support converting more of Hamilton's one-way thoroughfares into complete, two-way streets that support walking, cycling and transit?||Yes||Yes, I fully support complete streets that will calm traffic and keep our local businesses accessible; pedestrian, cycling and cars should be able to have access to the Ma & Pa Companies that are the backbone of our City. Taking away much needed street parking for Transit (bus) only lanes is hurting many of the businesses that once thrived. Many are looking forward to the pilot project (bus only lanes) to end ~in the hopes of gaining back their Customers.|
|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||YES, I have an expanded 'cycle ped path' idea to allow our sidewalks and streets to be more in harmony with all traffic while ensuring safer access for pedestrians, cyclists, scooters and walkers.|
|Do you support the use of participatory budgeting to allow ward residents to propose and vote on local capital projects?||Yes|
|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||In a perfect City with no other pressing issues needing our long term tax dollars, I would support LRT. Unfortunately, this is NOT a reality. Currently we have infrastructure, waterlines, sewers and roads in desperate need of repair. I can easily compare this to my wish for having a hybrid echo friendly car while I need a roof over my head repaired and food on the table for my children. I do believe that we must factor in a more efficient transit system for the future but at the present time it needs to be planned, not executed. Ryan, I respect RTH stance ; yet as a Dundas Tax Payer that wants what is best for the entire City, LRT is not the priority for the majority of our Residents. And there is NO SIGN of this having any safety net after the original "capital funding from the Province" (provincial dollars are out of our "other"pocket, not from any other source). The maintenance and yearly operating costs are not included in the funding and until our other issues are resolved, LRT is too costly. We also need to take into account our North -South transit woes to encourage revitalization of Downtown Hamilton as well as our outlying Wards that have to be crammed onto busses that are over crowded or not on a longer running schedule. As a side note, if we are so concerned to work on our environmental woes, I would much prefer we CLEAN UP our water (Randle Reef, Harbour front etc.properly) and attract more business and residents that will pay maximum dollars to have the privilege of working/living by water that we can swim in.|
|Do you support an expanded role for Hamilton to provide more affordable housing? If so, what should Hamilton do?||Yes||YES, I would love to see our expropriated houses from the Pan Am Stadium, West Harbour area rented out. Stiffer penalties on homes that are left to decay should instead have incentives for mixed housing. A Hamilton Program which introduces Seniors and young Families, single Parents etc. in a 'home sharing' Project (allowing people to stay in their homes or purchase a home and have a long term boarder who helps pitch in with the upkeep and costs...this may help our Seniors stay in their home longer or allow a young family to purchase their first home).|
|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 would prefer to see expanded GO TRAIN and bus Service from Fort Erie/Niagara to Hamilton through to Toronto.|
|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?||Maybe||I celebrate and applaud everyone that cycles as their preferred mode of transportation. Cannon Street seems to have some confusing areas that cyclists and motorists have concerns with. I believe that we can do much better and would love to see integrated, sloped 'cycleped' sidewalks instead of entire lanes. the price tag to keep the lanes snow free during the winter is not money well spent and is an absolute slap in the face for people struggling to pay their higher heating bills PLUS their taxes while they struggle shovelling their sidewalks and the City cleans the bike lanes.|