Arlene Vanderbeek, Candidate for Ward 13 in Hamilton Municipal Election 2014

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NameVanderbeek, Arlene
ElectionHamilton Municipal Election 2014
AreaWard 13
Email arlene@votearlene.com
Website http://votearlene.com/

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QuestionBrief ResponseFull Response
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 NO. I believe that we need an efficient and convenient transit system -- one that works for this community and one that we can afford. Service frequency, convenience and accessibility are the way that we will increase ridership and make the transit system financially sustainable. Not just on the B-Line.

LRT is not a priority for me. We do not have all the facts, at this point, and the ones we do have indicate that the tax burden will be heavy -- not only to build it, but to operate and maintain it. Additionally, implementation will be years away.

I see buses and BRT as something we can begin to implement almost immediately, in affordable stages; as highly flexible; and more sustainable.
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
Do you support an expanded role for Hamilton to provide more affordable housing? If so, what should Hamilton do? Yes Yes. I support the City's 10 yr Housing and Homelessness Action Plan, but we can't do it alone. We need support from all levels of government.
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 support the implementation of complete streets were feasible.
Do you support the use of participatory budgeting to allow ward residents to propose and vote on local capital projects? Yes Yes. Dundas residents should have a voice in the ranking of capital projects.
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 would support a Vision Zero plan for Hamilton through public education, workable design and planning of services and infrastructure that focus on safety for vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists, alike.
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 Yes. I support the plan, and improving it if necessary, to develop a workable timeframe that ensures safety for cyclists throughout the City.
Do you believe Hamilton should do more to protect and enhance its built heritage? Yes Yes. Absolutely.
Do you believe City Hall should be more accessible to Hamilton residents? If so, what steps would you take to achieve this? Yes Yes. I believe that services should be as accessible as possible to residents. Dundas residents already have the ability to access many services without the need for a trip to downtown Hamilton. The building is easily accessible, many City services are available through the Municipal Service Centre staff, the Councillor's office is located on-site, as well as Building Department staff and Service Canada staff on a regular schedule.
The Province plans to allow municipalities to use ranked ballots in future elections. If so, will you vote to adopt ranked ballots in Hamilton? No No. Not without extensive research and public input.