Kevin Marley, Candidate for Ward 12 in Hamilton Municipal Election 2018

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NameMarley, Kevin
ElectionHamilton Municipal Election 2018
AreaWard 12
Email kevinmarleyward12@gmail.com
Website https://kevinmarley.ca/
Bio Kevin became a resident of Hamilton's Ward 12 at the age of 8 where he attended Rousseau Elementary, Ancaster Senior Public and Ancaster High School.

Kevin remained in Hamilton for post-secondary education completing a B.A. in Philosophy at McMaster University in 2013 whereby he was trained to think critically and logically.

After graduation, Kevin took his education abroad by going on to obtain an M.A. in Cultural Studies with an emphasis on astronomy from the University of Wales.

Currently, Kevin is a sales representative at Keller Williams Complete Realty. In his spare time Kevin enjoys playing music and gardening.

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QuestionBrief ResponseFull Response
Do you support improved public transit in Hamilton? If so, what changes do you propose? If not, why not? Yes Yes, public transit is an important part of any large city and with the layout of the city of Hamilton it makes it even more vital to the success of this city. Citizens need ways to get around this city and we need to do a better job at meeting that requirement. LRT is one such aspect that will have a positive impact but also taking a critical look at bus routes as well as utilizing the train station are all ways to improve this sector without spending more money.
Should Hamilton be trying to attract more young people to live, work and start businesses here, including the 60,000 students studying at Mohawk College, McMaster University and Redeemer University? If so, what should we be doing? If not, why not? Yes Absolutely, this city offers amazing opportunities for businesses however it is up to the local government to facilitate this. We need to be more transparent in how people can start and grow their business and this includes other areas of bureaucracy such as zoning by-laws and transportation access to different areas throughout Hamilton.
Do you support the "Vision Zero" goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries in Hamilton? If so, what specific actions would you take to implement this policy? If not, why not? Yes Yes, having looked over their literature and digital content I believe this is an excellent example of innovative ways to better our society without limiting growth. Their road design is a much better way to reduce traffic fatalities than just speed limits and crosswalk laws.
Do you support phasing out area rating for transit? Why or why not? Yes The exclusionary practices of Ward Area Rating must be abolished, and municipal services should be provided equitably to ALL wards in the city and taxed accordingly. We are all part of the city of Hamilton and it is time we started acting like it.
Hamilton has been experiencing a slow-motion crisis in housing affordability. Do you support an expanded role for the City to provide more affordable housing? If so, what should Hamilton do? If not, why not? Yes This city needs to help all of its citizens and that includes viewing housing a human right and working to make sure everyone has a roof over their head.
Hamilton has a legacy of multi-lane, one-way arterial streets dating back to the 1950s. Do you support accelerating the conversion of these streets to two-way? Why or why not? No While I am frustrated with the one-way street design there are other areas I think we as a city need to focus on and come together to resolve before we take on this task. At this time I would not be in support of accelerating this project. However, if it is something that can be done in tandem with other projects then I would reconsider my opinion.
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act mandates that cities must be completely accessible by 2025. What changes would you make to ensure Hamilton complies with this mandate? Yes Hamilton is pretty good, new buildings already comply and older buildings need to be given the opportunity to be updated. Transparent and relaxed zoning by -laws and new architectural innovations can help retrofit some of the historic and eye-catching buildings of Hamilton into the 21st century. We need to work with developers to allow them to find creative ways to retrofit old buildings to bring them in line with the mandate.
Council has voted dozens of times since 2008 to advance Hamilton's light rail transit (LRT) project, including voting to submit the plan with a full funding request to the Province in 2013, and voting to accept full funding and implementation from the Province in 2015. Do you support completing the LRT plan? Why or why not? Yes Yes, LRT is important for a growing city such as Hamilton. It will help people lower their carbon footprint as well as make it easier to get around the city. On top of that, it will make it easier for people to travail to other destinations outside Hamilton such as Toronto by giving them a timely option to catch go trains.
Since the 1950s, most new residential and commercial development in Hamilton has been single-use suburban sprawl. Do you believe Hamilton needs to concentrate new development within the already-built area? Why or why not? Yes The city is growing and ward 12 has seen its fair share of that. However, with this growth like we need infrastructure to keep up with the increased demand. I think the city needs to be better at helping development in the already-built areas. Relaxing zoning and making it easier for developers would free up a lot of wasted potential downtown. There is a lot of room to grow especially in Ward 12 but it needs to be done right. We need to plan for the future.
Bonus question: If LRT goes ahead, what will you do to ensure Hamilton receives the maximum benefit? Yes At this point, I don't think going back and reviewing the location or stops would be in the best interest. I think the previous councils have done enough studies to understand that the of the current plan provides the maximum benefit as of right now. Other than the LR itself, making sure the city is on time when it comes to the purchase of lands required and that the construction is done with constant public updates because they deserve to know what the progress is and how construction will affect them on a day to day basis.
Global warming is an existential challenge facing humanity. Do you think Hamilton should play a role in addressing climate change? If so, what should the city be doing? If not, why not? Yes Yes, we need to be a leader not just in Ontario but in Canada. We need to strive to be the best by helping the residents of this city go green and have the city services themselves become a much greener enterprise