Steven Waxman, Candidate for Mayor in Hamilton Municipal Election 2010

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NameWaxman, Steven
ElectionHamilton Municipal Election 2010
Email waxman4hamiltonmayor2010@gmail.com
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QuestionBrief ResponseFull Response
Many observers argue that Council meetings could be more respectful and professional. Do you agree? If so, what will you do to change this? Yes Insist that this be the normal course of behaviour and institute a policy for censure if not maintained.
Do you support Hamilton's LRT proposal? If so, what will you do to ensure Hamilton's success in building LRT? If not, why do you oppose it? Maybe If any project that can better Hamilton is financially feasible after a cost benefit analysids then it will receive support. If it is not affordable or there are other more pressing prioritires, then it will not receive support.
Some cities have committed recently to publishing their public data in an open format that citizens can directly access. Should Hamilton pledge to become an "open source city"? Why or why not? Yes Barriers must be reduced to allow ease of personal access.
The City of Hamilton has committed to doubling transit ridership by 2020. Do you support this goal? If so, how would you realize it? Yes Firstly, wew must have a 3rd party citizen review and consultation to deteermine what Hamilton needs and wants, create a plan and follow it. Accesibility and scheduling are key to ridership. You can't expect the use of HSR to connect to GO Transit when the 1st trains are leaving before buses are even making there way into the core on a regular morning schedule.
Is Hamilton doing enough to support and encourage new investment in our older neighbourhoods? If not, what should the City be doing? No More could be done to attract investment in targeted areas with taxation abatements.
Should we spend the Future Fund to build a Pan Am / Ticat stadium on the CP Rail Yard lands? Why or why not? Maybe One has to ask if the stadium really truly offers a part in the 'Future' of Hamilton, for without a plan, it could end up like Copps Coliseum.
Hamilton's Cycling Master Plan has Council approval. However, the implementation timeline is very long and ward councillors can block individual bike lane projects. Do you support accelerating the completion of a continuous bicycle network and other initiatives like a bike sharing program and better access up and down the Escarpment? Why or why not? Maybe Bike sharing is definitely supported. A Master Plan must be acceptable prior to implementation, otherwise there is really no 'Master' plan with the Ward based conditions.
Do you believe that poverty is the most critical issue facing Hamilton today? If so, please outline your solutions. If not, please explain your reasons. Yes Poverty is largely becoming the most evident critical issue. We must work with al levels of government to solve this problem created by downloading and a soft economy. Education can offer encouragement for youth to hopefully break cycles.
For your campaign, will you be accepting donations from corporations or unions? If so, why? If not, why not? No The campaign is being financed from personal funds.
Will your term change people's first impression of Hamilton, and make that first impression more attractive to visitors, students, commuters and newcomers? If so, how? Yes Hamilton is troubled by perceptions which become realties to thos who perceive same. We must appear cohesive and organized and strive to become 'ambitious' once again. We must ensure that there is substance behind any image campaigning. You can only sell waterfalls so much before they dry up!
Council is poised to vote on the Airport Employment Growth District, a 3,000 acre plan to expand the urban boundary around Hamilton International Airport for employment lands. Do you support this plan? Why or why not? No No, as this land must be protected. Any growth strategy must first be analysed with respect to impact on current land use.