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?

Responses to the question: "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?"

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9 Candidate Responses (top)

Ward 02
CandidateBrief ResponseFull Response
Caplan, Marvin Yes Micro loans, small business incubators, literacy, nutrition, parenting training and more should be facilitated. Changing the view of steel mills is difficult.
Castle, John Yes Pave Main St. (hitting those potholes, cracks, ridges) as you drive into town does not create a favourable first impression.
Coleman, Shane Yes My term will bring about long needed change in Hamilton. I have prepared a downtown beautification project.

We will be supporting Urban Greening including rooftop gardening, urban gardening, promotion of wind and solar.

Anti-graffiti programs, by giving these young budding artists other areas to express their talent.

Hamilton has been labeled an anti-business city. I want to change that. As a business owner I understand many of the challenges and difficulties they face. If we work in tandem bringing people to live and work downtown again while supporting business we will see a downtown revitalization which will awe visitors, students, commuters and newcomers.
Farr, Jason Yes I hope so - that's the point. If I work hard, listen and appreciate and respect the process... great things can fall into place.
Gentile, Matteo Yes If I am fortunate enough to represent ward 2, my term will definitely change perceptions. First I will change the perception of city hall with my four guiding principles.

1 - work with integrity...do what you say and say what you do.

2 - do it with respect. Regardless of differing opinions, you convey respect.

3 - Due diligence and process effect decision making, not personal agendas and

4 - when it involves spending, ask how will we be paying for it.

Next I will fight for the city to remediate Brownfield's to attract development. In my opinion if we really want to move forward on getting the Brownfield's developed, we have to stop talking about it and DO something about it. It is why I am saying the city needs to take the lead, remediate the lands or provide great incentives for others to do so. I do not want to have another wasted generation of talk...let's get it done!
Ielasi, Pat Yes I don't know if it will haven in the first term but I would like to see a Centralized Public Transportation Hub at the West harbour site, Go Train, Go Bus, and city Buses making there stop at same location. Residential Condominium, with coffee shops, restaurants, and outdoor entertainment faculties across from that train station, extending the train service so the Lakeshore Line goes from Whitby to Niagara Falls. Rearranging current bus routes and deploying resources to service areas that currently get no service, to make the city buses more accessible, affordable, and timely.

Imagine, the reduction of cars commuting between Hamilton and Toronto, currently it is estimated that 35,000 cars make that trip daily.

Imagine the potential investment and jobs that can be generated from the pedestrian traffic of having such a transportation hub located there.

Imagine if you will the first impressions of people getting off the train and seeing a vibrant business district as opposed to the vision of old Stelco and Dofasco while driving down the Queen Elisabeth Way.

We have so many beautiful things in our city, the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Waterfalls, the architecture of older buildings and the many places of worship. Such a diverse culture, foods and restaurants, theatres, talented actors and musicians, world class facilities, and we need to begging to showcase these to people from outside our city so that they can learn about them and appreciate them the way we do.
Janjic, Ned Yes I don't really care about the external impression of our community to others. My concerns are with the quality of life of our citizens. Once our own self-image of our community improves, others will change their first impressions of Hamilton.
Jelly, Matt Yes I believe that the City's website must be completely done over. The website is the one of the main platforms for showcasing our City. We need to move quickly to develop a new more functional website, to catch up to municipalities across Canada who recognize how important a functional, user-friendly website is. We need to move into the 21st Century in this regard. Having a website that has significantly better functionality showcases Hamilton in very positive ways including more engagement and interaction with those new to our City.

I support a strong business arts community. It is one of the cornerstones of the new economy and a key opportunity to bring people to Hamilton. Investment in this business sector is a priority of my campaign.

I will not shy away from downtown's most complex problems - graffiti, abandoned buildings, crime, and addressing Hamilton's homelessness crisis. At the risk of sounding overly simplistic, I truly believe these are key elements, which would help to go a long way in attracting and keeping people and businesses.

I will continue to fight for brownfield remediation including an interest free loan program for cleaning up brownfields. This is key to changing our City's image.

Finally, I will work to ensure key developments in downtown - the Connaught, the Barton Tiffany area - are achieved in accordance with Putting People First (downtown) and Setting Sail (West Harbour).
Wright, Kevin Yes I intend to use my first term to make meaningful and lasting changes in people's lives. The people who I'm talking about are the residents of Ward 2 and the city. I want to show them that they can have a councillor who'll serve their needs and interests and who'll do everything, with-in the law, to get things done. I intend to show them that there is such a thing as an honest politician with honour, integrity, and a sense of service and duty to the people.

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Ward 02
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Jones, Hoojung
Lescaudron, Dawn
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