Almost 20 years after the city of Hamilton has come together, it is time for Dundas and Flamborough to take the lead in making all of Hamilton stronger, greener and more prosperous.
These are interests we share as friends and neighbours from one end of the city to the other. It’s time for Dundas and Flamborough to take a more proactive role in the issues that affect all of us.
Whether it is preservation of green spaces, the safety of our neighbourhoods, or better utilizing our property tax base to create the most benefit for all residents, Dundas and Flamborough have a wealth of knowledge and skills to share.
As your Councillor for Ward 13, you will always know how I vote on every issue.
I encourage and support local voices. I encourage and support regular dialogue. It’s time for us to lead.
Preserving our Public Spaces
Public spaces are what make Dundas and Flamborough unique and add to our sense of community. Public spaces connect us to each other and they must be protected.
We cannot sell out publicly accessible spaces to narrow interests.
Your City Councillor should be accountable to all of Dundas and Flamborough and not just those who make sizable campaign contributions.
As a municipal candidate, I will not be accepting campaign donations from any land developers or agents of developers.
Whether it is public laneways or other green space, it’s time for us to lead on the preservation of public spaces to ensure they remain accessible, clean and safe for all. Our public spaces are not for sale!
We must ensure that new development adds to, rather than subtracts from, the beauty of Dundas and Flamborough.
Infill development helps protect our green space. But, it must be done right or not at all. The community must have easy and early access to information about all proposed new development applications.
As your City Councillor, I will work with residents to make participation in neighbourhood planning the norm and not the exception.
People living in Dundas, Flamborough and across Hamilton pay some of the highest property taxes in all of Ontario. And those with the least are paying the most.
We also have a $3 billion infrastructure deficit. We have extended our roads, sewers, and water without the means to pay for their upkeep. Our bill is past due.
But there is no financial plan at City Hall to address this reality. To ease the burden on Dundas and Flamborough taxpayers and to create opportunity for tomorrow, we need a financial plan that will bring focus, purpose and discipline to our city budget.
As your city councillor I will call for a financial plan rooted in three main pillars: 1. Enrich our Tax Base 2. Ensure a return on Investments 3. Enact accountable and disciplined spending
Safe Streets for Safer Neighbourhoods
Whether it is busy streets in front of schools or the business district of downtown Dundas, we need to know that all users of our streets are safe. This isn’t unique to Dundas or Flamborough. It is imperative that all of Hamilton embraces a strategy that calls for the sharing of our streets ( and sidewalks).
It’s time for us to lead on better road design, that makes room for all users including those who drive, cycle, walk or take transit. When we have more choices in how to move, we can ease car congestion for those who drive, keep our air clean, and make our roads and sidewalks safer for all.
We need to protect our most vulnerable residents. Our first priority for safer design should be the areas around our schools and where our elderly residents live.
It should be safe to walk. Walking helps seniors avoid the kind of isolation that is unhealthy. Walking helps children get to know their neighbourhood, gain independence and stay healthy. Walking helps connect our communities.
We need connected bike lanes that allow for convenient and safe passage for all cyclists. An intelligent design of bike lanes also brings predictability for those in cars. When designed properly, riders are safer, and drivers are less frustrated.
It’s time for us to lead on a better vision of public transit for region. That starts with BETTER public transit options for Dundas and Flamborough. Access to reliable public transit should be available to all residents.
Flamborough and the rural face of Hamilton
Hamilton City Council had a chance to preserve a rural-only ward when it reviewed its ward boundaries.
In 2017, it rejected this option. The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) ruled that the back-of-the-envelope ward boundaries drawn by City Council did not pass the test of fairness and the principles set out by the Supreme Court of Canada.
Because City Council dropped the ball, Flamborough’s representation has been carved up and spread across three redistributed electoral wards.
We must ensure that the unique voice of the communities making up Flamborough is preserved at City Hall.
Whether it is protecting green spaces and the rural way of life, or ensuring that the tax burden is spread fairly, it’s time for us to lead in preserving the uniqueness of Flamborough.
Small business and agriculture
Small businesses and agriculture have always been a part of the history of Dundas and Flamborough. And so it should remain.
Small businesses need predictability when dealing with City Hall. They need responsiveness because time is money. They need someone who is accessible, who will listen and who will act in their best interests.
Our farmers and leaders in agriculture need the same, if not more. They need a representative who understands the unique challenge of living and working in an agricultural setting, inside of an urban designation.
As City Councillor of Ward 13, I will commit to keeping the needs of Flamborough residents at the forefront of our agenda.