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Ward 3 Councillor Candidates

Stephen Rowe
Laura Farr
Steven Paul Denault
Nrinder Nann
Milena Balta
Alain Bureau
Kristeen Sprague
Amanda Salonen
Dan Smith
Ned Kuruc
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Select a candidate above to view their responses to the SHN candidate questions, or scroll down to see everyone's responses.

 

Also, don't forget to check out the candidates for Ward 3 Public School Board Trustee:

Responses to SHN Ward 3 Councillor Candidate Questions:

Alain Bureau

I am running because I share a vision with many other residents and stakeholders to create the necessary space that fosters dialogue and discussion among residents, community organizations and businesses, and the municipal government. We must actively seek to shape our future and create a fair, equitable and inclusive community for all.

Why did you decide to run for council this term?

What are your favourite Ward 3 Assets?

A strong community of engaged residents who directly participate in shaping our community. An unusually bountiful mix of support agencies, service providers, and organizations representing our community's diversity and various needs. And the economic importance of our industrial and transportation infrastructure.

With the LRT project underway, the transit & commercial corridors in our ward will be substantially affected during construction, and different once LRT is operational. The LRT also funds the refurbishment of aging underground utilities, including water mains, sewers, and new optic fiber. The project itself will address many of our current aging infrastructure issues and position our community for the future as well as help mitigate our massive $3.3 billion municipal infrastructure deficit. The LRT will create many opportunities to improve the HSR system and develop transit oriented hubs that will increase employment, residential and commercial possibilities. The new Bernie Morelli Recreation Centre and HWDSB High School beside it will soon be completed, integrating both into the social fabric of our community is essential to our community's well-being. Ward 3 is lacking easy to access neighbourhood parks/spaces in comparison to the rest of the city; finding opportunities to create these communal spaces will foster a sense of community and support the many needs of the diverse residents of all ages in our ward. This also falls into my strong belief that a clean and green environment creates a setting for a healthier community.

Specifically, what are your priorities for infrastructure and facilities investment? What would you propose to ensure these are addressed?

Policies that support safe, friendly streets, vibrant neighbourhoods, community engagement, participation and organizing. Policies that promote economic growth and prosperity for ward residents, businesses and the city as a whole. The health and well-being of a city is derived from its residents, stakeholders and its built environment.

What are your primary areas of policy interest, and why are these important to you?

The question itself begs a question - are they actual or perceived tensions? However, the horseshoe that is our city council chamber should be entered with a genuine and fair approach that speaks of understanding and addressing various needs throughout our city in a collaborative manner. Those who enter municipal politics should be concerned with finding solutions and moving forward together on issues. For example, crime, socio-economic disparity or transportation needs are pervasive. These are interconnected throughout our city and cannot be disassociated from one ward to the other. Conversely, a ward's issue may be resolved by the asset of another ward. A city is a large system, the sum of its parts will dictate how smooth it runs and how far it can go. I often hear of the differences there are between the urban, suburban and rural parts of our city as a point of contention. However, I see these not as opposing differences but as great assets that we have yet to be tapped into. We are blessed with a strategically located geographical expanse that can provide not only to all our city's needs but that of our region, province and country.

How will you approach the challenge of navigating (actual or perceived) tensions between the interests of Ward 3 and the City as a whole?

Both a councillor's office and the community it serves should have open and direct communications. To do so, I propose to establish various 'round tables' centered around the themes of youth, seniors and local business, as well as an annual review process of the progress on issues in our ward and city culminating in annual town halls and newsletters. Of course, a councillor's office should also be responsive to individual queries in an appropriate and timely fashion. I also believe the city as a whole could facilitate a more direct and real-time point of service where residents can get updates on the activities occurring and affecting them directly in their neighbourhoods and daily lives.

How will you communicate, stay in touch, and be responsive to the people in Ward 3? What sorts of relationships do you expect to have with community groups?

One should address classism, racism, oppression and privilege with the same seriousness one addresses ageism, ableism or any other 'ism', bias, or form of discrimination.

How will you engage with and address issues such as classism, racism, oppression and privilege?

Developing a comprehensive community benefits program through a consultative process with residents and stakeholders. Prioritize housing, including promoting building social/affordable housing and various lodging types, and ensuring the safety and health of our existing housing stock. Other priority social programmes are to support Poverty Round Table recommendations and harm reduction efforts. From an economics perspective, city administration and supporting departments could be improved to act as facilitators to business and foster the creation of new and innovative ideas, businesses and emerging technologies. This is also true for residents navigating our municipal administration. I will actively seek economic opportunities beyond our municipal realm and coffers through federal and provincial funding programmes, partnerships and initiatives.

Specifically, what are your priorities for social and economic programmes? How will you ensure that these priority areas addressed?

Since childhood I always imagined that if I was given one wish from that proverbial genie in a bottle what would it be? But since this is a fortuitous puddle of ooze, I will up the ante of my answer from childhood and emerge with the superpower of speaking and understanding every language, dialect and form of communication in the universe. This may not affect massive change in the universe but it would have a huge impact on my understanding of it and the people in it. I would be called Mega Connector Prime.

Bonus* if you were to find yourself stuck in a mutagenic yet fortuitous puddle of phosphorescent ooze and would emerge with a superpower of your choosing, what would it be? and what would you call yourself?

One enters a space with a set of values, understanding and intentions that reflect why one has decided to enter the space. In the case of municipal politics, I do not believe it requires to be adversarial. The role of city council is to find concrete solutions to real issues. Council represents the diverse interests of the communities they represent as a whole. This is a space where different individuals with different experiences converge. One should be mindful, respectful and open to creating a dialogue. One that fosters a collaborative understanding of the issues at hand from many perspectives. To create a consensus and address the matter at hand, one has to find the common interests and work from there. One needs to move beyond discussion to actually find and apply solutions. One also has to recognize and tap into the good asset and expertise that city hall staff represents and allow them to introduce fact based, proven options and solutions to guide council in the decision process.

What are your thoughts on the sometimes adversarial nature of municipal politics and its effect on council function? How will you negotiate that environment?

My past and current involvement in our community has been extensive and covers many areas of interest an individual, a council candidate, should experience and understand before entering city hall. My professional experience in finance, healthcare and law mimics that same premise as does my personal life experience. One cannot claim to truly represent an understanding of our community unless one has walked our streets, had conversations, worked alongside a multitude of different people, groups, organizations and stakeholders. I am grassroots, not politically aligned and devolve from community.

What knowledge, skills, perspectives, or experiences would you bring to the role of councillor?

Innovative thinking is a process that requires specific elements when applied to an issue, problem or goal that begs a solution. All these I demonstratively possess by my leadership, with other innovators of our city, in supporting the LRT project. This project, like any other innovative solution, requires vision, creativity, resilience in the face of adversity, challenging the status quo, trust and faith in others, honest and informed dialogue as well as inspire and motivate to give meaning and purpose to the project goals. As to new and fresh ideas, follow my campaign at abureau.ca

How will you be innovative? What are your new or fresh ideas for the city?

Amanda Salonen

I've been a resident of ward three for thirty of my forty years. I'm not a politician, I'm a palliative care nurse (though I spent many years as a mental health and addictions nurse before moving into palliative care)and a single parent. When I looked at the demographics of ward 3 I saw that this ward was poorest and has the most single parents. This ward needs affordable housing solutions desperately-and that people have been displaced as a result of LRT buy ups and increases in home values and rents. When you look at the social determinants of health and wellness there is much that can be done to affect better outcomes for our neighbours here. I'm compassionate, responsive and a great advocate. I feel I can do the job well.

Why did you decide to run for council this term?

What are your favourite Ward 3 Assets?

1. Gage Park
2. The bells of Ryerson United Church on a Sunday morning.
3. Tim Hortons Field (an avid TICATS fan and season seat holder)

Water
Our water systems in Hamilton are in a sorry condition. There are flooding issues and many people's homes have been affected. When you look at the sewage treatment plant, overflow stations, water mains and pipes-too high a percentage of our components are between 80-100 years old. Our roads and homes are all on top of these systems. We are building on a broken system and with future population projections we need to ensure water delivery is efficient, socially responsible (we are not adding to the blue algae in the bay-phosphorus and ammonia), doesn't damage peoples homes/ruin their property and doesn't ruin the investments we've made in road work and road repairs.
Transit
We need affordable and reliable transit that services ALL residents of Hamilton, inclusive of amalgamated areas. We need to weigh ALL of our options and look at what is progressive, cost effective and gives service delivery for all. We need to also look at what options will displace some residents and which options will not be accessible or of use to some residents.
Parking challenges
When we look at projections and infrastructure planning we must look at residents in their homes. We must adhere to the public engagement charter and get adequate feedback from our neighbours and implemented changes must be transparent. Parking solutions should be offered in the form of alternatives/grants for adapting property to suit. People have cars, that's the reality. People have disability and accessibility issues and change doesn't mean residents of decades should be forced to move from their homes to accommodate their car. Many lots in this ward are older, somewhat irregular and don't have driveways.

Specifically, what are your priorities for infrastructure and facilities investment? What would you propose to ensure these are addressed?

Reducing red tape to bring small businesses to ward 3. This is important because it brings fresh faces, employment, services and revenue to our neighbourhoods.
Any policies relating to bringing in and providing affordable housing and its accessibility. This is important because of all of the wards in this city ward 3 is the poorest. There is a true and genuine need for intervention, accessibility and sustainability for affordable housing for our neighbours who need it for themselves and their families. When you look at the number of lone parent families here it really is essential.

What are your primary areas of policy interest, and why are these important to you?

How will you approach the challenge of navigating (actual or perceived) tensions between the interests of Ward 3 and the City as a whole?

I'd like to have a monthly meeting each month that any resident can come to and be heard at. I'm compassionate and responsive. I will be available and accessible to each and every one of you. I will respond within 24 hours, or have someone in my office do so on my behalf if there is an unforeseen delay on my end. I work for you. If my boss at work says, 'I need to speak with you,' I don't make them wait and essentially ward 3 residents are who I answer to. With that said when it comes to the city vs ward 3, ward 3 is going to trump. I'm ward 3s voice and advocate and I represent ward 3. I'm cognizant that different parts of this city will focus on needs not necessarily as specific to us. I will listen and be respectful to all and will access all information available to me through my best resources. Know I advocate for you specifically in all meetings, votes, appearances and decisions. I'm here for you.

How will you communicate, stay in touch, and be responsive to the people in Ward 3? What sorts of relationships do you expect to have with community groups?

I have no tolerance for classism, racism oppression or privilege. It has no place in my world. I'm an advocate and a voice for ALL residents without exception. As a nurse I've looked after everyone without judgement for 14 years-and I will continue that in this role.

How will you engage with and address issues such as classism, racism, oppression and privilege?

For social and economic programs my primary focus would be seniors/youth/mental health and addictions. As a nurse, I'm considering the social determinants of wellness. Seniors cannot be isolated. If we have the programming how do they access it? Best health and best outcome depend on it. We have a sandwich generation that have children at home and aged parents as well...in dire need of supports. We have THE most lone parent families in this city - meaning nutritional programmes in school and after school programs as well as youth recreational programmes are profoundly needed here. When you look at mental health and wellness you shouldn't have to be in crisis and admitted to hospital to access the service you need without a too long waiting list. Service delivery needs to be accessible in home and community before it gets to that point, and for most it isn't. We need to bridge that gap and keep people at home living their best lives with their supports -not have an admission based crisis based system.

Specifically, what are your priorities for social and economic programmes? How will you ensure that these priority areas addressed?

Ahhh your fine bonus question. Without any hesitation I tell you I'd emerge as a healer, and would call myself Amanda because I like it just fine.

Bonus* if you were to find yourself stuck in a mutagenic yet fortuitous puddle of phosphorescent ooze and would emerge with a superpower of your choosing, what would it be? and what would you call yourself?

I feel I am not judgemental, that I am considerate and respectful of others-whether or not I agree with them. I feel these things are an asset when negotiating in any environment. I'm confident that I will do well.

What are your thoughts on the sometimes adversarial nature of municipal politics and its effect on council function? How will you negotiate that environment?

The knowledge and skill that I bring to the table is different than many options you've been given with your vote. I've been a nurse for 14 years. I've worked with very vulnerable people during the very worst times of their life. I've treated them with compassion and nurtured them and their families. I've brought them comfort when they were the most uncomfortable that they've ever been. I am great at looking at the whole of a situation and weighing what is best for best outcome. I perform as well under pressure and strain as I do when there is none. I can make a decision on my feet. I am a great listener. I thrive on talking to people that think differently than I do to see why their perspective is as it is-even if I don't necessarily share it. I treat people, all people, with kindness and respect. I don't judge people and I don't look down on anyone (unless it's because I'm trying to help them up). I've been a single parent many years, lived paycheque to paycheque and understand what it is to struggle to make ends meet. I am very tenacious, full of grit...I don't give up.

What knowledge, skills, perspectives, or experiences would you bring to the role of councillor?

How will you be innovative? What are your new or fresh ideas for the city?

Dan Smith

This is something I wanted to do for a long time since 2006. My obligations as father are now permitting me to run; my children are now 7 and 10. I offer a valuable skill set to Ward 3 of Hamilton; my education ( MBA in Finance) and my project management experience ( ie Skygragon) demonstrate that I have the ability to manage projects within a budget; If elected as councillor, I will help other grassroots organizations revitalize Ward 3. I know what it takes to get grassroots organization to be successful and really understand the challenges grassroots organizations face. Being in an influential position to help grassroots and new organizations develop our city is inspiring me to run.

Why did you decide to run for council this term?

What are your favourite Ward 3 Assets?

My first mention is Culantro Peruvian Restaurant, with great authentic Peruvian food; the owner Juan is such a great host everytime we go. My second is Woodlands Park - the outdoor gym: my kids and I always have fun. It is great to help promote active living in the area. Third mention is Duarte's, a favourite of mine when I need a nutritious lunch while doing property management. Last but not least, The Capitol Bar is another great place to unwind and have a beer.

More coordination of efforts when upgrading infrastructure. I have seen streets repaved only to have a water line upgraded after which leaves a huge potential for sinkholes forming. Informing residents and helping them upgrade before roads are resurfaced would save a lot on infrastructure costs.

Specifically, what are your priorities for infrastructure and facilities investment? What would you propose to ensure these are addressed?

My primary interest is creating more housing. I have been a property manager for years and have seen the availability of units shrink dramatically over the past few years as homelessness has increased. It is disheartening to see people unable to find adequate housing. Traffic calming. Many families with young children live in ward 3 and it needs to be made safer for the odd 3 year olds on trikes who find their way into the middle of the road.

What are your primary areas of policy interest, and why are these important to you?

I will always put my ward first unless it conflicts with serious needs in other wards, i.e., natural disasters, such as flooding.

How will you approach the challenge of navigating (actual or perceived) tensions between the interests of Ward 3 and the City as a whole?

I will attend as many community group meetings as possible. The Stinson Community Association offers great community events such as music and barbeques in Carter park. In addition, I will use e-mail and Facebook , and publish newsletters to communicate with those who are not using social media. Most importantly, I will meet with residents of the ward personally to discuss any issues, concerns and ideas. During my rounds of canvassing, I hear some distinct messages our residents: we need to calm traffic.

How will you communicate, stay in touch, and be responsive to the people in Ward 3? What sorts of relationships do you expect to have with community groups?

I will do my best to see that the needs and desires of residents are put first over all else. I think the best way to deal with many of these issues is to have integrated communities where people of all walks of life interact regularly. Encouraging mixed use buildings and development of affordable housing in a way that does not concentrate certain classes in certain areas will help us to see each other as neighbours and reduce the aforementioned issues.

How will you engage with and address issues such as classism, racism, oppression and privilege?

I would like to see if some of the city's stock of vacant buildings could be put to use sooner rather than later. These buildings could provide homes, meeting spaces and economic benefits. When I started at Skydragon Co-op, we sought a partnership with the city, only to be turned away. We could do more to work with grassroots organizations to enhance our ward by leveraging our engaged residents.

Specifically, what are your priorities for social and economic programmes? How will you ensure that these priority areas addressed?

I would take super speed from The Flash in order to get more things done in a day. I will call myself the Do-er.

Bonus* if you were to find yourself stuck in a mutagenic yet fortuitous puddle of phosphorescent ooze and would emerge with a superpower of your choosing, what would it be? and what would you call yourself?

I do know there is a conflict on council between rural and urban ones. I think too much conflict can stall progress, but on the other hand, a healthy amount of conflict prevents group think from happening and bad decisions being made. I have worked in environments where there were conflicting interests and have usually been the person to calm things down. Cooler heads can prevail.

What are your thoughts on the sometimes adversarial nature of municipal politics and its effect on council function? How will you negotiate that environment?

I have a M.B.A. in finance as well as an undergraduate degree in physics and have worked as a mechanical designer. I think an understanding of design and finance would be a great asset on council. I have also been part of getting a building downtown rejuvenated when it was on the verge of collapse.

What knowledge, skills, perspectives, or experiences would you bring to the role of councillor?

I will be innovative in working to find more housing; for example, a review of existing zoning by-laws that limit density in the lower city needs to be done. I would also like to work to make more areas pedestrian friendly so new businesses can thrive. Local government could work closely with non-profits in the city to restore some of the city's stock of properties. Ideas like bump out sidewalks so a food establishment could have a patio and traffic calmed is something I would like to see more of. Possibly some idea like rebuilding the incline railway as a tourist attraction.

How will you be innovative? What are your new or fresh ideas for the city?

Kristeen Sprague

I am running because I believe that Ward 3 needs a counselor that will listen to its constituents' needs. I constantly ask for input from residents, and I am always eager and interested in speaking face-to-face with residents to hear about their struggles, and their vision for the City.

Why did you decide to run for council this term?

What are your favourite Ward 3 Assets?

I think Ward 3's best 'assets' include its diversity and working-class history. Downtown and the East End of Hamilton in general have a 'rough' reputation, but that means that it is full of life and the people here are resourceful and progressive.

In addition to investing in recreation facilities and support groups, resources, and safe space (as mentioned above), I think we need improvements to our roads (especially Barton, Cannon, and Burlington Streets). I also think we should keep focus on our Public Transportation system to make sure that it is affordable, accessible and adequately funded.

Specifically, what are your priorities for infrastructure and facilities investment? What would you propose to ensure these are addressed?

My major priorities include addressing the mental health and housing crises in the city. There is so much we can look at on the municipal level to improve health and happiness (such as increased funding for recreation facilities, adequately funding support groups and resources for families, seniors, and marginalized folks) and to address the shortage of decent, affordable housing with the tools at our disposal. These issues are important to me as a low-income and LGBTQ person because I have personally struggled with these all too common challenges.

What are your primary areas of policy interest, and why are these important to you?

My primary role as Ward 3 Councillor is to listen to and represent the interests of my constituents. While this is challenging in and of itself, it is a blessing in disguise because a lot of what we need in Ward 3 (such as affordable housing, resources for families, and a focus on mental-health) will benefit everyone in Hamilton.

How will you approach the challenge of navigating (actual or perceived) tensions between the interests of Ward 3 and the City as a whole?

I want to have open lines of communication with Community Groups in Ward 3. My background is in Community Organizing, so I know the value of hearing from the organizations that are 'on the ground' with people in the Ward.

How will you communicate, stay in touch, and be responsive to the people in Ward 3? What sorts of relationships do you expect to have with community groups?

I think we need to approach these problems using a variety of strategies. We need to make sure that City Hall (and all public places) are safe places where everyone can participate, especially those with families, the elderly, new immigrants, low-income earners, and other marginalized people. We need to make sure that we create our budgets with the health and well-being of working-class people in mind. We need to invest in creating safe spaces where we can get to know each other and learn about our struggles. Finally, we need to make sure that we, as councillors, are listening to the needs of everyday people in our Wards.

How will you engage with and address issues such as classism, racism, oppression and privilege?

My priorities include increasing funding for social programs. I would also like to encourage small businesses that respect '$15 and Fairness' decent work priorities. I think that our local economy will be better off when we can keep more money in the community, and the best way to accomplish that is to 'invest' in decent working conditions and wages.

Specifically, what are your priorities for social and economic programmes? How will you ensure that these priority areas addressed?

Bonus* if you were to find yourself stuck in a mutagenic yet fortuitous puddle of phosphorescent ooze and would emerge with a superpower of your choosing, what would it be? and what would you call yourself?

What are your thoughts on the sometimes adversarial nature of municipal politics and its effect on council function? How will you negotiate that environment?

I have a lot of experience organizing with Community groups (such as the Hamilton PRIDE Committee, the City's Advisory Board on LGTBQ matters, and tenants' rights groups) that give me an understanding of Ward 3 constituents' fundamental struggles that most Counselors do not have. I have a genuine interest in making Hamiltonian's lives better, and I am willing to take the time to speak to people to find out what's important to them. I think that open ear sets me apart from other, more 'traditional' politicians.

What knowledge, skills, perspectives, or experiences would you bring to the role of councillor?

I would like to look at the City's Budget and Priorities from the lens of some of the 'social determinants of health' to make sure that we are addressing issues that impact residents' physical and mental health. For example, there is a lot of crime in my ward, but that is partly created by poverty and hopelessness. A lot of people are suffering from opioid addiction. How can we turn this around? We can make sure that people have access to recreation. We can make sure that people have access to affordable transit. We can engage residents more actively in our budgeting. These are challenging times for municipalities, but this means that we need to focus on what really matters to the health and well being of everyone.

How will you be innovative? What are your new or fresh ideas for the city?

Laura Farr

There are many reasons people run for office. For me, it's not about seeking higher office, or being at the top of the mountain. I have worked for ten years helping people at City Hall while working for all of our elected officials. To me, being a Councillor is about the things that most people don't want to have to worry about - that the roads are in good shape, the water is clean, the garbage is picked up, the parks fun and property taxes are kept low. It's about what matters. And that is why I am running to be your Ward 3 Councillor.

Why did you decide to run for council this term?

What are your favourite Ward 3 Assets?

Some of my favourite places in Ward 3 include Gage Park, the Rail Trail, Woodlands Park, the Westinghouse Offices, and the many small businesses in historic buildings such as Hendry's Barbershop and the Cannon Coffee Company.

A huge priority for me is ensuring that our recreation facilities are invested in for the long term, as well as balancing that with our infrastructure needs. As we help encourage smart growth and development, we can address these needs.

Specifically, what are your priorities for infrastructure and facilities investment? What would you propose to ensure these are addressed?

Planning and Development are important to me as over the years I have helped many people with 'square peg-round hole' issues with obtaining building permits, zoning, business licensing, and bringing the people together to solve it together.

What are your primary areas of policy interest, and why are these important to you?

I have been fortunate to work across the city as a whole for the last ten years, and much of the perceived or actual tensions can be overcome by listening genuinely and communicating better. It isn't ward vs ward, or community vs community. We all largely want and need the same things.

How will you approach the challenge of navigating (actual or perceived) tensions between the interests of Ward 3 and the City as a whole?

I will continue to be responsive as I have as an assistant to our municipal Elected Officials by phone, email, facebook, twitter, in-person, and will also host a town hall meeting each month rotating to each neighbourhood. I will also attend all community group meetings and continue to work with them, as well as donate a portion of my salary towards each hub for use at their discretion each year.

How will you communicate, stay in touch, and be responsive to the people in Ward 3? What sorts of relationships do you expect to have with community groups?

It is important to recognize and understand privilege and unpack that while understanding the historical lenses of decision making. I will, as I have always done, be an ally and voice for all - using my privilege to do so, and giving space for other voices to also speak.

How will you engage with and address issues such as classism, racism, oppression and privilege?

We need more programs for youth and seniors, and more accessibility for everyone. We need to be flexible and innovative in our solutions and use the assets we already have in our communities to address this.

Specifically, what are your priorities for social and economic programmes? How will you ensure that these priority areas addressed?

My superpower would be to add more hours to the day, and I would be ChronoWard3is!

Bonus* if you were to find yourself stuck in a mutagenic yet fortuitous puddle of phosphorescent ooze and would emerge with a superpower of your choosing, what would it be? and what would you call yourself?

I am in a unique position having worked with all of the Council over the last ten years. It's about openly and honestly building those relationships so we can all work together.

What are your thoughts on the sometimes adversarial nature of municipal politics and its effect on council function? How will you negotiate that environment?

I bring my 18 years as a city staff member and 10 years of working at City Hall for all of our elected officials. The first Councillor I worked for was Bernie Morelli who taught me to do whatever I could to help whoever was calling. I genuinely care about our community, and you can trust I will find a way to solve the problem as I have been for 10 years.

What knowledge, skills, perspectives, or experiences would you bring to the role of councillor?

I have always been someone that thinks and ties things together in different ways. One of my biggest priorities is listening and responding to the residents in our community, while also understanding how things work city-wide. For example, we could easily require vacant buildings to have phone numbers displayed and incentivize them being used.

How will you be innovative? What are your new or fresh ideas for the city?

Milena Balta

I have been a business fixture in ward 3 since 1986. My view is that ward 3 has been neglected for years with the exception of a few changes. We have so much to offer to the City of Hamilton including Hamilton Jewel, Gage Park. My focus is to provide accountability, transparency and job growth in our community. The changes in housing pricing is displacing tenants and rent control measures do not protect them once they are forced out.

Why did you decide to run for council this term?

What are your favourite Ward 3 Assets?

Numerous historical buildings such as Westinghouse on Sanford North built in 1897. It is being currently renovated and will house businesses. There are various facilities inside of Gage Park that many aren't aware of, such as a dirt bike course. In addition to the growth of Ottawa Street, Barton street is starting to make inroads into rejuvenation.

I feel the transit BLAST network is a must in order to provide job accessibility to our residents anywhere in the city. Housing issues have to be addressed as well infrastructure in the neglected part of ward 3.

Specifically, what are your priorities for infrastructure and facilities investment? What would you propose to ensure these are addressed?

There are two aspects that need forging ahead, affordable housing and also low income housing. Mentoring and counselling of families, youth and individuals to improve their future.

What are your primary areas of policy interest, and why are these important to you?

I am running to represent the whole ward and to work together in harmony with the Mayor and other councillors. This is beneficial for Ward 3 and the City as a whole. If we work together as a united city everyone will benefit in the long run.

How will you approach the challenge of navigating (actual or perceived) tensions between the interests of Ward 3 and the City as a whole?

I am planning to stay in contact and be accessible to the community. I would also be available and participating in the operations of the mentoring and counselling centre. It would mean a great deal to me to contribute to a project such as this since I am someone who grew up in an extremely poor household and have met all kind of challenges throughout my life. My vast knowledge of life challenges, including discrimination because I was not able to speak English, can help others.

How will you communicate, stay in touch, and be responsive to the people in Ward 3? What sorts of relationships do you expect to have with community groups?

Unfortunately, there is lot of bias which leads to racism and discrimination. This also leads to many of the other issues I've mentioned. In order to overcome these issues, community groups have to be created from all walks of life. Sharing various problems and shortcomings in order to build cohesion in the community. All this can be done at the mentoring and counselling centre.

How will you engage with and address issues such as classism, racism, oppression and privilege?

My plan is to create a mentoring and counselling centre in ward 3. This would help the community members improve their quality of life. Our future is our youth and we need to help them make positive decisions for their future. This kind approach will improve the whole community.

Specifically, what are your priorities for social and economic programmes? How will you ensure that these priority areas addressed?

I would call myself the equalizer. Bringing balance to all citizens.

Bonus* if you were to find yourself stuck in a mutagenic yet fortuitous puddle of phosphorescent ooze and would emerge with a superpower of your choosing, what would it be? and what would you call yourself?

I feel that working together is beneficial for all wards. My job will include demonstrating that helping ward 3 acquire more jobs on vacant lands improves their wards as well. We will get more tax revenue thus helping citizens across the city keep more money in their pocket.

What are your thoughts on the sometimes adversarial nature of municipal politics and its effect on council function? How will you negotiate that environment?

Being a business owner I have first hand knowledge of financial needs to run an organization whether private or public. I am a Rotary member for 20 years and a past president which has supported many social needs over the years in addition to several high school bursaries for University and College every year. I am a McMaster Sociology graduate as well as Human Resources.

What knowledge, skills, perspectives, or experiences would you bring to the role of councillor?

As stated previously, mentoring and counselling centre is a priority. We have lots of industrial vacant land. We need to provide attractive positive support for businesses to build and create jobs in our community. With this approach there will be more tax revenue to provide decent living for our less fortunate citizens. Benefits for the city will be huge, generally private sector jobs bring all kinds of off-shoot additional jobs into the city in order to support that industry.

How will you be innovative? What are your new or fresh ideas for the city?

Ned Kuruc

My decision to run for council this term was driven by my desire to bring leadership and action for Ward 3 to city council. Closely watching the previous Ward 3 councillor, I noticed that there was a lot of talk and little real action. Ward 3's roads are falling apart, residents are being left unheard and the community is becoming less safe. My decision to run is driven by my desire to take action, to give Ward 3 residents the action at City Hall they deserve!

Why did you decide to run for council this term?

What are your favourite Ward 3 Assets?

1. The park space- Ward 3 is full of parks and beautiful green spaces to enjoy, that are often overlooked.
2. Our amazing local businesses - Ward 3 is full local businesses that offer a high level of service and product, second to none in our city.
3. Restaurants - There are so many hidden gems in Ward 3. You can enjoy any kind of delicious food you want within our ward.

Roads, Sidewalks and Sewers- The previous councillor gave very little attention to maintaining our roads and sidewalks. Everyday canvassing, I come across roads that needed repair years ago.

Specifically, what are your priorities for infrastructure and facilities investment? What would you propose to ensure these are addressed?

1. Affordable Housing- Everyone deserves a quality place to live and be involved in their community. As well, we need to ensure that landlords are held accountable in maintaining clean and safe living conditions for their tenants.
2. Community Safety- Action needs to be taken to make our community safer. We need to work with the Hamilton police and community organizations to ensure our community is a safe place to live.
3. Infrastructure- Our roads, sidewalks and sewers have been ignored for too long. It is a priority for me to ensure our roads and sidewalks are repaired and maintained. As well, our sewer infrastructure needs to be further inspected and maintained to avoid future severe issues.

What are your primary areas of policy interest, and why are these important to you?

I'm here to fight for the best interests of Ward 3 and to ensure that our voice is heard at City Hall. In addition, I will work hard to ensure that we can find a common ground with the interests of the city, as many of the issues are similarly rooted.

How will you approach the challenge of navigating (actual or perceived) tensions between the interests of Ward 3 and the City as a whole?

I have an open book policy. If you ever have concern or question, please call me anytime (365) 336- NED3. I will be an active member in as many community groups as I can, while always lending a hand to groups when I cannot attend.

How will you communicate, stay in touch, and be responsive to the people in Ward 3? What sorts of relationships do you expect to have with community groups?

Every Ward 3 resident will have a voice when I am councillor. I will ensure that every resident is given their platform to stand on to have their thoughts and concerns heard. I will fight to ensure equality is achieved and maintained in our ward.

How will you engage with and address issues such as classism, racism, oppression and privilege?

1. Affordable Housing- It is my priority to fight to ensure that everyone in our community has a quality place to live and that landlords are held accountable for their buildings and tenant relations. I would fight to have a greater presence of tenant associations at City Hall, so that their voices could be heard
2. Safer Communities- We need to work with the Hamilton Police and community organizations to find actionable solutions to reduce violent crime in our community. We need to take serious and immediate action on this issue.

Specifically, what are your priorities for social and economic programmes? How will you ensure that these priority areas addressed?

My super power would be to be in more than one place at once, so I could get everything done that I would like to in a day. I think that I would go with Big Ned, given my size and personality.

Bonus* if you were to find yourself stuck in a mutagenic yet fortuitous puddle of phosphorescent ooze and would emerge with a superpower of your choosing, what would it be? and what would you call yourself?

Everyone is fighting for their wards, so it's natural there will be some adversarial nature to municipal politics. I make a living by fighting for what I believe in, having an open mind, while finding common ground with everyone involved to find a solution that works for everyone.

What are your thoughts on the sometimes adversarial nature of municipal politics and its effect on council function? How will you negotiate that environment?

I'm an entrepreneur. I have managed small local businesses throughout Hamilton, as well as managing a large sports entertainment business, throughout Europe and Asia. I know how to get the job done, even when the odds are stacked against you.

What knowledge, skills, perspectives, or experiences would you bring to the role of councillor?

My fresh ideas for Ward 3 and the city are to keep it simple and take action. For far too long day-to-day issues, that impact all residents, have been overlooked. Whether it's the roads in horrible condition or Ward 3 residents voices being unheard, it's frustrating. My 'fresh' idea will be to take the simplest approach to getting the job done and taking action about the issues that impact us the most, something that has been overlooked in recent years.

How will you be innovative? What are your new or fresh ideas for the city?

Nrinder Nann

I've said no to running for office more than 20 times, even though I know in my heart we need more women in politics, more diverse people and leaders who put community and residents first in mind. This time, I chose to heed the call of my community. I believe in political courage. We need a real change in council in order to build healthy communities where every resident feels respected, empowered and engaged in the ward they live in. I believe my 20 years of experience in leadership development and community organizing make me uniquely qualified to take this on.

Why did you decide to run for council this term?

What are your favourite Ward 3 Assets?

The Kitchen Collective:
This is a great little food business incubator. Members gain access to a fully licensed commercial kitchen so that they may legally make and sell food products for public consumption. Donut Monster got its start here
before moving to a storefront on Locke St. We need more of these innovative spaces.
The Escarpment Rail Trail/Bruce Trail:
I feel like we all know its there, but I'm always surprised by how few people use these amazing trails that run along the bottom of our ward. In minutes, you can be walking, cycling, jogging or hiking in nature.
Gage Park:
It really is the gem of Ward 3. But I'm particularly fond of the 1km inner loop that takes you past lovely groves of trees, the rose gardens, greenhouses, playground and fountains. Never gets boring.

In any infrastructure and facility investments, it's necessary to establish protocols to allow for community and resident participation and engagement in the decision-making processes, such as through community benefit agreements. Any large-scale investment in our ward affects the very people that live and breath in this community. It's therefore important to have a space for residents to voice their concerns and be listened to so that we can together co-create a vibrant and liveable ward. Community Hubs
I would like to invest in community service hubs that allow for inter-divisional service delivery from libraries, schools and community centres. We have many opportunities in Ward 3 for adaptive reuse of former city properties. Community Hubs are a great way to consolidate needed services into neighbourhoods that lack easy access.
Industrial Campus
I'd like to see the creation of an Industrial Campus that is a leader in environmental standards and a responsible neighbour. We have so much underutilized industrial area and I know we can work together to attract Innovators, entrepreneurs and light manufacturing. We should also seriously take a look at Burlington St / Nikola Tesla Ave and find ways to modernize, beautify and better integrate this important corridor into our social and economic life here in Ward 3.
Stadium
I'd like to see us finish the Stadium District and I'd like to look at the possibility of adding some parking on a section of the former Dom Glass lands. As we know, parking is always chaos during Ti-Cats games and special events. We need a longer term solution.
Green Spaces
And we always need more green spaces designed with children, families and seniors in mind. So when evaluating any new development proposals, we must always push for the inclusion of accessible parkettes, community gardens or other types of green space. We can also look at transforming vacant city properties into community green space and gardens where possible.
Attracting Grocery and Banking
We live in a bit of a desert for Grocery Stores, Banks and other types of services and retail. There is one single major bank branch, a couple of credit unions and two major grocery stores in the entire ward. Access to quality, affordable fresh produce is a major issue for the health of our residents, and is a huge factor in the affordability of everyday life. Together we can map out what retail services are lacking and come up with a plan to identify potential locations and then invite potential tenants to bring their services back to our ward.

Specifically, what are your priorities for infrastructure and facilities investment? What would you propose to ensure these are addressed?

Housing affordability, safety and transit are three key policy priorities in my platform.
Affordability is extremely important not just to address displacement, but to combat rising rents and buying costs. There's a higher proportion of rented housing compared to owned housing in Ward 3, according to a 2011 Ward 3 profile by the City of Hamilton. The proportion of homeowners and renters spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing is higher in Ward 3 compared to Hamilton as a whole. That was seven years ago - we don't see the housing crisis disappearing.
Safety - whether on streets, traffic or in neighbourhoods - is an important priority in Ward 3. We need to ensure that everyone feels they can live without fear in their own neighbourhood.
Transit - Given that Ward 3 has one of highest proportion of workers using public transit for their daily commutes to and from work, we need to stay on track to focus on transit connectivity, allowing new transit solutions like LRT and robust cycling infrastructure to better connect Ward 3 with other parts of the core.

What are your primary areas of policy interest, and why are these important to you?

I'm a firm believer of connecting to the mutual purpose - each councillor wants to make Hamilton the best place to raise a child and age successfully. I have 20 years of experience navigating large organizations, working with very diverse stakeholders, and getting real results. I have a proven capacity for bringing very diverse groups of people together and making real change happen. I will approach my role as City Councillor with this same approach: let's keep our eyes on the bigger themes that unite us rather than divide us.

How will you approach the challenge of navigating (actual or perceived) tensions between the interests of Ward 3 and the City as a whole?

Communication:
I'll create a robust system within my office for logging phone calls and emails and ensuring that every single one of them receives a follow-up in the shortest amount of time possible.
I'll establish a monthly email and web newsletter to keep residents up to date, and price out the cost of doing periodic printed and post delivered updates, because not everyone is on social media.
Relationships:
As someone with decades of experience in community building, for everyone to feel that their voices are heard, I know we have to meet residents where they are at. I intend to break down silos and create an environment where every resident can feel their councillor is accessible and most of all, open to listening.

How will you communicate, stay in touch, and be responsive to the people in Ward 3? What sorts of relationships do you expect to have with community groups?

I used to design and deliver courses for the Canadian Labour Congress addressing these very issues. Hamilton has the largest number of hate crimes per capita in Canada. We have to confront these complex issues head on, both at a grassroots level and through sound policy. We must have our eyes and ears to the ground and be attuned to what our residents are saying and experiencing. Within the work of municipalities, having a gender, anti-oppression and anti-racism lens in policy-making, budgeting and service delivery is necessary to ensure that residents can live and thrive in an equitable city. And so is ensuring that initiatives like the Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre receive funding and support to work with grassroots groups.

How will you engage with and address issues such as classism, racism, oppression and privilege?

I'm a big supporter of:
Community Benefits Agreements that can do things like link local youth to jobs in the trades, help them get training from the unions and get them placed onto job sites in our community.
Resident-led programming in the new Bernie Morelli community centre. I'd love to see residents engaged in the deciding the kinds of programmes they want to have available.
Affordability � There is enough room for everyone in our ward, I would like to spur investment into real housing solutions that address affordability for renters and first time owners with mixed income, low rise buildings that emphasis the 'commons'. Two concrete ideas include ensuring that new developments retain a percentage of units for affordable housing rental and looking at what other municipalities have done with renovation loans aimed at creating more affordable units.

Specifically, what are your priorities for social and economic programmes? How will you ensure that these priority areas addressed?

I'd want the genius intellect and tech prowess of Shuri from Black Panther. With the right ideas and right tech, there's probably no problem we couldn't solve. I'd call myself Super Solver.

Bonus* if you were to find yourself stuck in a mutagenic yet fortuitous puddle of phosphorescent ooze and would emerge with a superpower of your choosing, what would it be? and what would you call yourself?

I'm a listener and a builder. Even when I disagree with someone, I'm able to calmly and respectfully listen to their point of view, and have a productive conversation. To me, it's important to stay the course, to stay focused on the larger purpose and vision for #OurWard3 and our city. Through past experiences, I've seen leaders derail from their core purpose because they are caught up in squabbles. As with everything, remaining respectful and preserving your integrity is key, regardless of whether you disagree with others. I intend to keep those qualities top of mind.

What are your thoughts on the sometimes adversarial nature of municipal politics and its effect on council function? How will you negotiate that environment?

I bring a unique perspective as a community builder, small business owner and a mom with a very cute toddler (as every proud mum would say!) For the past 20 years, I've dedicated my life to community building and leadership development, advancing the rights of working, everyday people - people like you and me. I was only 21 years old when I became the first National Representative on Youth Issues for the Canadian Labour Congress. Beyond my work in the labour movement, I've had experience working in municipalities, such as in the City of Toronto as a Manager of Community Development. To remove barriers to public office and advocate for women and young people, I pushed for Hamilton city council to adopt a parental leave policy for elected officials. In short, my past experiences inform everything I do and advocate for, where I adopt an intersectional and equity lens in every decision made. We need this approach to build a vibrant and equitable Ward 3.

What knowledge, skills, perspectives, or experiences would you bring to the role of councillor?

I've mentioned some of them already above. In short, I'd like to look at our Ward in a holistic way. Where are the major safety issues? Where are the food deserts? Where are there lacking services? Where is transit hard to reach? And then bring the community together to find tangible, doable solutions. From my experience as Manager of Community Development for the City of Toronto, I've actually done this work before. I've negotiated with tenants and developers and the city to create new community Hubs, I've worked directly with residents to identify needs and helped bring lasting solutions to the table that serve multiple generations.

How will you be innovative? What are your new or fresh ideas for the city?

Stephen Rowe

I decided to run for Ward Councilor because I see many opportunities for Ward 3 and the City of Hamilton to move forward to great heights. I feel that my 30 years as a resident of Ward 3, my 25 years experience dealing with large budgets and multiple layer government regulations as an International Logistics Professional, and my 20 years of grassroots community work give me a unique set of skills that I hope to bring forward to Ward 3.

Why did you decide to run for council this term?

What are your favourite Ward 3 Assets?

My favourite 'asset' for ward 3 will always the diverse group of people that call the ward home. From a bricks and mortar standpoint, some of my favorite places are those non-profit public spaces not put forth by the Government such as the Eva Rothwell Centre and HARRRP. These stand as a testament to the great work that individuals can accomplish when they put the good of the community to the forefront. Also they are great examples of breathing new life into historical buildings, for community benefit. Another favourite asset of the ward is the Hamilton Port...Quietly the largest consolidation of good paying working class jobs in the city. Home to over 120 individual employers.

Roads, Transit and Affordable Housing all need attention. The City of Hamilton and its budgets are a complex thing. By exploring where and how money is spent new efficiencies can be found to address these issues

Specifically, what are your priorities for infrastructure and facilities investment? What would you propose to ensure these are addressed?

Economic Development, Audit and Finance, and Public Works. As the price of running a City continues to rise I want to lessen those tax burdens on the residential taxpayers by attracting new, clean, good paying corporate residents, unfold why everything that we pay for now is so expensive and promote the efficient use of resources already in place to keep the City moving forward. By growing the industrial and commercial tax base, while keeping cost under control, new resources can be brought to bear on other issues such as affordable housing and transit.

What are your primary areas of policy interest, and why are these important to you?

Somewhere along the line we developed a strategy of seeing everything in black and white at city council. Interests of Ward 3 do not have to conflict with those of the City as a whole. More work needs to be done to understand, and help others understand how the interests of Ward 3 can coexist with those of the City as a whole as well as the interests of the City coexisting with those of Ward 3.

How will you approach the challenge of navigating (actual or perceived) tensions between the interests of Ward 3 and the City as a whole?

Ward 3 has an amazing network of community groups that have never really been given their due as the grassroots movement that they are. These are the people working to make their individual communities better. I would like to encourage, support and facilitate these groups further and formalize regularly scheduled meetings to understand challenges faced in the communities. Together we are all stronger.

How will you communicate, stay in touch, and be responsive to the people in Ward 3? What sorts of relationships do you expect to have with community groups?

There are many great advocates within the City of Hamilton who, daily, address true classism, racism, oppression and privilege and I will always support them in their fight. However, I feel that the role of the City Councillor is to be inside city hall working to address these issues, not as a public face to take up these issues.

How will you engage with and address issues such as classism, racism, oppression and privilege?

The City streets seem to be becoming more unsafe, be that in road safety or crime. By supporting groups that advocate for street safety or preventative and preemptive crime management we can move away from being a reactive society once the unthinkable has happened (or nearly happened) to being a proactive society to keep people safe.

Specifically, what are your priorities for social and economic programmes? How will you ensure that these priority areas addressed?

It may sound odd, but I'd really like to be able to speak to animals. It would be very interesting to know what they think of what we do and how we act. I would be The Critter Consigliere.

Bonus* if you were to find yourself stuck in a mutagenic yet fortuitous puddle of phosphorescent ooze and would emerge with a superpower of your choosing, what would it be? and what would you call yourself?

The adversarial nature seen at City Council is disruptive and is the one main thing standing in the way of Hamilton moving forward. My conflict management skills, gained in my career, have aided me in working well in the community and I see no reason why those skills will not be attributable to city council. An understanding of where both sides of an adversarial nature comes from is needed to be able to find.

What are your thoughts on the sometimes adversarial nature of municipal politics and its effect on council function? How will you negotiate that environment?

From my professional career I bring skills such as large scale budgeting and forecasting; negotiations; strategic planning and analysis; regulatory understanding and compliance; policy/procedure design; and conflict management and resolution. From my community career I bring skills such as communication and collaboration, facilitation, leadership and understanding, budget restraint, determination, and caring.

What knowledge, skills, perspectives, or experiences would you bring to the role of councillor?

The best way to understand what is needed in the ward is to talk to its residents. I intend to have regular meetings with community groups to take advice on what is seen as being needed in the ward.

How will you be innovative? What are your new or fresh ideas for the city?

Steven Paul Denault

I live and work in Ward 3. I have an understanding and commitment to this ward.

Why did you decide to run for council this term?

What are your favourite Ward 3 Assets?

I live in the community; I know the people; and I understand the issues. I plan on donating the salary from this elected bureaucratic position to Ward 3 and to the people of Ward 3. I challenge all the alderman to do the same.

As above.

Specifically, what are your priorities for infrastructure and facilities investment? What would you propose to ensure these are addressed?

My primary areas of policy interest are affordable housing and reducing taxes. I would like to see the $1 billion allocated for affordable housing, road re-construction, especially for the industrial area, as this is a primary source of taxes for the city of Hamilton. I would like to reduce taxes as it is important, especially for the businesses and residents. This is all important, especially because of the environment. I would like to see trolley buses instead of the LRT so it would have less impact on the people of Ward 3, as far as home values and businesses being affected by this, ie. construction.

What are your primary areas of policy interest, and why are these important to you?

My first priority is with Ward 3 constituents. If this fits their agenda, as far as the whole, then it will work, and if it doesn't, I would mediate to a suitable solution for the best interest of all parties.

How will you approach the challenge of navigating (actual or perceived) tensions between the interests of Ward 3 and the City as a whole?

Twitter, (social media); email; and access to phone calls and person to person. I believe we would work together with our community groups for the betterment of our community.

How will you communicate, stay in touch, and be responsive to the people in Ward 3? What sorts of relationships do you expect to have with community groups?

I don't see that as being an issue within my community in Ward 3.

How will you engage with and address issues such as classism, racism, oppression and privilege?

Giving funds to under-privileged children and to ensure access to programs, such as City Kids and sports. I would like to connect youth with businesses in our communities.

Specifically, what are your priorities for social and economic programmes? How will you ensure that these priority areas addressed?

I would not get myself in this dilemma for one thing. I would be Steven Paul

Bonus* if you were to find yourself stuck in a mutagenic yet fortuitous puddle of phosphorescent ooze and would emerge with a superpower of your choosing, what would it be? and what would you call yourself?

I will work on behalf of the better interest of Ward 3 and have an understanding of my commitment and how we all must work effectively with one another.

What are your thoughts on the sometimes adversarial nature of municipal politics and its effect on council function? How will you negotiate that environment?

My knowledge of the people of this ward and their concerns would be priority and since I have been working for myself and also with a large multi-national company for a lengthy period of time, I bring a lot of knowledge, skills and experience. I have effective leadership skills that I will bring as the role of a councilor.

What knowledge, skills, perspectives, or experiences would you bring to the role of councillor?

My fresh ideas for the city include going back to trolley buses, so we don't have to tear up the streets and would be environmentally friendly and would save the community from disruption as a whole.

How will you be innovative? What are your new or fresh ideas for the city?