Hamilton is also a city on the move. It is changing and that change brings challenges. Hamilton needs new leadership and ideas to help shape that change for the betterment of all residents. Hamilton can learn from other cities around the world. The changing face of the city is an opportunity to start looking at these solutions and adapting them to fit our unique needs.
I want to work to improve our transit system. Transit needs to be accessible, affordable, practical, and comfortable. I want to make the HSR a system that people will use because they want to, not just because they have to. It needs to be paid for by everyone, and available to everyone.
The more we improve transit the more people will use it. The more people use transit the less traffic and congestion we will see on our streets. A good transit system benefits everyone.
Safe & Friendly Streets
This past year as a school crossing guard it became clear to me how dangerous our streets truly are, especially to the most vulnerable among us. I want to work to ensure that our streets are safe for everyone who uses them. It doesn’t matter if you’re a pedestrian, cyclist, or driver, it doesn’t matter if you’re 5 or 95, everyone has the right to be safe.
Changes need to come to the way we handle traffic enforcement, the way we build our infrastructure, and the priorities we set with that infrastructure.
The current housing crisis is on the verge of displacing many Hamiltonians from their homes. I want to work to find ways to ensure that everyone can afford a place to live in our great city. Affordable housing is something that makes the city better for everyone.
Uncertainty breeds anxiety and anxiety weakens one’s mental health, as well as their productivity. When a person’s housing situation is stable and secure they are better equipped to be productive members of their communities.
People should have better options when it comes to voting. Unfortunately too often people end up voting strategically, instead of how they truly wish to vote. A change from our current first past the post system to a ranked ballot would allow voters the ability to list candidates by 1st choice, 2nd choice, etc. Thereby eliminating the need for strategic voting.
Transparency, Accountability & Accessibility
City Hall & Council are beholden to the citizens of Hamilton. Generally the public has a right to know what is going on, a right to understand what is going on, and a right to participate in what is going on. Right now these responsibilities are not being adequately fulfilled.