Ward 7: Former councilor and MP initially focused on infrastructure while incumbent backs affordable housing
CBC Hamilton has asked all candidates for Hamilton City Council to share their priorities and talk about an issue they believe needs solving in their neighbourhood. Their answers are left here in their entirety, with slight editing only for spelling/grammar. For applicants who did not respond to CBC Hamilton’s questionnaire, information was taken from their websites, where possible. All of CBC Hamilton’s election coverage can be viewed here.
Ward 7 incumbent Esther Pauls takes on political heavyweight Scott Duvall, who served as a Central Mountain councilor for nearly 10 years.
Pauls and Duvall say the neighborhood needs more affordable housing and infrastructure improvements.
Duvall, 66, served as a councilor for Ward 7 from 2006 to 2015, but then became NDP MP for Hamilton Mountain from 2015 to 2021, when he decided not to run again.
Donna Skelly became a councilor for Ward 7 in the by-election after Duvall left, and then became a Progressive Conservative member of provincial parliament for Flamborough—Glanbrook.
This led to Terry Anderson being named alderman for the ward until the 2018 election, where Pauls beat out 10 other candidates to become the new alderman.
Pauls voted in favor of light rail transit and building an arena at Lime Ridge Mall. She opposed the removal of the John A. Macdonald statue from Gore Park, the expansion of city limits, and the city’s vaccination mandate for staff.
The neighborhood is bordered by the mountain to the north and Upper Wellington Street to the west. The southern border runs along the hydroelectric corridor, while its eastern border runs from the edge of the escarpment along Upper Gage Road to LINC, then west along the highway to Upper Sherman and on to ‘at Rymal Road East, terminating at the Hydroelectric Corridor.
The Lincoln M. Alexander Parkway runs through the neighborhood. It is also home to the Limeridge Mall, Sackville Hill Senior Center, Sam Lawrence Park, Henderson General Hospital, and Juravinski Cancer Center.
There are 47,460 residents in the neighborhood and the area has a much higher proportion of educated residents compared to Hamilton as a whole, according to the city. website.
The region has a larger Filipino community and an Assyrian community. There are also more transit users in the neighborhood.
The area’s average household income is $76,818 compared to the city’s average of $87,775.
Learn more about the two candidates competing for Ward 7.
Besides his political career, Duvall describes himself as a retiree, former steelworker and union president.
Describe an urgent problem facing your parish and what you would do to address it: In Ward 7, I see many concerns that need to be addressed, but I would start with road/sidewalk infrastructure and street safety, immediately, if elected. We need to tackle crumbling roads and sidewalks, especially where cracks and potholes are a safety issue for pedestrians, cyclists and people using mobility devices. I would like to see the whole city reduce the speed of vehicles to 40 kilometers per hour in residential areas, this will help slow traffic and make it universal rather than the current approach where some areas are 40 kilometers away hour and others not. Speed bumps definitely slow down traffic, but some erratic drivers just move onto a different street, we need more enforcement in problem areas. On our thoroughfares, I would make traffic light changes, with more advanced greens so that cars can make their turns without endangering people crossing on the footbridges. Crossings at major intersections are something that this municipality has not promoted and can easily be implemented on a trial basis at a problematic intersection. Flashing crosswalks work well and should be added throughout the neighborhood, especially in areas where there is a long distance between red lights.
Name up to 3 policies you would propose or support if elected: In conjunction with my Ward 7 priority above, I would move a motion to immediately introduce 40 kilometers per hour in residential areas, advanced greens at major city intersections, move forward with at least one pass at level and implement a study to see where flashing crosswalks are most needed. Our city is facing a housing crisis and we need to explore every opportunity to help alleviate the problem. I would move or support a motion to make necessary repairs to our vacant units in the city to create more affordable units, review our city-owned land to see if we can build small houses or co-op units, and study the existing regulations with a licensing lens for investors and owners. I would like to see the elimination of zone pricing and improved transit in underserved areas, but I would start with a motion to focus on improved schedules and better connectivity in the whole system. We should also consider a payment option that makes public transit affordable for seniors, students, and low-income people. Hamilton has declared a climate emergency and we must make public transit fast, convenient, affordable and a real alternative to the car.
Esther Pauls (holder)
Before Pauls became a counselor, she worked at an insurance company with her husband. She is also an accomplished runner.
Describe an urgent problem facing your parish and what you would do to address it: My top three issues are being an excellent steward of taxpayer dollars (i.e. fixing roads, timely snow removal, updating parks for safety and accessibility), creating affordable housing and new residential areas while protecting farmland and green space, and the constituency’s responsibility to address concerns. of Ward 7, Hamilton’s most populous ward. I will use the experience gained over the past four years to effectively navigate City Hall and effectively achieve priorities. Knowing what to do is one thing – knowing how to do it, where to go and who to involve is another. Leveraging my experience will yield even more results for Ward 7.
Name up to 3 policies you would propose or support if elected: I look forward to supporting policies that create more affordable housing spaces, make streets safer, and improve parks and their accessibility.
The candidates for the positions of school commissioners in the region are:
Public school applicants:
- Amy Cowling
- Dawn Danko (holder)
- Ryan Weinberg
Candidates from Catholic schools:
- Nick Agostino
- Michel Di Giacomo
- Patrick John Daly (holder)
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