Ward 1 Candidate Maureen Wilson Calls For Safer Streets

Ward 1 Candidate Maureen Wilson Calls For Safer Streets

Cites recent pedestrian tragedies as proof action needs to be taken

For Immediate Release

September 5, 2018

Ward 1 resident and City Council candidate, Maureen Wilson, has called for action to be taken by City Council and the City of Hamilton to protect residents on Hamilton’s streets.

Referring to recent pedestrian deaths and injuries in her Ward, and across Hamilton, Wilson says, “My heart goes out to the individuals and families directly affected by these recent tragedies on our streets. This isn’t a political issue. This isn’t a Ward 1 issue. This is a city-wide public safety issue.”

Wilson’s platform document contains a section called ‘Create Safer Shared Streets’. In it, she states, “Too often our streets are hostile to too many people. They’re designed to move traffic. At speeds that make them uncomfortable, or unsafe, for people who are walking, or cycling, using a mobility device, or waiting for or disembarking from public transit.”

Wilson adds, “Speed of traffic is a function of the design of our streets. When we have streets that are as wide or, in the case of Main and King, even wider than Highway 403, we actually create a problem that signs and speed enforcement simply will not fix.”

When asked what she would recommend be done to create safer streets, Wilson again refers to her platform, “There are a number of actions I’ve committed to taking in my platform, including collecting and sharing with residents all collision data to identify collision areas and patterns.

That collision data needs to be analyzed to identify root causes and real solutions. There’s much more that can be done and we must commit, as leaders, to implementing changes that will protect all residents on our streets.”

Wilson is committed to realizing the City’s Vision. “I want our Vision of being the best place to raise a child and to age successfully to be a reality. It has to be more than a slogan. We’ve suffered another summer of collisions, and death. And we have friends and neighbours who are suffering real loss, right now, because of our City’s lack of will and misplaced values. We need to do what we say we’re going to do and make smarter investments that will take us closer to realizing our Vision.”

Wilson’s full platform can be viewed at http://maureenwilson.ca/platform/

See also: https://raisethehammer.org/article/3413/becoming_a_mommy_flaneur

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For additional information contact: Graham Crawford gcrawford6@gmail.com

Ward 1 Candidate Maureen Wilson Announces 5 Point Platform

Ward 1 Candidate Maureen Wilson Announces 5 Point Platform – A balance of social, quality of life, and economic goals

For Immediate Release

August 28, 2018

Ward 1 resident and City Council candidate, Maureen Wilson, has officially announced her platform.

Wilson says she’s been sharing her 5-point platform with residents at the door at a special events. It consists of:

  • Strong Neighbourhoods for a Stronger City
  • Make Smarter Investments & Plan with Purpose
  • Build Better Transit
  • Create Safer, Shared Streets
  • Enhance our Public Spaces

“The response has been terrific. The platform is resonating with people, as is the fact I spent 10 years in senior staff positions in municipal and regional governments locally. People tell me my experience in government is a real plus. Also, when I tell people I’m an urban planner by training, it gives them confidence that I understand how things fit together.”

The five elements of her platform are further articulated on her website maureenowilson.ca. In addition to a description of what each element means, Wilson has also included a series of commitments for each of the elements, as well as some articles she has either written, or read, she feels provide useful additional information.

“I want people to not only understand what I believe the priorities are for Ward 1 and for Hamilton, but I also want them to see the specific things I’m committing to do on their behalf if I’m elected,” says Wilson.

She adds, “People at the door are asking me why it seems that it so difficult to get things done at City Hall. I agree with them. That has to change. I believe it’s time we started acting as one City, not as 15 Wards. It’s time we started doing what we said we would do. It’s time to lead with purpose.”

Wilson says her goal is to knock on every door in the Ward between now and election day on October 22.
“Not only do I get to introduce myself to residents, I also get to hear what concerns them, and what excites them, about Ward 1 and their City. It’s a great opportunity to connect. I really love the experience.”

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For additional information contact: Graham Crawford gcrawford6@gmail.com

Ward 1 Candidate Maureen Wilson Wants Record Keeping Changes at City Hall, Says Showing Up Is Not Enough

Ward 1 Candidate Maureen Wilson Wants Record Keeping Changes at City Hall, Says Showing Up Is Not Enough

For Immediate Release

August 6, 2018

Ward 1 resident and City Council candidate, Maureen Wilson, wants to see changes made to how Council records are kept, particularly related to Councillors’ attendance and voting records. Currently, Councillors are marked as having attended a meeting, including all Committee meetings, if they’re present at the beginning of the meeting, even if they leave almost immediately after attendance is taken.

“As elected officials, you should be there to work through all of the items on the agenda, no matter how inconvenient that may be for you on that day“ says Wilson. “It’s pretty difficult to demonstrate a true commitment to leadership if you’re not even in the room. If you can’t make it to the meeting, then let the record show you weren’t there.”

Wilson also wants to see changes as to how individual votes are recorded. “Right now, the City Clerk records how many votes there were for and how many votes against a particular item, but no names are recorded. That means residents have no way of determining their own Councillor’s voting record, even if they take the time to comb through published minutes of meetings.”

Councillors can ask for a standing recorded vote if they want to get the names on the record, but that’s usually only done on contentious issues, or when Council wants to demonstrate solidarity on a specific issue.

“If I’m elected as the Ward 1 Councillor, I want my constituents to know how I voted on issues they care about. Every single one of them. A voting record is a simple, yet hugely important action we can take as a City that doesn’t cost a single additional penny,” adds Wilson.

“If, as an elected official, you’re not prepared to stand on your voting record, then I have to question what you’re prepared to stand on. Some votes will be contentious, and difficult, and possibly divisive, but showing leadership and casting votes are what Councillors are elected to do.”

If elected, Wilson says she will move to have full records kept for all Council and Committee
meetings.

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For additional information contact: Graham Crawford gcrawford6@gmail.com