Dundas 2020: A Vision

Hamilton is on the verge of massive change and growth as we make the transition to a post-industrial economy. Dundas is uniquely poised to be an engine for the entire City as we move forward. My platform consists of a plan for how we want to manage this bright new future. I call it Dundas 2020: A Vision for a Strong and Vibrant Community.

I’ve distilled my ideas into five main planks, upon which I will elaborate as my campaign evolves:

1. Attract Families
2. Welcome Innovation
3. Encourage Diversity
4. Enhance Infrastructure
5. Increase Prosperity

I’m very excited to share my vision with the citizens of Dundas and have a meaningful discussion about their priorities and values.

I’m also very proud to say that I was the first Municipal candidate in Hamilton to take The Active Communities pledge. Please find out more here and consider taking the pledge yourself: http://www.activecommunitiespledge.ca/

You can read my Opinion column from the September 23rd edition of the Hamilton Spectator here: http://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/4874300-my-priority-is-dundas-and-i-have-the-tools-to-make-a-difference/

Here’s a link to the Dundas All-Candidates Debate from October 20th, where you can hear me speak on Parkside, poverty, taxes and several other issues that matter to Dundas: http://marcrisdale.blogspot.ca/2014/10/debate-night-in-dundas.html

Here’s a link to my latest campaign video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SH40PlohK7E

The Issues

Please follow these links for my perspective on issues facing Dundas and the City:

A Greenway Connecting Dundas Valley Secondary to downtown Dundas (October 22nd): http://marcrisdale.blogspot.ca/2014/10/a-better-way-to-dvss.html

What to Do With Parkside & The Link Between Municipal Policy and School Closures (October 16th): http://marcrisdale.blogspot.ca/2014/10/ward-1314-15-school-trustee-debate.html

Funding for the Arts (Octorber 14th): http://marcrisdale.blogspot.ca/2014/10/saying-yes-part-3.html

Affordable Housing, Complete Streets & Living Wage (October 10th):  http://marcrisdale.blogspot.ca/2014/10/saying-yes-part-2.html

Ranked Ballots, Mid-Peninsula Highway & Participatory Budgeting (October 9th): http://marcrisdale.blogspot.ca/2014/10/saying-yes-part-1.html

A Skatepark for Dundas (October 2nd): http://marcrisdale.blogspot.ca/2014/10/the-hammer-is-raised.html

Transit (September 30th): http://marcrisdale.blogspot.ca/2014/09/cleaning-out-spam-filter.html

Racism Resource Centre (September 25th): http://marcrisdale.blogspot.ca/2014/09/last-council-meeting-of-term.html

Responsible Development (September 24th): http://marcrisdale.blogspot.ca/2014/09/pressing-development.html

Lobbyist Registry (September 10th): http://marcrisdale.blogspot.ca/2014/09/trust-no-one.html

LRT (September 3rd): http://marcrisdale.blogspot.ca/2014/09/the-lrt-thing.html

Mayoral Race (August 27th): http://marcrisdale.blogspot.ca/2014/08/the-hamilton-mayoral-race.html

Election Signs (August 26th): http://marcrisdale.blogspot.ca/2014/08/dog-days-of-summer.html

My “Putting Dundas and Our Families First” Policy (August 25th): http://marcrisdale.blogspot.ca/2014/08/social-media-folies.html

Term Limits (August 21st): http://marcrisdale.blogspot.ca/2014/08/terms-and-conditions.html

Endorsements (August 20th): http://marcrisdale.blogspot.ca/2014/08/treading-line-candidate-surveys.html

Ward Boundaries (August 13th): http://marcrisdale.blogspot.ca/2014/08/rep-by-pop.html

Municipal Volunteer & Advisory Committees (August 7th): http://marcrisdale.blogspot.ca/2014/08/committee-matters.html

Poverty (July 30th): http://marcrisdale.blogspot.ca/2014/07/building-platform.html

Taxes & Economic Development (July 26th): http://marcrisdale.blogspot.ca/2014/07/as-i-mentioned-last-week-saturdays-are.html

Party Affiliation (July 18th): http://marcrisdale.blogspot.ca/2014/07/playing-hooky.html