Tuesday, December 15, 2015

7- Candidate Anthony Nicholl

In our series entitled "7", The Hamiltonian will provide all candidates who are registered to run in the Ward 7 by-election, equal access to The Hamiltonian to get their message out. As per our standing policies, The Hamiltonian will remain nuetral and will allow all an opportunity. Our series continues with Ward 7 candidate Anthony Nicholl. Enjoy our Q/A with Anthony:

1. Why are you running for Ward 7 Councillor. What are you hoping to achieve by doing so?

The Central Mountain is an integral part of Hamilton that offers culture, opportunity and a diverse economy. From walking along scenic Concession Street, to borrowing a good book from Hamilton Public Library's Turner Park and many activities in between; Central Mountain is the place to grow as a family.

I am running for Central Mountain Ward 7 Councillor to support the community, promote safer neighborhoods and improve accessibility.

I hope to continue the advocacy that Scott Duvall had respectfully provided to Ward 7. I congratulate Mr. Duvall for all of his hard work and wish him all the best in his new role as MP.

I am not afraid to challenge the status quo or tackle tough issues. I will answer your calls for action and ensure that your voice is heard in council.

2. What do you think are the most pressing issues facing the Ward and facing the city as a whole. How would your contributions help to resolve these issues?

There are a number of issues facing Ward 7 and the city as a whole. One of the biggest issues affecting Ward 7 and the city is accessibility. We need to improve our roads, safety and flow of traffic, especially on the LINC and Red Hill. Programs such as Darts also needs improvement to provide more accessibility and reduce wait time. There also must be a better alternative to improving our drinking water, other than adding chemicals. The city already adds fluoride and chlorine. Effective January 2016, the city will be adding phosphate to our drinking water.

3. What is your current assessment of this installation of City council? Are you satisfied with their performance. What, if anything, might you add to council that would be unique or new?

For the most part, the city councillors are committed to supporting their communities. However, there's room for much needed improvement. Projects such as, Tim Horton's field were significantly delayed due to lengthy council debates. There must be a more efficient way to approve projects and reduce red tape to improve our economy and workforce.

I would provide fresh new ideas and motivate the council to reduce lengthy debates.

4. How can people reach you to ask you about your position on matters or to otherwise engage with you?

I can be reached as follows:

Phone or Text 289-489-9603
Email: vote4nicholl@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/vote4nicholl
Twitter: @vote4nicholl

I will have a meet and greet with residents of Ward 7 in January. Date to be announced.

5. Tell us a little about yourself, on a personal note. Your hobbies, likes, dislikes, background etc. Anything that would have people get to know who you are on a more personal basis.

I have been married for 12 years to my lovely wife. I am the proud father of 2 sons and a daughter: Edward is almost 4 years old, Michael is just over 2 and Emily is our baby. I enjoy spending time with my family and taking my children to Early Years programs and local parks.

I have been working as a Installation and Repair Technician for 17 years at Bell Canada.

I support our local sports teams by attending a few Ticat and Bulldog games each year.

Oskee Wee Wee Oskee Wa Wa Holy Mackinaw Tigers ..... Eat'em Raw!

6. Is there anything else you would like to add?

We live in a great city! I would like the opportunity to represent the people of Ward 7.


  1. I see you are concerned about the Linc and the Red Hill Expressway, but do not mention public transportation. Do you not think that more people will take public transit if it were more efficient? Do you know that the Stone Church bus only runs every half hour, with few available shelters? I see that you hope to continue the advocacy that Scott Duvall provided. Do you know that one of Councillor Duvall's concerns was the lack of sidewalks on busy mountain streets, such as Upper Sherman, parts of Upper Wellington, and a large part of Rymal Road? These are extremely busy streets. Let's get beyond thinking only about taking cars.

    1. Thank you for your questions. I agree that transit is an important issue on the Hamilton Mountain. I am aware that there are a number of bus routes that do need improvement and have included transit and accessibility as part of my objectives.

  2. I see you are concerned about adding phosphates to the city drinking water. The purpose is to reduce the corrosion of lead pipes as there is no known safe level of lead for children. According to the attached site, it would take 100 glasses of city water to get as much phosphates in one glass of most colas. As a Councillor, would you work with city staff, such as public health, and inquire about your concerns before alarming fellow citizens? - http://winnipeg.ca/waterandwaste/water/leadOrthophosphate.stm

  3. Being from Ancaster, you might not be aware that a large part of Ward 7 is populated with people of lower income. Beyond promising no rise in property taxes (a typical promise made by candidates), what do you think could help the people of Ward 7?


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