Our series continues with Ward 7 candidate Doug Farraway . Enjoy our Q/A with Doug:
1. Why are you running for Ward 7 Councillor. What are you hoping to achieve by doing so?
The shortest answer is, "I want to continue giving back to my city."
My experience at Neighbour to Neighbour was both rewarding and an education. I learned about the part of the community I had never paid much attention to before, the almost one in five Hamiltonians who need a hand up, not a handout. Giving that help and seeing the success stories at the centre has given me the inspiration to try and help through service on city 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?
Hill Park must be saved for community use. Second, the comprehensive review of the master transportation plan must include a more comprehensive bike lane system, not only for Ward 7, but the entire mountain. Third, on a larger scale, 20% of the citizens living in Ward 7, according to figures provided by the City, are earning less than $30,000 per household. So, we must deal with poverty and precarious work issues that many people are having difficulty dealing with.
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?
I very much like the mix of new blood and veterans on council. I think I'll fit in well. I, by nature, am a conciliator. And, because of my media experience, I also expect to be a questioner. I very much want to make the argument that council must embrace transparency and fairness in the policies it wishes to institute. For example, a push in the workplace would likely lead to a loss of pay, if not an outright firing, for a city employee. However, for councillors, not so much, apparently. This needs to change.
4. How can people reach you to ask you about your position on matters or to otherwise engage with you?
They can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and, on December 10th, we will have a website and facebook page where we can also engage.
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 love history. I love books. That's books, not tablets. My favourite authors are Nelson DeMille, Daniel Silva, Bernard Cornwell, and anything by Shelby Foote. I have read his Civil War trilogy three times. I just finished 'The First World War' by John Keegan. On our recent trip to Belgium and France we started ticking off bucket list items, such as a visit to Vimy for the Canadian monument, Ypres, and the battlefield of Waterloo.
I also love music, my era, with the Beatles and Moody Blues at the top of my list. I don't like Christmas music played in November. I like gardening, especially working in my vegetable garden. And, as a former sports director, you'd think I'd have some favourites. So, yes the Maple Leafs, the resurgent Blue Jays, and the Premier League Tottenham Hotspur.
6. Is there anything else you would like to add?
I have been married to the love of my life, Debbie, for more than 35 years. We have two grown children who have made us empty-nesters.
And, yes, I would like to say one more thing. This is a very important by-election because we are faced with some very significant issues in this city, from getting LRT right to ward boundary changes to the potential of a gasification plant on Hamilton Harbour. Looming over everything, is the future of U.S. Steel and the prime property it sits on.
Thank you for this opportunity.