Tuesday, December 15, 2015

7- Candidate Greg Lenko- Withdrawn

Please note that we have been advised that Mr. Lenko has withdrawn from this race. 

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 Greg Lenko. Enjoy our Q/A with Greg:

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

Hamilton is going through an incredible growth period right now with some exciting changes happening. The city is becoming a much more vibrant place to live work and play. I volunteer much of my time for the betterment of the people and communities in Hamilton and I enjoy helping improve the lives of those who need it. There are also several people from various backgrounds, including councillors who reminded me of the positive effects and benefits of the work I already do
for the communities in Hamilton and inspired me to take it to the next level which is that of being a councillor. As a councillor I hope to remedy many of the challenges we face here in Ward 7. Safety is always a priority for me. Safety for individuals and for entire communities. Ward 7 doesn't just need a strong voice at city hall but someone who will take action for the people in Ward 7. I am a man of action as is evident through The Escarpment Project which I founded and grew to become the largest Volunteer Environmental Clean-up of its kind in Canada. I want to bring that type of dedication
and determination to city hall on behalf of Ward 7.

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?

I believe that as Hamilton grows public transportation and infrastructure should be top priorities especially in Ward 7, the largest ward in Hamilton. If elected I will do my best to ensure all modes of public transportation and infrastructure in Ward 7 are improved for motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, people with decreased mobility, everyone. I also believe that public transit needs to be improved including DARTS. As our population ages it is also paramount that the safety of our populace is improved to suit their needs. I also believe that people in Ward 7 should have a voice in deciding where some of their tax dollars are spent. There are only two other wards that allow for this.

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 have communicated with and had dealings with many city councillors numerous times for many years. It is my belief, as in all things, some councillors are better than others just like some doctors are better than others. I can't honestly say I am satisfied with all their performances on each of the issues they as councillors face but I also live in a different ward than they each represent and would naturally express a different opinion on many of our challenges. I have always believed it is important to remember that we as councillors work for the citizens of Hamilton and need to be transparent and forthcoming with all citizens in our wards on all issues. As such, I would do as much as possible to communicate with constituents more effectively which would include posting my office expenses on my ward7hamilton.ca website.

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

People can reach me through my campaign website - www.ward7hamilton.ca, via email - greglenko@escarpmentproject.ca or by phone at 905 929 9768 however do not be discouraged if I am not able to speak at the moment you call because I could be treating a patient at the time of your call and can not talk on the phone and treat someone effectively at the same time. The absolute best method to communicate with me would be via email.

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 5 older brothers.
Grew up on the mountain
Played and skated at Inch Park
First Job - Champions by Limeridge Mall
High school - Graduated from Brebeuf where I played football. Home field was Sackville Hill Park.
Part of my fitness training included running the Wentworth Stairs. (Even the old wooden ones)
I have coached Pee Wee football
I was involved in music at an early age which lead to my broadcasting career. My first broadcasting job was at 820 CHAM which is in the same building as Champions was.

I am a small business owner and I have a wide variety of interests however what is most important to me is health because without it we can not exist. I have always been involved in health and fitness to some degree. One of my first practices was on Concession St near Upper Wentworth. I have a passion for the outdoors which is why I created the Escarpment Project. I enjoy helping those who need it and do a lot of volunteer work. Along with founding and being the Executive Director of
The Escarpment Project, I also volunteer my services for the Hamilton Ovarian Cancer Walk of Hope and the Canadian Critical Incident Stress Foundation which is a charitable organization dedicated to the prevention and mitigation of disabling stress for Emergency Service Workers and the prevention of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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

I wholeheartedly believe we have to be the change we want to see in this world and want to continue making positive changes on a greater scale for our community at city hall. I would also like to see Hamilton get an NHL team.
Vote Lenko.


  1. any candidate with 5 brothers has plenty of experience in negotiations and exercises some caution prior to entering battle.
    Good luck to you Greg!

  2. You've made the following comment on the Hamilton Dissidents page: "If Doug gets elected my only hopes are that his age and health don't slow him down as happens with people of his age. I would also be concerned that he just trying to hang on to a little notoriety after being a broadcaster for so many years. Will he actually do anything or just be another dead weight councillor collecting a cheque." What do you think is the cut-off age for being a politician? Do you realize Doug Farraway is the same age as the mayor? Will that affect how you work with the mayor? Are you not concerned about turning off voters of a certain age?


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