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Saturday, January 2, 2016

7- Candidate Hans Zuriel

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 Hans Zuriel. Enjoy our Q/A with Hans:

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

Public service has always been my passion and I believe that I have the fresh ideas, knowledge, optimism, energy and work ethic to represent Ward 7 as a City Councilor and to bring the necessary changes to reinvent and reinvigorate our beloved city, Hamilton.

I have watched as City Councilors have lost touch with hard working Hamiltonians. I have decided to run for City Council to be a voice for all those Hamiltonians who are not being heard. It is time Hamilton Councilors work for the people who elect them. I am running to represent those hard working people of Ward 7.

I have realized that Hamilton is a shadow of its former self when I see it lagging behind other cities in Ontario in terms of economic prosperity and modernization. Hamilton needs to bring back high paying jobs through diversifying its economy and there is a lot of work that needs to be done to improve its infrastructure, transportation and public housing. To do this, I will not hesitate to initiate ideas from successful cities across the country and/or around the world to accelerate the urban renewal process in Hamilton. As a Councilor, it will be one of my priorities to ensure that our city regain its former economic position as the main engine of economic growth, renewal and prosperity in Ontario and as the most desirable places to live in.

Finally, Hamilton residents pay one of the highest property tax rates in Ontario while not receiving the premium service which it should entail. Therefore, as Councilor I will fight for low and affordable property taxes while also ensuring that the municipal government delivers service levels that the residents of Ward 7 expect.

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?

Affordable property taxes are the single largest issue facing the Ward. I have spoken to residents who are struggling to keep their homes under a property tax burden that is one of the highest in the province. Sadly Ward 7 has not even received the platinum level of service for the platinum level of taxes they are paying. As Councilor I will fight for low and affordable property taxes while also ensuring that the municipal government delivers service levels that the residents of Ward 7 expect.

The largest issue facing the city is attracting high paying jobs to the city. The poverty level across Hamilton Mountain is the highest it has ever been. Hamilton is a shadow of its former self when I see it lagging behind other cities in Ontario in terms of economic prosperity and modernization. Hamilton needs to bring back high paying jobs through diversifying its economy and there is a lot of work that needs to be done to improve its infrastructure, transportation and public housing. To do this, I will not hesitate to initiate ideas from successful cities across the country and/or around the world to accelerate the urban renewal process in Hamilton. As a Councilor, it will be one of my priorities to ensure that our city regain its former economic position as the main engine of economic growth in Ontario and as one of the most desirable place to live in.

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 watched as City Councilors have lost touch with hard working Hamiltonians. I have decided to run for City Council to be a voice for all those Hamiltonians who are not being heard. It is time Hamilton Councilors work for the people who elect them. I am running to represent those hard working people of Ward 7. What I offer that is unique is I am running to be the voice for the residents of Ward 7; I am listening and representing the people of my Ward. I am not prepared to join the Good Old Boys club at City Hall and be part of back room deal making.

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

You can reach me at zurielward7@gmail.com for any questions and/or queries. My website will be at zurielward7.com and it will be live by the end of January.

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 am passionate about Hamilton. I volunteer at local organizations that make a difference in the lives of Hamiltonians

I believe in lifelong learning and am committed to do so. This takes the form of reading, taking courses, and experiential learning

I am a sports enthusiast who enjoys many of the local Hamilton sports teams, as well as being an avid chess player

I am committed to family and family plays an important role in my life

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

I will work tirelessly for the people of this Ward. What matters to the residents of Ward 7 will always be my top priority.

4 comments:

  1. a very healthy slate of impressive candidates bodes well for the Ward and the City. I truly hope this energy continues to spread and take hold, good luck to all concerned

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  2. Your answers are extremely repetitive.

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  3. We actually live in Ward 7 and are interested in someone representing us who actually lives here. That's central mountain, if our information is correct, you live in east mountain (a different ward).

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  4. Our money (and votes) are on John-Paul Danko, a resident of Ward 7, who is also an engineer with considerable experience, raising 2 children along with his wife, and knows what it's like to live and work in Hamilton.

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