Dan Lenart

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Political Orientation

LeftRight

Position: Mayor

Incumbent:  No

Previous council experience:  No

Other political experience: Previously ran for mayor in 2010 and 2014; lost to Matt Brown in the last election.[1]http://londonyodeller.ca/london/2014-mayors-race-explaining-city-hall/ ; http://www.thelondoner.ca/2010/10/20/mayoral-candidate-profiles

Political donations: Freedom Party.

Occupation / Profession: Former Creativity Facilitator at Ark Aid Mission.[2]https://www.facebook.com/dan.lenart.for.mayor

Languages: English

Transit: “No to “Shift” BRT as it is. After more rail over passes and underpasses, and bridges across the Thames, a proper, efficient, and truly RAPID system may be engineered and designed for the citizens to vote on. As it is the wealthy, in their cars won’t get on the bus to save less than 10 minutes on their commute. Transit is less expensive than building more roads, but it has to be done right.” [3]Information from Electipedia.ca survey response.

Social Housing: “We need more of this as soon as possible. There is a ten year wait to get in. The buildings are in very poor condition. A $20 Million Dollar Repair bill needs to be paid now, as they fall apart. More investment in this area will pay of in so many other areas, because the community will be more stabilized, when the most vulnerable among us have a safe roof overhead. The program is called “Housing First”.” [4]Information from Electipedia.ca survey response.

Business Climate: “Most jobs, perhaps 80% or more come from small businesses of less than 10 employees. But London has 25% of its citizens who have given up on doing something with their time. They may not even have a resume. They have fallen off the rolls of those looking for work. Getting these small companies to hire one or two more would go a long way towards this huge gap. But these small companies have many complaints. There is much “red tape” in their way. Government is supposed to help people. These folks say it is getting in the way, with too many rules and regulations. Getting the business community to cooperate with these various community concerns would contribute towards the overall health of the city, and the whole future of the area. [5]Information from Electipedia.ca survey response.

Fiscal Responsibility: “Taxpayers need to know how their property taxes are spent, with a full accounting, before more is asked of them.” [6]Information from Electipedia.ca survey response.

Safe Injection Sites: “Harm reduction, and Public health supervision to prevent overdose is desperately needed, as diseases sweep across Canada, in the back alleys. A permanent location for this type of medical out reach needs quick approval from all levels of Government.” [7]Information from Electipedia.ca survey response.

Other: “The Arts are crucial to keeping citizens engaged. They attract new folks to move here, and they keep folks from leaving. As much as 40% of the economy can be linked to the arts, directly or indirectly, in one way or another. They are the life blood of the community, and need more support. ” [8]Information from Electipedia.ca survey response.

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Electipedia Survey Response

This candidate responded to Electipedia's survey. Read the candidate's reponses below:

NameDan Lenart
How would you describe your political outlook?Centre-Left
Do you currently belong to a political party at the federal or provincial level?No
Have you previously been a member of a political party at the federal or provincial level?Yes
If yes, which one(s)Freedom Party of Ontario (Supporter)
Instructions

For the following, please select one option that best indicates how each statement reflects your position or philosophy:

Social assistance payments should never be tied to mandated work or education requirements.Somewhat Agree
Fiscal prudence is the hallmark of sound governance.Somewhat Agree
All public servants should be prohibited from going on strike.Somewhat Disagree
Fees for using vehicles at certain times in high traffic zones is a reasonable way to subsidize and encourage the use of public transit.Somewhat Disagree
Climate change represents an imminent threat that should be addressed by governments at every level.Somewhat Agree
Oil pipelines are an effective way to boost Canada’s economy and energy self-sufficiency.Somewhat Agree
While environmental concerns are important, government’s first priority is to build infrastructure that is safe and cost effective.Somewhat Agree
Spending on social programs is more effective than spending on law enforcement and jails.Strongly Agree
Borrowing by governments, if done responsibly, is necessary to meet the needs of citizens.Somewhat Agree
Mandatory minimum sentences for criminal convictions are needed to ensure equality before the law, and to act as a deterrent.Somewhat Disagree
Safe injection sites are necessary to protect the most vulnerable members of our society.Somewhat Agree
Instructions

Please provide a one-paragraph response outlining your position on each of the issues indicated. Keeping mind that a) your answers will be publicly available, b) answers may be lightly edited for spelling, grammar, clarity, or length and c) while subsequent amendments to answers may be considered, the original response will remain visible to the public:

Transit

No to "Shift" BRT as it is. After more rail over passes and underpasses, and bridges across the Thames, a proper, efficient, and truly RAPID system may be engineered and designed for the citizens to vote on. As it is the wealthy, in their cars won't get on the bus to save less than 10 minutes on their commute. Transit is less expensive than building more roads, but it has to be done right.

Environment

There may be a human connection to the warming climate, especially when it comes to waste and pollution. Smoke stack, and tail pipe exhaust seem to be the big suspects. Animal flatulence is also a troubling source of Methane, which is by far, more harmful than carbon emissions. Scrubbers for smoke stacks are needed to improve air pollution. Hydro-static precipitation is the name of the process of bringing down the heavy particles. Catalytic converters need to be installed on vehicles, even though they use up some horse power. More are dying from the effects of air pollution, than are starving (20 000 per day). What the Corporation of the City of London can do towards these goals is another discussion. They appear to be provincial and federal areas of concern.

Social Housing

We need more of this as soon as possible. There is a ten year wait to get in. The buildings are in very poor condition. A $20 Million Dollar Repair bill needs to be paid now, as they fall apart. More investment in this area will pay of in so many other areas, because the community will be more stabilized, when the most vulnerable among us have a safe roof overhead. The program is called "Housing First".

Business Climate

Most jobs, perhaps 80% or more come from small businesses of less than 10 employees. But London has 25% of its citizens who have given up on doing something with their time. They may not even have a resume. They have fallen off the rolls of those looking for work. Getting these small companies to hire one or two more would go a long way towards this huge gap. But these small companies have many complaints. There is much "red tape" in their way. Government is supposed to help people. These folks say it is getting in the way, with too many rules and regulations. Getting the business community to cooperate with these various community concerns would contribute towards the overall health of the city, and the whole future of the area.

Fiscal Responsibility

Auditors pay for themselves in this. Taxpayers need to know how their property taxes are spent, with a full accounting, before more is asked of them. Living in Cities is more expensive than living in the country side.

Law and Order

The Police budget is at $106 Million dollars, and they want more and more. Crime rates are going down. So why the constant requests for ever increasing, and ballooning security budgets? Only 30% of 911 calls are "Criminal " in nature. Many need a social worker, or need to be diverted to mental health programs to De-Escalate conflicts without the lethal use of force. The public needs to know how money is spent at 601 Dundas Street. A full audit is needed to keep taxpayers well informed.

Safe Injection Sites

Harm reduction, and Public health supervision to prevent overdose is desperately needed, as diseases sweep across Canada, in the back alleys. A permanent location for this type of medical out reach needs quick approval from all levels of Government.

Other Issues

The Arts are crucial to keeping citizens engaged. They attract new folks to move here, and they keep folks from leaving. As much as 40% of the economy can be linked to the arts, directly or indirectly, in one way or another. They are the life blood of the community, and need more support. The London Arts Council needs more than $250 000 per year to do this in a comprehensive way, for the whole city. The Heritage Council, and the Historical Board are also very important towards quality of life for the people who live and work here.

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