Elizabeth Peloza

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LeftRight

Position: Ward 12 Councillor

Incumbent: No

Previous council experience: No

Political donations: Has donated to both the provincial and federal Green parties.

Transit: Supports the Smart Moves 2030 Transportation Master Plan including: The use of Smart Traffic Technology; Dedicated bus lanes that will improve traffic flow and emergency service response times; A park and ride lot on the south edge of the city near the 401; The creation of a bus-only road network that will be the backbone of our public transit system and allow for East/West transit connections to be developed along Exeter, Bradley, and Southdale Roads; A multi-use trail running parallel to Wellington Road that will connect Bradley Avenue to Baseline Road; [E]nhancements to make our streets safer for pedestrians.” [1]Excerpted from Electipedia.ca survey response.

Social Housing: “We need to create the right incentives through bonuses so that developers invest in the right sized needs for our housing in the community, supporting mixed income and intensification housing development practices to avoid creating large areas with low-income housing.” [2]Excerpted from Electipedia.ca survey response.

Business Climate: The “old school thinking of giving companies the cheapest land, the largest incentives, and the biggest tax breaks only works until another city comes along and gives a better offer. The Amazon H2Q application provided London with a roadmap of what top employers need in a city to attract and retain the talent they need; quality post-secondary institutions, an effective transit system, access to international flights, a vibrant arts community, and affordable housing.” [3]Excerpted from Electipedia.ca survey response.

Fiscal Responsibility: “Being fiscally responsible and investing in our community do not need to be mutually exclusive. I believe that we can invest in programs that enrich the lives on Londoners and help those most in need while ensuring that we spend money responsibly and without waste… [including] the continued multi-year funding process for supported agencies… We need to strike the balance of spending taxpayer money wisely while balancing the needs of hard and soft infrastructure projects.” [4]Excerpted from Electipedia.ca survey response.

Safe Injection Sites: “I strongly support the need for safe injection sites in our city, and I would also support the adoption of mobile injection sites once approved by the government.” [5]Excerpted 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:

NameElizabeth Peloza
How would you describe your political outlook?Choose not to answer
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
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.Strongly Agree
Fiscal prudence is the hallmark of sound governance.Somewhat Agree
All public servants should be prohibited from going on strike.Strongly 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 Agree
Climate change represents an imminent threat that should be addressed by governments at every level.Strongly Agree
Oil pipelines are an effective way to boost Canada’s economy and energy self-sufficiency.Somewhat Disagree
While environmental concerns are important, government’s first priority is to build infrastructure that is safe and cost effective.Somewhat Disagree
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.Strongly Disagree
Safe injection sites are necessary to protect the most vulnerable members of our society.Strongly 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

I support enhancements to London Transit that will make it work for all Londoners. Our transit needs to be frequent, reliable, and affordable. Great transit is the key to keeping our city moving with solutions for those that walk, cycle, take public transit and drive. That’s why I support the Smart Moves 2030 Transportation Master Plan including its plan to:
1. The use of Smart Traffic Technology. This means lights are timed and adjusted to traffic flow that will help keep vehicles moving
2. Dedicated bus lanes that will improve traffic flow and emergency service response times
3. A park and ride lot on the south edge of the city near the 401, reducing commuter traffic on our Ward 12 streets.
4. The creation of a bus-only road network that will be the backbone of our public transit system and allow for East/West transit connections to be developed along Exeter, Bradley, and Southdale Roads
5. A multi-use trail running parallel to Wellington Road that will connect Bradley Avenue to Baseline Road and will be able to be connected to the Thames Valley Parkway network in the future.
6. Streetscape enhancements to make our streets safer for pedestrians.

Environment

We only have one planet, and the choices we make on how we treat it will affect our future, our children, and generations to come. Many Londoners have made it clear that they expect fiscal responsibility from their elected officials. That responsibility though, needs to include considering the higher costs of rectifying the decisions we make today with the treatment of our air, water and land. This is why I support a Green Bin (composting) program to reduce the amount of waste we put in the ground, and one of the many reasons I support enhancements to out transit and cycling networks so people have more mobility choices that are good for the environment, good for their pocketbooks, and good for the long-term affordability of the city.

Social Housing

Without adequate housing people can’t begin to address any of their other needs. The housing crisis that London is currently suffering though is the biggest issue this election. With only 1.8% vacancy in London’s rental housing market too many Londoners can’t find housing that’s affordable and/or close to their employers, schooling or support network. We need to create the right incentives through bonuses so that developers invest in the right sized needs for our housing in the community, supporting mixed income and intensification housing development practices to avoid creating large areas with low-income housing. As a city we need to invest in social housing projects. No one should be left out in the cold.

Business Climate

We can all agree that we want to attract employers to London and create an environment where local companies can be fostered in growing successful businesses. But the old school thinking of giving companies the cheapest land, the largest incentives, and the biggest tax breaks only works until another city comes along and gives a better offer. The Amazon H2Q application provided London with a roadmap of what top employers need in a city to attract and retain the talent they need; quality post-secondary institutions, an effective transit system, access to international flights, a vibrant arts community, and affordable housing.

Fiscal Responsibility

Being fiscally responsible and investing in our community do not need to be mutually exclusive. I believe that we can invest in programs that enrich the lives on Londoners and help those most in need while ensuring that we spend money responsibly and without waste. This includes the continued multi-year funding process for supported agencies. Part of what draws new citizens, businesses, and investments to a city is what is available to them or their employees such as Libraries, Community Centres, cultural agencies.

We need to strike the balance of spending taxpayer money wisely while balancing the needs of hard and soft infrastructure projects.

Law and Order

Londoners deserve a safe place to call home and we need to feel safe as we travel about the city experiencing our entertainment districts, our workplaces and our recreational areas. I believe that we need to ensure that we have proper police resources to insure Londoners safety. Part of the safety solution is addressing the root problems of some crime; poverty, addiction, and mental health needs.

The Hamilton Police have a Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team. This program pairs a police officer with a mental health worker. “The team is dispatched to ‘in-progress’ calls involving a reported person in crisis. This program has reduced our apprehension rate from 66% to 25 % and people are getting the quality health care they need in a timelier manner.” I would support this joint approach to services to meet the needs of Londoners while putting our police services to the best use possible.

Safe Injection Sites

I strongly support the need for safe injection sites in our city, and I would also support the adoption of mobile injection sites once approved by the government. I hope as a community one day we can all understand that drug addiction is a mental health issue, and that opioid addiction is something that can happen to people in all walks of life. If we want injection drug use to stop happening in the shadows we need to stop treating those with addition problems like criminals. We need to recognize them as neighbours in need of medical care and insure rehabilitation, housing and mental health services are offered and readily available to them.

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