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Cambridge

GOKW.org has contacted all candidates in the city of Cambridge with a public email address. These are the responses we have received so far. This page will be updated as more responses are received.

Cambridge

Name Candidacy Contacted Replied
Doug Craig Mayoral Yes No
Margaret Barr Mayoral Yes No
Michael A. Sahagian Mayoral No
John Oprea Mayoral Yes No
Marsha Gail Kriss Mayoral No
Rick Cowsill Ward 1 Yes No
Donna Reid Ward 1 Yes Yes
Patrick McMahon Ward 1 No
Craig P. Denby Ward 2 No
Karl Kiefer Ward 2 Yes No
Bev McDowell Ward 2 No
Susan Galvao Ward 2 Yes Yes
Roger Collier Ward 2 No
Nicholas Ermeta Ward 3 No
Linda Whetham Ward 3 Yes No
Jaye Jackson Ward 3 No
Brent Snyder Ward 3 No
Ben Tucci Ward 4 Yes Yes
Mary Ann Christie Ward 4 No
Kathryn McGarry Ward 4 No
Pam Wolf Ward 5 Yes Yes
Jan Liggett Ward 5 No
Ted Fairless Ward 5 Yes No
Gary Price Ward 6 Yes No
Laurie Soper Ward 6 No
Andrew Johnson Ward 6 No

Cambridge – Ward 1 – Donna Reid

1. Do you believe our region needs to improve commuter service to areas outside of our four cities, particularly the GTA?

Yes, I do believe better commuter services would result in less traffic, less pollution and a happier commuter.

2. If so, what do you believe the best solution(s) would be to improve this service, and what would you do to bring in any such services as councillors or as the Mayor?

Cambridge has been actively pursuing a GO train for years but it seems to be still a few years away from fruition. In the meantime, the Greyhound bus plan may well be an avenue for those travelling to the Toronto area. As a councillor, I would work with governments at all levels to improve commuter experiences and to reduce the number of cars on the 401. We must tackle the reliance on cars in our society by all means available. Car pooling incentives such as well lit and safe car pool parks, car pool lanes and education will help to address this growing problem.

3. If you do not feel that commuting is or will become a serious problem for our region in the near future, what do you believe to be the case?

Answered in #2

4. Do you believe Guelph and Grand River Transit’s bus systems should be integrated in any way? If so, what would you do to make this happen?

I really haven’t thought about this nor has anyone suggested to me that this service was needed. If people would use the system if it was somehow integrated, then it is worth persuing. The word integration could mean many things and I would be in favour of each system talking to each other about how the systems could support each other to the betterment of our citizens

5. Cambridge has recently announced the creation of a Greyhound bus terminal, and Greyhound has indicated an interest in having such a commuter bus terminal in Guelph. Do you believe this is a good approach for Cambridge’s commuter problems? Would it be a good approach for Guelph?

It is but one more avenue for commuters to reach their destinations. I feel confident it will be used to advantage in Cambridge and as you have a large segment that commutes as well, it should help in Guelph as well.

6. Do you support the creation of the proposed Waterloo Region Light Rail Transit system? Do you believe such a service can or should be integrated with any future GO train service?

Yes and yes. I fully support a multi-pronged approach to our traffic woes.

7. Do you have any additional comments on this topic for us?

Every level of government must become serious about emissions, smog, dirty air, clogged roadways and pollutions. We must start now to take care of our environment and in fact we may be too late for some areas. I want to leave the world a better place than when I arrived. It can be done but it will require collaboration, patience, strong wills and support from governments, business, industry and our citizens. Commuter service is only one area that requires our attention.

Cambridge – Ward 2 – Susan Galvao

1. Do you believe our region needs to improve commuter service to areas outside of our four cities, particularly the GTA?

Yes, I do believe that our region needs to improve commuter service.

2. If so, what do you believe the best solution(s) would be to improve this service, and what would you do to bring in any such services as councillors or as the Mayor?

There are a variety of possibilities to improving commuter service in our region including more efficient and available bus and train service. Also I would like to see more “smart growth” development in our region and encourage and initiate more business development opportunities especially in the technologies sector.

3. If you do not feel that commuting is or will become a serious problem for our region in the near future, what do you believe to be the case?

An effective commuting service is now and will continue to be a vital component of our community.

4. Do you believe Guelph and Grand River Transit’s bus systems should be integrated in any way? If so, what would you do to make this happen?

I feel that that an integration of this sort would be beneficial to the development of this area. It is necessary to make it encouraging for additional services to be accepted and utilized.

5. Cambridge has recently announced the creation of a Greyhound bus terminal, and Greyhound has indicated an interest in having such a commuter bus terminal in Guelph. Do you believe this is a good approach for Cambridge’s commuter problems? Would it be a good approach for Guelph?

Any initiative that helps commuters and reduces traffic congestion and pollution is to be encouraged.

6. Do you support the creation of the proposed Waterloo Region Light Rail Transit system? Do you believe such a service can or should be integrated with any future GO train service?

I do support the creation of a light rail system. I feel that any integration would be an asset.

7. Do you have any additional comments on this topic for us?

With our rapidly growing region we will have to be looking to a variety of transit methods to help move the people around.

Cambridge – Ward 4 – Ben Tucci

1. Do you believe our region needs to improve commuter service to areas outside of our four cities, particularly the GTA?

YES!

2. If so, what do you believe the best solution(s) would be to improve this service, and what would you do to bring in any such services as councillors or as the Mayor?

WE NEED TO GET CARS OFF THE HIGHWAY AND THE ONLY WAY TO DO THAT IS GET PEOPLE OUT OF THEIR CARS AND STILL BE ABLE TO GET THEM TO THEIR DESTINATIONS. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF WAYS OF DOING THIS. THE GREYHOUND PROPOSAL IS ONE. EXTENDING GO TRAIN TO THIS REGION IS ANOTHER. CAR POOLS AND CAR COOPERATIVES ARE OTHER WAYS. THE SAVINGS IN HEALTH CARE COSTS DUE TO REDUCED STRESS (COMMUTING AND TRAFFIC JAMS) AND IMPROVED AIR QUALITY ETC… WILL HELP DEFRAY COST OF SOME OF THESE INITIATIVES. NOT ONLY WOULD BE SEE REDUCED HEALTH CARE NEEDS BUT ALSO, REDUCED YOUTH RELATED CRIME (PARENTS ARE SPENDING TOO MUCH TIME COMMUTING AND THIS TIME COULD BE RE-INVESTED BACK INTO THE LIVES OF THEIR CHILDREN. IN ADDITION, THE SAVINGS IN FUEL COSTS AND CAR MAINTENANCE TO THE PUBLIC COULD BE RE-INVESTED BY THEM IN OTHER PURCHASES OF GOODS THEREBY SPURRING ON THE ECONOMY ETC… AS A COUNCILLOR I WILL LOOK TO PROMOTE THESE BY WAY OF PUBLIC CONSULTATION PROMOTING THESE IDEAS, INTRODUCTION OF RELATED MOTIONS ASKING ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT TO ADDRESS THE ISSUES AND, PERHAPS SEEK TO GET A SEAT ON THE GO BOARD.

3. If you do not feel that commuting is or will become a serious problem for our region in the near future, what do you believe to be the case?

N/A TO ME! SEE ANSWER TO #1 AND #2.

4. Do you believe Guelph and Grand River Transit’s bus systems should be integrated in any way? If so, what would you do to make this happen?

LIKELY NOT FEASIBLE. HAVING SAID THIS, IF WE GET THE GREYHOUND SERVICE TO EXPAND FURTHER BY OPENING A COMMUTER BUS TERMINAL IN GUELPH AS WELL AS CAMBRIDGE, THIS BECOMES A MUTE POINT I THINK.

5. Cambridge has recently announced the creation of a Greyhound bus terminal, and Greyhound has indicated an interest in having such a commuter bus terminal in Guelph. Do you believe this is a good approach for Cambridge’s commuter problems? Would it be a good approach for Guelph?

SEE MY PREVIOUS ANSWERS. THIS IS A GOOD APPROACH FOR BOTH CAMBRIDGE AND GUELPH THOUGH IN MY OPINION, THE LONG RANGE SOLUTION IS GO TRAIN EXTENSION.

6. Do you support the creation of the proposed Waterloo Region Light Rail Transit system? Do you believe such a service can or should be integrated with any future GO train service?

YES! AND YES! I WISH I COULD FAST TRACK BOTH!

7. Do you have any additional comments on this topic for us?

THE ULTIMATE SOLUTION IS GO TRAIN EXTENSION. I HAVE A VISION OF GO TRAIN SERVICE STARTING IN WINDSOR AND RUNNING TO OSHAWA ON A 401 CORRIDOR. WE WILL HEAR FROM GOVERNMENT THAT “WE CAN’T AFFORD TO DO IT”. I SAY “WE CAN’T AFFORD NOT TO DO IT”. WE REALLY DO HAVE TO BEGIN THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX. THE SAVINGS IN HIGHWAY REPAIRS AND LANE EXPANSIONS, HEALTH CARE AND POLICING ETC… WOULD MORE THAN OFFSET THE COST. I HAVE SOME OTHER IDEAS ABOUT FUNDING FOR THIS INITIATIVE WHICH I WOULD BE PLEASED TO DISCUSS AT A MORE APPROPRIATE TIME.

Cambridge – Ward 5 – Pam Wolf

1. Do you believe our region needs to improve commuter service to areas outside of our four cities, particularly the GTA?

I feel it is imperative that we improve commuter service to areas outside of the four cities. We need to do this to reduce traffic, pollution, and to improve the quality of life for those who are forced to commute to work each day.

2. If so, what do you believe the best solution(s) would be to improve this service, and what would you do to bring in any such services as councillors or as the Mayor?

I believe the Go train is one of the best solutions to improving commuter service. The new Greyhound service for travel to the GTA is another solution. As a councillor, I would promote incentives for car pooling, the use of mini vans where large buses are not needed, tax incentives to companies to provide bus passes to employees who do not need a parking space, and doing some creative advertising and education to make taking the bus or train attractive

3. If you do not feel that commuting is or will become a serious problem for our region in the near future, what do you believe to be the case?

I believe we must take commuting very seriously and in the future the need to provide environmentally friendly transportation will be a necessity not an option.

4. Do you believe Guelph and Grand River Transit’s bus systems should be integrated in any way? If so, what would you do to make this happen?

Yes, in that I would like to see customers able to transfer from one system to another with a reduced fare perhaps. A feasibility study could be done or survey of the need to integrate the two systems.

5. Cambridge has recently announced the creation of a Greyhound bus terminal, and Greyhound has indicated an interest in having such a commuter bus terminal in Guelph. Do you believe this is a good approach for Cambridge’s commuter problems? Would it be a good approach for Guelph?

If a study was done to determine need I would support this. My daughter attends the University of Guelph and lives here in Cambridge and this service would be useful to her and other students living off campus as well as to those who live in Cambridge and work in Guelph or the other way around.

6. Do you support the creation of the proposed Waterloo Region Light Rail Transit system? Do you believe such a service can or should be integrated with any future GO train service?

I strongly support the Waterloo Region Light Rail Transit system. It could be the basis of our public transport system and enable travellers to move quickly and efficiently from city to city. Yesterday my son took three buses to reach the advance polling station from W L University in Waterloo to the Cambridge Centre. It took three hours, to make the one way trip. This is unacceptable. If we wish to encourage public transit the service has to be fast and practical for the commuter. Once a light rail system is established it should defiantly be integrated with a GO train service.

7. Do you have any additional comments on this topic for us?