The viewer reached out to all of the Ward 5 council candidates and asked them to complete the questionnaire below. This is how candidate Stan Habza responded.
Last name: Stan Habza
Occupation: Retired, former regional pollution control officer
Live in: Ward 5
Previous political experience: I go out and try to make my vote count
Why did you decide to run? I’ve been approached by other Ward 5 residents and business owners. They call me the Dream Chaser!
How will you embrace and champion diversity in this role? By listening to residents and merchants about their concerns, problems and suggestions. Let everyone know that we are all VIPs in this community.
How will you handle the housing crisis? By working with the council, CityHousing, developers and ratepayers in Ward 5. The city has properties throughout the region that can be developed into viable housing communities to begin with. Even in a heavily populated Ward 5, there are city-owned properties that can be considered.
How will you approach the dangerous streets? Lower speed limits in residential, school and hospital zones. Increase fines and license suspensions for those who think the lower speed limits don’t apply to them. Install speed bumps and a speed monitoring system, if applicable.
What are your three main problems? 1) Taxes: be responsible to all of us to pay the costs; 2) Upgrade the St. Joseph Ambulatory Facility to include an emergency trauma service; and 3) No urban sprawl: we need to protect our farms and green spaces.
If elected, how do you plan to achieve your priorities? Listening to Ward 5 residents and business owners at scheduled monthly Ward 5 town hall meetings and giving attendees the deserved respect and representation of their submissions, concerns and opinions.