Michael A. James Baldasaro is a political and religious figure in Hamilton, Ontario. He presides over a religious sect known as the Church of the Universe. Baldasaro has received significant media coverage over his lifetime for his advocacy on behalf of marijuana legalization, as well as his status as a perennial candidates in numerous Hamilton-area elections.
“I entered the 2014 G.H.A. “Greater Hamilton Area”, Municipal Election because of what, my fellow Plebeians/Common Folk tell me, as the Chief Magistrate of the G.H.A. “Greater Hamilton Area”, needs done:
austerity. As Mayor I’ll cut my salary by 1/3 and create an office for the Runner-up for better representation across the G.H.A. Hamilton has a 20 million dollar infrastructure deficit for 2014. CAD $1.2 trillion across federal and provincial governments. Take notice Conservative, Liberal and NDP, News Media “Top Three” Mayoral Candidates. With all their corporate support and promoting all these years, WE’RE BROKE, Thank you!
ward boundriesmust be reevaluated to fairly represent all Wards.
TERM LIMITS Three is enough.
Plebiscites on the Ballot on issues such as Term Limits, Fluoride (remove it), LRT, One and two Way Streets, Bus and Bicycle Lanes. If it’s input they want, then where is our input, other than a choice of the same olds who brought us defect and debt and empty promises of undoing their last term of mismanagement and infrastructure “roads, sewer, water, and deficit to the point we cannot afford to repair them before this winter according to the Spectator who claims we have a 20 million dollar deficit in that regard. Yet we have bicycle lanes and pretend Bus Lanes?
RIGHT TO VOTE Section 3 of the Municipal Elections Act discriminates by reason of age by excluding those under the age of 19 from voting. We never get too old to vote! Can’t remember your name? No problem, your vote may be counted via PROXY by your Spouse, children, family member and/or a friend etc. So why not the other way around, they vote for you? Note: Alcohol should not be a youths coming of age rite, voting should. Perhaps this would make a good issue for a plebiscite at election time. Try debating this issue with your children and/or parents, over dinner. Voting should be a child’s coming of age rite, not alcohol. And the child can choose when to exercise their right to vote.
BRT/LRT If the Province lives up to its promise to fund Public Transportation, my business plan supports beefing up BRT service, shortening wait times and includes an LRT-LOOP from the GO BUS STATION on Hunter to the GO RAIL STATION on James St. North. Travelling North on Bay, South on James, East and west between King and Hunter, it encompass the new HSR/BRT Station on MacNab. This is the only LRT that makes sense. THE HEART OF THE SYSTEM to follow. Fossil fuelled transportation is tomorrows dinosaur. GO to GO services all East and West BRT Routes through-out the G.H.A. Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough, Glanbrook, Hamilton, Mount Hope and Stoney Creek. An LRT LOOP will attract local and out-of-town Tourists and commuters to the downtown core and Condominiums. This is our best opportunity of creating a sustainable and expandable BRT/LRT which benefits everyone.
See sample diagram of proposed route @ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154652522340624&set=pcb.536710489792812&type=1&theater
Note: This is not written in stone. The Route may be altered depending on resident input and possibly routing for maximum efficiency and service to John St., etc.
Street Signs Easy to read and over-sizedon ALL major intersections, in need;
Pavement and sidewalks repaired, cracks sealed to prevent pot holes
Roadway lane markings repainted;
CONUNDRUMS Settle long drawn out conundrums like Red Hill Creek Parkway;
LANDLORD & TENANT Create legislation to better govern absentee and abusive Landlords and Tenants. Make it easier to access Courts to rid neighborhoods of crack houses and unkempt properties. Make it easier for property owners to obtain building permits;
URBAN SPRAWLPut an end to it now;
INFRASTRUCTURE Increase charges for development of subdivisions etc.;
DRUGSStop criminalizing drug addicts. Treat drug laws as the medical non-criminal Federal Health Regulations they are. McMaster being the cornerstone for treatment. We must find ways to house and supply addicts with drugs they would otherwise procure illegally. Attempting to stop people from using drugs society condemns, creates an underworld of crime and violence we cannot afford to police and/or correct. Note: Health Canada is responsible to cover the costs of Federal Health Regulations, not Municipal Taxes. Alcohol, the worst drug, stepping stone to “stupid stupors”, filling our courts and jails and emptying Municipal Coffers;
un-assumed alleyways Secure them, they are walking parkways and provide access for emergency vehicles;
CYCLING license bicycles and riders using main streets and compel Police/By-Law Control Officers to enforce infractions of the H.T.A. as they do automobiles. i.e. No riding on sidewalks or wrong way on one way streets etc.;
Policing, Officers, purchase your own tools, Tasers etc., like any other Tradesperson. End suspensions with pay. Officers must live in the City they police. New Teams built of Rookie and/or Un-armed Officers to enforce J-walking, noise complaints and parking infractions etc. and especially when City Enforcement is not available, as on Lawless Sundays, the By-Law Control Officers across the board, day off.
accountability. In 1989, with the help of the late, Reverend Walter A. Tucker, I held Hamilton Council accountable for their passed February 14, 1989. Council agreed to lease Ivor Wynne Stadium to Mr. Braley and the Tiger Cat Football Club he was attempting to purchase from Harold Ballard. The lease included the Stadium, concessions, advertising rights and scoreboard advertising revenue, for $1.00 per year, over 3 years. In light of questions of law raised by Hamilton’s Legal Department, on February 27, 1989, we instituted an Action against the City, in the Supreme Court, File 6489\89, citing the Legal Departments concerns, the motion was “contrary to the provisions of the Municipal Act, Section 112, and a violation of the provisions of the Canada Act, Section 31., and a breach of the Criminal Code, Sections 122 and 126 (1)”. Within Courtroom proceedings May 10th, 1989, Kim Edwards, Counsel for the City, advised that City Council ad quashed their Motion the day before. The Learned Justice noted on the record that there was no doubt, “council quashed their motion because of our Action”. The very day after we instituted the Action, Mr. Ballard cut the $500,000.00 he was asking for the Score Board, in half, saving us $250,000.00. Over the next 3 years, the City earned $300,000.00 on the lease alone, not including revenue it earned on the Concessions. The integrity and dignity of the Hamilton Tiger Cats remain intact to this day. Oskee Wee Wee! R.I.P. Pigskin Pete III, Sept. 10, 2014.”