Passion for St. John’s has guided Debbie Hanlon’s life. A single mom raising 3 kids, determined to keep them fed and supported, she has always risen to a challenge. Her well known history as a business woman, city councillor and all around go-getter has kept her an exceedingly relevant voice for change in our city. Sitting on multiple boards of directors and volunteering would exhaust most folks. But Debbie also runs a successful real estate business, is a motivational speaker, advocates for both seniors and anti-bullying campaigns and won multiple national business awards. Hanlon will bring her vitality and love for our city back to council chambers and once again help to guide our home to the bright future we know we could have.
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Survey ResponsesWhat is your full name?
What role are you running for? If it's a ward councillor position, please specify which ward.
If you are currently on council, or have served previously, how many years in total have you served?
Why did you decide to run for office?
What do you think makes St. John's unique or special?
If you were elected, do you plan to hold another paid job while serving on Council? If so, what would it be and how will you divide your time?
What changes or initiatives would you advocate for at Council?
1- Every citizen should know where their tax dollars go. This will help the public and the city make informed decisions about where, when and how we spend our tax dollars.
2- Our city needs to focus on accessibility for our aging population as well as people who identify with a disability and potential tourists. Many of these people find it difficult to enjoy our home. An accessible city is a successful city.
3- We should also initiate a business ombudsman who can liaise with new business owners as they navigate their way through the city’s often confounding system. A system which clearly isn’t working for independent business owners. New business brings in more employment and more tax dollars. St. John’s must become a business friendly city.
4- St. John’s starts with the arts. Many major cities encourage big businesses to directly support the arts. This supports our artists while also bringing the big business into the community and alleviating some of the tax payer money being spent directly on the arts.
What, to you, is the most important kind of decision City Council makes?
Questions for at large councillors...
Without a ward responsibility, at-large councilors have more space to focus on specific issues. Do you have one issue you would like to prioritize?
Have you been out canvassing? If so, what are the priorities you’re hearing most loudly?
What would you like to see included in the new Regional Plan?
What, if anything, would you want done to establish better communications between citizens and developers before development is proposed?
How would you use the Engage! process and system?
In your opinion, what are the three best decisions the outgoing Council has made, and why?
In your opinion, what are the three worst decisions the outgoing Council has made, and why?
Quick response questions! In 100 characters or less, what is your position on...
A regional government is an eventual necessity as our city and other municipalities share services.
Amalgamation with surrounding municipalities
I would prefer collaboration over amalgamation.
Making City Council a full-time job
City council is a full time responsibility.
The mail-in ballot system
It’s good but can be improved. As long as it compliments physical ballots. Online voting someday.
The new Municipal Plan
Took too long to be developed and already needs to be over hauled.
Grants to community and arts organizations
We need to explore more ways of better funding the arts at lower tax payer cost.
City employee salaries
People have a right to know where their tax dollars go. Fair wages must fit population’s budget.
Creating more bicycle infrastructure
We have to really re-examine bicycle plan. It is too random and too divisive.
Increasing public transit service
An accessible city is a successful city. Public transit is crucial.
Corporate and union donations to candidates
Without donors only the privileged could run for council. Caps exist to protect the public.
How often do you use the following ways to get to work or errands?
Riding the bus: Once a week
Biking: Almost everyday
Driving: Almost everyday
Please rank the level of attention you think council should pay to each of these transportation modes in the coming term (1 = most important, 5 = least).
2. Public transit
What could the City government do to make St. John’s a healthier place to live?
What changes need to happen to have more diversity in age, gender, race, and life experience on Council?