Volume 91, Issue 35

Friday, October 31, 1997

flesh and bones


London's next Mayor

For students determined go into the real world for a day and get involved, the following list of mayoral candidates and their profiles may come in handy when planning to vote in the municipal election on Nov. 10.. We questioned the five candidates on the basics and found out their stance on student issues and other issues related to the City of London.

Compiled by Sabrina Carinci, Sandra Dimitrakopoulos and Karena Walter

Antreas Arevian

Occupation: Self-employed as a small business owner of clothing store – CasualTeez.

Experience: No previous political experience but Arevian states he is open-minded and a great leader.

Why did you decide to run for mayor? "I think there are a lot of things people complain about but don't necessarily do anything about. I can do it and know the proper way to do it."

Why should students vote for you?Arevian said that because he is 24 and recently out of school, he can better understand the needs of students and their issues. He said he deals with students all the time in his line of work and in the community as a small business owner.

What student issues do you plan to address? Arevian said he would like to address problems within the housing situation as well as work on relations between the city and the students. He believes there has to be more give and take between the two and the city should not come down so hard on students.

"When you get 30,000 students with 20,000 coming from out of town, the city has to realize they are an important part of the community. Not only are the students the leaders of tomorrow but they also help the economy of London."

Other issues: Arevian said he would like to address issues of public safety and revitalizing the downtown core. He said he believes the core must be solid in order for it to grow, otherwise the city will eventually collapse and subtle changes are needed now.

Dianne Haskett

London's mayor, Dianne Haskett, announced on Oct. 21 that she would take a leave of absence for three weeks. Her decision was based on city council's decision not to appeal a ruling made by the Human Rights Commission regarding Haskett's refusal to proclaim a gay-pride day for the Homophile Association of London.

At that time, Haskett decided not to make any physical appearances at meetings or forums and will not speak to the media. The following information is from her campaign flyer and a biography provided by her campaign team.

Occupation: Currently London's 59th Mayor. Established her own law firm before retiring to devote herself to political commitments.

Experience: Has been Mayor since Nov. 1994. Volunteer activities include work for the Ark Aid Street Mission, the London Urban Alliance, the London and Regional Art Gallery and the London Citizen's Committee for Human Rights. She also founded Open Homes Canada, an organization dedicated to strengthening Canadian unity.

Why did you decide to run for mayor again? –

Why should students vote for you? – As the flyer states, "Haskett gets results, Haskett is a leader, Haskett builds partnerships."

What student issues do you plan to address? –

Other issues? "Haskett believes the key to economic success is the nurturing of dynamic partnerships between business, the educational sector, labour and government and has made it a priority to help facilitate such partnerships."

Grant Hopcroft

Occupation:Currently acting mayor

Experience: Council member for five years, deputy mayor and budget chief of the city for three years, controller for six years, former president of the AMO, former chair of the London Library Association, former chair of the London Transit Commission and held positions on various other committees.

Why did you decide to run for mayor? Hopcroft said in his experiences he has seen the community attempt to do things which have only resulted in failure. He said his agenda involves bringing the community together, adding these things could happen with a healthy relationship.

"I felt the electorate deserved to have an alternative... and I have the style of leadership needed. I've dedicated the last 15 years to the community and am a strong leader, prepared to work with others."

Why should students vote for you? Hopcroft said he would like to build on the relationships with students and the university.

"Serving on the Board of Governors at Western is a very important part of becoming Mayor."

What student issues do you plan to address? Hopcroft said many students have expressed the same concerns as people within the community. The concern for jobs and job creation are perhaps the most common and one of his three main campaign points.

Other issues: Hopcroft said there are three main points to his campaign agenda. These include leadership, economy and job investment and controlling taxes.

Jim Montag

Jim Montag is currently out of town on business. The following information comes from his campaign office, flyers and comments he made in a forum at Western Oct.22.

Occupation: Currently retired. Previously worked at CNCP Telecommunications for over 30 years.

Experience: Founder of the London Middlesex Taxpayers Coalition, ran for mayor two terms ago and was a union representative at CNCP Telecommunications.

Why did you decide to run for mayor? "I am more for accountability and expressing people's wishes rather than those of the special interest groups."

Why should students vote for you? Montag said every student is here for a short time as a resident of London and the position of mayor should be there to listen to all sides in issues brought forth.

What student issues do you plan to address? Montag said three issues he will bring to council which directly affect students are jobs, housing and transportation. He said he would like to enforce city bylaws to create better housing and is in favour of more on-campus housing.

Other issues: Montag said he has been a Londoner for over 45 years and will not tolerate creative accounting at City Hall. He will combat this by involving business in business decisions and will not allow City Hall to run amuck. He also plans to use referendums to legitimately reflect the will of the City of London and improve the hiring and firing record in London.

Freedom Schell

Occupation: Owns a restaurant and organic food store

Experience: No formal experience with the municipal government but was active on the University Students' Council and the Fanshawe College Student Union.

Why did you decide to run for Mayor? Schell did not want to respond to this question as he felt The Gazette could not give this answer the proper respect within the allotted space.

Why should students vote for you? Schell outlines three main reasons: For one, he is the only candidate promoting responsible development. Secondly, Schell believes in an accountable government and is the only candidate promoting a comprehensive review of the city codes, plans and fees. Thirdly, Schell believes in shared wealth and sustainable growth in job creation.

What student issues do you plan to address? Schell believes the cost of a university education is too high and would want to do something about it while on the Board of Governors, as the Mayor of London is given a seat on the Board.

"I'm really excited about being on the Board of Governors at Western."

Other issues: With regard to Schell's belief of sustainable growth in job creation, he has proposed the development of four new co-op departments at the City Hall.

"The departments at City Hall would be divided into housing, food, commercial and recycling."

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