Joseph Kushner, Councillor

Term

Dec. 1, 2010 to Nov. 30, 2014

Ward

St. Andrew's, Ward 2

Biography

Joe was born and raised in South Porcupine, Ontario and furthered his education at McGill University and the University of Western Ontario where he graduated with a Ph.D. in economics. Currently, he is a Professor of Economics at Brock University and formerly, was with the Royal Military College of Canada.
Joe and Yvette have three children: Nicole, a veterinarian with three children, Jeffrey a corporate accountant with two children, and Tanya, a teacher with two children.

Priorities

Councillor Kushner is committed to controlling taxes. To do, so we must set priorities just as our residents do and live within our means. Basic services must be maintained and only if there are sufficient funds, "wish list" services should be considered. High taxes discourage new job creation and make it difficult for residents to maintain their homes, especially young families and retirees.

Councillor Kushner is also committed to preservation of our neighbourhoods from student housing and inappropriate infilling. Student housing should be redirected to the downtown and bylaws enforced more stringently. West St.Catharines should be revitalized to meet its potential.

Councillor Kushner continues to be committed to representing the views of the residents of St. Andrew's ward. He has never accepted a donation from anyone, which means his commitment is to residents and not to special interest groups and campaign donors. Joe will vote to maintain the ward system and is opposed to replacing part-time councillors with full-time politicians.

Membership on Agencies, Boards and Committees

Joe currently sits on or is involved with:

  • Lincoln County Humane Society
  • Student Housing Liaison Committees
  • Member of West St.Catharines Business Association
  • Friends of West St. Catharines
  • Task Force on Student Housing Problems

Joe's board of directors experience includes the following:

  • St. Catharines Hydro
  • Task Force to Promote St. Catharines
  • Airport Commission
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Folk Arts Council
  • St. Catharines Downtown Association
  • Rodman Hall

Joe has also chaired the following:

  • Task Force on Downtown Revitalization
  • Planning Advisory Committee for West St. Catharines
  • Chaired City Committee to Relocate the Ministry of Transportation to our city

Photo of Joe Kushner

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