Hey – look who’s running for St. Catharines City Council in Ward 4!

Mat Siscoe is!  Filed my nomination papers this morning, and I’m assuming my candidate profile – complete with awful photo – will go up before the weekend here.  Anyone who has poked around here in the last few weeks will have noticed that my posting, when it happens at all, has been more locally focused.  That will likely become the rule rather than the exception in future months.

With that in mind, I attended a GO Transit public meeting last night at Market Square – informative, but not much new in the presentation that I hadn’t already gleaned from previous media reports.  My quote from the St. Catharines Standard article this morning:

Mat Siscoe said other cities have seen benefits from being on transit routes and it’s something St. Catharines needs. “It’s got to have a linkage to the big city,” he said, adding regional transit should be a priority as well.

Not quite what I was getting at, but that’s the gist; I more fully explain my opinion here.  St. Catharines needs a transit link to Toronto.  The ability to get into the GTA for work, along with a lower cost of living and more affordable housing, means good things for the St. Catharines of the future.

The part about regional transit, however, was very accurate.  If we want St. Catharines to remain a viable place for people to live, we need to give them the chance to get to their jobs wherever they happen to be in the region.  That doesn’t necessarily mean a new transit service – it can be as simple as what goes on now to Brock University and Niagara College from each of the cities in the region.  It needs to be addressed properly, however, and soon.  There’s a regional council meeting tonight – it will be interesting to see what comes of it.


  1. The route to Brock to Niagara College takes TOO LONG … and I cannot handle long commutes with my health, yet I have to go to Welland sometimes. Need shorter trips, direct routes for commuters, or we will just end up with more speedy cabs and less people using what transit is available. It takes twenty minutes to drive for one trip to Welland, yet this route takes two hours one way … including transferring four buses, waiting and waiting, and then getting to one’s destination exhausted. It is great for people who live at the periphery in Welland who are just going to Brock, but not for commuters.

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