Thursday, February 16, 2017

LRT- an Oh My moment?

LRT continues to present a myriad of conversations and challenges, in a way fairly typical of a project this large. To date, in the face of these challenges, camps have become apparent and tough questions continue to be asked by some. 

Is it unusual that something this big would cause angst, divisiveness and deviations from original plan? Not really. It would be remarkable and arguably impossible to think otherwise. 

And while the camps are clear and there appears no sign of individuals becoming dislodged from their entrenched positions. today, as reported in the Hamilton Spectator (click here to go there or purchase today's print copy), Clr. Merulla has indicated that he plans to bring forward a motion asking Metrolinx to estimate the latest cost to the city if the project were abandoned. 

Your thoughts? Do you support the Clr.'s intended query and are we at a place that we need to understand this sooner than later, or do you remain confident that LRT will prevail in Hamilton? 

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Media Release: HCA 2016 Photo Contest Winners Announced

After a yearlong contest and nearly 1,000 entries, the top prizes have been awarded for the Hamilton Conservation Areas 2016 Photo Contest.

The complete gallery of winning photos can be found by
clicking here. 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Hamiltonians

The photos above are of great Hamiltonians who added colour, passion, honour  and spirit to our great city.  

Whenever publishing a tribute of this nature, there is always a risk of having missed someone. The collage above is by no means all inclusive. Please feel free to add names of people you'd like to see mentioned. 

In honour and in memory of these, and other great Hamiltonians who left us too soon. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

In Honour of the Late Marvin Caplan

Marvin Caplan
The Hamiltonian is saddened to learn of the passing of Marvin Caplan. Marvin was a friend of The Hamiltonian and a member of our Perspectives Virtual Panel. Marvin recently posted his views on a number of topics in The Hamiltonian, including LRT.

We will miss Marvin and our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Judi and his family. Below is Mayor Eisenberger's sentiments on behalf of the city.


January 31, 2017 Hamilton, ON – I am saddened to learn of the sudden passing of former Ward 1 Councillor Marvin Caplan this afternoon.

In addition to serving on Hamilton City Council, Marvin was an accomplished clothier, real estate professional and consummate volunteer with many community organizations.

On behalf of the City of Hamilton, our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his wife Judi and the Caplan family. In his memory we will fly the City flag at half-staff until the funeral; details forthcoming.

RIP Marvin, our City is all the better for your service.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Motions in Motion


Emergency & Community Services: 
February 6, 2017



WHEREAS ending chronic homelessness has been identified as a community priority in Hamilton and;

WHEREAS research has shown that Housing First is a proven housing intervention for addressing chronic homelessness and;

WHEREAS studies regarding Housing First interventions demonstrate that 80% - 85% of program participants remain housed after one year and;

WHEREAS the City of Hamilton has demonstrated success in reducing chronic homelessness through the use of Housing First strategies and;

WHEREAS in 2016 Hamilton exceeded our target by housing 200 chronically homeless individuals; and

WHEREAS 92% of these individuals have remained housed and;

WHEREAS in February 2016, Hamilton identified through our Point-in-Time Count approximately 350 individuals experiencing chronic homelessness.

WHEREAS it is more cost effective to provide permanent housing to someone who is experiencing chronic homelessness than to manage their homelessness through emergency shelters or hospitals and;

WHEREAS studies show that savings come in the form of the foregone emergency, crisis or specialized services (hospitals, shelters, jails etc.) no longer utilized by people once they are housed and their lives are stable and;

WHEREAS the savings can range anywhere from $17,000 to $80,000 per person, per year if they are permanently housed and;

WHEREAS It is estimated that the average cost of housing an individual through Housing First interventions is $27,000 and;

WHEREAS the funding available to support Housing First services in the community falls short of what is required to fully address chronic homelessness in Hamilton and

Therefore be it resolved:

a) That the Mayor correspond with the Minister of Employment and Social Development Canada requesting the Government of Canada to adequately fund the City of Hamilton to deliver the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) program. The letter shall request an annual funding enhancement in the amount of $1M until March 31
, 2019 which is over and above the $4,228,254 already being granted to the City to provide homelessness programs and services through the Homelessness Partnering Strategy; and,

b) That Mayor correspond with the Minister of Housing requesting the Government of Ontario to adequately fund the City of Hamilton as Service Manager to deliver the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI) program. The letter shall request an annual funding enhancement in the amount of $3M which is over and above the $19,073,700 already being granted to the City to provide homelessness programs and services through the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Eisenberger/Whitehead Issue Joint Statement to The Hamiltonian re: LRT

On the heels of The Hamiltonian and our readers expressing a sense of disappointment as to Mayor Eisenberger's and Clr. Whitehead's refusal to engage and respond to questions we posed to them re: LRT, (see them here) they have issued a joint statement which is written below. We appreciate receiving this statement, which addresses some of the questions.

Working Together for Better Transit

"It is true that Councillor Whitehead and I have disagreed, at times, on the implementation of Light Rail Transit LRT in the City. Nevertheless, we have long been committed to working together for the betterment of our transit system in Hamilton. We both agree on the fundamental importance of an improved HSR to the economic and social wellbeing of our city. We recognize the tremendous spur to economic development a strong transit system represents to the city. We both agree on the environmental benefits derived from increased use of our city’s transit system. All in all, there is far more that we agree on then disagree in our vision for a modern, efficient and accessible transit system for the City of Hamilton."

Mayor Fred Eisenberger

Councillor Terry Whitehead