Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Rest of Ferguson/Coleman Video is Gone Forever, says City

It seems that anyone hoping to see more of the footage relating to the incident between Clr. Ferguson and Joey Coleman is out of luck. We have confirmed with the city that additional footage no longer exists. Here is a Q/A with Michael Kirkopoulos of the City of Hamilton:

Q. With respect to the video footage involving Clr. Ferguson and Joey Coleman and the now infamous pushing incident, is the rest of the video not available because it no longer physically exists? Or is it at all retrievable?

A. It no longer exists is my understanding from our facilities staff. We retain video for no longer than 14 days.

Election Alert

Nominations for the  Ward 7 by-election are expected to commence December 10th, closing on February 5th, 2016 at 2pm. 

Link of the Moment

The much anticipated release of video footage showing Clr. Ferguson laying hands on journalist Joey Coleman is now available and can be seen here on a link from our friends at CBC. Click here to go there.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Media Release: Hamilton.ca Gets New Look for International Visitors

HAMILTON, ON – November 20, 2015 – The City of Hamilton’s efforts to welcome the world took a major digital step forward recently with the implementation of an overlay page for international visitors (see attached). Visitors to Hamilton.ca from outside of Ontario will see a ‘pop up’ that welcomes the visitor and asks if they are interested in Moving to Hamilton, Doing Business in Hamilton, or Visiting Hamilton.

Once a choice is made, the user will be taken to intermediate welcome pages featuring the most searched tasks/items from which they can go on to connect with the City’s main website. As well, translation options are featured on each page.

“The City’s website attracts many international visitors, but until now we have not had good metrics on what they were looking for, nor whether they found it,” said Sarah Wayland, Project Lead for the City of Hamilton’s Global Hamilton Office. “It is our focus now to ensure international visitors have a much more streamlined and accurate experience using the website.”

In addition to helping international and out-of-province visitors navigate the City of Hamilton’s website, the overlay page also captures relevant information about the audience segmentation of overseas visitors. This information is invaluable for building strategies for future online tools and features, and it will also inform relevant City program sections about areas of opportunity to attract newcomers.

“Throughout its history, Hamilton has been a welcoming community for immigrants – we’re now continuing that tradition by using the latest technological features available to us,” said City of Hamilton City Manager Chris Murray. “The information superhighway now has a strong off-ramp to Hamilton for those looking for new work, live, and play opportunities in Canada.”

Global Hamilton is an initiative of the City’s Economic Development Division that works to attract and support economic class immigrants, immigrant entrepreneurs, and international students to the City of Hamilton.

Hamilton's Economic Development Office is the central point of contact for business assistance. Its services are geared to serve new start-up companies, corporate relocations, and the expansion and retention of existing business. Its mission is to serve as the catalyst for continued economic growth, job creation, and revitalization in Hamilton.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Media Release: Citizens’ Jury – Rapid Transit “LRT as City Building”

Hamilton ON – November 18, 2015 – The City Council appointed Citizens’ Jury on Transit will meet on November 25, 6:30 pm at Mohawk College in Room i109 for a presentation and discussion on the topic “LRT: How it Changes Cities”. The public is invited to attend this free event. This is the first of three meetings that the public is invited to attend. Presenters include transit experts from Calgary and Pittsburgh who will speak about their experience with Light Rail Transit. The next public meetings will be held on December 2 at 6:30 pm and December 12 at 9:30 am. For full details and to register visit hamilton.ca/citizensjury/ or call 905.637.0000. Presentations will also be live streamed on placespeak.com/HamCitzJury. You must register as a participant to watch.

The Citizens’ Jury on Transit was struck as an initiative of City Council. They were selected from a random sample of city residents to provide advice to Hamilton City Council on rapid transit related issues and opportunities. Members were appointed from each ward and reflect the diversity of the community. This meeting is one of a number of several opportunities for the jury to hear presentations on rapid transit. The group will meet over the next 2 months and provide recommendations to City Council in early spring.

The public can follow the Citizens’ Jury agenda, sources and experts and watch videos of the presentations, share their thoughts and ideas by registering on line at PlaceSpeak.com. This is a unique interactive platform that enables geo-tracking, and shows who is saying what, and from what part of Hamilton. After each session with Jury members, a summary will be posted. Learn more on the PlaceSpeak website. Once registered, city residents can participate in the discussion. The Hamilton Citizens’ Jury can also be followed on Twitter @HamCitzJury.

Ideally, the result of this and other meetings as well as the discussions on PlaceSpeak, will be engaged city residents holding a productive conversation as we move towards building rapid transit infrastructure across the city and the region.

Link of the Moment

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