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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Ward 2 Contender Martinus Geleynse


1. What is your sense for the constituents in your ward’s, satisfaction with their current councillor? What do you bring to the table that differentiates you as a candidate? What will you do differently? 


Based on many conversations with residents throughout Ward 2, I know that there is a general sense of dissatisfaction with Councillor Bratina.  Many people feel that he is inconsistent and aloof, ultimately not representing the best interests of the ward at City Hall.  Already as a candidate, I regularly walk throughout the ward, speaking with residents, business owners, and various organizations.  It is essential for a councillor to represent their constituents at City Hall, rather than being a representative of City Hall in their ward.  I will continue to make sure that I am accessible to people; carefully listening to their concerns and ideas, and I will be ready to go to bat for them when needed.  As a councillor, I anticipate serving the residents of Ward 2 with integrity, consistency, and professionalism.

2. Striking a balance between optimally representing your constituents, while also supporting initiatives that are for the common good of Hamilton , is a balance you will have to strike. How will you approach striking that balance? 


Pumped for A Good Cause

Ward 10 contender Bernard Josipovic
and one of
Hamilton's finest,
supporting the cause.
See the Walk a Mile photo gallery here .  Kudos to The Hamiltonian's Daniella, for submitting many of the pics, and to all those who made the event a success.


Got a pic you want to showcase related to "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes"? Submit it  and we'll ensure your best foot is put forward.


Left to right:  Mark Scutella, Martinus Geleynse (Candidate, Ward 2), Jayson Brown




 Submit to adminhamiltonian@cogeco.ca

Mayoral Candidate Mahesh Butani, in solutions mode

Click on image to enlarge
MidWay Arena Solution

Based on a land swap between MIP's west & Barton/Tiffany lands -- (MIP's West: between Longwood Road and Hwy 403/6/Chedoke Expressway).

Note: Attached images are an approximation for intensifying MIP's East parcel, in order to free up the west parcel on Longwood Road for the MidWay Arena Solution --- which offers optimum high Highway exposure in the downtown with close proximity to rail, road & highway.

(Ideally, when this highly central location became available years ago, it could have been easily acquired by the City as a part of its long range planning initiatives - to develop an elaborate world class sports village for the entire region).



For more images, click here

- Mahesh P. Butani



Mahesh has good timing on this, in light of Bob Young's letter to the Mayor. See full story here Comments? 


The Hamiltonian does not endorse or counter any candidate running in the municiple election. We are nuetral. We operate in a democratic context where free speech is valued. Our focus is to engage Hamiltonians in dialogue with one another on matters concerning our great city. We encourage all Hamiltonians to vote. To get to know other candidates who have registered, click here. For more information or to be a guest here, please email adminhamiltonian@cogeco.ca.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Rules

The Hamilltonian regularly receives interesting emails from our readership. An email received today reads as follows:


  “Section 70 (4) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 prohibits contributions to campaigns by municipalities or local boards.

It further suggests the following:


To conform to this legislation all biographies of Councillors that are currently nominated as a candidate for the 2010 Municipal Election must be deleted from their website. 


Finally, it suggested that several councillors still have bios posted on their city web sites.  If this is true, and this interpretation  of Section 70 (4) is correct, some councillors may want to take appropriate action. 


Clr. Merulla , for example, seems to be in compliance and cites the section on his site (see it here)  At the time of this posting (11:04pm), many do not seem to be. You can browse the various sites here

The Hamiltonian Staff


The Hamiltonian does not endorse or counter any candidate running in the municiple election. We are nuetral. We operate in a democratic context where free speech is valued. Our focus is to engage Hamiltonians in dialogue with one another on matters concerning our great city. We encourage all Hamiltonians to vote. To get to know other candidates who have registered, click here. For more information or to be a guest here, please email adminhamiltonian@cogeco.ca.

Really Thinking About It?

From the signals Clr. Bob Bratina is sending, one gets the distinct impression that he may be more on the verge of announcing that he is running for Mayor, than simply thinking about it. In today's Spec. (see full story here) , the core tell-tale sign is the many secondary reasons he states for his considering running for the job. Amongst these are:


- enabling him to challenge both Eisenberger and DiIanni in public debates
-challenging the power structure at city hall, which he cites as a major problem that needs to be addressed
-taking on Eisenberger , alleging that the Mayor was not transparent and open during the stadium debate.


Bratina also has no qualms about criticizing the mayor and/or fellow councillors if he believes they are  misaligned with the best interests of our city. The Spec reports "Bratina believes something is drastically amiss when a councillor like Chad Collins can pull Confederation Park off the list of potential stadium sites "on a whim" and almost push through a motion to have local taxpayers pay the cost of all residential flood damages not covered by insurance." Bratina also seems to have DiIanni in the cross hairs, alleging that the former mayor withheld  information during the 2006 legionella outbreak.


His reputation for "telling like it is", as per his view of the world, can both be a refreshing aspect of what he brings to the table, as well as an Achilles heel.  After all that this city has gone through recently, can we use a Bob Bratina at the helm, or do you think his style may be a little over the top for the top job?


The Hamiltonian does not endorse or counter any candidate running in the municiple election. We are nuetral. We operate in a democratic context where free speech is valued. Our focus is to engage Hamiltonians in dialogue with one another on matters concerning our great city. We encourage all Hamiltonians to vote. To get to know other candidates who have registered, click here. For more information or to be a guest here, please email adminhamiltonian@cogeco.ca.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Pic of the Moment- Ward 10 and 11 Contenders Unite with Community

Ward 10's Jose Pablo Bustmante and Bernard Josipovic, as well as Ward 11's Ken Chartrand and Brenda Johnson join the Fruitland Rd. community to show their support for getting traffic off of Fruitland Rd.-  a residential road that the city  assured residents would be made into a cul de sac and closed to traffic.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Poll Results


Two unscientific polls conducted on The Hamiltonian, recently concluded.  59% of the people who responded believe that Hamilton will not keep the Pan Am games.


In another poll, 54% of those who responded do not believe that Mayor Eisenberger withheld important Pan Am related information from council.

Rear View

Click on pic for a better view, or not ;-)
                                           We warned you this was the "rear" view ;-)

Has Fred Made His Bed?


Mayor Eisenberger has continued to stand stoic and some might observe, inflexible in his bid to bring a Pan Am stadium to the West Harbour.   He has continued to hold strong despite the range of what can be seen as irritants to full fledged deal breakers.  Some examples include: councillors, the Mayor and the Ti-Cats playing this out in the media, councillors changing their minds as the dynamics change, pressure from competing business cases , funding structure considerations, a divided community holding various rallies, remediation unknowns, expropriation considerations, and this list goes on.  


From one perspective, you've got to hand it to the Mayor. He has weathered these storms and has fired back. Demonstrations of non confidence, within his own council, has also provided him another challenge to contend with.


The other side of that however, begs the question: Is this a leader who has lost sight of the nature of the issue, and the need to collaborate? Is he so stoic that he's become beyond reason?


With the latest speculation that the Pan Am organizers will only fund a 5000-7000 seat stadium if it were West Harbour (see full Spec story here) , and with the absence of an anchor tenant, the question of whether Eisenberger is willing to relax his position on West Harbour, is profound. Do you think it is time for the Mayor to relax his position? Does he need to come to a greater sense of reason? Or do you think his posture is representative of  strong leadership? In the worst scenerio, if Eisenberger ends up wearing this, rightly or wrongly, can he withstand it? 


Hamiltonian Staff


The Hamiltonian does not endorse or counter any candidate running in the municiple election. We are nuetral. We operate in a democratic context where free speech is valued. Our focus is to engage Hamiltonians in dialogue with one another on matters concerning our great city. We encourage all Hamiltonians to vote. To get to know other candidates who have registered, click here. For more information or to be a guest here, please email adminhamiltonian@cogeco.ca.

Notice: Hamilton Malayalee Samajam celebrates ONAM



Hamilton Malayalee Samajam celebrates ONAM at 1095 Woodburn Road on Saturday, August 28th starting 5:30 pm.

Onam is the national festival of all Malayalees.  Malayalees are people of Indian origin from the state of Kerala.  Onam is a harvest festival celebrated with pomp and posh.  Onam is a festival of peace, harmony, happiness and abundance.  As per the legend it is the occasion when one of the old rulers, the great Mahabali visits his beings to make sure that all are living in total equality.  So we all try to put up a great show so that the old man goes back happily to his heavenly abode.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Picture of the Moment

Ward 11's Ken Chartrand and Ward 11 & 12 's Alex Johnstone  enjoying the Winona Peach Festival

Meet Ward 2's Liban Abdi


1. What is your sense for the constituents in your ward’s satisfaction with their current councillor? What do you bring to the table that differentiates you as a candidate? What will you do differently? 

 I have been getting phone calls from constituents regarding their level of dissatisfaction with current councilor and city council as whole.  One particular constituent told me, “the city’s business is a game to them” referring to city councilors. “nothing is going right and now they want to expropriate my house so they can have their stadium.”  


My sense is that constituents feel frustrated with the city councilors. 
I have been involved with social services for the last 17 years. I have learned one thing that is crucial, that is the need to work collaboratively with others for the benefit of all citizens. No one person can do it all on his/her own without the support of others and without an ability to build meaningful partnerships around the issues. I will be guided by this fact, having respect for different points of views and consulting with others that I work with and constituents.  

2. Striking a balance between optimally representing your constituents, while also supporting initiatives that are for the common good of Hamilton, is a balance you will have to strike. How will you approach striking that balance? 


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Socks and Soot

Here is the text of an email sent to The Hamiltonian:

Today, Sunday August 22, under the cloak of deep fog, Arcellor-Mitel has filled the air with intense black soot. I woke up at 4am struggling to breath. Each day I use a white sock or cloth to wipe the inside of my balcony screen. I am sending you what I picked up today. This is not the first time I cannot breath "inside" of my home. I live in the Hess village area. King and Queen St intersection, Hamilton.

The last time I experienced such difficulty was in May on a Sunday. Environment Hamilton says the Air quality index is 24 or good, well they missed the blow off from Dofascos' stacks.

Maggie Hughes

Approaching the Deadline

As we approach the city's August 31st deadline to present its business case to the Pan Am Host Corporation, the following are some quotes of interest:


"What's happened is that we have spent months being so insulated, examining our own problems, that we're failing to realize that things need to go ahead,"  "They're not going to stop and wait for us."- Nick Bontis,  McMaster University business and marketing professor


"I think it would be wrong to think anything's going to change about the importance of Hamilton for these Games". "Our back is against the wall -- we have got to make decisions."- Pan Am CEO Ian Troop


"Council has directed staff to do everything possible to make the west harbour site work," "I and my council colleagues are also continuing to reach out to the Tiger-Cats organization."- Mayor Eisenberger

Note: The Pan Am Host Corporation announced yesterday York will host track and field -- regarded as the premier events of the Games -- and rugby. The north Toronto university was already scheduled to host tennis.Track and field was originally scheduled to take place in Hamilton, but the events were pulled after Athletics Canada asked HostCo to move them because of the city's stadium struggles.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Mayor Bratina?

He has a distinguished career as a radio personality and a colourful presence as Ward 2 Councilor. He can be out-spoken, humorous, cutting and profound. His passion for Hamilton is in plain view and he's not hesitant to say exactly how he feels about issues. 


There has been a lot of speculation as to whether Clr. Bratina may run for Mayor. Enough speculation that we thought we should post this as a topic.


Would you welcome Mr. Bratina to the Mayoral race, if,  in fact he is considering it? Please keep any supporting or other comments, professional.



The Hamiltonian does not endorse or counter any candidate running in the municiple election. We are nuetral. We operate in a democratic context where free speech is valued. Our focus is to engage Hamiltonians in dialogue with one another on matters concerning our great city. We encourage all Hamiltonians to vote. To get to know other candidates who have registered, click here. For more information or to be a guest here, please email adminhamiltonian@cogeco.ca.

Stinson Project Unanimously Approved at City Council.


Harry Stinson continues to work his innovative approach to repurposing older structures. His sustained efforts at Stinson School, which he is converting to unique lofts/units, continue to plow ahead. Last week, the project was unanimously approved at City Council.

Harry’s no “cookie cutter” developer. He has a fixation on creating unique spaces for those who want something out of the ordinary.

Harry’s efforts are not confined to the school itself. He will soon be announcing the official release of the Mansion Suites, featuring 3 bedroom townhouses in the grand homes facing the school.

It won’t be forced history, he says. He talks about captivating grand verandas, sunrooms, walk-outs and skylights. He plans to leverage the natural charm of these buildings while bringing them to another level of design.

The Hamiltonian wishes Harry well and is encouraged by his determination and his conviction. To learn more about Harry’s project(s), click here

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Cowardly Attacks

While anonymous posting continues to be permitted, please note the following: If you prefer to post anonymously and have a perspective, (regardless of what that perspective is) that adds value to the online dialogue on The Hamiltonian, your views continue to be welcome here.


If you are posting autonomously to attack a candidate or other party personally,  those posts will not be permitted. We consider that  cowardly conduct.


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Controversy in the Creek- Things Aren't So Peachy

Several articles in the Stoney Creek News capture a brewing controversy happening in the Winona area. The Winona Peach Festival, a proud tradition in Winona, and the notion of a recreational centre needed in Winona, are at the centre of the controversy.


Clr David Mitchell's plans  to set up a booth at the Winona Peach Festival, is raising questions as the festival has historically remained non-political and non-religious. Political campaigning is frowned upon. Mitchell argues that the purpose of the booth is to secure signatures on a petition which he plans to present to council, for a new rec centre in Winona. 


In a statement, Winona resident Ken Chartrand, contender for Ward 11 writes "The Winona Peach Festival is a very important part of our community's  history and it's one of the things that makes Winona unique.  It is thus critical that we respect it, and I believe it is inappropriate for Clr Mitchell to set up a booth at the festival that would in any way be perceived as supporting a campaign effort."

Musical Notes - The Hammer of the Gods

Hammer of the Gods - Performing at steelworkers' local 1005 picnic
There are literally hundreds if not thousands of tribute bands out there, some are quite good, while some are not.

For me, and for a lot of people, the music of Led Zeppelin is sacred. If a tribute band cannot do Zeppelin well, the band will probably get Boo'd off the stage.  With Led Zeppelin, firstly there is the music to contend with and then there's the vocals; who could compete with Robert Plant's distinctive vocal abilities?  No one.  I personally
know two bands that do Zeppelin's music, the first features a guy who has over 32yrs experience singing with a 4 octave vocal range, in other words, a PRO;  the other band performs the Zep music as a recital, and all the members are professionals with years of experience. But I’ve discovered a Hamilton based band called "The Hammer of the Gods"

The Hammer of the Gods consists of Jakub Zapotoczny on bass guitar and keyboards, Caleb Moroz on drums, Dylan Mathews on guitar and Colleen O'Donoghue on vocals.  That's right folks a woman on vocals in a Zeppelin band.  The music is solid  and quite faithful in capturing the Zeppelin sound. Then there's the vocals. Colleen obviously doesn't sound like Robert Plant but can she wail.  She has a great voice and the moves down pat, but most importantly Attitude, Savvy, Chutzpah and even exudes the Zeppelin "swagger" at times.  I had a chance to speak with Dylan Mathews:

Q:  What role has the city of Hamilton played in your musical career?

Dylan:  "As a real working musician, this is where it started...it's(Hamilton) that supported me and kicked my ass...lived in B.C.  and asked an amazing musician, who just blew me away...where did you learn to do that?  "Mohawk College", he said...the only school in Canada that will give you that opportunity....music is not always about knowing how to read it, for me it mostly comes from here(hand over his heart),...and that's the main thing....I met everybody here, these people in my band, this amazing band...there is alot of great people in Hamilton, and it's cool 'cause there's not a lot of ego's either with them....you see somebody that's good, That Good! and their just the most down to earth, and that's really cool, and that's where  I think Hamilton is really cool that way....lot's of great venue's to play, and the support is there....it's a kinda like a hidden gem in the rough."

Q:   Why Zeppelin, what made you think you had the guts to Tributize...LOL...Led Zeppelin?

Dylan:   "I would have loved to have done it ages ago, but it's just the people, like to find the people that can pull it off.....We're talkin' super groups....where you got a bad ass guitar player,      a wailin' singer...a drummer that just beats the crap outta those things, and then you got a smart educated guy playing bass and piano...to pull it off, you need the right people   and at the right time...meetin' up and everybody is kinda in the same head space....and it's A - we all love it(Zep's music), and that was the main thing when the group started out...and  it was like "hey, we can do this"...we're not gonna be exactly the same as them....it's the same music and sung the same notes and everything....it's the heart of it, as long as it's got the heart and you’re up there and caring....we're doing it because we love it and because we can....and there's no really any other Zep tributes in Hamilton either....that's where we get the balls, 'cause we love it and we know the right people to do it."
  
Q:   What are your goals for the future of this tribute band?

Dylan:   "to play the best music that we can....we really wanna get out and tour....and gigging more"

The Hammer of the Gods will be playing at the Corktown in Hamilton on September 16th, 2011 
To contact the band and hear their music,  follow the links below. 


Angelo Noto Campanella for
The Hamiltonian


  

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"The Other Guys/Gals"

In an unprecedented move, several contenders for Ward Councillor united to send a very powerful message to Hamiltonians. The message of unity, team work and working together. The photo op (see Spec article here)  appeared to be more than a chance to gain some media exposure. In contrast to criticisms from many that the current council has not worked well as a team, the message from these eight candidates appears to be one of hope and one of choice. While the Hamiltonian does not endorse any candidate (incumbent or otherwise), the message that the next council must work  as a team and in the best interests of Hamiltonians, is a positive and healthy one. The idea for this event was that of Ward 2 contender Liban Abdi and Ward 10 contender Bernard Josipovic. Interestingly, some of those who took part in this event are also running against one another, thus further underscoring a willingness to work collaboratively .


Do you applaud the efforts of these candidates? Do you think there is an authentic message here, or just campaign maneuvering?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Integrity Commissioner and Leaving Windsor

It seems that Earl Basse, Hamilton's Integrity Commissioner is in the Windsor News (Windsor Star), concerning his job performance and reasons and manner by which he left his role as Windsor's Integrity Commissioner. An interesting read at http://www.windsorstar.com/news/City+integrity+czar+leaves+post/3406451/story.html


Does this affect your confidence in Mr. Basse's ability to do his job in Hamilton? Do you believe Mr. Basse's reasons for leaving Windsor ought to be respected and accepted? Are you satisfied with his performance thus far on behalf of Hamiltonians? 


To review the three reports he has tabled, and for a status report, please click here

Monday, August 16, 2010

Ward 8 Contender, Jeff Bonner

1. What is your sense for your ward constituents' satisfaction with their current councillor? What do you bring to the table that differentiates you as a candidate? What will you do differently?

Given his long-time involvement in politics, I think Mr. Whitehead has a lot of support in Ward 8, particularly among the politically active. 

The primary difference between Mr. Whitehead and myself is that he is a typical politician, whereas I'm just a regular guy with some common sense and high hopes for the city I love.  And as I'm going about my business, I get a sense that a lot of the "everyday people" would like to see a change from old ways of doing things.

I will be able to bring fresh perspective and "outside-the-box" thinking because I am not tied into old paradigms about the way things should be done. 

2. Striking a balance between optimally representing your constituents, while also supporting initiatives that are for the common good of Hamilton, is a balance you will have to strike. How will you approach striking that balance?


Message from Debbie Collins Fund

A message from the Debbie Collins Fund

Tickets now on sale for Debbie Collins Fund Raiser.  Tickets are only $50.00 per person. Give us a call or drop us a note if you haven't got yours yet. If you cannot make it, but would like to donate please go to Debbie's web site.


We need your HELP!!!!!  Please help to raise the money for her operation.

YOU CAN HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN HER LIFE!

We appreciate anything that you would be able to help out with.

Her web site is:www.debbiecollinsfund.org
There was also an awesome story in the Hamilton Spectator on Saturday September 11, 2010. Look under: MS patient ecstatic with treatment. It's on the front page and continues on A3. Our congratulation go to Mary and Byron Jacobs!

To learn more about this operation, go to:  liberationtreatmentccsvi.com

Thank You!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

As Released by the White Star Group


August 15th, 2010
**Legal Implications in the Rights to the Brand Name Hamilton "TIGER CATS" and moving of the CFL Football Franchise by the CFL and the present Caretaker from the City of Hamilton.
The issues are many and our intent is to understand...protect ... and resolve...
1.      The people of the community of Hamilton have a deep-seeded emotional attachment to the Brand Name and a massive financial investment in keeping the franchise in operation over the past 2 decades.
2.      The Team remains insolvent.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Got something?

Got a story, an idea for a story, or a tid bit of information that you believe The Hamiltonian should know about?  We can't say that we will always use the information, but we can assure you that all information received will be seriously considered.  Write to adminhamiltonian@cogeco.ca

Note: information  intended to attack or embarrass others will not be considered. Information for the betterment of our city, or that will help Hamiltonians get a complete picture of an issue, is most welcome.

Word on the Street

As heard from a reliable source

Friday, August 13, 2010

What Is The Integrity Commissioner Up To?

Integrity Commissioner Earl Basse was kind enough to provide The Hamiltonian with this update as to his activities, pursuant to his role as our Integrity Commissioner:

To date, I have completed three investigations into complaints of Councillor misconduct. Reports of these investigations were presented to Council today and are a public record and available to you to review.


Links to reports:  Report   Report    Report 




Who Needs a Campaign Manager Anyway?


Gord Bowes of the Stoney Creek News, wrote an interesting article (see it here)  about the costs of running a municipal campaign. The article quotes  Peter Graese, professor of political science at McMaster University who said " "For under $1,000, unless you were really well known or got lucky, I don't think you're going to be able to reach voters and provide them with information that's going to convince them to vote for you".

"One of the things about municipal campaigns is you can run them on a shoestring, so it encourages a lot of people who really may not have a shot, but want to be involved and go and put themselves forward," says Graese.

He says he has seen a variety of levels of professionalism locally, but if a candidate wants to knock off an incumbent, or an incumbent wants to stay in office, they'll probably want to spend thousands of dollars on everything from advertising to business phone lines to a campaign office out of which volunteers can work.

Some interesting facts from that article include:


Mayor Receives Death Threat

The mayor  told CH TV this morning he has received a threat since city council voted 10-6 to locate the Pan Am stadium in the West Harbour area instead of where the Hamilton Tiger Cats wanted it to go on the East Mountain.

“I am sure there are lots of folks out there that think I am crazy and – in amongst the death threats and everything I’ve received....”


The CH reporter stopped him and asked if he has received  such threats over the stadium issue.. “I have,” Eisenberger said. “Absolutely.”


The matter is being investigated by The Hamilton Police. The Hamiltonian is saddened that matters have reached such a horrid and potentially, if proven, criminal,  extent. 

Hamiltonian Polls

A number of unscientific polls conducted on The Hamiltonian have concluded, or are in progress. The following is a summary of interim and final results:

55% percent think that Clr. Merulla's idea of revamping Ivor Wynne, rather than looking at an East or West site, is worthy of consideration. Support for this notion has lessened in the last several days, but overall it met with support of 55%.

In a more decisive poll, 83% of those who responded, believe that this blog, The Hamiltonian, should continue on.

With 4 days left to vote, 61% have said that they would not support putting Confederation Park back on the table for Pan Am site consideration, even if that meant getting the Ti-Cats back to the table. 

The latest poll on The Hamiltonian asks whether you think that Clr. Clark's motion to exclude Mayor Eisenberger from the Pan Am negotiations, was helpful or not. It's too early to report on this poll as it just went up. 


Hamiltonian Staff

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Come Here Pussy Cat

The fate of the Tiger Cats in Hamilton has not yet been determined, and yet it seems like Mayor Gordon Krantz of Milton is anxious to lure the Cats over there. 


Mike Cluett, a ward 6 candidate and Ticat fan, said Mayor Gordon Krantz contacted the football club.  As reported in The Spec, (see full article here) Cluett said he wants the team to stay in Hamilton but if the Cats and city can’t come to terms on a stadium, Milton has the highway access and parking opportunity the football club says it needs for long-term surivival.

He indicated an industrial site on Hyw. 401, that is 10 minutes from Hyw. 407, 20 minutes from the Queen Elizabeth Way and accessible for fans from all directions.He couldn’t say how a $150-million stadium would be funded.

“We don’t want to look like we’re poaching, but we’re here if it can’t work out there.”

 Is he poaching? Is this offer in bad taste, or is it just a good business move for Milton? Should be be worried?

Has Fred Led?

The question of leadership has been one that has dogged Mayor Fred Eisenberger since his taking office. Throughout the Pan Am proceedings however, the mayor has stood stoic in his position for the location of the Pan Am stadium, while remaining open to a facilitated mediated process . His willingness to go toe to toe with the Ti-Cats in a very public way, is as controversial as any other aspect of the drama that continues to unfold.


Do you believe Mayor's Eisenberger's staunch approach to the stadium location, in the face of resistance and pressure from the Ti-Cats, has been a strong exhibition of leadership , or has it been an aggravating factor that only led to a stand off and is telling of the Mayor's ability or inability to build consensus? In essence, has Fred led on this issue?


The Hamiltonian does not endorse or counter any candidate running in the municiple election. We are nuetral. We operate in a democratic context where free speech is valued. Our focus is to engage Hamiltonians in dialogue with one another on matters concerning our great city. We encourage all Hamiltonians to vote. To get to know other candidates who have registered, click here. For more information or to be a guest here, please email adminhamiltonian@cogeco.ca.



Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Hope in Hamilton?

With all the fervor around the Pan Am games, it's easy to lose sight of other things that are percolating in the city. As reported in The Spec, (see full article here)Siemens Canada has won a massive new order for wind turbines and plans to build a new factory to manufacture blades for them.
Two Hamilton locations are in the running for that new plant . The company said the new plant, the first blade manufacturing site in Ontario, could mean up to 300 direct jobs and another 600 construction positions.

Siemens is closing the Hamilton plant in order to move its production to North Carolina, where it was promised heavy incentives. By directing new work to Hamilton, some argue the company will gain both a chance to recover from that public relations black eye and access to a highly skilled work force it already knows. 


Story Du Jour

West Harbour is Hamilton's Council's Choice. Read full story here

Monday, August 9, 2010

Policing the Police?

Policing the police? Not quite. But as reported in The Spec (see full article here),the Hamilton Police Services Board is expected to recommend the purchase of software that tracks at-risk employees.

Amongst other things, the software tracks employee behaviours and performance, including human rights complaints, sick time, awards and times responding to sexual assault or child abuse calls. The program triggers an alert if an employee experiences too much of a single category. In essence, it seems to be an early alert system to ensure potential problems or concerns are headed off and dealt with before they escalate or take flight. For example, if an officer attends more than three sudden death calls in a month,  the software program sends an alert to an administrator.

The program has a $60,000 price tag to implement.  Clr Whitehead who sits on the Police Services Board, supports the idea calling it a proactive way to deal with a variety of employee issues.

The software is used by more than 230 public safety agencies worldwide, including seven in Canada.

Do you think it's a good idea?

Can Sports Save Hamilton? by mayoral candidate Mahesh Butani

Can Sports Save Hamilton? Written by Mahesh Butani

“Study after study has shown that the economic impact of the stadiums does not offset the initial investment cost. If you want to invest money in job creation and economic growth there are far better ways to go about it, this argument is a thin disguise for robbing the public trust. As one commenter said in Seattle they are still making public payments on a stadium that doesn't even exist anymore.”

What Owners Owe Us: Dave Zirin // Posted by bharvey124 on 7/31/10 at 11:24 AM

Facts do matter if one is serious about rebuilding a community. Facts can be pesky, and often stand in the way of positions, but they seldom hurt the community as much as faulty positions most certainly do – especially when positions blur facts to win the hearts of people in an re-election season.
Will Hamilton choose sprawl or revitalization? – is a badly framed question that begs scrutiny.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Matt Jelly- Hamilton's Michael Moore?

In today's Spec. Susan Clairmont provides an extensive profile of local activist, musician and a man who defies traditional definition. Susan captures Matt's presence and contribution in our community very well. See the story here.  Congrats Matt!



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Note: Mr. Butani's recent article has several links within, which are difficult to detect due to the problem described here. 


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Friday, August 6, 2010

East, West Fails the Test?

In an Andrew Dreschel article in today's Spec, Andrew advises that Clr. Merulla plans to put forth a motion at Tuesday's stadium vote, that will put another option on the table: that being, that we dump both sites and commit to revamping Ivor Wynne instead.

He cites too many unanswered questions, and fiscal uncertainties, as the main reasons as to why he is taking this position. Notable quotes from the Clr. include " We can renovate Ivor Wynne for 20 million over 20 years which was the plan in 2007, before the old boys in town said the sky was falling because we need a new stadium".

"People talk about city building but in essence, all we're building is a money pit from hell".

"If the Ti-Cats want a new stadium, build it. I would support the zoning, but they should pay for it".

"All of a  sudden, David Braley and the boys came in and basically seduced the entire city, including the media. It was mass seduction."

" I said from day one that this is the mother of all unfocussed priorities"

Despite the Clr.s rhetoric, he underpins it with arguments that may resonate with some. He says that spending a modest 20 million at Ivor Wynne would make the stadium viable for years to come. The soccer games could easily be shifted there. He adds that the real issue is the gaping funding shortfall for a full size stadium, regardless of location. He characterizes the West Harbour option as a crazy idea as the Ti-Cats will not play there, and there is a 50 million shortfall for building a larger stadium. The Clr. also added that the stadium issue is a costly one that is meaningless alongside serious issues such as poverty and infrastructure deficits.

Does Merulla have a point? Your comments are welcome. Also, check out the new poll. You may also want to read Andrew's article in today's Spec.

Hamiltonian Staff

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Fred Pushes Back

As reported in The Spec, see full story here, Mayor Fred Eisenberger sent a letter to the Canadian Football league essentially suggesting that Mark Cohon  drop the threats and push the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to explain why the west harbour stadium site doesn't make financial sense to them.

Cohon rejected the west harbour and supported the Ticats' push for an east Mountain location for the Pan Am facility.

"Rather than point out that Hamilton may be on the verge of losing the Ticats," the mayor's letter obtained by The Hamilton Spectator said, "you could perform a valuable public service if you would use your position to encourage the Ticats to put this important financial information forward."

Eisenberger wrote that, even late in the game, the football club has not provided "precise financial requirements from the city," instead referring to an "allegedly better business case for the team at an east Mountain site."

Clearly, the Mayor is pushing back. Do you think he is exhibiting good leadership, or are you of the thinking, as some have suggested, that the Mayor has boxed himself in and can't see his way out? Should Mayor Fred continue to stand his ground, or should he reconsider?

Hamiltonian Staff

Meet Ward 6 Contender Chris Behrens

Meet Ward 6 contender Chris Behrens. The following is a little bit about Chris, in his own words, as well as some Q and As.

I am 36, born and raised here in Hamilton. I grew up in the east end and moved up the mountain in my twenties. I was a licensed auto mechanic and now I am a certified auto teacher. I have additional qualifications in Communications Technology, Construction, Co-op, and Special Education.

I graduated Delta with a proficiency and a technological education award; I graduated both Mohawk College and Queen's with honours. I have had a passion for politics since I was a kid, and I have a love for this city. I have been promoting this city through the Waterfall Capitol of the World group.

1. What is your sense for the constituents in your ward’s satisfaction with their current councillor? What do you bring to the table that differentiates you as a candidate? What will you do differently? 

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Garbage Crawl This Saturday Morning

Saturday morning from 10 am til 2 pm starting behind the former Rheem Factory on Stuart Street.

Be safe- bring gloves, bags and a pair of durable shoes. Any children that come along should be under supervision by an adult.

The trash collected will be deposited in a location close by for pickup by the City.

We'll also be making a collection of non-perishable food items for the Food Bank.
 
Submitted by Matt Jelly

Punches Thrown Between Eisenberger and Di Ianni

"In my view, that's not leadership. We're seeing some backpedalling," . "I think people deserve to know what a candidate believes."

That's a quote from Mayor Fred Eisenberger to The Spec, as he criticized Mayoral contender Larry Di Ianni for refusing to declare a preferred location for the Pan Am stadium.  

Former mayor Di Ianni  instead drew attention to how he would have avoided the "fiasco" that has divided the community.

Mayor Eisenberger, clearly on the offensive, said  "He clearly needs to reaffirm what his position is. Let's get real on this one,"

See full Spec story here

Di Ianni argued he will support any decision council makes, "providing they do three things.
"One is that they preserve the games, two is that they keep the Tiger-Cats and three is that they don't spend too much money."Di Ianni also said the mayor is "looking to drag everybody into the same mire.

"I think it was a drastic mistake to box yourself in -- so why is he asking me to make the same mistake?" said Di Ianni. "You know what, Fred? You built it, you stew in it."

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