The LRT and GO issues are sounding like a bit of a soap opera. We’ll randomly fill in the role of the protagonist and antagonist, for the purposes of the narrative, but you can easily swap these roles and change the narrative to suit your own perspective.
In this episode, our protagonist, Ryan McGreal and the LRT lobby are rapidly gaining registered support, which reportedly now exceeds 600 people and climbing. In the meantime, Clr. Brad Clark seeks to convince council to confirm full funding from the province for the capital costs of the two long planned LRT lines. But not everyone is happy and some of his peers warn that they are asking a question at the wrong time. But most councilors support the need for clarification.
At the conclusion of the episode, just as you thought it was time to turn the channel, our antagonist, Mayor Bratina makes a surprise announcement that the province will fund all the necessary capital for the new planned Go stations and service upgrade.
Will this surprise offer any comfort to Hamiltonians who may be worried about the costs of all day GO? Will the LRT lobby and those who believe that LRT and GO are not mutually exclusive and equal priorities, find their way through this latest additional information?
Tune in for the next episode, of As the LRT GOs, Twists and Turns. In the interim, feel free to suggest plots, story lines and speculations as to what might happen next. Please keep it respectful.
Note: The Hamiltonian does not subscribe to the belief that the Mayor is an antagonist, or that the LRT lobby are the protagonists. Descriptions are included to facilitate a light hearted but informative way of describing the developments on a serious set of issues. We'll probably switch the roles, next episode- just to keep it balanced. Note- We doubt we'll be able to broadcast these episodes in High Definition ;-)