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On the other hand, Mayor Bratina asked to see the financials for the Hamilton Waterfront Trust and, at that
time, he was met with some serious criticism from his council who, for the most part, came to the defense of the Trust and its administration.
Recently, The Bay Observer has suggested that the Trust has been anything but sound, with the story referenced in this article in The Hamiltonian.
Throw in the fact that Bratina was formally censured by his council, prior to a decision being rendered by the Integrity Commissioner and one starts to wonder about the nature and intensity of the tension between the Mayor and his council.
It could be that the censure, the reprimand from the Integrity Commissioner, the Mayor's Waterfront Trust request for financials and other points of tension are disparate events without any particular connection. At this point, there is nothing to suggest otherwise.
The Mayor's query into the Waterfront Trusts' financials, assuming for a moment that some or all of the allegations in The Bay Observers' story become substantiated, may leave us all to wonder.......
.... on this front, is Bratina the hero or the villain? Time will tell.