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Friday, June 5, 2015

Media Release-the City of Hamilton wants to know your vision for the future of Hamilton

Hamilton, ON – Wednesday, June 3, 2015: On Monday, June 15, 2015, the City of Hamilton is hosting a public meeting at Hamilton’s picturesque Waterfront Banquet & Conference Centre to talk to the community about their vision for the future of Hamilton. Participants can attend either the 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon or 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. session.

This public meeting is one of the many engagement opportunities available to residents and city stakeholders as part of the “Our Future Hamilton: Communities in Conversation” campaign. The aim of the campaign is to meet residents where they are and give everyone in Hamilton the opportunity to help create a new vision for our city. Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger is passionate about public engagement. “It’s more important than ever that we make sure our city planning effort is informed through conversations with members of our community who live, work, play and learn here”, said Mayor Eisenberger. “Our elected officials are charged with ultimate decision making on behalf of residents, however the goal is to make sure those decisions have been well informed by an effective public engagement process.”

In 1992, the City of Hamilton asked residents and stakeholders what they thought their city would look like in 25 years. The result was Vision 2020, Hamilton’s first and current community vision. Vision 2020 has helped Hamilton make significant progress and inspire collaborations in several key areas such as environmental protection, poverty alleviation, cultural and economic growth and integrated infrastructure planning. As Vision 2020 nears its end, the City of Hamilton is looking ahead to the next 25 years. A new Community Vision will help the City understand what matters to Hamiltonians and drive a new Strategic Plan that supports key decision making and effective service delivery.

Hamilton City Manager, Chris Murray, believes it’s an exciting time to be having this conversation with our residents. “The momentum in Hamilton is real”, said Murray. “With so many opportunities in front of us, Vision 2020 and the City of Hamilton’s 2012-2015 Strategic Plan both nearing the end of their lifespans, and with many of our key community partners involved in the same exercise, it’s the perfect time for us to talk to the people of Hamilton about what’s important for our city and help us shape the future over the next 25 years”.

June 15 Public Meeting – Waterfront Banquet & Conference Centre

At this meeting, participants will have a chance to learn about the project, share their ideas and hear some of the results of the campaign so far. Light refreshments will also be provided.

Space is limited, to register please visit:

www.ourfuturehamilton.eventbrite.ca

Or Call: 905.546.2424 ext. 5913

For more information about the “Our Future Hamilton: Communities in Conversation” campaign, please visit www.hamilton.ca/ourfuturehamilton .

            

15 comments:

  1. AnonymousJune 04, 2015

    Here is my vision for the city:

    A city that does not bow to the development community.
    A city where my councillor sticks up for the people and is not serving someone else's purposes.
    A city that is incorruptible.
    A city that has true engagement with its citizens.
    A city that has brand new leadership for each ward and a dynamic mayor.
    A city that has a reputation of being honest and with integrity (long way to go here).
    A city that is not a culture of low expectations.
    A city whose staff do not say thjat they have to compromise their ethics to survive at their jobs.

    Cancel the feel good session Mayor E. You have a lot of REAL work to do.

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    1. I agree with you.
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  2. the venue is a fitting choice. Clean up our harbour, make Randle Reef a priority, and move on to the escarpment. Our 2 greatest natural assets are in shameful condition and I believe our community could rally around the point, given the right champion for the undertaking. Imagine the cleanest City in the Country.

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  3. the venue is a fitting choice. Clean up our harbour, make Randle Reef a priority, and move on to the escarpment. Our 2 greatest natural assets are in shameful condition and I believe our community could rally around the point, given the right champion for the undertaking. Imagine the cleanest City in the Country.

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  4. That's no nice ;-)
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  5. SerendipityJune 05, 2015

    The City's media release states it wants to know our "vision" by holding a public meeting to tell all about their "vision." This is not public engagement, rather the same old narcissistic planning that has plagued North End residents for decades on end.

    I wish people would revolt against this type of 2-hour in-and-out "here's what we're going to do folks and you better like it because we've spent a heck of a lot of time on these plans for development in your neighbourhood."

    Perhaps if no one shows for yet another pre-planned City-vision meeting, someone at the Hall might put two and two together and come to the conclusion that we need to define public engagement and vision-making in order for people to believe that their voices and visions matter. Until that happens, this is just another public meeting to tell us what our neighbourhood is going to look like one day. I've been there, done that far too many times and won't be duped again until residents visions and concerns are heard and adopted prior to the City telling us what our neighbourhood is going to morph into.

    What would happen, do you think, if no one showed up at this meeting? Now, that would start a conversation about how we need to know what public participation, engagement and vision-making is, and what it isn't.


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    1. M Adrian BrassingtonJune 05, 2015

      I'll be going, so I'll be happy to provide a full report for those who couldn't/wouldn't attend.

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    2. Serendipity- I agree with you. Brassington- admirable that you are going. Have low expectations and you'll be fine.
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    3. HARBOUR WEST RESIDENTJune 07, 2015

      Since Eisenberger is at the root of this, expect HIS vision; not your's. I see it's the same old call for public input to present their own ideas. Eisenberger (in his last stint as mayor) told those of us in the North End before that the vision for the City is about what benefits the entire City, not those who live here. Yup. I see some things never change.

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  6. AnonymousJune 05, 2015

    I have been at too many of these types of meetings and it is true that they are just going through the motions. The city's future is set by a certain select interest group and everyone knows it.

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  7. M Adrian BrassingtonJune 05, 2015

    I hate to sound like Mickey Rooney yelling 'Let's put on a show!', but I'd be happy to take suggestions posted here and do my best to raise them during the public meeting.

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    1. I won't be going to this.My four year old has a bookcase full of fairy tales and Disney movies.

      If you are asking for questions, you may want to ask them how they can possibly fool themselves into thinking they can move forward without fixing the systemic problems that they have, that was mentioned earlier here. Like a culture of low expectations, whole crew creating time theft, staff being pressured to compromise their ethics and the list goes on.

      Metaphorically, if you are lying in bed in intensive care with internal bleeding, a broken neck and kidney failure, how can you be believed when you talk about playing football on Sunday?

      More importantly, ask when they will be creating a public scorecard of RESULTs as suggested in Teresa DiFalco's article here http://www.thehamiltonian.net/2015/05/statecraft-on-culture-of-low.html

      Until they can answer these questions, there are better fairytales.
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    2. AnonymousJune 05, 2015

      lol amen to that!!!!

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  8. SerendipityJune 05, 2015

    Personally, I think what's needed immediately is for the City to give residents at least 6 months before one of their two-week notice show-and-tell meetings. This 'time' would allow for residents to mock up their visions on big bristol boards and the meeting would be a half-and-half: the City presents their vision and the residents present their vision, equal time for each. From that point, we count how many City people are in the room, including consultants, and we select, via random draw, the same number of residents to form the planning and "vision" group. From then on, that group works together to mesh the visions together and viola! A shared, and compromised perhaps, vision for all.

    This is possible, I know, for it happened in the North End whilst planning a years-long traffic strategy. It was a wonderful way to work with both the City and residents and what we gained was far, far better than anything the city had first offered out of the gate.

    Mr. Brassington, if there is a revolt at the meeting I'd love to hear about that, otherwise, I already know what the City is offering up and it's a far cry from what they promised North Enders years ago. Simply put, the City lied about the number of units/residents they would allow and until they put residents on the top of the stakeholders list and consider us equal partners in planning for our neighbourhood, well I don't believe in them anymore.

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    1. "Personally, I think what's needed immediately is for the City to give residents at least 6 months before one of their two-week notice show-and-tell meetings. This 'time' would allow for residents to mock up their visions on big bristol boards and the meeting would be a half-and-half: the City presents their vision and the residents present their vision, equal time for each. From that point, we count how many City people are in the room, including consultants, and we select, via random draw, the same number of residents to form the planning and "vision" group. From then on, that group works together to mesh the visions together and viola! A shared, and compromised perhaps, vision for all"

      I doubt that this will happen, but I do agree that it is a good idea. Like everyone else has said, I think this city has a lot of problems that they need to properly fix before they do anythign like this. But the problems start at the top with this council, so until we have the proper amount of people voting to vote the incumbents out, we'll be stuck.

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