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Friday, July 31, 2015

Media Release: George Hamilton Day (Civic) Holiday – August 3, 2015

George Hamilton Day (Civic) Holiday – August 3, 2015 What's Open and What's Closed?

Hamilton, ON – July 31, 2015 - All City of Hamilton administrative offices will be closed on Civic Holiday Monday, August 3 and will reopen Tuesday, August 4.

For emergencies involving roads, water mains, sewer systems, public health and safety issues, please call 905-546-CITY (2489).

A complete list of holiday schedules and closures is available on the City of Hamilton website.

Media Advisory- City of Hamilton to hold Lobbyist Registry information sessions

HAMILTON, ON – July 29, 2015 – On Thursday, July 30, the City of Hamilton will be holding two public information sessions and lobbyists and members of the public are invited to attend. The second public information session will be held on August 17. The sessions will provide information about the launch of the City’s new Lobbyist Registry online tool.

WHAT: The Lobbyist Registry is an accountability and transparency tool. The Registry goal is to allow members of the public to clearly see who is lobbying the City of Hamilton’s public office


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Teresa DiFalco- On Compliance Committee Process

As many of you know, the compliance committee process has reached an end, with the decision of the compliance committee on a number of matters. One of these matters, became an application concerning my campaign finances when I ran for Ward 10 Councillor.

Throughout the time that this matter unfolded, I responded to each media request I received-the lion’s share of which came from The Hamilton Spectator. I thought it proper to allow other media to cover this and not to speak about it here on The Hamiltonian, given that I am the Publisher.

As the matter has now been decided, and the committee has concluded that a compliance audit is not warranted in my case, I am at ease with writing about this in The Hamiltonian.

I believe that the compliance committee ultimately arrived at the right decision, with regard to not proceeding to a compliance audit,  where my campaign finances are concerned but I had grave concerns with the process; both, in my case and in the other cases that went before them.

My concerns grew as I learned that during one of Ms. Viv Saunders' applications concerning a councillor, a committee member told the councillor that she need not speak because he already knew that she had done nothing wrong. This highly prejudicial statement did not belong in the proceedings and assails the integrity of the process. I also became concerned when Ms. Joanna Chapman was informed by a compliance committee member that because a candidate was not successful in their election bid, that they were not subject to penalties. That statement was blatantly wrong and it makes one wonder if the committee members were duly skilled and informed to be hearing these matters.

In my case, and briefly, I provided a complete Form 4 package and ticked off indicators on the Form 4, that signalled that an additional schedule and charts were attached. Somehow, one schedule and two charts were not scanned and uploaded to the city’s website. This was beyond my control and seemingly, a result of human error. I am not assigning blame, but certainly I would imagine that people are people and are not infallible, even if you work at City Hall. We all make mistakes. Further, it would be completely illogical for me to check off boxes on my Form 4 stating that materials were attached, reference the information in those attachments throughout my Form 4 submission and factor them in the calculations, and yet not provide them.

In terms of the matter of my campaign deficit, I calculated it correctly, in accordance with the guide and cited the references throughout the guide that supported my calculation. This calculation, and my entire Form 4 submission was verified by an independent Chartered Professional Accountant, who provided his report accordingly. Upon receipt of the application, I presented the application to the independent Chartered Professional Accountant, and had him re-review my Form 4 and supporting materials in light of the application. He again confirmed that I was in complete compliance and provided a letter stating so, that I provided to the committee.

I intend to inform the public of the proceedings in my case more thoroughly, but in short, I am glad we have the safeguard of an audit compliance committee in the system. However, I am disappointed in the manner in which these proceedings were executed. There is room for significant improvement. Stay tuned.

Respectfully,
Teresa DiFalco
Publisher, The Hamiltonian

Monday, July 27, 2015

Media Release: M.P. David Sweet to announce Federal Grants for Ancaster Facilities

For Immediate Release

M.P. David Sweet to announce Federal Grants for Ancaster Facilities

July 24, 2015  Ancaster, ON –

Local dignitaries will gather on Monday in Ancaster at Ancaster Square to announce federal grants through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program for Ancaster facilities.

David Sweet, along with Councillor Lloyd Ferguson will be at the front entrance of Ancaster Square, 300 Wilson St. E., at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 27th, 2015 to make the announcement.


Friday, July 24, 2015

Picture of the Moment-Water Walk

Two women participants in the 2015 Sacred Water Walk, walk down the service roiad in Stoney Creek to relay the water. Click here for more info.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Food for Thought with Alex Bielak - Gone Fishing

Pierre D'Amours cooks a shore lunch
on the banks of the Restigouche river -
 Iphone pic by Alex Bielak
GONE FISHING!

The filing deadline for this column was inconveniently in the middle of Food for Thought's annual fishing trip to the Maritimes. I'm sending this photo - recording a remarkable lunch in a remarkable place - from a Timmies in Campbellton during a "supplies run." (The river is low, as are staples like nibblies and gin, so needs must, and we have ventured from camp to "civilization" to restore the larder.)

The joys of such a trip with good friends include not just the fishing and easy camaraderie, but also long discussions after dinner on esoteric subjects: thus far we've covered the recent discovery of the oldest ever published volume of fly patterns, fraternities, British sketch comedy, and what in life remains sacred. Not much beyond love, apparently.

The integral fuel for all of this is the fantastic camp food, wine assembled from all over the world and intermittent, copious refreshments. An additional bonus this year was a side trip a number of us arranged down much of the Restigouche River. Over the course of a sunny day we motored and floated about 100 Km of the river, including over 60 Km of stunning wilderness, punctuated by some of the most exclusive salmon camps in the world.

Our guide, Pierre D'Amours, a superlative woodsman, navigated the skinny waters, teaching us much about the ecosystem, and some about ourselves and our place in it. At midday, after we had seen a fisherman land a fine male salmon on the best pool on the river that can hold thousands of Atlantic salmon up to 40 pounds or more, Pierre made a fire over which he cooked a splendid shore lunch.

Salmon smoked according to his secret recipe, and fiddleheads were followed by the steaks in the photo, accompanied by fried potatoes, onions and mushrooms. His wife Lisa's fresh strawberry jam on rolls baked by his mother were dessert. And yes there were libations, chilled in the cool tributary that ran into the main river.

It has been said one fishes to feed one's soul rather than one's body. I put that into practice this morning as I released a small salmon back to the clear green waters of Camp Pool. Luckily our cook, June, had a light something ready for us to restore the balance between soul and body!

How They Voted In June

With thanks to from our good friends at C.A.T.C.H. 

How they voted in June

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Media Release

CITY OF HAMILTON AND TIGER-CATS AGREE TO STADIUM RENTAL TERMS

HAMILTON, ON – After meeting this morning, the City of Hamilton and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have mutually agreed to rental terms for the 2015 season.

These terms will see the Tiger-Cats pay the City the full amount of $700,000 this year. This amount is due to the fact that this year is considered a half-year as a result of late delivery and as set out in the licensing agreement between the parties. In 2016, the full amount of $1.4 million will be paid and this amount will continue for the duration of the 20 year agreement.

Application of the official stadium license agreement that was approved by Council in 2014 will commence when the remaining operational and infrastructural deficiencies at the stadium have been undertaken. Upon completion, the license agreement will then come into effect and all the obligations associated with it will take effect. Any incremental costs associated with the work required to complete any aspect of the stadium related to the fan experience will be pursued in partnership by the Tiger-Cats and the City in claims against the stadium building consortium Ontario Sports Solutions (ONSS).

The City will address any lost revenue and costs incurred through our project agreement between Infrastructure Ontario and ONSS due to late delivery of the stadium. The City will ensure it facilitates the resolution of the deficiencies as soon as possible and will continue to work with the Province of Ontario and the Tiger-Cats to do so.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Music in the City 2015 / Music on the Waterfront

Music in the City 2015 / Music on the Waterfront
presented by Big Time Productions Ltd.
54 Duncombe Drive, Hamilton, ON L9A 2G2

905-389-4265 / 480-243-7815-US

e-mail johnyb@pathcom.com www.pathcom.com/~johnyb

FB Music-in-the-City-Hamilton Twitter/Periscope @BonnieEsson

2 venues: Lloyd D. JACKSON SQUARE ROOFTOP GARDEN

Monday to Friday noon – 2pm 2 King Street West, Hamilton L8P 1A1

Music on the Waterfront - Jazz & Blues
Thursday evenings 7 - 9pm
Pier 8, 47 Discovery Dr. Hamilton L8L 8K4

June 29-30 July 2-3 Laura Keating noon - 2pm Jackson Square Rooftop
Thu. July 2 Brenda Brown Trio 7 - 9pm Pier 8, 47 Discovery Dr. near Williams Coffee
July 6-10 Steve Fuller noon - 2pm Jackson Square Rooftop
Thu. July 9 Troy Harmer Jazz Trio 7 - 9pm @Pier 8, 47 Discovery Dr. near Williams Coffee
July 13-17 Troy Harmer noon - 2pm Jackson Square Rooftop
Thu. July 16 Jack de Keyzer 7 - 9pm Pier 8, 47 Discovery Dr. near Williams Coffee
July 20-24 Miles Branagh noon - 2pm Jackson Square Rooftop 

Thu. July 23 Jack de Keyzer multi Juno recipient http://www.jackdekeyzer.comThu. July 23 Sal Roselli Trio 7 - 9pm Pier 8, 47 Discovery Dr. near Williams Coffee
July 27-31 Mike McGuire noon - 2pm Jackson Square Rooftop
Thu. July 30 Jude Johnson Jazz Trio 7 - 9pm Pier 8, 47 Discovery Dr. near Williams Coffee


Saturday, July 11, 2015

Dr. Sam Schulman- on management of bleeding disorders

Enjoy our chat with Dr. Sam Schulman as Dr. Schulman talks about his and the researchers working with him's findings on the management of bleeding disorders and of blood thinners during surgery

1. In layman’s terms, can you describe the contribution your research has made to the issues surrounding bleeding disorders and use of blood thinners used during surgery. Please describe the problem you’ve addressed and the impact of what you have discovered.

The new blood thinners that are starting to replace warfarin (Coumadin) act in a different way and therefore you need to stop and restart them differently when patients have surgery. Physicians have been unsure of how to do that and it is important to demonstrate the optimal timing for this. If the blood thinner is stopped too early before surgery, the patient can suffer a stroke or a new blood clot in the lungs or legs. If it is stopped too late, they can bleed more during surgery. same problem after surgery. Our results show how this should be done safely with a very low risk for both bleeding and stroke.

2. What will physicians and surgeons learn from your studies and how might they employ these findings?

By publishing the result in a high-impact journal like Circulation and also lecturing on this we hope our colleagues will adopt our strategy and establish local hospital guidelines or policies based on these results.

3. We are certain that many will be interested in the results of your research, but can you also explain what prompted you to focus on this area and, more specifically, what triggered the revelation that led to this breakthrough?

When new drugs are approved some questions are addressed by the studies performed before registration. But many hugely important issues are left for studies such as ours to answer afterwards.

4. Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know about this work?

The study was funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and recruited almost twice as many patients as originally planned, which strengthens the results.

Thanks Dr. Schulman for your work and the sharing of this information on The Hamiltonian. 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Media Release-Keep your distance from wild animals

Keep your distance from wild animals

HAMILTON , ON – July 9, 2015 – Hamilton residents are reminded to protect themselves and their children by staying clear of wild animals.

Yesterday, Public Health Services, received confirmation of the first positive rabid bat for 2015. In the previous five years Hamilton has had confirmation of eight rabid bats that may have come in contact with people (2 in 2014; 1 in 2013; 0 in 2012, 4 in 2011; and 1 in 2010). Also, there has been a significant rise in the number of raccoon bites reported to Public Health Services. Animal Services in Hamilton is also seeing an increase of people interacting with raccoons this season. This is particularly concerning as many raccoons may be sick with distemper.

Wild animals, or even stray or feral cats and dogs may carry rabies, distemper or other diseases that can be transferred to humans. Residents are urged to stay safe and avoid contact with unknown and wild animals. You can also discourage them from being on your property by not providing food sources such as unsecured compost, organics, or garbage, or pet food.

Injured or sick wildlife or wildlife that pose an immediate danger should be reported to Animal Services at 905-573-3433. Do not attempt to handle the animal.

All animal bites, scratches and possible rabies exposures should be reported to Public Health Services at 905-546-2489 for investigation.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Food for Thought with Alex Bielak-Taste report and a Year’s Worth of Beer in Two Weeks

Taste report and a Year’s Worth of Beer in Two Weeks 

Beer-lovers have the opportunity to swamp any sorrows they might have over the coming two weekends this July.

Before I give details of how you too can sample over 52 beers or ciders in just two weeks, a short note about the recent Taste of Burlington launch event. In a nutshell it was a terrific showcase of what’ll be on prix-fix lunch and dinner offer at the 23 participating restaurants, July 19 – August 2, 2015.

Though I had my favourites (see photos), there were many fine dishes on offer and it was clear many

of the chefs had upped their game this time around. The judges courageously picked a very simple, but refreshing, watermelon and mint salad from Persian restaurant Rayhoon as the “Best Taste” winner.

It won over a splendid, more complex offering, from three-time champ, Chef Mitchell Lamb from