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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Difficult Questions

The following questions were posed to Clr. Ferguson and Mayor Eisenberger regarding the Coleman incident. We have not received a reply from Clr, Ferguson. Mayor Eisenberger's office advised that the mayor has nothing further to add at this time. 

The following were the questions we posed:

Question to the Mayor: Mayor Eisenberger: 


The matter of the altercation between Clr. Ferguson and Joey Coleman, in which Clr,. Ferguson physically pushed Mr. Coleman, continues to garner attention. Part of the reason may be that despite the report of the previous Integrity Commissioner, and despite a police investigation, many believe that the end result does not seem to be appropriate or look well on our city.

Former Councillor Brad Clark was quoted as saying “ The fact that a Chair of the Police Services Board assaulted someone and never saw a courtroom, is a problem”. Do you agree with this statement in whole or in part? Whether or not you agree with the statement, do you believe that the matter has reached an appropriate conclusion and are you comfortable with Clr. Ferguson remaining is his roles?

Question to Clr. Ferguson: Clr Ferguson:

It seems that a new round of theories have emerged, based on the missing pieces of video footage of the incident between yourself and Mr. Coleman. You have stated that the published piece captures the incident in full and that there is nothing else to see. In light of that, some may be wondering why you attempted to have the video repressed. What were you trying to accomplish in doing so? Can you provide clarity on that front in order to prevent the spinning out of more theories.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Rest of Ferguson/Coleman Video is Gone Forever, says City

It seems that anyone hoping to see more of the footage relating to the incident between Clr. Ferguson and Joey Coleman is out of luck. We have confirmed with the city that additional footage no longer exists. Here is a Q/A with Michael Kirkopoulos of the City of Hamilton:

Q. With respect to the video footage involving Clr. Ferguson and Joey Coleman and the now infamous pushing incident, is the rest of the video not available because it no longer physically exists? Or is it at all retrievable?

A. It no longer exists is my understanding from our facilities staff. We retain video for no longer than 14 days.

Election Alert

Nominations for the  Ward 7 by-election are expected to commence December 10th, closing on February 5th, 2016 at 2pm. 

Link of the Moment

The much anticipated release of video footage showing Clr. Ferguson laying hands on journalist Joey Coleman is now available and can be seen here on a link from our friends at CBC. Click here to go there.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Media Release: Hamilton.ca Gets New Look for International Visitors

HAMILTON, ON – November 20, 2015 – The City of Hamilton’s efforts to welcome the world took a major digital step forward recently with the implementation of an overlay page for international visitors (see attached). Visitors to Hamilton.ca from outside of Ontario will see a ‘pop up’ that welcomes the visitor and asks if they are interested in Moving to Hamilton, Doing Business in Hamilton, or Visiting Hamilton.

Once a choice is made, the user will be taken to intermediate welcome pages featuring the most searched tasks/items from which they can go on to connect with the City’s main website. As well, translation options are featured on each page.

“The City’s website attracts many international visitors, but until now we have not had good metrics


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Media Release: Citizens’ Jury – Rapid Transit “LRT as City Building”

Hamilton ON – November 18, 2015 – The City Council appointed Citizens’ Jury on Transit will meet on November 25, 6:30 pm at Mohawk College in Room i109 for a presentation and discussion on the topic “LRT: How it Changes Cities”. The public is invited to attend this free event. This is the first of three meetings that the public is invited to attend. Presenters include transit experts from Calgary and Pittsburgh who will speak about their experience with Light Rail Transit. The next public meetings will be held on December 2 at 6:30 pm and December 12 at 9:30 am. For full details and to register visit hamilton.ca/citizensjury/ or call 905.637.0000. Presentations will also be live streamed on placespeak.com/HamCitzJury. You must register as a participant to watch.

The Citizens’ Jury on Transit was struck as an initiative of City Council. They were selected from a random sample of city residents to provide advice to Hamilton City Council on rapid transit related issues and opportunities. Members were appointed from each ward and reflect the diversity of the community. This meeting is one of a number of several opportunities for the jury to hear presentations on rapid transit. The group will meet over the next 2 months and provide recommendations to City Council in early spring.

The public can follow the Citizens’ Jury agenda, sources and experts and watch videos of the presentations, share their thoughts and ideas by registering on line at PlaceSpeak.com. This is a unique interactive platform that enables geo-tracking, and shows who is saying what, and from what part of Hamilton. After each session with Jury members, a summary will be posted. Learn more on the PlaceSpeak website. Once registered, city residents can participate in the discussion. The Hamilton Citizens’ Jury can also be followed on Twitter @HamCitzJury.

Ideally, the result of this and other meetings as well as the discussions on PlaceSpeak, will be engaged city residents holding a productive conversation as we move towards building rapid transit infrastructure across the city and the region.

Link of the Moment

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Secret of Our Success and other topics.....

Recently The Hamiltonian checked in with City Manager Chris Murray on a number of issues. Enjoy our Q/A with Chris:


In an article in the Hamilton Spectator dated October 27, 2015, you cited signs like being on track to sell building permits for $1 billion worth of construction for this year; a red-hot housing market that's outperforming those in Toronto and Vancouver, falling office and factory vacancy rates and an empty waiting list for assisted child care space, as indicators of Hamilton’s success. How much of that success would you attribute to natural market or economic influences as opposed to engineered and deliberate strategy at the municipal level? Can you explain your ratios as they pertain to the factors listed above?

In terms of the how building permits work; building permits are not sold; they are issued when the company/investor, etc. has completed the development process including all the requested studies and addressed the conditions applied by Planning, Growth Management, Building, Public Works, etc.

Success attributed to natural market or economic influences: 


Hamilton’s success is a prime example of the old adage: “ a rising tide – lifts all boats”
The City of Hamilton has a number of effective strategies/Action plans already in place. From Economic Development to Urban Renewal to Housing to transportation infrastructure.

The growth statistics (i.e. permits, land sales, housing sales, etc.) are a measure of the interest in Hamilton from both a residential and non-residential perspective. Hamilton also has the most diversified economy in Canada ranking 0.95 out of 1.0 resulting in in-migration from the GTA, and business investment and relocation to Hamilton. 

In comparison to neighbouring municipalities Hamilton has a more affordable land supply available for development; a significantly lower cost of Development Charges compared to the GTA; superior and uncongested transportation system; and the presence of a world class university (McMaster #90 worldwide) and one of the most progressive Community Colleges in the Province (namely Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology).


Building permits is often cited as a measure of success and growth and there is no doubt that it

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Link of the Moment

A petition has been activated that encourages the release of the video footage that shows what happened between Councillor Ferguson and Joey Coleman. To view the petition, click here. 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Media Release- Westmount's Dance Marathon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Hamilton, On.

Students from Westmount Secondary and the Children’s Miracle Network will “Dance for those who can’t” to raise money for McMaster Children’s Hospital

About us:

Westmount Secondary School is hosting its very first Dance Marathon event on November 20th in support of McMaster Children’s Hospital. They are asking for your support in making this event a success. Established by the Children’s Miracle Network, the Dance Marathon is the largest student-led fundraising event in the world, having raised over 100 million dollars for local children’s hospitals across North America. They have been hosting a series of events to raise awareness, get students active and support local pediatric care. Their campaign will culminate with a massive dance event which challenges students to stay on their feet late into the night in a show of support for children struggling against illness. Students will “Dance for those who can’t” and contribute 100% of the money raised to McMaster Children’s Hospital. This event will be the very first to take place in the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board and the students are working to ensure it is a huge success and serves as an example for other local high schools.

How to help
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To help support in this worthy endeavour, they would appreciate any form of product or money donation. Products will be included in prize draws to help encourage pledges. It would also be beneficial to receive products on the day of the event to provide food and drinks for participants. All money donations will be given directly to McMaster Children’s Hospital and all products will contribute greatly to the success of our event.

Generous donors are the key to their success and make it possible for Westmount and Children’s Miracle Network to provide local children and families at McMaster Children’s Hospital with a healthy tomorrow.

Contact us:

If you would like to know more about Westmount’s Dance Marathon and how you can help, please feel free to contact them anytime at WMTdancemarathon@gmail.com or visit the Dance Marathon website at: www.helpmakemiracles.ca/event/wdm15.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Media Release: Engineer John-Paul Danko. P. Eng. Announces Candidacy for Central Mountain Council Seat

Hamilton, Ontario – November 12th, 2015 – 38 year old Central Mountain resident and professional engineer John-Paul Danko promises to bring his career experience building bridges (literally) to City Council if elected in the Ward 7 byelection (scheduled for March 21st).

“I don't see a seat on council as a career move or a political stepping stone. I am a professional engineer and a small business owner - not a politician. I solve complicated problems for a living and I would be honored to bring that same approach to City Council.”

“I am running for council because I believe that we need a Councilor with real world experience in industry and business – someone non-partisan with deep roots in Ward 7.”

“I was born at Henderson Hospital. I grew up on the Mountain. I went to school on the Mountain. I graduated from McMaster University and now I am raising my family on the Central Mountain. I am your neighbour in Ward 7.”

Contact:

John-Paul Danko
http://www.jpdanko.com
votedanko@gmail.com
11 Buchanan Street,
Hamilton, ON
Ph: 905 8185711


Note: As per our policy, The Hamiltonian remains nuetral in this and all political races and is open to publishing prress releases of all candidates, in accordance to our policies. We will not allow any persoanl attacks or any other unprofessional comments. 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Media Release:Haudenosaunee and HCA Set Dates for 2015-2016 Harvest


For Immediate Release:

Haudenosaunee and HCA Set Dates for 2015-2016 Harvest

The Haudenosaunee Wildlife and Habitat Authority (HWHA) and Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) have agreed to a Specific Agreement for the 2015-2016 season basedon the existing Protocol to address the Treaty Rights of the Haudenosaunee on HCAowned lands.

Deer harvesting for the 2015-2016 season will be conducted in two areas of the Dundas Valley Conservation Area (DVCA) designated as Schedule A and Schedule B . For the months of November and December 2015, harvesting will occur within Schedule A. Harvesting for January 2016 will take place within Schedule B. The areadesignated in Schedule B has no public access or trail system.

Within Schedule A, harvesting will only occur on HCA owned lands on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays only between November 16 and December 10 of 2015.

For Schedule B, harvesting will occur on HCA owned lands on Mondays, Tuesdays,Wednesdays, and Thursdays only between January 4 and January 14 of 2016.

The number of deer to be harvested is limited at 60 deer. The Hamilton Police Services and Ministry


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Media Release: Public Health is looking for smokers who want to quit

Public Health is looking for smokers who want to quit

HAMILTON, ON – November 4, 2015 – Hamilton Public Health Services will be hosting two STOP (Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients) sessions. They will run on Friday, November 13, 2015 in the morning at and afternoon in downtown Hamilton. The STOP Program provides five weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), a practical support for alleviation of nicotine withdrawal symptoms, which has been shown to be effective to help people quit smoking. To see if you are eligible to participate and to register for a STOP session call the Tobacco Hotline at 905-540-5566 ext. 1. Space in these sessions is limited; please register early to avoid disappointment.

In addition to providing NRT, the STOP Program will offer educational material to encourage program participants to make broader changes that can improve their overall health. Often smoking does not occur in isolation, but rather accompanies other risk factors for disease, such as poor nutrition and lack of physical activity.

Hamilton Public Health Services supports the goals of the Smoke Free Ontario Strategy. We work with individuals, groups and agencies in the community to develop programs and initiatives that support schools, workplaces, health care settings and the community at large to promote tobacco-free living. Public Health Services is happy to be partnering with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Good Shepherd HOMES Program, and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as part of its Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy.

Background: The STOP Program

Introduced in 2005 through a partnership between the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the STOP Program has provided nicotine replacement therapy including nicotine gum and patches, as well as bupropion and varenicline, free-of-charge, in combination with counselling support to an unprecedented 100,000 people from across Ontario.

Baseline questionnaires and follow-up surveys, spaced over six months post treatment will help the STOP Program researchers learn more about the long-term impact of providing nicotine replacement therapy and other smoking cessation aids free-of-charge to smokers across Ontario.

The Hamiltonian encourages all smokers to consider particpating in this initiative. Not only will quitting smoking save your health, it will save you money. Tell them The Hamiltonian sent you! ;-)

Monday, November 2, 2015

Office of Councillor Ward 7- Vacancy

Click here to read a report respecting the Council Vacancy – Office of Councillor Ward 7, which will be added to the November 4th GIC agenda