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Monday, December 28, 2015

7- Candidate Geraldine McMullen

In our series entitled "7", The Hamiltonian will provide all candidates who are registered to run in the Ward 7 by-election, equal access to The Hamiltonian to get their message out. As per our standing policies, The Hamiltonian will remain nuetral and will allow all an opportunity. Our series continues with Ward 7 candidate Geraldine McMullen. Enjoy our Q/A with Geraldine:

1. Why are you running for Ward 7 Councillor? What are you hoping to achieve by doing so?

I care deeply about our community and I have a desire to see that we take care of our seniors and all who are in need. Too many of our neighbours are falling further behind every day.

I am enthusiastic about responding to the needs of our Ward 7 residents, identifying gaps and meeting those needs; this takes the involvement and support of our entire community. My goal is to engage everyone so that we might address what's important and seize every opportunity, together.

2. What do you think are the most pressing issues facing the Ward and facing the city as a whole? How would your contributions help to resolve these issues?

There is a lack of funding from the provincial and federal governments. Many services were downloaded to the municipalities. Issues such as the affordable housing, seniors’ housing and independent living are a concern. Of equal concern is the increasing aged population and their access to services. Poverty, community programme funding, the state of our roads and pedestrian safety are also on the list. We need to ensure we get our fair share of financing.

3. What is your current assessment of this installation of City council? Are you satisfied with their performance? What, if anything, might you add to council that would be unique or new?

While the current council seems to be functioning reasonably well, I note that our Mayor has called for more brevity in debates in the name of efficiency. I believe that I can add value to decision-making. I am not afraid to provide opinions based on the needs of Ward 7 and the direction of Hamilton as a whole.

I will bring a no-nonsense approach and my election will move council one step closer to gender parity. I do not give up on what matters and I welcome the opportunity to advocate on behalf of those in need.

4. How can people reach you to ask you about your position on matters or to otherwise engage with you?

I hope to meet you face to face, pre and post-election, at your doors; as I already have with many of you.

Call me anytime: 905-818-0499
Email me anytime: votemcmullen@gmail.com
Visit my website: votemcmullen.ca
Facebook: Vote McMullen Ward 7 or twitter @geraldinemcm.

5. Tell us a little about yourself, on a personal note. Your hobbies, likes, dislikes, background etc. Anything that would have people get to know who you are on a more personal basis.

I come from a family of five, and my immediate family is my spouse Trent Jarvis, my daughter, Alannah and my step-sons, Ryan and Daniel. I am very fortunate to have my parents with me, Patricia and John, supporting my aspirations. They were immigrants to Hamilton and taught me to be a proud Canadian.

I dedicate a great deal of my time towards improving the quality of life for the folks who live and work in our community.

I sing with the St. Patrick’s Folk Group. You can hear my voice on two Christmas CD’s produced to raise funds for food banks and various charitable organizations. I have participated in Christmas concerts and community fund-raising activities at multiple venues including long-term care facilities.

More recently, I started Food for Families, an initiative to hold food drives during the summer months.

I began to develop leadership skills in my teenage years when I joined army cadets, eventually rising to the rank of Captain and Cadet Commanding Officer.

I refereed soccer for almost 20 years in Hamilton and surrounding areas and later coached during the years my daughter played.

I enjoy being involved with my community at both a grassroots level and by participating on multiple community-based boards of directors. One way I keep connected with Hamiltonians is by attending events all over the city. Recently, I had the opportunity to MC the United Filipino Canadian Senior’s Association of Hamilton Gala. I look forward to connecting with everyone.

6. Is there anything else you would like to add?


I commit to serving on council with absolute integrity so no one will ever regret casting a ballot for Geraldine McMullen.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Making Headlines 2015 Results

As our readers are aware, each year The Hamiltonian enlists the help of our Pespectives Virtual Panel to make predictions for the upcoming new year. And in advance of this, we look back on the last set of predictions to see how things panned out.

Have a look at these predictions for 2015. Click here to go there.  It's always fun to look back and see how accurate the predictions were. 

If you wish to make any comments on the results, please do so on this thread, and not on the older one. 

Want to be a member of our Perspectives Virtual Panel?  It's free. Just click here to go there. 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us at The Hamiltonian!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Hamiltonian- On Chief Glenn DeCaire - Opinion

Reducing Chief Glenn DeCaire’s decision to leave the Police Services in favour of another opportunity, as a ruthless act of “looking out for number 1” not only does a disservice to the Chief and Hamilton, but it also fails to recognize the history and the context surrounding the decision.

While the Chief himself may be prepared to characterize his decision to leave as a pragmatic one based on the prospect of greater longevity in the new job, it would be difficult to completely cast aside the Chief’s experience with politicians and some factions of the press, as contextual.

As an example, the Chief found himself in a bitter battle over the police services budget with Clr., Terry Whitehead leading the charge for restraint, while the Chief stood steadfast to ensure the service’s ability to provide reasonable protection against crime and to promote deterrence. The Hamiltonian continues to believe that both perspectives were valid, but wonders about the underlying undertones; the message being, the need to toe the line. The Chief's willingness to engage the public and connect with them, also must have ruffeled some feathers.

The conversion to encrypted communications, while offering up an alternative way to keep in the loop, also caused controversy in some factions. Again, The Chief’s concern about putting information in the hands of only those who need it in order to protect the public, seemed to have been poorly received by some.

Many portrayals in the press were less than flattering, often parading around a picture of the Chief taking a question from an audience member, the particular picture chosen, having the unfortunate effect of making the Chief look as though he was doing a dictator-like salute. Additionally, tagging him with the childish reference of “Chief don’t care” only further underscored the levels to which some stooped.



Rumours and speculation around whether his contract would be extended time and time again, were other factors that swirled in the mix.

Hamilton politics, which appear to require obedience and almost carte blanche deference to the directing minds of this city, in the form of its local councillors, also proved to be an irritant. The Chief found himself trying to satisfy politicians while remaining on the hook to ensure the public was reasonably served. In matters that can very well be life and death, this is no trivial consideration.

So while the Chief may have made a sensible decision, albeit at a considerable reduction in pay, it would be na├»ve to reason that the factors above, and others, would have not  influenced him. And to the extent it did, it is a sad commentary on the way Hamilton treats its leaders.

Some may argue that his exits from the police services could have been handled differently, but on balance, it may be that we have driven out an exceptional leader, or perhaps, allowed conditions which lead to his departure.


The Chief’s innovations and his refined approach to policing smart, whereby capacity remains nimble so as to be matched against need in a fluid way, and his ability to track and report on its impact, and continue to refine, proved exceptional and is one of the many attributes of this Chief that will be dearly missed.

Job longevity as a factor, must be acknowledged to be a valid consideration. But when one couples that with a substantive pay cut and voluntarily stepping down from such a prestigious position, it may be reasonable to assume that there is more to the story.

The Hamiltonian salutes Chief DeCaire for his service and believes that it will be difficult to come by another of his caliber. Sometimes you don't know what you have, until you lose it.


The Hamiltonian

Friday, December 18, 2015

Media Release: Statement from Mayor Eisenberger regarding Chief De Caire’s Retirement

Statement from Mayor Eisenberger regarding Chief De Caire’s Retirement

HAMILTON, ON – December 18, 2015 – “It is with great surprise that I recognize Chief De Caire upon his retirement announcement, and acknowledge his six years with Hamilton Police Service," said Mayor Eisenberger. He leaves the service after leading us to reductions in violent crimes and through his tenure has launched numerous new and innovative programs. I wish him much success in his new role. 

The Board, in doing its work of oversight and governance, while adhering to the Police Services Act, is dedicated to the pursuit of public safety and we will remain committed to setting the objectives and priorities for the Service.

Following the holidays, we will be embarking on the search for the new Chief and we will seek, through that selection, to continue to keep our citizens safe and to ensure that public safety is our number one priority of the Board. “

Checking in with Ryan McGreal on LRT

Ryan McGreal
Enjoy our chat with Ryan McGreal, Editor of Raise the Hammer, as we consider LRT and its future implementation in Hamilton.

1. You have fought very hard to bring Hamilton along in recognizing the value of LRT. Now that we are on the path to an installation of LRT, do you feel a sense of relief and accomplishment, recognizing that while you were not the only influencer in this direction, you did make a substantive contribution?


It was certainly thrilling when the Province finally delivered their funding commitment, and I'm excited that this crucial milestone has been reached on the path to success, but this project is still ongoing and I'm not ready to let myself feel relief - not until I've bought my ticket and am stepping aboard the LRT vehicle to take my first trip.

If LRT had just been the pet project of a few urban activists, it would never have made it past the initial feasibility study, let alone an historic funding commitment. The success of this LRT project at moving forward is a credit to the project itself first and foremost, and to the many thousands of people in Hamilton and at Queen's Park who understand its tremendous potential to transform the city.

I feel proud to have played a small role in advocating for LRT, but it
was only successful because of

Thursday, December 17, 2015

With Councillor Aidan Johnson

The Hamiltonian checked in with Clr. Johnson. Enjoy our chat with the Clr.:

Looking back over the past year, what accomplishment as city councillor are you most proud of? Conversely, what issue have you been frustrated with and how did you handle it?

I am proudest of having created Hamilton’s Indigenous Justice Strategy. The motion I wrote, creating the Strategy, was passed by Council last winter. The Strategy is based on my work in Aboriginal law -- a significant focus in my career as a lawyer. In the summer, the Strategy brought the Witness Blanket to Central Library, to mark the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report. We’re now moving forward with plans for the Strategy’s roundtable on urban Indigenous rights issues.

One issue I find frustrating at City Hall is the lack of financial resources to fund the infrastructure, environmental, and social programs that we need. To address this challenge, I volunteered to serve as Chair of Council’s Finance Committee (Audit, Finance, Administration). I was elected to this role in early December. I’m looking forward to working with our federal and provincial partners to strengthen the city budget and grow Hamilton’s economy.

2. Being a new councillor (relatively speaking), can you tell us what surprised you the most about the role of city councillor. Or, is it pretty much what you envisioned it to be?

The role is basically what I expected it to be. I am learning new things every day, and deeply enjoying the work!

3. What does Hamilton have to do less of and more of, and why?

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Channel Zero's Statement to The Hamiltonian re: Job Losses etc.

On the heels of learning of the loss of jobs of our friends at CHCH, we asked Romen Podzyhun of Channel Zero the following questions:

1. It appears as though bankruptcy has been filed, which, amongst other things, allows the company to by-pass any severance requirements that would otherwise be available to its employees. The impact of this has left many employees feeling abandoned and betrayed. Can you comment as to why this measure was taken without pre-warning employees. Or had such notice been given?

2. What do you say to those employees who do feel abandoned and “kicked to the curb” as per the descriptions that have been used by some employees?

3. A sub set of employees apparently were retained to serve in various capacities. What criteria was used to make the determination as to whom would be retained?

4. Is there anything you’d like Hamiltonians to know about this decision?

In response, we received the following reply from Chris Fuoco, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Channel Zero.


We shared with the union this past Summer just how dire a financial situation that CHCH was in. The nature of bankruptcies is that they happen quite fast and we regret the impact that this decision had on employees. It was a difficult decision to restructure but the alternative was to go dark, terminate everyone and cease operations completely – and silence institution that has served Hamilton for over 60 years. We structured our approach to maximize, in the circumstances, what employees receive both from us and other government programs such as WEPPA (Wage Earner Protection Program Act). Of the 129 full time employees, 58 were offered positions with the new company. As of yesterday, all but 4 agreed to join the new company. We want to thank Hamiltonians for their patience and support during this difficult time.

7- So Far.....

As mentioned, The Hamiltonian is committed to providing equal and fair coverage to all candidates who are registered to run in the Ward 7 by-election. 

In case you have missed the candidates featured thus far, here are some quick links to them, allowing you to easily compare their positions and answers to our questions:

Robert Bolton- click here
Phil Bradshaw- click here
Bob Charters- click here
John Paul Danko- click here
Doug Farraway - click here
Timothy Gordon - click here
Chelsey Heroux- click here
Greg Lenko - withdrawn
Geraldine McMullen - click here.
Glenn Murphy- click here. 
Anthony Nicholl- click here
Jeanne Lise Pacey- click here
Uzma Qureshi - click here
Howard Rabb- click here
Donna Skelly - click here
Damin Starr -click here
Lou Vecchioni- click here
Robert Young - click here
Hans Zuriel- click here

This list will be updated as new candidate submissions are received. 

7- Candidate Phil Bradshaw

In our series entitled "7", The Hamiltonian will provide all candidates who are registered to run in the Ward 7 by-election, equal access to The Hamiltonian to get their message out. As per our standing policies, The Hamiltonian will remain nuetral and will allow all an opportunity. Our series continues with Ward 7 candidate Phil Bradshaw. Enjoy our Q/A with Phil:

1. Why are you running for Ward 7 Councillor? What are you hoping to achieve by doing so?

Community First

1) running because I would like to add a new perspective and I am hoping to create a sense of community within Ward 7, where everyone can participate and feel that they can add their views to the conversation, whatever that conversation may be,, on any issue that might come up.


2. What do you think are the most pressing issues facing the Ward and facing the city as a whole. How would your contributions help to resolve these issues?

7- Candidate Greg Lenko- Withdrawn

Please note that we have been advised that Mr. Lenko has withdrawn from this race. 

In our series entitled "7", The Hamiltonian will provide all candidates who are registered to run in the Ward 7 by-election, equal access to The Hamiltonian to get their message out. As per our standing policies, The Hamiltonian will remain nuetral and will allow all an opportunity. Our series continues with Ward 7 candidate Greg Lenko. Enjoy our Q/A with Greg:

1. Why are you running for Ward 7 Councillor? What are you hoping to achieve by doing so?

Hamilton is going through an incredible growth period right now with some exciting changes happening. The city is becoming a much more vibrant place to live work and play. I volunteer much of my time for the betterment of the people and communities in Hamilton and I enjoy helping improve the lives of those who need it. There are also several people from various backgrounds, including councillors who reminded me of the positive effects and benefits of the work I already do
for the communities in Hamilton and inspired me to take it to the next level which is that of being a councillor. As a councillor I hope to remedy many of the challenges we face here in Ward 7. Safety is always a priority for me. Safety for individuals and for entire communities. Ward 7 doesn't just need a strong voice at city hall but someone who will take action for the people in Ward 7. I am a man of action as is evident through The Escarpment Project which I founded and grew to become the largest Volunteer Environmental Clean-up of its kind in Canada. I want to bring that type of dedication
and determination to city hall on behalf of Ward 7.

2. What do you think are the most pressing issues facing the Ward and facing the city as a whole. How would your contributions help to resolve these issues?

7- Candidate Anthony Nicholl

In our series entitled "7", The Hamiltonian will provide all candidates who are registered to run in the Ward 7 by-election, equal access to The Hamiltonian to get their message out. As per our standing policies, The Hamiltonian will remain nuetral and will allow all an opportunity. Our series continues with Ward 7 candidate Anthony Nicholl. Enjoy our Q/A with Anthony:

1. Why are you running for Ward 7 Councillor. What are you hoping to achieve by doing so?

The Central Mountain is an integral part of Hamilton that offers culture, opportunity and a diverse economy. From walking along scenic Concession Street, to borrowing a good book from Hamilton Public Library's Turner Park and many activities in between; Central Mountain is the place to grow as a family.

I am running for Central Mountain Ward 7 Councillor to support the community, promote safer neighborhoods and improve accessibility.

I hope to continue the advocacy that Scott Duvall had respectfully provided to Ward 7. I congratulate Mr. Duvall for all of his hard work and wish him all the best in his new role as MP.

I am not afraid to challenge the status quo or tackle tough issues. I will answer your calls for action and ensure that your voice is heard in council.

2. What do you think are the most pressing issues facing the Ward and facing the city as a whole. How would your contributions help to resolve these issues?

There are a number of issues facing Ward 7 and the city as a whole. One of the biggest issues affecting Ward 7 and the city is accessibility. We need to improve our roads, safety and flow of traffic, especially on the LINC and Red Hill. Programs such as Darts also needs improvement to provide more accessibility and reduce wait time. There also must be a better alternative to improving our drinking water, other than adding chemicals. The city already adds fluoride and chlorine. Effective January 2016, the city will be adding phosphate to our drinking water.

3. What is your current assessment of this installation of City council? Are you satisfied with their performance. What, if anything, might you add to council that would be unique or new?

For the most part, the city councillors are committed to supporting their communities. However, there's room for much needed improvement. Projects such as, Tim Horton's field were significantly delayed due to lengthy council debates. There must be a more efficient way to approve projects and reduce red tape to improve our economy and workforce.

I would provide fresh new ideas and motivate the council to reduce lengthy debates.

4. How can people reach you to ask you about your position on matters or to otherwise engage with you?

I can be reached as follows:

Phone or Text 289-489-9603
Email: vote4nicholl@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/vote4nicholl
Twitter: @vote4nicholl

I will have a meet and greet with residents of Ward 7 in January. Date to be announced.

5. Tell us a little about yourself, on a personal note. Your hobbies, likes, dislikes, background etc. Anything that would have people get to know who you are on a more personal basis.

I have been married for 12 years to my lovely wife. I am the proud father of 2 sons and a daughter: Edward is almost 4 years old, Michael is just over 2 and Emily is our baby. I enjoy spending time with my family and taking my children to Early Years programs and local parks.

I have been working as a Installation and Repair Technician for 17 years at Bell Canada.

I support our local sports teams by attending a few Ticat and Bulldog games each year.

Oskee Wee Wee Oskee Wa Wa Holy Mackinaw Tigers ..... Eat'em Raw!

6. Is there anything else you would like to add?


We live in a great city! I would like the opportunity to represent the people of Ward 7.


Monday, December 14, 2015

7- Candidate Robert Bolton

In our series entitled "7", The Hamiltonian will provide all candidates who are registered to run in the Ward 7 by-election, equal access to The Hamiltonian to get their message out. As per our standing policies, The Hamiltonian will remain nuetral and will allow all an opportunity. Our series continues with Ward 7 candidate Robert Bolton. Enjoy our Q/A with Robert:
1. Why are you running for Ward 7 Councillor. What are you hoping to achieve by doing so?

Over the last 12 plus years ward 7 has been seen and not heard. We are almost 70,000 strong, and have not had a voice at city hall. Too many councilors have secret agenda's as you have seen with the last federal election. I believe that I am the voice that ward 7 needs. I was born and raised in this ward. My father is a retired Steel worker who has lost his retirement to a US company, I do not feel that enough was done at the city level to prevent this. To sum this up we need a strong voice and that is me.

2. What do you think are the most pressing issues facing the Ward and facing the city as a whole. How would your contributions help to resolve these issues?

Some of the most pressing issues are: a) our streets are not safe ie: the alley ways around Concession and Upper Wentworth , b) theft of a families Christmas lights c) public transit for the southern reaches of all the wards on the hill d) speed of the
Linc & Redhill as i was almost killed a few weeks ago recovering a vehicle d) the lose of public high schools in and around the ward.

3. What is your current assessment of this installation of City council? Are you satisfied with their performance. What, if anything, might you add to council that would be unique or new? 

Council appears to be working together but i feel they need a reality check. I am a working man in this city and sometimes I feel council forgets that we are a working city


4. How can people reach you to ask you about your position on matters or to otherwise engage with you? 

I can be reached at robertpaulbolton@gmail.com or at 905 961 8016

5. Tell us a little about yourself, on a personal note. Your hobbies, likes, dislikes, background etc. Anything that would have people get to know who you are on a more personal basis. 

I have been a coach , sports director, past President of Eastmount Community Centre, gone from Wolf Cub to Scout leader, former Director of C.A.P. Concesson Street BIA
Sacred Heart farmers market I have been a tow operator in the city for over 20 years,, Former MCPL in the A;SHofC like bowling fishing out door activities of all seasons

6. Is there anything else you would like to add? 

I would like to wish all candidates a warm felt good luck

Link of the Moment

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Food for Thought with Alex Bielak- Sips and Bites – Holiday Gift Edition

Sips and Bites – Holiday Gift Edition 

The past months have been busy with a lot of travel and other commitments, but I’m glad to be back. With Christmas almost upon us here is a short roundup of books and gifts that are sure to please your favourite foodie, even if that is yourself!

I’ve had the pleasure of living over the past few months with a few cookbooks that I have come to appreciate. Any cook will love one or more of these to peruse once the turkey is done!

I wrote in May about “Curbside: Modern street food from a vagabond chef” by Niagara-based Chef Adam Hynam-Smith (Whitecap Books). It is indeed a wonderful source of inspiration and one of my favourite books of the year.

Another book that I have turned to often, since I got my review copy, is the mammoth tome, “The Food Lab” by Kenji Lopez-Alt Managing Culinary Director of the great online site Serious Eats. He “birthed” the 6½ pound (seriously, you need to read this on a sturdy surface) earlier this year and I find myself drawn to it, not least for its down to earth and very practical writing, but to check on things like when to salt meat, his extensive testing of techniques etc., and for a better understanding of the science behind cooking. Given its size it has hands down the best cost per page ratio of any of the books I’ve seen this year.

My forays into Molecular Gastronomy have been helped by the book of the same name by Jose Sanchez, published by Wiley. It is a lovely book, that is both highly technical and practical, really aimed at culinary students. I like it for the clear definitions, history and explanations of the applications of various compounds used in molecular cuisine.

I’m also enjoying a trio of more ethnic books which are helping me re-connect with my European


Media Release

STATEMENT FROM MAYOR EISENBERGER REGARDING CHCH NEWS

December 11, 2015, Hamilton, ON – “CHCH has been a fixture in the news landscape in Hamilton for decades. The station and its’ staff provide dedicated local programming,” said Mayor Eisenberger. 

“We understand this is a restructuring, not a shutdown. This will allow CHCH to continue to deliver local news, with the core broadcasts intact, but at a reduced schedule. The announcement this afternoon comes with significant job loss, and greatly impacts the news staff and their families in our community. Right now, we send our thoughts and support to everyone at the station."

Friday, December 11, 2015

7- Candidate Howard Rabb

In our series entitled "7", The Hamiltonian will provide all candidates who are registered to run in the Ward 7 by-election, equal access to The Hamiltonian to get their message out. As per our standing policies, The Hamiltonian will remain nuetral and will allow all an opportunity.Our series continues with Ward 7 candidate Howard Rabb. Enjoy our Q/A with Howard:

1. Why are you running for Ward 7 Councillor. What are you hoping to achieve by doing so?

I am running to represent the people of the Hamilton Mountain because we will need a strong voice in the years ahead. Hamilton is growing quickly and changing rapidly. A billion dollar investment is coming to our downtown from the province that will require additional investment from the Municipality to make it a reality. That money has to come from somewhere and I want to make sure that priorities on the mountain aren't ignored.

We can't let Mountain roads crumble and we can't ignore the incredible lack of public transit on the mountain any longer.

During my time at City Hall I made relationships with both senior staff and Councillors. Those relationships are key to getting things done for the ward. Because of this I can hit the ground running and begin delivering for Ward 7 on day one

2. What do you think are the most pressing issues facing the Ward and facing the city as a whole. How would your contributions help to resolve these issues?

7- Candidate Doug Farraway

In our series entitled "7", The Hamiltonian will provide all candidates who are registered to run in the Ward 7 by-election, equal access to The Hamiltonian to get their message out. As per our standing policies, The Hamiltonian will remain nuetral and will allow all an opportunity.

Our series continues with Ward 7 candidate Doug Farraway . Enjoy our Q/A with Doug:

1. Why are you running for Ward 7 Councillor. What are you hoping to achieve by doing so?

The shortest answer is, "I want to continue giving back to my city."
My experience at Neighbour to Neighbour was both rewarding and an education. I learned about the part of the community I had never paid much attention to before, the almost one in five Hamiltonians who need a hand up, not a handout. Giving that help and seeing the success stories at the centre has given me the inspiration to try and help through service on city council.

2. What do you think are the most pressing issues facing the Ward and facing the city as a whole. How would your contributions help to resolve these issues?

Thursday, December 10, 2015

7- Candidate John-Paul Danko

In our series entitled "7", The Hamiltonian will provide all candidates who are registered to run in the Ward 7 by-election, equal access to The Hamiltonian to get their message out. As per our standing policies, The Hamiltonian will remain nuetral and will allow all an opportunity.

Our series commences with Ward 7 candidate John-Paul Danko. Enjoy our Q/A with John-Paul:


1. Why are you running for Ward 7 Councilor? What are you hoping to achieve by doing so?

It is an exciting time to live in Hamilton; we have one of the most diverse economies in Canada and we’re on the cusp of a massive investment in new public infrastructure.

Yet, it still feels like Hamilton is stuck in neutral.

I am running for Ward 7 Councilor because I believe that we can do better. I come from outside of Hamilton’s political circles and hope to bring a fresh new perspective on what is great about our City and where we can improve from here.

I am running for Ward 7 Councilor because I believe that we need representatives with real world experience in industry and business. As a professional civil engineer, I solve complicated problems for a living and I would be honoured to bring that same approach to City Council.

Finally, I am running for Ward 7 Councilor because I believe that our Council representative should be personally invested in our community. I live here. I am raising my family here. I am your neighbor in Ward 7.

2. What do you think are the most pressing issues facing the Ward and facing the city as a whole. How would your contributions help to resolve these issues?

Media Release: VP of Juch Tech and Hamilton Teleport has sights set on seat at City Hall

Hamilton- Howard Rabb has spent nearly a decade enhancing local companies and now he wants to enhance Ward 7. Rabb- the current Vice President of Operations for Juch-Tech and Hamilton Teleport- is running for the now-vacant position of Councillor of Ward 7. This position was formerly held by newly elected MP Scott Duvall.

Rabb, who was raised in Hamilton, has acquired a passion for the betterment of this city. Rabb opened his first business at the age of 12 selling and fixing computers to his neighbours as well as local business owners. After various management positions at a number of small box and big box stores Rabb went on to manage North American business unit of the software company Mitrefinch.

"I loved working in the private sector and working to help companies manage turnarounds in a tough economy but I wanted to do more to help my community."

Rabb entered municipal politics this past summer by seeking the Federal Liberal nomination for the riding of Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas which encompasses much of the West Hamilton Mountain. After the nomination he took a contract position with Councillor for Ward 8 Terry Whitehead.

"I still wanted to be involved and working at City Hall was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.” Rabb also stated, “working every day with the residents of the Hamilton Mountain lead me to seek this new role."

Through his time working in the Councillor’s Office, Rabb made a number of strong relationships with other Councillors and senior staff at City Hall. This sparked his drive to officially submit his candidacy for Ward 7 Councillor.

"The people of the mountain need a Councillor that can hit the ground running on day one. It is the value of the relationships I have built within City Hall that is going to help me get things done for the residents of ward 7 on day one."

Rabb is eager to get the campaign underway and will be at the City Clerk’s office when it opens to collect the required nomination package.

For more information please feel free to contact Andrew Hall

W: electhoward.ca
E: andrew@electhoward.ca
T: 905-537-0438/ 905-575-1212 ext 3676


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Media Release: Hamilton City Council Approves 2016 Rate Budget

HAMILTON, ON – December 9, 2015 – On December 9, Hamilton City Council approved the 2016 Rate Budget supporting water, wastewater and storm water programs.

Council approved the 2016 Rate Budget with a combined 4.7% increase in water and wastewater/storm user rates effective January 1, 2016. This translates into an additional $29.00 per year for an average residential household consuming 200 cubic metres of water annually.

Hamilton has one of the oldest and most complex water and wastewater systems in Ontario and this increase supports Hamilton’s ongoing efforts to catch up on the infrastructure deficit and attain a sustainable level of funding for this critical system. This rate increase reflects a prudent investment for present and future generations while balancing residents’ ability to pay. Hamilton’s rates continue to remain among the lowest in Ontario.  For more detailed information, please visit the 2016 Budget page.

Integrity Matters- With George Rust-D'Eye

In this edition of Integrity Matters, The Hamiltonian decided to check in with the new Integrity Commissioner/Lobbyist Registrar, George Rust -D'Eye. Here is our Q/A with George:

Can you describe what activities and work you have been doing since your assuming the roles of Integrity Commissioner and Lobbyist Registrar? Specifically, what work has been done to date?’


As in the case of all municipal powers and responsibilities, the positions of Integrity Commissioner and Lobbyist Registrar, and the authority of municipal councils to appoint such accountability officers, are created under statutes of the Province of Ontario.

City Council has, by By-law, appointed me as the City’s Integrity Commissioner and Lobbyist Registrar, for terms commencing on May 1, 2015.

The Performance of my Responsibilities as Integrity Commissioner

During the period following my appointment as Integrity Commissioner, I have performed the responsibilities of that office, as conferred and imposed upon me by the Provincial and Municipal legislation referred to above. In the course of carrying out my duties, I have conducted the following activities and work:

-provided information and advice to Members of City Council, relating to the provisions of the Code of Conduct and its effect on their role as Councillors;

-engaged in frequent and ongoing meetings and discussions with Councillors, and with City staff, particularly the City Clerk and the City Solicitor, relating to the exercise of the responsibilities of my office; attended at Council and committee meetings; and received information from, and met with, persons seeking information as to the application of the Code of Conduct, complaining about, or objecting to, the alleged conduct of a Member of Council, and/or requesting that I conduct an inquiry into such conduct and impose or recommend sanctions for contravention of the Code. (such latter persons I will refer to generally as “complainants”);

-interviewed complainants, Members of Council whose alleged conduct has been the subject-matter of a complaint, query or request for inquiry, arranged for interviews with witnesses and others whose knowledge or information is relevant to the matter, and reviewed documentation relating to the complaint in each case.

I have not, to date, found the need to conduct a full inquiry concerning a complaint against a Council Member.

In carrying out my responsibilities, I have considered and taken into account:

-the need to make an initial determination of whether, assuming the allegations of fact to be true, such conduct could involve contravention of the Code of Conduct;

-the need to deal with each complaint in as expeditious a manner as possible;

-the desirability of understanding, and seeking and taking into account input from parties to the complaint, and attempting to arrive at a mutually-satisfactory resolution of the complaint, if such is possible; and

-my responsibility and power to not proceed with an inquiry if the complaint is trivial, frivolous or vexatious,, does not relate to a municipal matter or interest, actually involves alleged breach of the Criminal Code, the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act, the Municipal Elections Act, or other federal or provincial legislation, or where it is not in the public interest to proceed or deal further with the complaint.

How many complaints have you received since assuming your roles of Integrity Commissioner and Lobbyist Registrar, and what is the status of any such complaints?

My response is: nine specific complaints or requests for advice, and a number of additional contacts and queries.

On September 2, 2015, I provided a Report to the Council’s General Issues Committee, in which I reported that I had received three specific queries and complaints up to that time.

Since the delivery of that Report, I have dealt with six additional queries and complaints.

During the period in question, I also received, and replied to, numerous requests from Members of Council and others, for information and advice relating to the operation of the Council’s Code of Conduct and the manner in which I would or might, deal with complaints as Integrity commissioner.

At the present time, there are no pending or outstanding complaints or requests for advice under either my Integrity Commissioner or Lobbyist Registrar jurisdictions

The Establishment of the Lobbyist Registry, and the Performance of my Duties as Lobbyist Registrar

The Lobbyist Registration regime for the City of Hamilton came into force as of August 1, 2015.

“The purpose of the Lobbyist Registry is to enable individuals and businesses to register when they are going to lobby public office holders, and allows citizens to view who is communicating with City of Hamilton public office holders. Registering lobbying activities online is simple and emphasizes government accountability and transparency. In addition to its overall transparency and accessibility, the implementation of the Registry tool aligns with the City’s Values and Strategic Priorities.” (quote from the City’s News Release, July 31, 2015)

At the outset of my term as Lobbyist registrar, I drafted forms for Lobbyist Registration, Notice to the Public, and other documentation and procedures for the implementation of Council’s adoption of the lobbyist registry system.

To date, I have not yet found it necessary to undertake an inquiry or proceedings against any person for alleged contravention of the Lobbyist Registry By-law; in fact, I believe that I have received co-operation from Members of Council and lobbyists alike.

Since the coming into effect of the By-law, I have held a number of education and training sessions for Members of Council, staff, and members of the public, providing guidance and information relating to the operation of the By-law, and my administration of it as Lobbyist Registrar, as well as individual discussions with Members who have contacted me directly.

During the course of my duties, I have been in regular and continuing contact with the Program Coordinator, and other City staff, including the City Clerk and the City Solicitor and their respective staffs.

To date, there have been 31 lobbyist registrations filed with the City under the Lobbyist By-law, all of which are publicly accessible online, with particulars in each case, as required by the By-law.

The foregoing is a summary of the activities and work that I have performed as Integrity Commissioner and as Lobbyist Registrar, for the City of Hamilton, and the complaints or requests with respect to compliance with the City’s Code of Conduct for Members of Council which I have dealt with during my term in the office of Integrity Commissioner.

Is there anything else you would like Hamiltonians to know about how you have been serving their interests?

I would like to draw to the attention of Hamiltonians the fact that the City Of Hamilton, its elected municipal government, recognizes its role, and practices, as an open, transparent, accessible and accountable form of local government, to the extent possible and in accordance with the law, and encourages its citizens to understand the responsibilities of Members of Council, and the City as a whole, to comply with the words, spirit and intent of the City’s By-laws and be answerable to the public and its electorate, made more effective through the work of its Accountability Officers.

I would also draw to the attention of the public, and of City Council, the various documents that the City of Hamilton has issued, all of which are available online and from the City Clerk, outlining the steps and procedures involved in making a complaint under the City’s By-laws, and I would encourage members of the public who believe that there has been a contravention of the Code of conduct, to proceed with the making of such a complaint.

As Integrity Commissioner and Lobbyist Registrar, I regard as my highest and most important responsibilities, to educate and train the Council and the City administration, in the requirements of its accountability and transparency legislation, and to respond appropriately to every complaint and request for information, in order to implement properly the City’s By-laws, in the public interest.

I have provided a copy of this email to the City Clerk and the City Solicitor, with the request that a copy be provided to each of the Members of Council.

George Rust-D’Eye,
Integrity Commissioner and Lobbyist Registrar for the City of Hamilton

Thank-you George for engaging with Hamiltonians on The Hamiltonian . Note : The Lobbysist Registry can be searched by clicking here. 


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Tenors at First Ontario Place

Friday night's performance of The Tenors at First Ontario Place proved to be a delightful evening full of stellar performances and variety. The song list included songs from the Christmas season, as well as contemporary music and originals. The Tenors were fun to watch and their on stage banter added a element of comedy and warmth. They provided context to song choices and the stories behind the songs made them all the more charming. From grand arrangments and performances from the big stage, to more intimate offerings on a smaller stage that was set up on the audience floor, the Tenors delivered each piece with precision and warmth. 

The evening flew by as the audience was entranced by The Tenors. Truly a band who knows how to hold an audience's atention. The concert was rewarding in every way, and is highly recommended by The Hamiltonian. If you get a chance to catch The Tenors, our advice is to do so. To learn more about The Tenors and future performances, click here

Monday, December 7, 2015

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

HAMILTON, ON - December 7, 2015 - The City Council appointed Citizens’ Jury on Transit invites the public to join them on Saturday, December 12 at 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Hamilton Spectator Auditorium for free presentations and an open discussion on the topic “Doing LRT Together: Redevelopment and Community Benefits.”

This is the third and final meeting that the public is invited to attend. Speakers include Pedro Barata, V.P. of Communications and Public Affairs with the United Way of Toronto and York Region, Collette Murphy, Executive Director of the Atkinson Foundation along with Paul Johnson, City of Hamilton Director of LRT Coordination. For full details and to register, go to hamilton.ca/citizensjury/ or call 905-637-0000.

About the Citizens’ Jury on Transit

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 continue to meet over the next 6 weeks and provide recommendations to City Council in early spring.

Connect & Engage

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 at www.placespeak.com Once registered, city residents can participate in the discussion. 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.

Follow us on Twitter @HamCitzJury

Picture of the Moment

Mayor Fred joins our Publisher Teresa DiFalco, as he greets the members of Winona's Immaculate Heart of Mary Church . In this picture, the Mayor and Ms. DiFalco are on board the Knights of Columbus float which celebrated Christmas with the motto "Christ is Christmas" in the Stoney Creek Santa Clause Parade on Saturday.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Incident 1 Video Tape and Q/A

The Hamiltonian has followed up with the City with a number of questions related to the video recording of the incident that happened between Joey Coleman and Clr. Ferguson. The following are the questions we submitted. It seems that the reply received is not aligned to the questions per sei. However, we have posted what we sent and what was received:

Questions asked by The Hamiltonian of the City:

The questions below are related to the video footage that exists and/or existed that captured the interactions between Clr. Ferguson and Joey Coleman, on the day/evening that the altercation between the two in which Clr. Ferguson pushed Mr. Coleman, occurred:

1. Can you describe for us the retention schedule for video footage, as it pertains to the area and surrounding areas in which this altercation occurred. In other words, how long is video footage ordinarily kept? What happens to video footage that falls outside of that retention period. Is it archived somewhere else? Is it irrecoverably deleted? Does something else happen to it? If so, what?

2. At a point in time, the aforementioned video footage became the subject of concern. When and how did you first learn that the footage was of special interest? Who first directed you to treat it as such?

3. Who had access to the video and who viewed it, to date?

4. At a point in time, the video of that day appears to have been edited. In that context, it appears that the video has been reduced to being a discrete clip of a larger amount of footage.

4a) is it correct that the video footage is an extract of a larger degree of footage that would have existed?
4b) if so, who made the decision to edit down the video, and what parameters or criteria was used to arrive at the extract that survived?
4c) in terms of the editing that was done, was it confined to simply extracting a piece of video from the whole footage, or, in addition, was there pieces of the video that was edited within the extracted portion that survives. In other words, within the piece of video that has been published, were any pieces removed, added, moved or otherwise altered from the original footage?
4d) In examining the video for the purposes of executing the aforementioned editing that occurred, the portion that has not been made available must have been viewed. For any other portions of that whole footage, was there any footage that showed any further altercations between Clr. Ferguson and Mr. Coleman. In particular, was there any other footage that would have showed an additional instance or instances, where Clr., Ferguson layed a hand(.s)on Mr. Coleman?

5. To the city’s belief, we have been told that the remaining footage of that day no longer exists. Can you confirm that it no longer exists and is completely unrecoverable?

6.Is there anything else that you believe should be known about the aforementioned matter, as it pertains to the video footage?



The City's reply:


In searching the City’s computers/hard drive on November 27th, 2015, at the request of the City manager’s office, and in light of the attention around the incident 3 files were found.  

1.       Incident1.n3r    - this is a copy of the video file from the CCTV camera system. It was created at 9:34 am Feb 28, 2014 following direction to retain the file.
2.       ND_viewer.exe – this is a simple application used to view the video file. It was placed on this security computer the afternoon before the .n3r file.
3.       Incident1.mp4  - this is an mp4 extract of the Incident1.n3r file. It was created at 3:05 pm March 17, 2014. When played, it appears to be identical to the .n3r file, but of slightly poorer quality.

4.       The copy Legal Services was provided by Facilities staff is a copy of the attached original made via a cellphone camera, that video copy was then forwarded to our FOI office from Legal Services on March 28, 2014.  

I have attached the mp4 file to this email for you to view, (click here to see it) as you can see it is the exact same video as the one released by FOI staff.

3 Staff viewed the original video when it was order retained.
·         2 Security guards
·         1 Supervisor, Facility Services

Rom D’Angelo (Director responsible for facility services) has told the City Manager, that these staff are prepared to sign an affidavit recalling to the best of their knowledge the incident and steps taken and to state they stopped the video where they did as that was the end of the physical incident as they viewed the video.

We did an IT sweep for anything else. All of the remaining possible sources were checked.  There is no evidence of a saved video anywhere beyond what was found. This isn’t surprising as all of these security video camera systems store a minimal amount of video on-line.  Any videos to be saved must be off-loaded (as was done with the video extraction that occurred here).

So, I believe these are the only video files in existence.

As I have said, the city does not have a video retention policy or overall corporate security protocol.  This will be completed as per Council’s direction immediately.  


Thank you,

Mike Kirkopoulos B.Sc., M.A.
Director, Corporate Communications & Intergovernmental Affairs
City of Hamilton