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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Integrity Commissioner's Second Report to Council

To see the second report Integrity Commissioner George Rust D 'eyed is submitting to council, click here.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Brooks, Yearwood Dazzle Hamilton

Garth Brooks erupted on The First Ontario Place stage at roughly 8:45pm. From there, the man on fire amazed a mesmerized audience with a battery of hits including Rodeo, The River, Two Pina Coladas, Papa Loved Moma and Ain't Going Down Till The Sun Comes Up , all in rapid succession leaving the audience screaming with delight. The master showman had the audience eating out of his hands from the first notes rung out and easily led  them through a journey,  from the feel-good allure of Two Pina Coladas to the ethereal The Thunder Rolls.

Garth took plenty of time for playful engagement with his audience, at one point pitting one section of the audience against another, challenging them to see who can cheer the loudest. People were more than happy to oblige and soon Garth transformed the place into a wall of fans roaring for more Garth.

During The River, the whole place came alight as fans held up their cell phones creating a sea of shining lights. Garth's energy and huge catalogue of well known and beloved hits kept the audience on their feet, singing and pleading for more.  True to form, Garth relentlessly  delivered exponentially while throwing in his signature shouts of "yeahhhh" during the performance of certain songs, driving the audience into a further frenzy- if that were even possible. 

And as the audience was captured by the man on fire, in comes Trisha Yearwood who left no doubt that she is a superstar in her own right. Trisha and Garth sang the duet "In Another Eyes" after which, Trisha owned the stage with her powerful and yet elegant vocals. Her performance of Broken, a song that she sang in the musical The Passion, in which she played the role of the Mother of Jesus Christ, sent shivers down ones spine as she transcended the space and touched all with her passionate delivery.

Not to be outdone on the playful side, She's In Love with the Boy was sung while a roving camera captured couples within the audience who kissed one another upon realizing that their images were on the big screen.

After Yearwood tantalized the audience, the man on fire again took the stage- almost literally. The balance of Garth's performance left no doubt of the endearing quality of his music and of the man who so flawlessly and joyfully connects with his audience.

Musically and vocally Trisha and Garth were pristine. The vocals from both performers sounded as strong and as clear and the historical recordings, leaving no doubt that they can still belt it out. At no time, did either Garth or Trisha back away from difficult vocal pieces, and in particular on Shameless, Garth proved that he could still leave it all on the table. For those who are interested in gear, Garth was playing a Takamine acoustic for the lion's share of the show, opting for a vintage Fender stratocaster during Baton Rouge.

The show left no doubt as to the mastery of Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. 

The Hamiltonian



Thursday, March 24, 2016

Job Opportunity

The 2016 Census: Join the team!

Looking to make a lasting contribution to Canada, its communities and its people?

Canada’s next census will take place in May 2016 and Statistics Canada is hiring approximately 35,000 employees across the country to work on the collection phase of the 2016 Census.

Staff are required for a variety of supervisory and non-supervisory positions between March and the end of July 2016. These non-office jobs will involve working in neighbourhoods and communities across all urban, rural and remote areas of the country.

Approximately 5,000 Crew Leaders and assistants will be hired to train, lead and supervise a team of Enumerators, while an estimated 30,000 Enumerators will be hired to distribute census questionnaires, conduct in-person interviews and follow-up with respondents in person and by phone.

The rates of pay range from $16.31 to $19.91 an hour, plus authorized expenses. Screening of applications will begin in mid-February.

Applicants must be:
18 years of age or older prior to start of duties
a Canadian citizen or otherwise eligible to work in Canada
able to commit to at least 20 hours per week, including days, evenings, weekends and holidays, as required.

If you’re interested in working directly in the community, meeting new people or earning supplementary income, then this kind of work is right for you! Apply online at www.census.gc.ca/jobs.


The Hamiltonian encourages all to share this notice with anyone who may be interested in this type of work. 

Media Release: Eisenberger to host the Honourable Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 24, 2016 Hamilton, ON – Mayor Eisenberger is pleased to host the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, to the City of Hamilton this afternoon.

Her Honour will be participating in a roundtable discussion with city staff and local youth leaders to learn about the initiatives relating to sustainability and youth engagement.

We invite all members of the media and public to join us at 3:30pm, City Hall 2nd Floor, for a Civic Reception where Her Honour will deliver brief remarks.

We welcome this opportunity to share with Her Honour how the City of Hamilton is driving forward through the lens of our renewed 25-year Community Vision. This is comprised of six themes born out of our community engagement piece - Our Future Hamilton: Communities in Conversation. Environmental sustainability holds significant weight and we are proud to be a City that has encouraged organizations to take a leadership role and operate in a sustainable manner.‎

Today’s roundtable highlights some of the work that is being done in our community to protect the environment and respond to the threat of climate change, while encouraging future leaders to lend their voice.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Brit Floyd Captures Hamilton Place Audience

Pink Floyd tribute band Brit Floyd, once again delivered a stunning show at Hamilton Place. You may recall that the band last played in Hamilton in April 2015. Our review of that particular show can be read by clicking here.

This time around Brit Floyd again dazzled the audience and delivered a memorable evening of Pink Floyd classics flawlessly. The erethral presentation of the music itself, the dazzling laser light show and constant images being projected on a large circular film screen over the stage, transported the audience into a dream-like state. Spontaneous standing ovations were again earned, and the band continued to churn out complicated pieces with precision, passion and energy.

If you are a Pink Floyd fan, or simply interested in masterful performances, Brit Floyd is well worth seeing. To learn more about the band, click here.

Monday, March 21, 2016

7- Skelly is the City of Hamilton’s Ward 7 Councillor-elect

Media Release
For immediate release

Donna Skelly is the City of Hamilton’s Ward 7 Councillor-elect

Hamilton ON – March 21, 2016 – Donna Skelly is the City of Hamilton’s Ward 7 Councillor-elect and will represent residents of that ward on Hamilton City Council. Skelly is expected to be officially sworn in on Wednesday, March 30, 2016.

All results are unofficial until approved by Hamilton’s City Clerk this week.

For more Ward 7 By-election election results and information, visit http://vote2016.hamilton.ca/ and www.hamilton.ca/voter-info.


What were the results from the 2016 By-Election?

Ward 7 Municipal By-Election Day was Monday, March 21, 2016.
Eligible Voters: 41,332
Ballots Cast: 10,063

Turnout: 24.35%

For detailed results, click here.
Note: The Hamiltonian congratulated Ms. Skelly salutes all who ran. 

7- Election Today

The Ward 7 By-Elections will be held on today- Monday, March 21, 2016 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. The final results are expected shortly after 8:45 p.m.

The Hamiltonian wishes all the candidates luck. Click here to read what many of them have to say.


To find out where to vote, click here. 

The Hamiltonian encourages all eligible voters to vote. May the best candidate win in Ward 7. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Media Release: Hamilton Public Library Launches Music Strategy

Hamilton Public Library Launches Music Strategy

HAMILTON, ON – March 16, 2016 – Hamilton’s exciting local music scene and robust music legacy have a direct influence on Hamilton Public Library. Building on the City of Hamilton’s Music Strategy, Hamilton Public Library has created its own strategy to guide music programming, services and collections. Music lives here.

Hamilton Public Library’s collections offer something for everyone. Holdings include sheet music, music CDs, DVDs and Blu-Rays as well as books covering a wide range of topics. HPL’s digital offerings include Freegal and Hoopla, both providing free access to downloadable music, and Zinio with magazine titles such at Billboard, Rolling Stone and Opera Canada.

Piano practice facilities have recently been expanded and are available at our Central, Red Hill and Terryberry locations. An upright piano is housed on the second floor of the Central Library while both Red Hill and Terryberry Branches have full-size keyboards with headphones. Access to the pianos is free of charge.

Music is a key component of many of Hamilton Public Library’s programs for children and adults. Storytimes for children include songs and rhymes. A series of lunch hour concerts take place at Central Library from September to the end of June and feature fabulous local talent. In partnership with Front Room Entertainment, four in-the-round concerts will take place in The Circuit 4.0 (Central Library’s newly renovated fourth floor) in 2016 and 2017. The Trews performed for a crowd of over 400 fans just last week. The Circuit 4.0 at Central Library as well as the Terryberry and Red Hill Branches feature sound studios for recording music and podcasts – perfect for garage bands.

Community partners are also supporting music programming in library spaces. In conjunction with the City of Hamilton’s Music and Film Office, a two-day Artist Manager Bootcamp will take place on April 23 and 24 presented by Canada Music Incubator.

Music truly lives at the Hamilton Public Library and we invite you to explore our spaces and #shareyourdiscoveries.

The Hamilton Public Library is a vibrant hub for information and culture, providing our diverse community the Freedom to Discover. As one of the largest library systems in Canada, Hamiltonians can discover something new at our 22 locations, two bookmobiles or through our extensive digital collections. Visit us online at hpl.ca. Follow us on Twitter @hamiltonlibrary. Like us on Facebook at HamiltonPublicLibrary.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Brit Floyd Coming to Hamilton

Brit Floyd is once again coming to Hamilton on March 22 at Hamilton Place. For those who are Pink Floyd fans or fans of album rock in general, Brit Floyd is a treat for the senses. Read our review of the previous appearance that Brit Floyd made in Hamilton, by clicking here.


A Chas Cole for CMP Entertainment presentation
NEW FOR 2016

THE GLOBAL SPECTACULAR…
OVER ONE MILLION TICKETS SOLD WORLDWIDE!
BRIT FLOYD

The World's Greatest Pink Floyd Show

Space and Time CONTINUUM
World Tour 2016

Following its hugely successful 146 concert date tour around the globe in 2015, Brit Floyd, The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show, returns to North America in 2016 to continue its amazing journey through fifty years of Pink Floyd, and the vast and incredible catalogue of music they have given us. As well as performing the favourite moments from The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall and The Division Bell... Brit Floyd will treat audiences to its show-stopping rendition of Echoes, in its entirety, from the landmark album Meddle, as well as a host of other Pink Floyd musical gems.

Brit Floyd lead vocalist, guitarist & musical director, Damian Darlington, said, “The audience reaction to the Space and Time show in 2015 was so positive that we've decided to continue that theme in 2016 with Space and Time CONTINUUM, and we aim to deliver an even stronger performance for everyone. There is so much quality material to choose from across the Pink Floyd repertoire, and we will definitely be trying a few different songs this time around as well as including all the favourites.”

With a spectacular new million dollar light show and state of the art video design... and an even bigger stage production, Brit Floyd - Space and Time CONTINUUM promises to be the most ambitious and best Brit Floyd show yet.

‘The perfect rock show’ - LA Times
'Magnificent… a musical masterpiece’ - Ticketmaster


Media Release: The Mustard Seed Co-op helps you feel good about your food

The Mustard Seed Co-op helps you feel good about your food

Hamilton, ON - March 14, 2016: Do you want to know where your food comes from? How it is made? Is it good for your family? Many Hamilton households share these concerns and have created The Mustard Seed Co-op to make it simple to buy local, wholesome food.

The Mustard Seed Co-op, located at 460 York Boulevard (near Dundurn Castle) just celebrated its second year in business. With 2,150 owner households, it is the only community-owned grocery store in the GTA outside of downtown Toronto.

The Co-op’s third Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday March 3rd at Erskine Presbyterian Church, attracting over 100 owners. The program included updates on the fiscal year, electing new directors, and special guest Cory Van Groningen of VG Meats who discussed sustainable meat production in southern Ontario.

The Mustard Seed opened in January 2014 with the goal of helping urban residents access local, wholesome, affordable groceries. It was voted “Best New Business” that year in the Hamilton Spectator Reader’s Choice Awards.

The two-year anniversary is an important milestone for any business, especially a retail grocery store. According to Board President and founding owner Graham Cubitt, “2015 was a turning point year. We faced the pressures many start-ups experience: working through staffing changes, evolving inventory and supplier relationships, and ensuring adequate cash flow. There’s a steep learning curve, but with dedicated board, staff, and professional advice, we are steadily building towards sustainability.”

Everyone is welcome to shop at The Mustard Seed, regardless of membership. Anyone can join the Co-op with a one-time $100 fee to become part of the democratic ownership structure. Owners get 2% credit on all purchases, as well as special offers, bulk discounts, and opportunities to help direct the Co-op’s engagement in the local food system.

“We are consciously sourcing from Ontario’s best producers, so we can know where our food comes from. We have almost everything you need, and our prices are competitive with national chains,” says Carol Hartmann, General Manager at the Co-op since November 2015. The Mustard Seed has become the primary grocery store for hundreds of Hamiltonians who want to feel good about their food.

The Mustard Seed recognizes the significant support it received from the Ontario Ministry of Food and Rural Affairs through the Local Food Fund. A $112,000 grant supported its Local Food Network Strategy - a variety of initiatives designed to improve the connection between local producers and urban consumers. This strategy has effectively strengthened the Mustard Seed’s capacity to source and promote local food from over 230 Ontario producers.

The Mustard Seed also thanks the Agricultural Adaptation Council for a grant through the Growing Forward 2 Fund that enabled investments in Board and staff leadership development. They worked with CDS Consulting Co-op to develop Policy Governance frameworks and create effective marketing, merchandising, and retail strategies to strengthen local capacity.

The Mustard Seed is part of Hamilton’s new sharing economy. It has partnered with other local organizations who share a similar approach to food culture, environmental change, and community building including: 541 Eatery & Exchange, Community Carshare, Hamilton Community Food Centre, Indwell, Mac Farmstand, Mohawk Sustainability Office, YWCA Hamilton, and YMCA of Hamilton-Burlington-Brantford.

A new video released at the AGM highlights the first two years of The Mustard Seed. Owners, staff, producers and board members talk about why The Mustard Seed means so much to them, and why it’s important to support a community-owned grocery store.

The more we know about our food, the more The Mustard Seed makes sense. If you haven’t visited The Mustard Seed yet, stop by and find out how easy it can be to feel good about your food.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Media Release: Win at OMB


NEIGHBOURHOOD ASSOCIATIONS WIN AT ONTARIO MUNICIPAL BOARD

Hamilton Health Sciences appeal to expand parking lot dismissed at Ontario Municipal Board

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

In a decision that is being celebrated among resident associations in downtown Hamilton, the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) dismissed an appeal by Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) that would have resulted in the addition of 158 parking spots to an existing 640-spot parking at Ferguson and Barton streets, near the Hamilton General Hospital.

At a pre-hearing held in Dundas last September, neighbourhood associations in downtown’s Beasley, Central & North End neighbourhoods registered to be participants in the case, plus five private citizens opposed to the lot expansion. Along with the City of Hamilton, these eight participants were brought together by a shared view that HHS’s plan violated the vision and principles laid out in the City of Hamilton’s West Harbour “Setting Sail” Secondary plan. The secondary plan calls for additional mixed-use development in the subject corner of Beasley which is currently dominated by institutional buildings and large asphalt parking lots.

Beasley Neighbourhood Association President Allison Chewter thanked the community for their support and was relieved to see the positive vision for Beasley maintained.

“We also credit the City for defending the vision laid out in Setting Sail, especially Councillor Jason Farr who understands Beasley already has more than enough surface parking lots.”

Local musician Edgardo Moreno lives across the street from the proposed parking lot expansion and spoke as a witness at the OMB hearing. Like other residents who took time off work to attend the five-day hearing in February, he told the OMB Chair the kind of day-to-day impact the expansion would have on his quality of life, and that of his neighbours.

“I told the OMB that due to the layout of the site, my neighbours and I would lose any sense of privacy in our homes, we’d have car-lights shining right in our bedrooms, and garbage and pollution running into our backyards.”

The provincially-funded Hamilton Health Sciences hospital network hired premier planning law firm Turkstra Mazza & Associates to represent them at the hearing, where HHS executives spoke about the perceived need for additional parking in the area.

Following the unexpected win against BNA Treasurer Mike Borrelli spoke optimistically of what could be accomplished when residents work together.

“We never thought we had much of a chance against Hamilton Health Sciences with all the resources at their disposal, but thanks to the strength of all our voices, we were able to defend residents’ vision for a renewing downtown.”

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Media Release: Anne Frank - A History For Today

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Anne Frank - A History For Today

This is an event of historic significance and one that should not be missed. From March 12, 2016 to August 28, 2016, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum presents Anne Frank - A History For Today, with artifacts never before displayed in Canada.

This an opportunity not just to see, but to experience the courage of Anne Frank as she and 7 other Jews hid from World War ll Nazis in a secret annex in Amsterdam.

During her self-imposed exile from freedom, Anne Frank recorded their struggle in her diary. Every day, for almost two years, as she hid from the Nazi occupation, Anne Frank entered her thoughts and eye-witnessed accounts of the day in a journal, a history of the prejudice that was faced by so many during the Holocaust, a true testament to her perseverance and bravery.

The international exhibition "Anne Frank – A History For Today" has travelled all over the world, and is presented more than 300 times per year. The worldwide tour is coordinated by the Anne Frank House, in Amsterdam and is designed to:

· Inform visitors about the history of the Holocaust from the perspective of Anne Frank and her family.

· Show visitors that cultural, ethnic, religious and political differences between people exist in every society. In many countries there are groups who consider themselves superior and deny others the right to equal treatment. Such views can lead to discrimination, exclusion, persecution and even murder.

· Challenge visitors to think about concepts such as tolerance, mutual respect, human rights and democracy.

· Help visitors to understand that a society where differences between people are respected does not come about by itself. Legislation is of course necessary, but people also have to make a personal commitment.

Don’t miss this glimpse into history. For tickets, general admission applies and tickets can be purchase at the Museum.

For details, please visit http://www.warplane.com/

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Help Choose a Chief

Provide your feedback in the selection of a new police chief for Hamilton and what his/her priorities should be. A consulting firm has been tasked by Police Services to gather your input. You can submit your input by clicking here.

Video of the Moment

Click here to view a video produced by the No Ghetto Hamilton community group.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Media Release: Community Group Launches No Ghetto Hamilton Campaign Opposing West Harbour Land Sale Decisions

After attending many public engagement meetings hosted by the City of Hamilton, a group of engaged residents has come together to create No Ghetto Hamilton to formally oppose what appear to be decisions already made by senior staff and certain Councillors about the sale of city-owned lands in the West Harbour. 

“We’re angry about how this whole public engagement process has unfolded. It’s turned into a quick and easy real estate deal that ends up ghettoizing vulnerable people,” said Dan Jelly, one of the group’s founders. “Lots of people who have attended these public meetings keep calling for inclusionary housing. It’s outrageous that our city is still willing to warehouse poor people in isolated buildings. But that’s exactly what they plan to do.”

The City commissioned a report by the consulting firm Deloiitte that reviewed four properties in the West Harbour. They were Pier 8, 500 MacNab, Jamesville Townhouses, and the Barton Tiffany lands assembled by the City for the proposed Pan Am stadium. The report includes a single Implementation and Transition Plan that recommends consolidating all of the affordable housing currently on two of the proposed sites to a new tower at the Barton Tiffany location. Currently, there are 236 units of affordable housing on the MacNab and Jamesville sites. The report suggests building 200-400 new units to replace the old units, selling the land to the highest bidder and permitting developers to build condominiums.

Given the 50-year lifespan of most social housing buildings, based on comments made by Chair of City Housing Hamilton, Chad Collins, this decision would mean another two or three generations of vulnerable people would end up living in isolated buildings that house only other poor people.

The No Ghetto Hamilton group has produced a video primer designed to provide information about the basics of the City’s development plans. The video is posted to the No Ghetto Hamilton Facebook page and to YouTube. The group says there are many proven inclusionary housing models used throughout the world that Hamilton could look at. They claim the city is about to use a discredited and failed model from the 1960’s in 2016.

“This approach is harmful to those in need, right now and 50 years from now. This is a lazy approach to development. It’s not city building. We need some answers from our senior staff and from our Councillors and we need them now, not after the land has been sold to developers,” added Jelly.

The group say inclusionary housing is being done right now across the bay in Burlington in new condo buildings and questions why the City of Hamilton is not doing the same thing on its West Harbour lands.


Facebook Link, click here. 

Please note: This media release was received by The Hamiltonian. The Hamiltonian did not author this release. The entire text above was received as such and has been published as received, verbatim. 

Friday, March 4, 2016

Food for Thought with Alex Bielak - Sips and Bites – In like a lion edition

Sips and Bites – In like a lion edition 

March certainly came in like a lion, so perhaps our early Easter will be full of crocuses, daffs and baa lambs. One can hope. In this edition of Food for Thought, a quick look back at the Living Rock Soupfest, and some May dates for your calendars at the RBG.

The real winners at the Rock’s Soupfest are of course the youth-at-risk supported to the tune of well over $50K raised by the generous sponsors and almost 5,000 attendees. Truth be told, while the chefs and restaurants contribute hugely to this too because they want to support a worthy initiative, at heart they are competitive as heck and vie hard to win bragging rights by scooping the top awards.

I was honoured to be a judge last year (see a report on that here) and once again late in February. My fellow judges were again blogger Chanry Thatch and Amanda Kinnaird, now a communications advisor to Mayor Fred who participated in the as a celebrity soup server. We were joined this year by the lovely and knowledgeable Jane Allison, Manager of Community Partnerships at the Spec.

We blind-tasted 21 soups in all, and whereas last year the judges settled on the simplest of mushroom soups as the “foodies choice” winner, this year we were unanimous in our choice of a soup that was complex beyond belief. Soup specialists, Burnt Tongue won for their Cheeseburger and Fries soup that we described as “a spot on recreation of a cheeseburger in soup form. It was a creative, risky and complex dish.”

Our first runner up was the hearty white bean and sausage ribollita, by perennial winner/finalist Chef Nina Ruelens of the 4th Course Bistro at Copetown Woods. Chef Matt Kershaw, heading up the Except for Kenneth team was 2nd runner up for a balanced potato pecorino truffle soup. We gave a technical mention for a coconut dessert soup by the My Thai folks too. Each soup was a standout in its own way.

The full list of winners can be found here, including the People’s Choice, by Fishers Pier Eatery for a very good Jalapeno Popper soup. See the photos section to get an idea of the scope of the event and view some of the colourful soups we tasted.

Judging is inevitably subjective, and our scoring grid was complex. What is always surprising to me is how easily the judges are able to identify the top contenders. Frankly all the top contestants are worth a visit, and I’d encourage folk to support them. Go for the soup and stay for lunch or dinner. And tell them that you came BECAUSE they supported Soupfest. I’m already looking forward to taking up the invite to serve as a judge again next year…
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I wrote in a previous column about upcoming re-launch events proposed for the Royal Botanical Gardens. I’ve just heard from the organizer that the dates of the two flagship foodie events have been set. Darlene Bennet-Howes notes she has met their “new Executive Chef Kim Sutherland, to discuss our short list of Burlington/Hamilton Chefs and get the chef invites out there.”

So mark your calendars for the “Land of Luna” Grand Opening Celebration Family Event May 14th, from 6-10 pm. They promise “wizards, magicians, fairies, jesters, fire jugglers, and more (will) celebrate Spring’s return to the new David Braley & Nancy Gordon

Rock Garden.” If you want to celebrate in more adult fashion, the Thursday May 19th event is for you. Tickets for both events will be on sale April 1st via www.rbg.ca.

And who knows, by then, perhaps some of those spring lambs might be on the menu with a side of foraged ramps!


For more pictures click here

To see all past columns please see (and “like”) the Food for Thought Archives
Alex (Alex can be reached at fft@thehamiltonian.info or on twitter @AlexBielak)



2016-2025 Strategic Plan Presentation


Click here to see for Item 3.1 – Development of the 2016-2025 Strategic Plan – Council Workshop (CM16003(a)), on the March 8, 2016 Special GIC agenda.


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

7- Candidate Luc Hetu

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 Luc Hetu. We posed the same questions we have posed to all other candidates to Mr. Hetu. His response to these questions is as follows:

The very questions can be answered by simple statement which will be my speech on cable 14 I am not the traditional pencil pushing bureaucrat looking for another group of people to scam I am there to track and keep the administration at bay from spending too much from cutting essential services over use of office"funds" to keep taxes from increasing and protect the regular tax payer who has no voice anywhere. I am not running to be part of the administration I'm affectivly running to be the opposition in city council to see holes and problems with the bylaws be dealt with and I promise one thing accountibly may that be attending every city council meeting every festival in the area when not in council be at an assessi ble office in the afternoon to talk and discuss the current affairs and to be reachable at all times that's my promise I whole heartly believe in dollar for dollar funding example if downtown was 25% of the taxes then 25% of the funds should be alloted them for their needs transportation in ward 7 is not given that same treatment but should be 

If I win and would run again yes as long I keep my promise of accountability Ill feel obligated to be the voice of the people of ward 7
I can be reached at 905-531-5564

Motions in Motion

Click here to see a recent motion re: governance of police services