For far too long now Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper has thumbed his nose at the public and media.
Hamilton is literally falling apart and politicians and city staff are dithering about how to fix it.
If all went as expected, Hamilton council yesterday approved the city’s first compulsory lobbyist registry. And while it is a good step toward greater transparency and accountability, the bylaw is far from perfect, and in fact creates several loopholes that could drive lobbying even further out of the public eye.
A look at local issues through the pen of Hamilton Community News cartoonist Mike Vukovich.
As the summer season fades and the kids are sent off to school, municipal politics starts to become serious business for candidates and residents alike. From Sept. 4, the 109 declared candidates for city council and both boards of education have 53 days until the Oct. 27 election to get noticed in what is shaping up to be a changing of the guard in Hamilton municipal politics. But what are these candidates campaigning for?
As Infrastructure Ontario and Ontario Sports Solutions scramble to make the $145.7 million stadium safe for the 18,000 fans patiently waiting for their beloved Labour Day Classic to take place in what will be a construction zone, questions continue to drip like a water torture over how it came to this. The most obvious question is how could such an embarrassing situation happen? But the more troubling issue is, were taxpayers lied to by provincial officials and/or Ontario Sports Solutions when they guaranteed the stadium would be completed on time and on budget to host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ home games?
The City of Hamilton had all the right sentimental reasons to create a bike share program, but so far the program has seen more obstacles and produced more excuses than cycling activity.
Recent consultations with residents find that voters are looking for many things the city is already doing
Hamilton Police Chief Glenn De Caire seems to have commitment issues.
So what was that confab between Hamilton politicians and staff and Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca all about? A simple meet and greet? A media-generated story blown out of proportion in the dog days of summer? Political opportunism? How about all of the above.