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.
A group of Hamilton citizens are trying to change the local municipal matrix and get potential politicians to listen to the public’s concerns. The Hamilton Civic League, with support from various social activist groups, such the Hamilton Chapter of the Council of Canadians, and the Campaign for Adequate Welfare and Disability, are encouraging people from across the city to participate in a series of forums over the next three months to identify the issues and possibly a vision for how they want their city to be governed over the next four years. The idea is to craft a list of issues that will become a “Peoples’ Platform” that candidates can either champion once they become councillors, or reject at their possible peril.
A look at local issues through the pen of Hamilton Community News cartoonist Mike Vukovich.
The image of downtown Hamilton won’t change until the public feels safe
Secrecy and poor communications compound the problems surrounding the delay in opening the new stadium
At the end of 2015, a secret agreement between U.S. Steel and the federal government, made to settle a lawsuit between the parties, expires. The deal, announced by federal officials, required the company to make $3 million in grants to community groups, operating Lake Erie and the Hamilton Burlington Street plant until the end of 2015 and injecting at least $50 million in capital into maintain the Canadian facilities.