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Will the ‘People’s Platform’ represent the voice of Hamilton’s people?

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.

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Mike Vukovich’s editorial cartoons

A look at local issues through the pen of Hamilton Community News cartoonist Mike Vukovich.

Treading a fine line between personal safety and individual rights

The image of downtown Hamilton won’t change until the public feels safe

Fumbling Tim Hortons Field

Secrecy and poor communications compound the problems surrounding the delay in opening the new stadium

An uncertain future

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.

Hijacking democracy

Two recent incidents highlight the uneasy feeling that Hamiltonians are not in control of their own community.

Secrecy hurts credibility of police and council

The Hamilton police services board may have followed the guidelines as set out under the Police Services Act, but what its members and Police Chief Glenn De Caire have done this week reveals the utter contempt they have for the people of this city.

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Mike Vukovich’s editorial cartoons

A look at local issues through the pen of Hamilton Community News cartoonist Mike Vukovich.

Election

Political disconnect

Are Ontario voters actually listening to the provincial candidates who want to govern this province?

The poverty gap

As the provincial election hits its mid-way point, it’s distressing to see that an essential issue, especially for Hamiltonians, has been avoided like the plague by the three main political parties.

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