The City of Hamilton has parted ways with Dialogue Partners and the Our Voice Our Hamilton project.
“We can all agree that the public launch of this initiative did not go well for a variety of different reasons,” said Chris Murray, city manager in an email statement.
“However, it is important to recognize that Dialogue Partners has provided us useful information and a sound strategy for completing this process. While we will be working with new partners going forward, I want to acknowledge the work undertaken to get us to this point and offer my thanks,” added Murray.
The Our Voice Our Hamilton citizen engagement project was immediately embroiled in problems soon after its Jan. 7 launch when a Dialogue Partners representative asked in a Twitter post “what is a HSR” to a question that was asked on the site. Immediately, people on Twitter criticized the consultant, and it spurred further conversation and investigation.
It was eventually discovered that the opening picture on the website depicting a group of people cycling was actually take in Ottawa. There were also other pictures referring to other municipalities called Hamilton, but not Hamilton, Ont.
Staff will be reporting back to a future General Issues Committee (GIC) meeting on next steps.
More to come.