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A look at local issues through the pen of Hamilton Community News cartoonist Mike Vukovich.
City needs to clean up its mess
Last week Hamilton Community News reporter Richard Leitner broke the story of how the shattered grave markers of several veterans were found dumped over the side of a bluff at the city-owned Woodland Cemetery. The act was scandalous, and one that the city took seriously. In fact, the remnants of the tombstones were removed before the article hit the streets. In a follow-up story in this week’s paper the city’s manager of parks and cemeteries Tennessee Propedo said that he would fire any worker “on the spot” who he caught disposing of a marker in such an improper manner.
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Sunday, April, 06, 2014 - 3:03:44 PM
Stoney Creek's King Street set for $6.5-million facelift in 2015 "Hope they will put in bicycle lanes from Centenial to Gray's road with turning lane in centre where there's space. Right now from Gray's to Applewood the sidewalk is right next to a lane of traffic where the speeds are usually in excess of 60 kph. A"
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Thursday, March, 27, 2014 - 2:02:58 PM
LETTER: Deja vu feeling about LRT "One can also remember the Electric Trolley BUS that ran in Hamilton but the City Fathers at that time did not want electric wires above the streets. This system worked great. They could get around accidents and even make detours with the help of a to"
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Monday, March, 24, 2014 - 1:01:56 PM
LETTER: Deja vu feeling about LRT "The LRT will operate with the traffic signals using transit priority pre-emption. Resident's of Hamilton should research how other municipalities in Southern Ontario are implementing the design and operation of the LRT prior to making false statement"
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Is registration the right answer?
It seems Hamilton politicians aren’t trusted by their own residents. In the wake of former mayor Larry DiIanni’s problems with receiving illegal campaign funds there has been a core group of Hamiltonians trying to implement some corrective measures to make councillors more accountable to the public. Subsequently, a new citizen subcommittee was formed, and it quickly conceived a new code of conduct for politicians, which was followed by the creation of an integrity commissioner. But for the last four years the last peg of this holy trinity of accountability, a lobbyist registry, has remained elusive.
The wage gap
What is a person worth? A process supervisor for the city of Hamilton made $111,396.82 in 2013; a water distribution operator pocketed $127,019.80, while a city clerk took home $134,831.25. Yet a detective constable made $112,967.70 and a firefighter earned $103,623.29. Salaries and how much a person should earn is a delicate, complicated and compelling question that raises all sorts of philosophical and ideological issue. The pay question has become even more of a minefield at a time when the global wealth disparity has become so acute.
School closure system is a failure
How school boards, and by extension, the provincial government, closes schools is a nightmare. After years of angst and controversy, many Hamiltonians would readily agree.
Money for nothing
It’s always nice to get something for nothing. It’s an advertiser’s best sales technique. For the last few years, Hamiltonians have been buying that pitch. They are under the expectation that they will be getting a new light-rail transit system they believe will further enhance their downtown without paying a cent for it from local coffers.
It’s time to talk
It shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise that U.S. Steel officials didn’t attend a city council subcommittee meeting to discuss the company’s future in Hamilton.
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Mike Vukovich’s editorial cartoons
A look at local issues through the pen of Hamilton Community News cartoonist Mike Vukovich.
A caring Hamilton?
Hamilton has always been recognized as a caring community to its diverse residents. It has a reputation of welcoming desperate newcomers and providing an oasis in their times of need.
Loving women’s sports beyond the just the Olympics
Women’s hockey has never been in the spotlight like it was last Thursday. A total of 13 million people watched some or all of the Canadian women’s Olympic hockey team’s dramatic overtime victory against the U.S., with former Stoney Creek Saber and Ancaster native Laura Fortino assisting on Marie-Philip Poulin’s golden goal.
Making transport by rail much safer
The Lac Megantic disaster was a wake-up call for anyone who lives within sight of a railroad, leaving people asking, “Could something like it happen here?” With over 20 CN freight trains a day rumbling through Hamilton carrying all forms of goods, from steel to chemicals, the answer is an empathic “yes.”
The Great Divide
With apologies to United States President Abraham Lincoln, an economy divided against itself cannot stand. Since the Great Recession there has been a seismic change in how our economy has benefited different classes of people. Before there was at least a sense that all levels of classes were moving forward. Not any more.
Hamilton slips up on sidewalk shoveling
Hamilton takes care of its roads, trims its own trees, plants flowers on its boulevards and cuts the grass on municipality-owned medians. So why doesn’t city take care of its sidewalks?
And the suit goes on...
Hamilton’s $75-million lawsuit against the federal government has become as explosive to taxpayers as stepping on a landmine. It seems, according to the city’s solicitor, even if you leave your foot on the charge it would do as much damage as if you let it explode.
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Mike Vukovich’s editorial cartoons
A look at local issues through the pen of Hamilton Community News cartoonist Mike Vukovich.
Killing the elephant
Just when you thought the future of Hamilton was stable and secure, Mayor Bob Bratina has taken a blow torch to its structure.
Politics 101 — Seven things to keep in mind for this fall's election
There was no mistaking the sense of anticipation, excitement and, in some quarters, anxiety as politicians hosted their recent annual New Year’s levees.
Open meetings law needs real teeth
Last week Ontario’s Ombudsman Andre Marin released his annual report into the state of open meetings for local governments and municipal agencies. The good news is that none of the report’s most glaring abuses involved Hamilton city council, but that doesn’t mean that they’re doing everything right.
 
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