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Editorial: A blank slate for relations between the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and Hamilton city hall
If newly elected school board chair Todd White is truly interested in creating a better relationship with the board’s partners, that would be welcome news to the entire city. For too long now the board has been ignoring the needs of the community; and only concerned with its own bureaucratic demands. The board has turned a deaf ear over concerns about closing its schools, accepting minimal input from parents, and completely discounting the interests of the city. The result has created hostility between politicians, and a credibility gap with the community.
Editorial: Violence against women can't be hidden any longer
If nothing else 2014 will go down as the scales fell from society’s eyes. During the summer the horrific beatings by football players, particular Ray Rice, against their wives and girlfriends that made it to the front pages of newspapers. Then in Canada, the horrendous violent sexual behaviour admitted to by CBC radio personality Jian Ghomeshi provided a wake-up call to a complacent Canadian society willfully blind to the vile attacks against women. The details were graphic, but the violence, degradation, and humiliation was very much real.

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Friday, November, 21, 2014 - 6:06:10 PM
Stoney Creek tree plantings aimed to ward off emerald ash borer "Lets be real though you cannot replace a tree. A tree lost is forever lost, the best you can do is plant others to mitigate the loss and perhaps someday come close to what once was years into the future. I say this because there is an epidemic in thi"
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Column: Getting to know my great-grandfather "I very much enjoyed reading your column on your great-grandfather who died in the Great War. I often think of my grandmother's uncle, Ivan Newell Wallis, of Greensville who died in the Great War in Aug 1918 at the age of 20 years. I know a few things"
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Friday, November, 14, 2014 - 6:06:53 PM
Chris Charlton hopeful about Remembrance Day bill "Unnecessary and a waste of time. What we need to put our efforts in is for actual services and aid for our veterans not an empty holiday so politicians can pretend for a day they care and to pump up patriotism so they can squeak harmful unpopular leg"
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Editorial: Openness at Hamilton City Hall? It's just the same old song
One of the predominate themes Hamilton voters told their prospective politicians during the recent election was to be open and transparent on difficult and important decisions. Over the years the public has made it clear they’re fed up with meetings where politicians seem to be manipulating issues for their own benefit leaving residents out in the cold. So it was with some consternation that it seemed Hamilton politicians turned a deaf ear to those public cries.
Open The FridgeWEB
Mike Vukovich’s editorial cartoons
A look at local issues through the pen of Hamilton Community News cartoonist Mike Vukovich.
Editorial: The shrinking pie
Despite all the hopeful remarks during the recent municipal election, Hamiltonians shouldn’t expect too much from their new mayor or council when it comes to being able to pay for the long-sought after capital projects the city desperate needs.The city has some serious financial obstacles in its path to its so-call rejuvenation. Residents have continued to lament the city’s disintegrating sidewalks and roads and its $200-million infrastructure deficit. And council is still looking to the province for its hoped for $810 million to build its light-rail transit system.
Editorial: No easy answers to raise voter turnout
The disgustingly low voter turnout in October’s municipal election has spawned a search for something, anything, that could result in more people taking the time to actually vote. Unfortunately, it will take more than the “half-baked” notions being suggested to get people to care about politics again.
Remembering Hamilton's Heroes
Cpl. Nathan Cirillo joins a long list of Hamiltonians who died in the service of their country.
Editorial: Hamilton's voter turnout was a complete debacle
It looks like Hamilton mayor-elect Fred Eisenberger and the rest of the new council have a firm mandate to do pretty much whatever they want for the next four years. That should be the attitude Eisenberger, and the rest of his councillors, including the four new representatives, should take after the majority of Hamiltonians abrogated their right to have a say in the city’s future.
Editorial: Hamilton's People's Platform amounts to input by the few
While the People's Platform initiative was a good attempt at improving civic engagement in Hamilton, the results fell well short.
Going Underground WEB
Mike Vukovich’s editorial cartoons
A look at local issues through the pen of Hamilton Community News cartoonist Mike Vukovich.
In search of diversity at Hamilton city hall
During recent mayoral debates, gender and diversity issues have dominated the discussion, but a quick look around the council table reveals that Hamilton’s decision-makers don’t reflect the city’s diversity.
Canada's ISIS bombing campagin sends country once more into the breech
The determination of the Canadian government to enter what could become another meandering, unfocused war in the Middle East is déjà vu all over again.
Will Hamilton's next mayor have urban or suburban vision and priorities?
With just over three weeks left in Hamilton’s municipal election campaign, the mayoral race is shaping up to be a choice between bolstering what the former suburban areas have lost over the years verses limiting the continued babying of the urban areas of the pre-amalgamated city of Hamilton.
Governments needs to let the media in
For far too long now Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper has thumbed his nose at the public and media.
Hamilton’s roads to nowhere
Hamilton is literally falling apart and politicians and city staff are dithering about how to fix it.
Loopholes could sink Hamilton's lobbyist registry
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.
Revised Spot The TurkeyWEB
Mike Vukovich’s editorial cartoons
A look at local issues through the pen of Hamilton Community News cartoonist Mike Vukovich.
Are the candidates for Hamilton's council and school boards pretenders or contenders?
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?
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