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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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Sunday, July, 20, 2014 - 1:01:54 PM
Hamilton parks boss: Have to balance scenic view and erosion control at lookout points "Looks to me there are more than a few mature trees blocking the view. There are many more locations where you can get an unobstructed view of the lower city, with free parking. Clearing away the vegetation may help, as long as no erosion takes place."
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Tuesday, July, 15, 2014 - 7:07:11 PM
Senior of the Year just keeps going "Congratulations, Pat! Well done and well deserved! An inspiration to all of us - at any age!"
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Friday, July, 11, 2014 - 2:02:37 PM
Stoney Creek parkette awaits grand opening "Let's call it the "Rotary Club's Billy Green parkette". Billy Green building south across the street on land once owned by Adam Green his father. Billy Green salad served at the Powerhouse to the north, and next to Augusta Jones parkette"
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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.
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.
A tale of two cities
Two conflicting visions of Hamilton were on stark display last week highlighting a growing solitude between the city’s urban and suburban residents and politicians.
It’s the jobs, stupid
In every election the economy and job creation seems to find its way to the top of every candidate’s priority list and the current provincial election is no exception — losing about 300,000 manufacturing jobs usually catches politicians’ attention.
Apathetic voters need inspiration
Election campaigns matter. And if those campaigns are even mildly interesting with a message that can captivate the public, they can also provide some hope to voters that they are not powerlessness in the game of government.
Secret probes keep public in the dark
This week the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board passed a new code of conduct that will see any investigations into allegations of trustee misconduct take place out of the public eye.
Hamilton’s budget bubble
The most surprising aspect to Hamilton council’s 2014 budget deliberations was how stress-free discussions were.
Mike Vukovich’s editorial cartoons
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.
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.
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