A funny thing happened at Hamilton Coun. Terry Whitehead’s news conference

News Feb 12, 2017 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

A news conference hosted by Mountain Councillor Terry Whitehead turned into a television sketch comedy segment as Ward 3 Coun. Matthew Green and former mayoral candidate Edward Graydon crashed the event.

Whitehead’s Feb. 9 news conference on the second floor of city hall was called to talk about his views on the recent announcement by Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca to scrub the James North spur line and instead establish a bus rapid transit connection from the waterfront to the Hamilton International Airport.

As Whitehead stopped speaking, Green, a proponent of LRT, took the podium and said he was going to hold his own news conference. He questioned why Whitehead was speaking on behalf of council.

Green also said that council has voted for LRT about 40 times.

But as Green was speaking, former 2010 mayoral candidate Edward Graydon interrupted the event and announced he was running for mayor in 2018 and if people are opposed to LRT to support him.

Graydon said later in an interview he “did not go down there to be a protester. I wanted to listen to what Terry had to say.”

Whitehead later said in an interview that Green’s action was a “lack of respect and decorum.”

Whitehead said at the news conference and later that he is thinking about asking the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario to investigate the city’s $1 billion light rail transit project. He is concerned about the potentially high operating costs for the LRT, which he said would be larger than the city’s current transit budget, and the debt financing strategy for the project.

Whitehead had support from Ward 4 Coun. Sam Merulla who joined with the Mountain councillor to have the Ontario auditor general review the project.

He questioned the decision to establish the bus rapid route along James Street and Upper James Street when the province should extend the LRT from the Queenston Circle to Eastgate Square. He said the original idea was to have the LRT terminus at the Stoney Creek plaza where there would be connections for people to travel to the Centennial GO station that will be operating by the 2024, LRT completion date.

He also said it will take until at least after the provincial and municipal elections in 2018 before the bus rapid transit system is operating because of planning process, which includes conducting an environmental assessment report Metrolinx has to conduct. By that time, said Whitehead, a new party could be in control of Queen’s Park and the funding for the project may be in jeopardy.

“I have been pretty consistent (on the LRT),” said Whitehead. “I don’t want to put taxpayers at risk. I want to optimize our resources. I’m not against LRT, but I want to do it right.”

A funny thing happened at Hamilton Coun. Terry Whitehead’s news conference

News Feb 12, 2017 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

A news conference hosted by Mountain Councillor Terry Whitehead turned into a television sketch comedy segment as Ward 3 Coun. Matthew Green and former mayoral candidate Edward Graydon crashed the event.

Whitehead’s Feb. 9 news conference on the second floor of city hall was called to talk about his views on the recent announcement by Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca to scrub the James North spur line and instead establish a bus rapid transit connection from the waterfront to the Hamilton International Airport.

As Whitehead stopped speaking, Green, a proponent of LRT, took the podium and said he was going to hold his own news conference. He questioned why Whitehead was speaking on behalf of council.

Green also said that council has voted for LRT about 40 times.

But as Green was speaking, former 2010 mayoral candidate Edward Graydon interrupted the event and announced he was running for mayor in 2018 and if people are opposed to LRT to support him.

Graydon said later in an interview he “did not go down there to be a protester. I wanted to listen to what Terry had to say.”

Whitehead later said in an interview that Green’s action was a “lack of respect and decorum.”

Whitehead said at the news conference and later that he is thinking about asking the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario to investigate the city’s $1 billion light rail transit project. He is concerned about the potentially high operating costs for the LRT, which he said would be larger than the city’s current transit budget, and the debt financing strategy for the project.

Whitehead had support from Ward 4 Coun. Sam Merulla who joined with the Mountain councillor to have the Ontario auditor general review the project.

He questioned the decision to establish the bus rapid route along James Street and Upper James Street when the province should extend the LRT from the Queenston Circle to Eastgate Square. He said the original idea was to have the LRT terminus at the Stoney Creek plaza where there would be connections for people to travel to the Centennial GO station that will be operating by the 2024, LRT completion date.

He also said it will take until at least after the provincial and municipal elections in 2018 before the bus rapid transit system is operating because of planning process, which includes conducting an environmental assessment report Metrolinx has to conduct. By that time, said Whitehead, a new party could be in control of Queen’s Park and the funding for the project may be in jeopardy.

“I have been pretty consistent (on the LRT),” said Whitehead. “I don’t want to put taxpayers at risk. I want to optimize our resources. I’m not against LRT, but I want to do it right.”

A funny thing happened at Hamilton Coun. Terry Whitehead’s news conference

News Feb 12, 2017 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

A news conference hosted by Mountain Councillor Terry Whitehead turned into a television sketch comedy segment as Ward 3 Coun. Matthew Green and former mayoral candidate Edward Graydon crashed the event.

Whitehead’s Feb. 9 news conference on the second floor of city hall was called to talk about his views on the recent announcement by Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca to scrub the James North spur line and instead establish a bus rapid transit connection from the waterfront to the Hamilton International Airport.

As Whitehead stopped speaking, Green, a proponent of LRT, took the podium and said he was going to hold his own news conference. He questioned why Whitehead was speaking on behalf of council.

Green also said that council has voted for LRT about 40 times.

But as Green was speaking, former 2010 mayoral candidate Edward Graydon interrupted the event and announced he was running for mayor in 2018 and if people are opposed to LRT to support him.

Graydon said later in an interview he “did not go down there to be a protester. I wanted to listen to what Terry had to say.”

Whitehead later said in an interview that Green’s action was a “lack of respect and decorum.”

Whitehead said at the news conference and later that he is thinking about asking the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario to investigate the city’s $1 billion light rail transit project. He is concerned about the potentially high operating costs for the LRT, which he said would be larger than the city’s current transit budget, and the debt financing strategy for the project.

Whitehead had support from Ward 4 Coun. Sam Merulla who joined with the Mountain councillor to have the Ontario auditor general review the project.

He questioned the decision to establish the bus rapid route along James Street and Upper James Street when the province should extend the LRT from the Queenston Circle to Eastgate Square. He said the original idea was to have the LRT terminus at the Stoney Creek plaza where there would be connections for people to travel to the Centennial GO station that will be operating by the 2024, LRT completion date.

He also said it will take until at least after the provincial and municipal elections in 2018 before the bus rapid transit system is operating because of planning process, which includes conducting an environmental assessment report Metrolinx has to conduct. By that time, said Whitehead, a new party could be in control of Queen’s Park and the funding for the project may be in jeopardy.

“I have been pretty consistent (on the LRT),” said Whitehead. “I don’t want to put taxpayers at risk. I want to optimize our resources. I’m not against LRT, but I want to do it right.”