Alex Johnstone back as Hamilton school board vice-chair

News Dec 06, 2017 by Richard Leitner Ancaster News

Alex Johnstone is once again vice-chair of the Hamilton public school board after a two-year hiatus.

The trustee for wards 11 and 12 beat Stoney Creek representative Jeff Beattie in a secret-ballot vote for the position at a special annual board meeting on Monday.

Beattie had been the incumbent and replaced Johnstone two years ago, after she opted not to run following her unsuccessful candidacy for the NDP in the federal election.

She thanked trustees for the show of support, praising Beattie for doing “a phenomenal job” in the role.

“As we enter into our final year of our term, it’s important that we continue to work together, that we stay focused on our priorities and plans that we have already committed to,” Johnstone said.

Ward 5 trustee Todd White remains board chair, acclaimed for the fourth year in a row since moving up from vice-chair.

He said the final year of this term will be a busy one, alluding to new schools that are either underway or planned in Ancaster, Flamborough, Stoney Creek, Glanbrook, the Mountain and the lower city.

“I believe the result will speak for itself,” White said. “I don’t think there’s an area in the city that we haven’t had a strong impact.”

Other elections saw Dundas-area trustee Greg Van Geffen once again become chair of the finance and facilities committee following a year’s break. He was acclaimed after being nominated by the incumbent, west Mountain trustee Wes Hicks.

Christine Bingham, trustee for ward 1 and 2, is the new chair of the policy committee, acclaimed after incumbent Beattie didn’t stand for the position.

Unchanged are the chairs of the program and human resources committees after central Mountain trustee Dawn Danko and Flamborough trustee Penny Deathe, respectively, were acclaimed.

In other business, trustees approved a recommendation from their First Nations, Métis and Inuit advisory committee to begin board meetings with a statement acknowledging their presence on ancestral Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Confederacy land.

Only Ward 4 trustee Ray Mulholland voted against the recommendation, but said afterwards he did so because he opposed an information item in the committee’s report supporting the removal of the totem pole at Parkdale school.

The committee also wants the school’s logo and mascot to be revised accordingly because the totem pole has no Indigenous history. It was carved from a felled hydro pole.

“I know times have changed, but the history of that goes back 30 years,” Mulholland said.


Alex Johnstone back as Hamilton school board vice-chair

Edges out Beattie in secret-ballot vote as White again acclaimed as chair

News Dec 06, 2017 by Richard Leitner Ancaster News

Alex Johnstone is once again vice-chair of the Hamilton public school board after a two-year hiatus.

The trustee for wards 11 and 12 beat Stoney Creek representative Jeff Beattie in a secret-ballot vote for the position at a special annual board meeting on Monday.

Beattie had been the incumbent and replaced Johnstone two years ago, after she opted not to run following her unsuccessful candidacy for the NDP in the federal election.

She thanked trustees for the show of support, praising Beattie for doing “a phenomenal job” in the role.

As we enter into our final year of our term, it’s important that we continue to work together, that we stay focused on our priorities and plans that we have already committed to.

“As we enter into our final year of our term, it’s important that we continue to work together, that we stay focused on our priorities and plans that we have already committed to,” Johnstone said.

Ward 5 trustee Todd White remains board chair, acclaimed for the fourth year in a row since moving up from vice-chair.

He said the final year of this term will be a busy one, alluding to new schools that are either underway or planned in Ancaster, Flamborough, Stoney Creek, Glanbrook, the Mountain and the lower city.

“I believe the result will speak for itself,” White said. “I don’t think there’s an area in the city that we haven’t had a strong impact.”

Other elections saw Dundas-area trustee Greg Van Geffen once again become chair of the finance and facilities committee following a year’s break. He was acclaimed after being nominated by the incumbent, west Mountain trustee Wes Hicks.

Christine Bingham, trustee for ward 1 and 2, is the new chair of the policy committee, acclaimed after incumbent Beattie didn’t stand for the position.

Unchanged are the chairs of the program and human resources committees after central Mountain trustee Dawn Danko and Flamborough trustee Penny Deathe, respectively, were acclaimed.

In other business, trustees approved a recommendation from their First Nations, Métis and Inuit advisory committee to begin board meetings with a statement acknowledging their presence on ancestral Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Confederacy land.

Only Ward 4 trustee Ray Mulholland voted against the recommendation, but said afterwards he did so because he opposed an information item in the committee’s report supporting the removal of the totem pole at Parkdale school.

The committee also wants the school’s logo and mascot to be revised accordingly because the totem pole has no Indigenous history. It was carved from a felled hydro pole.

“I know times have changed, but the history of that goes back 30 years,” Mulholland said.


Alex Johnstone back as Hamilton school board vice-chair

Edges out Beattie in secret-ballot vote as White again acclaimed as chair

News Dec 06, 2017 by Richard Leitner Ancaster News

Alex Johnstone is once again vice-chair of the Hamilton public school board after a two-year hiatus.

The trustee for wards 11 and 12 beat Stoney Creek representative Jeff Beattie in a secret-ballot vote for the position at a special annual board meeting on Monday.

Beattie had been the incumbent and replaced Johnstone two years ago, after she opted not to run following her unsuccessful candidacy for the NDP in the federal election.

She thanked trustees for the show of support, praising Beattie for doing “a phenomenal job” in the role.

As we enter into our final year of our term, it’s important that we continue to work together, that we stay focused on our priorities and plans that we have already committed to.

“As we enter into our final year of our term, it’s important that we continue to work together, that we stay focused on our priorities and plans that we have already committed to,” Johnstone said.

Ward 5 trustee Todd White remains board chair, acclaimed for the fourth year in a row since moving up from vice-chair.

He said the final year of this term will be a busy one, alluding to new schools that are either underway or planned in Ancaster, Flamborough, Stoney Creek, Glanbrook, the Mountain and the lower city.

“I believe the result will speak for itself,” White said. “I don’t think there’s an area in the city that we haven’t had a strong impact.”

Other elections saw Dundas-area trustee Greg Van Geffen once again become chair of the finance and facilities committee following a year’s break. He was acclaimed after being nominated by the incumbent, west Mountain trustee Wes Hicks.

Christine Bingham, trustee for ward 1 and 2, is the new chair of the policy committee, acclaimed after incumbent Beattie didn’t stand for the position.

Unchanged are the chairs of the program and human resources committees after central Mountain trustee Dawn Danko and Flamborough trustee Penny Deathe, respectively, were acclaimed.

In other business, trustees approved a recommendation from their First Nations, Métis and Inuit advisory committee to begin board meetings with a statement acknowledging their presence on ancestral Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Confederacy land.

Only Ward 4 trustee Ray Mulholland voted against the recommendation, but said afterwards he did so because he opposed an information item in the committee’s report supporting the removal of the totem pole at Parkdale school.

The committee also wants the school’s logo and mascot to be revised accordingly because the totem pole has no Indigenous history. It was carved from a felled hydro pole.

“I know times have changed, but the history of that goes back 30 years,” Mulholland said.