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31  Hamilton Election November 13, 2006. / Vision / 2006...Hamilton City Council on: December 06, 2006, 01:12:00 pm
2006 Hamilton City Elected



Mayor Fred Eisenberger

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 Ward 1
Brian McHattie

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Ward 2
Bob Bratina

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 Ward 3
Bernie Morelli

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Ward 4
Sam Merulla


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Ward 5
Chad Collins

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 Ward 6
Tom Jackson

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Ward 7
Scott Duvall

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Ward 8
Terry Whitehead

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Ward 9
Brad Clark

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Ward 10
Maria Pearson

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Ward 11
David L. Mitchell

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Ward 12
Lloyd Ferguson

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Ward 13
Russ Powers

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Ward 14
Robert Pasuta


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Ward 15
Margaret McCarthy


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32  Provincial and Federal issues that effect Hamilton / Canadian Social / Political Issues / CAS executive, perks a necessary on: December 06, 2006, 10:37:27 am
CAS executive says,
"perks a necessary 'motivation'"
December 06, 2006
http://www.hamiltonspectator.com/breakingnews/breakingnews_1536739.html

Carolyn Buck, executive director of the Toronto Children's Aid Society.
"When people from business (backgrounds) come to the Children's Aid Society's boards, they apply business sort of
thinking to the health and well-being of executives," she said, adding that on-the-job-extras serve as "motivation to continue
to do this very difficult work. This is a high stress job."

The serious issue that is embedded in the Auditor General is an overwhelming disregard for funds that are donated and tax
dollars that are infused into this system for "desperate children" and while Burk insists that, ""We put the needs of children
first all the time." the Auditor General report, allege the societies aren't following the law to protect children. In one-third of
cases reviewed, initial visits to children at risk were late by an average of three weeks. Some children weren't seen at all."

Locally, Both Hamilton CAS executive director Dominic Verticchio and CCAS executive director Beatrice Kemp said,
"no one from their agencies has an expensive car or has gone on expensive trips at the agency's expense." but there are
many who have for years who have complained of systemic abuse of Children's Aids. There have been many voices calling,
"for a change in our province as the CAS has had to much power with no one to answer to for to many years." "Ms. Horwath
assistant, today. She explained Bill 88, Ms. Horwath has introduced has gone through the first reading. This bill wants the
Ombudsman to be the one to probe into any wrong doing reports by the CAS. As the Ombudsman's office is totally non bias.
Though this is being stated and a definite need, the ultimate responsibility for such agencies lies with the Ministry of Community
and Social Services who licenses these agencies and that by law, said Ministry is responsible to supervise and insure that such
licensed agencies adhere to provincial regulations set out under the CFSA. The paradox is that the Auditor General did not
go to the systemic foot hold of these issues and the thousand of yearly complaints of this system that are the ultimate
responsibility of the Ontario Government, the "Ministry of Community and Social Service". It is apparent that said Ministry
is hiding behind the 53 licensed Children's aid and has become as systemically immune to the issues that are sometimes
allowed to destroy the lives of individuals and in some cases, the death of a child while in the custody of it's licensed
agencies, "In the best interests of the child"


What do you think...?

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33  Provincial and Federal issues that effect Hamilton / Canadian Social / Political Issues / Improper spending at Ontario children's aid on: November 30, 2006, 11:55:48 am
Improper spending at Ontario children's aid
CBC_News
November 30, 2006
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2006/11/30/ont-childrensaid.html?ref=rss

"...deaths of hundreds of children who died while in the care of children's aid societies." including the
facts the Children's aid staff were enjoying a free ride at high-end restaurants,.... with no explanation,
.....expensive trips to the Caribbean, China and Buenos Aires.
The auditor also questions, "why government funding for Ontario's children's aid societies has more than
doubled over six years, while the number of families served increased by 40 per cent."

These issues along the thousands calling for a judicial review of this system appears long over due.
With overwhelming number of Ontarions calling on McGuinty to give the Ontario Ombudsman
the minimum resources to examine the many other thousand complaints.

On one hand these agencies are claiming that they are removing children from their families as they are in need
of protection, while the provincial auditor general, "allege the societies aren't following the law to protect children.
In one-third of cases reviewed, initial visits to children at risk were late by an average of three weeks.
Some children weren't seen at all."

"In the best interest of the children..."is but a motto to feed your guilt...while
children are used as pawns, then left to fall through the cracks...

What do you think...?

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34  Provincial and Federal issues that effect Hamilton / Canadian Social / Political Issues / Farmer sour over ban on raw milk sales on: November 29, 2006, 03:11:41 pm
Farmer sour over ban on raw milk sales
Vince Talotta, Toronto Star
Hamilton Spectator wire services
Toronto (Nov 29, 2006)

http://www.hamiltonspectator.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?GXHC_gx_session_id_=f74ad0f3c2254f46&pagename=hamilton/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1164754219986&call_pageid=1020420665036&col=1112101662670

"Farmers fed up with bureaucracy." It's only a matter of time...food packager processors, dairy refineries and slaughter houses
are taking the cream from the farmers labor, without the risk. Where as the farmer if forced to sell his products bearing all the
risks of animal husbandry, crops that are subject to weather conditions and meat prices subject to the whims of large cooperate
identities with strong lobby groups in the pockets of government. During the BCE outbreak that effected to export of beef to the
US..it was the Canadian farmer that paid the price. Thousands of pounds of beef was available to the Canadian consumer but
the farmer nor the consumer benefited, while the price to the farmer dropped to all most nothing, slaughter houses maintained their
margin of profit, including retail outlets.
Quote
"If you want to engage in the mass distribution of milk to millions of children
and Ontario families on a daily basis, the very best and safest way to do that
is to ensure that it's pasteurized."-Premier Dalton McGuinty


"The farmer and his supporters say they prefer raw milk, which they believe is healthier than the pasteurized product sold on store shelves.
They point out that it is legal to sell it in many U.S. states and European countries." Perhaps the real facts are have been hidden,
"Consumer Reports, January 1974,revealed that out of 125 tested samples of pasteurized milk and milk products, 44% proved in violation
of state regulations.  Consumer Reports concluded, “The quality of a number of the dairy products in this study was little short of deplorable.” 

Consumer reports stated that “former objections” to pasteurized milk are valid today:

a)    Pasteurization is an excuse for the sale of dirty milk.
b)    Pasteurization may be used to mask low quality milk.
c)    Pasteurization promotes carelessness and discourages the effort to produce clean milk.

Consumer's Union, reporting in June 1982, stated that coliform were found in many tested samples of pasteurized dairy products. 
Some had counts as high as 2200 organisms per cubic centimeter.
for further information:
http://www.karlloren.com/aajonus/p15.htm

Perhaps it's time that farmers sell what they produce for reasonable returns and if that's not acceptable
maybe it's time to turn our fields into ethenol production for fuel, at least according to MPP. Ted McKeekin
the provincial government is going to invest millions, though the farmers have not seen a dam cent....?

What do you think...?

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35  Provincial and Federal issues that effect Hamilton / Canadian Social / Political Issues / Police arrest protesters on: November 21, 2006, 12:28:18 pm
Police arrest protesters
Christine Coax
BURLINGTON
(Nov 21, 2006)
http://www.hamiltonspectator.com/breakingnews/breakingnews_1525570.html

"Arrests came after a peaceful demonstration by about 40 protesters," the rule of law. One that applies to some
and not to others. No one disrupted a town, burnt tires, closed highways, marshaled private property, harassed
a whole community and occupied with indignation and terror. Committing criminal acts as the province and federal
government stood in watch, for almost eight months and counting. But a single day of a peace protest, for peace, at
L-3 Wescam engaged the rule of law. While the occupation of the town of Caledonia, South of Hamilton is immune.
The bias of our legal system is clear, some laws apply to some and not to others, where rights and justice are quasi
interpretations charred in a political nightmare. Clearly your nationality and status determine the degree of justice
your entitled too, entwined in political rhetoric. Infused by whims and ideology that are driven by emotional candor,
rather than the ideal of justice for all.


What do you think...?

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36  Hamilton Ontario City Issues / General City issues / MANUFACTURING THE FUTURE: on: November 14, 2006, 01:33:21 pm
Dear Editor ,

I thought this might be of interest to your Hamilton Views readers. I’d be happy to speak with you in more detail if you wish.

MANUFACTURING THE FUTURE:


By:Evan Carmichael

Innovation and Specialization Key to Keeping Canada Competitive

Behind the numerous nation-wide plant closures and the seemingly endless threat of losing business to lower-cost companies in China, India, and elsewhere, a closer look into the state of manufacturing in Canada reveals a different story.
Contrary to popular belief that manufacturing in North America is dead, the reality in fact proves just the opposite; manufacturing is indeed alive and well. The changing nature of the global competitive environment has not killed off Canadian manufacturers. Instead, they are learning that innovation and specialization are their keys to survival.

Manufacturing is Canada’s single largest business sector, employing over 2.3 million Canadians and generating 18 percent of the country’s GDP – or almost $200 billion. It has always been the traditional backbone of the country’s economy. But, many believe that manufacturing is the way of the past for Canada and that in order to continue playing a key role in the global economy, the country must shift its focus to the IT sector. Now, Canadian manufacturers are fighting back, using the very thing they have been criticized for lacking – innovation.

The PROFIT 100 ranking of Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies is a case in point. It wasn’t the technology companies that had the highest five-year revenue growth; rather, it was the ones that were focused on manufacturing. One quarter of the PROFIT 100 list consisted of manufacturing companies, of which their combined five-year annual growth rate was a staggering 4,292 percent.
Manufacturing in Canada continues to represent one of the country’s greatest areas of potential growth. However, the Darwinian nature of the global economy is undisputable, and in order to survive, these companies are learning the essential nature of adaptability; they are realizing that their future lies not in abandoning manufacturing, but in becoming more innovative within the sector.
While manufacturing jobs in Canada have typically come from sectors such as transportation, food, chemicals, petroleum and coal products, and primary metals, evidence shows that the future lies in more specialized products. The success of the PROFIT 100 companies was due primarily to a focus on consumer goods, surveillance systems, health-care products and the like – rapidly growing industries where Canadians can leverage their manufacturing knowledge, which combined with the latest innovations, results in a uniquely marketable product.

Rutter Inc., the number one company on the PROFIT 100 list, is a perfect example of the future of Canadian manufacturing. Based out of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Rutter Inc. is a highly specialized company that manufactures marine technologies. In just five years, the company’s revenues have grown from under a quarter of a million dollars to over $70 million. A similar picture has emerged in the U.S., where the three fastest growing manufacturing companies according to INC. are those that produced medical devices, casino gaming equipment, and LED lighting systems.
Today, the manufacturing sector in Canada is at a crossroads. The appreciation of the dollar, competition from emerging economies such as China and India, and rising business costs all represent challenges standing in its way. Indeed, as new technologies continue to develop at a rapid pace, the nature of manufacturing worldwide will inevitably be transformed in the next five to ten years.

Nevertheless, Canadian manufacturers are showing no signs of backing down in the face of those challenges. By identifying not only their obstacles but also the future needs of the sector, and by embracing innovation and specialization, they can develop the appropriate and all too necessary strategies for success.

Evan Carmichael is an entrepreneur and international speaker. At the age of 19, he became an owner and Chief Operating Officer in Redasoft, a biotechnology software company. The company quickly grew to over 300 organizations as clients, including NASA and Johnson & Johnson, in 30 countries. He started Evan Carmichael & Associates with the goal to give entrepreneurs the Inspiration to follow their passion and the strategies they need to succeed. Evan has delivered over 100 keynote presentations to entrepreneurs in North America, Europe, and Asia. He has been interviewed by newspapers, radio stations, and television stations including The Globe and Mail, CHUM FM, CityTV, Global TV, OMNI TV, Enterprise, and the Toronto Sun. Evan's website,
http://www.evancarmichael.com/
is the world's #1 website for small business motivation and strategies.

What do you think...?
 

Comments appreciated
ham_editor@yahoo.ca 





37  Hamilton Election November 13, 2006. / Vision / Hamilton Election..2006... on: November 14, 2006, 09:56:06 am
Hamilton Election..2006...

Congratulations to all who participated, to those elected; those courageously who took a stand, though
did not succeed. Perhaps mostly, congratulations goes out to all who took the time to vote. Democracy
and the well being of this City will only be sustained and advanced when the best interests of all
Hamiltonians are balanced and respected.

In the shade of the outgoing and incoming of changes to any political shift, the questions of why and what
changes or events or circumstances have contributed to the overall change.

From the desk of Hamilton Views ...here is my take..
There were three major issues that sat on the cusp of this election, the airport development, the Lister
block, and the Peak oil issue. All three issues were clouded in vales of secrecy manipulation or in regards
to the Peak oil issue was simply dismissed because it did not fit into a prescribed political agenda, without
considering the best interests of Hamilton's future. Amidst these three major issues, intertwined was the
cloud of election corruption that reinforced a lack of transparency and integrity. Culminating with the fact
that the City of Hamilton failed to address the growth and distribution of wealth to areas the were amalgamated
to this city. These being major issues, the issues of poverty, sustainable employment, were thrown out as the
last resounding issues of yesterdays political agenda...Perhaps, it's time to focus on what is truly important,
the people of this city....the benefits will follow...

I hope I have contributed to opening the minds and hearts of this City, encouraging greater participation
in a world, that is so deluded, feeding a sense of apathy, fueling the political arena that dictates and
consistently erodes social, political, economical prosperity.

What do you think...?
 

Comments appreciated
ham_editor@yahoo.ca 


38  Provincial and Federal issues that effect Hamilton / Canadian Social / Political Issues / CAS to review if system 'failed' kids on: October 13, 2006, 04:19:16 pm
CAS to review if system 'failed' kids
Wed, October 11, 2006
Toronto Sun
By VIVIAN SONG
http://torsun.canoe.ca/News/Canada/2006/10/11/1999979-sun.

There should be no questions left to the imagination as to the need of a "Judicial Review" of this system. If such potential
Neglect occurred in a hospital, such and investigation would be forth coming including charges laid if criminal neglect was
Determined and in some cases followed by civil litigation to insure that the balance of responsibility to boards and licensing
Bodies are directly responsible and to ensure that proper protocol is adhered to.
Over the past decades there have been many calling for a judicial review of Children’s Aid within this province. Many have
Written to Federal and provincial governments. The common reply from "McGuinty and to Harper and both have replied saying
They have no jurisdiction over CAS as they are a private run body." When in fact the province is directly responsible for the direction
And supervision of all Children’s Aid in this province.

The facts are that Children’s Aid are partially Charitable agencies but are subject to direct supervision by the Ministry of Community
And Social Services. When children are wards or under the care of ..implies they are under the security and responsibility of the Ontario
Government. Children’s Aids are agencies to which the Provincial government intrusts the daily monitoring and care for said children,
But the final burden is that of the Ontario Government. Perhaps the most gapping hole that singes the approval of such irresponsibility
Is founded under the licensing of Children’s aids."No action shall be instituted against an officer or employee of a society for an act done
In good faith in the execution or intended execution of the person's duty or for an alleged neglect or default in the execution in good faith
Of the person's duty." R.S.O. 1990, c.C. 11, S. 15 (6)"
The term" Good Faith" an acronym for driving while being intoxicated but in "Good Faith" I though I could drive a bus load of children
From Toronto to Montreal while I finished the bottle.

Such incidents of death are far too many, including many thousands of complaints issues yearly towards Children’s Aids that are
Simple concealed. In fact when such issues have been brought to the attention of the public, some Children’s Aids have the audacity
To launch civil suits claiming defamatory to shut them down. Consequently, these issues remain burred while the system becomes
More corrupt.

What do you think...?

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39  Hamilton Election November 13, 2006. / Vision / Di Ianni Promises 1,000 Jobs on: October 12, 2006, 01:13:14 pm
Di Ianni Promises 1,000 Jobs
http://www.hamiltonspectator.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=hamilton/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1160517011242&call_pageid=1024322466723

A little too late-
The tracts have been laid...

“Di Ianni says, he's been building the groundwork in the last three years, finding funding to service industrial parks
and finishing development plans.”
The promise of a 1000 jobs over four years is dust of  political rambles that fails to meet the simple reality in Hamilton
but demonstrates that Di Ianni has not given this fundamental issues, that is crippling this City, much thought. A City
with the highest poverty with 32% of the working population forced to leave this City daily for sustainable employment.
Moreover, Di Ianni fails to discuss the nature of such, with regards to the sustainability of these jobs.

Di Ianni states that, "I want to build on the momentum that we've already established."
A momentum that lives in his mind...that seems to be the cancer that plagues the city as he failed to remember that
2400 jobs that would have result in Maple Leaf Foods plant that he let slip through his fingers.
http://www.hamiltoncatch.org/cow/cow_051107.htm

This promise of 1000 jobs over four years in not a promise at all, the odds are the simple natural growth through existing
employment will provide such...What this City need is a minimum of 2400 new jobs per year, for the next four years...
that are sustainable and provide realistic wages for long term sustainability for families in the City...

...New tracts need to be laid....
can you ride the rails for all our future?
stand on meaningless words that fade
or continue plights of such conjecture,
transparency a hand that you played,
can you ride the rails for all our future?

Your vote is important!
Vote November 13th

What do you think...?
 

Comments appreciated
ham_editor@yahoo.ca 
40  Hamilton Election November 13, 2006. / Vision / Larry Di Ianni, Wet Behind the Ears on: October 04, 2006, 10:28:13 am
“Larry Di Ianni, Wet Behind the Ears”

Mayor to boost community councils

By Nicole MacIntyre
The Hamilton Spectator
(Oct 4, 2006)
http://www.hamiltonspectator.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=hamilton/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1159912239733&call_pageid=1020420665036&col=1014656511815

Community councils...just another manipulative ploy...What is Di Ianni really saying, that the elected members of City
Hall, once elected. do have not time to deal with issues within amalgamated towns...or that the city will defer issues,
for such amalgamated, that it does not want to address, to Community councils. The facts are Di Iann, we don’t want
to here opinions form Community councils who have no authority. We want our concerns address by those we elect
and not some appointed bureaucrat that has been appointed to differ or manipulate our democratic rights. If this City
is admitting that it can no longer address the issues of said amalgamated towns, perhaps it’s time that such amalgamated
towns join together and elect their own mayor and councilors, forming a City Coalition Municipal Government...

Di Ianni, this proposed community council is a rouge that allows indiscriminate divisive political manipulation that does not
serve the greater good of Hamilton. Either this city deals with the uniqueness that encompasses all the parts or it admits
that  it’s only intention is to use such amalgamation as a funnel for funds for the downtown.

Di Ianni you can’t suck and blow at the same time...prosperity and growth need to be a benefit to all sectors of this city
not just in areas where you can cultivate numbers for your election...a sense of fairness across the whole city...
but then....this has not been your style.....it’s always been about you, me, myself and I...

Your vote is important!
Vote November 13th

What do you think...?
 

Comments appreciated
ham_editor@yahoo.ca 




41  Hamilton Election November 13, 2006. / Vision / Re: Election Yawner on: October 01, 2006, 01:06:10 pm
“If all candidates where given equal opportunity in the press,
this election would be everything but a yawner.”

By: Diane Elms
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After reading the article in Thursdays Spectator titled “Mayoral Rivals Duel Over New Police” I had to immediately sit down and write this letter.

Several things need to be brought to light regarding this article.  First of all, anyone who reads the Spectator would have to ask themselves how many candidates are running for mayor.  In the past, the Spec has reported that there are indeed 8, yet in this article, as with many others, they give the lion’s share of coverage to the same three, namely, Larry Di Ianni, Fred Eisenberger, and Dave Braden.  Is it because the newspaper has decided that this trio represents the voter’s favourites?  If that’s the case, the Spectator isn’t following its own coverage because in a poll of voters entitled “The 10-Point Pulse” from this past Wednesday, voters asked put candidate Diane Elms in the top three. 

Also with regard to the policing issue, I’d just like to point out that Larry Di Ianni and Fred Eisenberger are wasting a lot of energy debating an issue that does not reflect high on the voters’ list of needs.  In “The 10-Point Pulse”article, members of the public were asked “Do you feel safe in your community?”  If I am reading the results correctly, approximately 68% of the respondents said yes.  If that’s the case do we really need to spend as much as 9 million dollars on more police in the next four years as the Mayor has proposed? 

Here is how I would handle the same issue.  First, the person we should be consulting on this question is Police Chief Brian Mullan.  Second, I believe the issue is more of an accountability issue for criminals, and standing behind our police officers and laws, and that means everyone.   Anyone who does the crime needs to get a clear, firm and united message that they will indeed pay heavy consequences.  No more slaps on the wrist, crime and violence will no longer be tolerated in Hamilton. 

I would also like to invite the Spectator to follow the high reporting ideals it not only claims to possess, but has also printed in its pages in a recent article by Spec reporter Dana Robbins.  This article titled “Telling a Story Many Did Not Want Told” was dated this past September 23rd.  In it, he was critical of the mayor’s office in Hamilton for withholding critical information from the general public regarding the outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in the city.  As we know, this outbreak claimed a life.  To quote Robbins, he stated “As a newspaper, we think that is wrong”.  He also stated in the article “our revolution is not defined by a specific kind of content but rather by our willingness - even eagerness - to be always evolving and changing, looking for ways to better serve our readers and to respond to their own ever-evolving media habits”  as he addressed a conference in Washington.  My question to Mr. Robbins and the staff at the Spectator is, why doesn’t their newspaper practice what it preaches?  By not including all mayoral candidates in its coverage on issues of utmost importance to its readers, it would appear it is playing the same game it accuses the mayor’s office of playing.   There are mayoral and ward candidates interested in getting the word out about how they would serve Hamilton, and what they see wrong in the current system, who would use much the same quote as Robbins: “Let the readers hear and see our willingness - even eagerness - to be always evolving and changing, looking for ways to better serve and response to the ever-evolving needs of the Greater City of Hamilton”.

In closing, I would like to again extend a kind and sincere invitation from this mayoral candidate (whom, I’ll humbly point out, voters are interested in hearing from as I rated 3rd in your recent public opinion survey).  Please contact me, and the other worthy mayoral and ward candidates, for our opinions on issues as they relate to the upcoming municipal election.

Candidate for Mayor
Hamilton - built by ordinary people
with extraordinary dreams
 
Your vote is important!
Vote November 13th

Diane Elms 4 Mayor
http://www.diane4mayor.ca


What do you think...?
 

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42  Hamilton Election November 13, 2006. / Vision / Election Yawner on: October 01, 2006, 09:37:28 am
Election could be yawner
By Nicole Macintyre
The Hamilton Spectator
(Sep 30, 2006)

http://www.hamiltonspectator.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=hamilton/Layout/Article_Type1&call_pageid=1014656316146&c=Article&cid=1159566612741


This "election could be a yawner" is more apt to be close to the truth. This facts reflects
Two major facts. First none of the mayoralty candidates have presented Hamiltonions
With a major vision to long term sustainability. That is, how this city is going to create
An atmosphere that will attract new business and focusing on the development of browfields.

This side steps four major issues plaguing this city, poverty. The fact the 32% of
Hamilton’s work forces leaves the city daily for employment. The improvement of the tax
Base to insure future resources for the greater development of the downtown. Lastly,
Developing a plan that creates an atmosphere of growth and cooperation with areas that
Have been amalgamated into this city for greater autonomy and shared prosperity. But rather
The focus is on elevating fear tactics of crime that will be debated over the next four years.

It is little wonder the Hamiltonions sigh with disgusting, yawns noting, the same old horses
Forging the historical game that provides little vision to the downtown rubble, burred in taxes
For services not received and looking for sustainable jobs that are not here to be found. While
The city spends billions on Aerotropolis development, the Lister block with little or no financial
Return while the balance of Hamilton is generally ignored, with the exception of citizen action
Groups that threaten to sue....

Your vote is important!
Vote November, 13th

What do you think...?
 

Comments appreciated
ham_editor@yahoo.ca

43  Hamilton Election November 13, 2006. / Vision / Red Hill Expressway... on: September 29, 2006, 12:30:41 pm
Red Hill Expressway...

http://www.hamiltoncatch.org/index.html

Oversights, mistakes? or inequity of real transparency that seem to flow like a fault line
that generates the overwhelming mistrust in this City. Overwhelming errors, miscalculations,
imbed the notion that projects costs presented by this City seem to be generated solely
to satisfy the political rhetoric of the moment. Three million....plus the time and labor already
expended including the removal and trucking, this reality of fact, may be lead us closer to
4 or 5 million.

Such idiosyncrasies in this city is the plague of the day that shadow the sense of transparence,
as in the saga of the, “Lister deal still shrouded in secrecy,”  There is one fact that we can be
assured of in this City, back room dealings and patronage are live and well...the only thing
we know for sure, the truth of added costs will only become apparent after it’s too late to close
the flood gates and of course the blaming game...so bend over while this city fills your basement
with flood waters and raises your taxes for services they claim to provide, while usurping their
responsibilities by claiming, acts of god....

Your credit cards please,
we will tell you the real costs,
after you have signed on the dotted line.
Don’t forget it’s election time, 
remember it’s all about crime.

Your vote is important!
Vote November, 13th

What do you think...?
 

Comments appreciated
ham_editor@yahoo.ca



44  Hamilton Election November 13, 2006. / Vision / Political Smog Filling Empty Space.. on: September 16, 2006, 04:02:38 pm
Political Smog Filling Empty Space..

Am I the only one that’s lost amidst the trees of rhetoric, with the only elusive
commitment from, “Braden that  vowed to plant 150,000 trees a year, make
energy conservation a priority, give real examples of intensification and make
Hamilton attractive again to businesses.”

Diane Elms who declares, “I am tired of consultants from out of town coming up
with 'their solutions when they don't see, hear or feel our city. If you see a problem
in your neighborhood, you probably also see a solution. I am tired of hearing about
the poverty in this city and having another committee formed to discuss it. It's time
to put words into action. I know of many initiatives that are in place and working
already.

Fred Eisenberger, vowing "honesty, integrity and bold decisive leadership," and
another reference to "personal integrity and responsibility," Including. “leadership
over controversial issues such as aerotropolis, Maple Leaf Foods and the Lister
Block” (Ham. Spec. 2006)

Di Ianni ,the mayor is clearly subscribing to the theory that the best defence is a
good offense, suggesting politicians capitalizing on the issue could end up hurting
themselves instead of him. "Hamiltonians want to hear a positive campaign that is
based on issues that help them. Mudslinging is not going to help my opponents."
(Ham. Spec. 2006)

Now, that the rhetoric and ball room walls have been painted, floor’s waxed;
isn’t it time for the real music to begin. With sounds and words, followed by
actions that sets a realistic tone of truth and pride that engages Hamiltonians
into the real potential of this City.

Or does this City embody the necessity that Councilors, to ensure their
ward members of fairness, subscribe to the fact that the only means
available to ward members is through litigation. Is the only means of
dealing with this cities property tax system through months of ambiguous
threats that necessitates a taxpayer to withhold their taxes to get a response. 
   

With a drum roll, the only concrete plan is the planting of 150,000 trees...
well folks show me a plan. Where is the sustainability, tax fairness, and what
policies changes are going to be implemented to attract new business. What
immediate action will be taken to decrease our poverty levels. What initiatives
are you proposing to mitigate the disharmony created through amalgamation...

Show us your well laid out marching plans,
not empty words blowing in desert sands,

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45  Hamilton Ontario City Issues / General City issues / Re: Political Dilemma on: September 13, 2006, 03:17:34 pm
Update-Opinion-Political Dilemma

“With respect to the comments on “Political Dilemma” let me first of all say, that many in this city
would agree with the general overtones. Howbeit, there has been some positives in this City,
the Harbor font and the cleaning up of the Bay was a positive undertaking. The development
of the airport in it’s fundamental principals were positive. That being said, the present overtones
to this project, at this time, does not seem to in the best interests of Hamilton. Another issue that
does not seem transparent to this City are the issues of Green Space and amalgamation. 

Conceptually, both of these issues are wrought by political interests rather that for long term
benefits. Addressing the issue of amalgamation is short, this process will never be repeated,
as the province now recognizes all the negative impacts. Similarly, the gigantic sweep of green
space is within the same fault. We need to recognize the intensification is necessary to lower
the cost to City Services.

Howbeit, the issue of green space needs to be applies province wide, with some practical sense
for future growth. As it stands, those who are financially mobile and want to maintain their privacy
outside major cities will. Notwithstanding, Hamilton will suffer the greatest consequences considering
it’s vast rural area within the GTA. and will forfeit growth to cities like Brantford, etc..etc.. who are
outside green space, that will accommodate such living space. The reality is that though I have office
space in the City, and I were to make a move, it certainty would not be in downtown. Though well
establishes in the City, any serious considerations would be to live outside of the present boundaries
of the GTA.”

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