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61  Hamilton Ontario City Issues / General City issues / Ancaster land dispute on: July 13, 2006, 09:32:39 am
Solve Ancaster land dispute: Councillor
By Wade Hemsworth
The Hamilton Spectator
(Jul 13, 2006)

Some at City council just flap their jaws, “Whitehead says the city should not take sides in the issue, but he thinks the
warring factions must be made to see that the problem is now bigger than their individual interests.” When the reality
is that it’s the City that is responsible for this fiasco. Show me a development that has been approved to which there
is no access. For the past year the City and Landmart Homes fundamentally felt they could bully, Raymond Wilson into
submission. “Landmart says the city could expropriate enough land. That's a position the city is reluctant to get into,
because it could be seen to be promoting a private interest.” The issue of expropriation is interesting in this situation
as it appears that the use of such supercedes ownership except for hydro use. Moreover, as far as promoting private
interests the City has already demonstrated that it supports developers interest over the private interests of Mr. Wilson,
by dismissing his concerns over the past years.

Though the city may expropriate said property, the issue remains that Mr. Wilson has a contract that ultimately gives
him the rights to determine it’s use. Moreover, if the city had been diligent, this situation would have either been
resolved prior to said development, at the developers costs or an alternate solution to access said property would
have to be discovered prior to approval for said development. The City setting it’s self up for another law suit by
individuals that can not move into their homes. I wonder how many City Halls approve a development in Canada
when such properties are landlocked?

What do you think...?

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62  Provincial and Federal issues that effect Hamilton / Canadian Social / Political Issues / A quick Di Ianni settlement on: July 12, 2006, 10:48:49 am
Let's hope for a quick Di Ianni settlement
By Andrew Dreschel
The Hamilton Spectator
(Jul 12, 2006)

“There is simply no advantage to anyone who doesn't have a political axe to grind in stringing this out any further.” Perhaps,
the words integrity, honesty and graft are the real issues. Di Ianni’s denial, anger and depression seem to tied to the fact of
being caught. With respect, an almost two years of attempting to seal said information form the public, two years of denial.
To dismiss this, with the contention that only someone having a political axe to grind, is contempt for justice, integrity, and
a flavored disregard for transparency and supports political corruption.

This is more than about Di Ianni, it’s about the sanctuary of office. While considering such, here in Hamilton there is a need
to recognize that among contributors, one of such, launched a threat toward a City Councilor, our Honorable Mayor remains
silent on this issue.

The long an short of the situation, “come Aug. 15, Di Ianni's acknowledgment of responsibility would be read into the record
and the charges withdrawn.” would be a display of mockery, reinforcing that such actions are perceived as trite and that the
rule of law is mitigated within the political arena.

If Hamilton intends to stand above the decay of the downtown a foundation of integrity is paramount-

“And the lights are all on, the world is watching now
People looking for truth, we must not fail them now
Be sure, before we close our eyes
Dont walk away from here....”by Phil Collins

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63  Provincial and Federal issues that effect Hamilton / Canadian Social / Political Issues / Corruption and Graft on: July 09, 2006, 12:51:34 pm
Corruption and Graft

It seems to flow through Hamilton’s Liberals in a direct line to McGuinty’s provincial Liberals.
LIUNA, who has contributed campaign funds to half of or more to city councilors, Liberal carrying members.
Provincial Liberal MPP. McMeekin dating Di Ianni with the flavored intent of derailing Councilor McCarthy
for an incumbent that aligns with the Liberal agenda, a Mayor that has been charged with accepting illegal
campaign contributions. Combined with McGuinty's offering to allow Mayors of amalgamated Cities like Hamilton
to appoint political supporters as additional voices that speak on behalf of Liberal agendas. Nevertheless, a total
summation is not complete, until one adds the possible illegal actions of LIUNA, threatening a councilor.
The municipal act that states,
“everyone who by threats, influences or attempts to influence a municipal official to number one, abstain from
voting at a meeting of a municipal council or committee thereof, or secondly to aid in procuring or preventing
the adoption of a measure, motion or a resolution, is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment
for a term not exceeding five years."

The Municipal Act is defined and regulated by the Province. The fact that such threat occurred is well known by
McGuinty's office. It behoves this writer, as to why McGuinty's’s office has not directed the OPP. to investigate
such behavior. Though equally disturbing, is how Di Ianni has not risen in condemnation of such actions,
including all city councilors.

Additionally, McGuinty embeds in the Municipal Act a four year term, verses a three year municipal term. Endearing
and strengthening Liberal continuity and potential graft. Ultimately it not about the best governance of this province,
but securing the Liberal’s party rule. Decades of federal Liberal party’s deceit and graft, seem to have become the
inspired tools of Municipal and Provincial Liberals. Entrenched, in all this darkness, Di Ianni can stand for re-election with
the possibility of being convicted under the Municipal act, or one should ask, has a deal been already been washed
under the table. 

When political party interest become the primary focus of governance, graft and corruption thrives, it inundates our
legal, constitutional, educational, medical, and social, financial autonomy, usurping democracy fundamental rights
of freedom, liberty and the pursuance of happiness. Oh, I almost forgot, did someone mention “transparency.”

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64  Hamilton Ontario City Issues / Amalgamation unresolved issues / Mayor, needs advisory councils on: July 03, 2006, 08:11:21 am
Mayor, needs advisory councils

City council is disconnected
By Don Clowes, Binbrook
The Hamilton Spectator
(Jul 3, 2006)


An advisory group selected to resound the Mayor’s view point, appointed. Well, I have received several view points,
reflecting a sense of being ambushed. Including the use of the term “separatists” that has a condescending note to it.
The list goes on, to how we small communities have had a “proud heritage” though distinct from Hamilton, “we always
considered her a struggling neighbor.”  Those voices are becoming clearer and numbers seem to be increasing. I have
to wonder, am I the only one hearing such voices, advisory council. More like the Mayor’s and  McGuinty’s  need to
appoint a choir as a barrier. Though the Mayor and McGuinty may have their agenda, where are all the good councilors?
Sitting on the side lines or have they been bought and paid for too?

The city proclaims,  “we are told "call us, we want to know what your concerns and issues are." they hear, but what they
hear does not meet their political agenda. Many reflect on the term, “take back the streets” and are fostering, “taking back
democracy” standing not for “separatists” but our democratic rights within this province. Perhaps, we all need to reflect
on Caledonia to clearly understand where this is all going..? Two hundred years of promises, until finally lines were drawn
in the sand...

How many roads must a man walk down before they call him a man?
How many seas must a white dove sail before she sleeps in the sand?
How many times must the canon balls fly before they're forever banned?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

How many years must a mountain exist before it is washed to the sea?
How many years can some people exist before they're allowed to be free?
How many times can a man turn his head and pretend that he just doesn't see?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

How many times must a man look up before he can see the sky?
How many ears must one man have before he can hear people cry?
How many deaths will it take till he knows that too many people have died?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

The answer is blowin' in the wind.

By: Bob Dylan

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65  Provincial and Federal issues that effect Hamilton / Canadian Social / Political Issues / Wrongdoing doesn't justify on: June 30, 2006, 08:55:39 am
Wrongdoing doesn't justify poor behaviour by protesters
By Teresa Rothwell, Port Dover
The Hamilton Spectator
(Jun 30, 2006)


“However, any past wrongdoing by the Canadian government does not justify present poor behaviour on the part of the Six Nations.
When the letter writer uses the "r" word, he intends to shut down any anti-native sentiment. Righting a few wrongs does not entitle
the Six Nations to hold an entire town hostage. If the "good people" of Caledonia are intolerant of your terrorist tactics,
they are not racists -- they are reasonable.”

When logic fails, historical contracts are broken, when social injustices can no longer be swept under a rug, the only thing left
is to beat to drums of morality. To create a diversion, “racists” “good people” though we dismiss truth and honor that plague
these issues for two hundred years. There is a song title, “Both Sides of the story by Phil Collins” which I include a couple of Stanzas.
Here we are all gathered in what seems to be the centre of the storm
Neighbours once friendly now stand each side of the line that has been drawn
Theyve been fighting here for years, but now theres killing on the streets
While small coffins are lined up sadly, now united in defeat

We always need to hear both sides of the story

And the lights are all on, the world is watching now
People looking for truth, we must not fail them now
Be sure, before we close our eyes
Dont walk away from here
til you see both sides

White man turns the corner, finds himself within a different world
Ghetto kid grabs his shoulder, throws him up against the wall
He says would you respect me if I didnt have this gun
cos without it, I dont get it, and thats why I carry one

We always need to hear both sides of the story.....

“When truth and myth collide we call it a glitch
for today it’s all dismissed as a simple pitch.
Though healers and politicians inclined to retch
their overflowing rhetoric, a pragmatic overstretch
of their bounds, their real intent to bewitch
the masses, their apathy in the backstretch,
while standing naked watching in our gitches,
when myth transformed a witch
into someone’s need to scratch an itch.” part of a poem “Scratch My Itch” 2004 Donald J. Lester-

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66  Hamilton Ontario City Issues / Amalgamation unresolved issues / Di Ianni defends advisory councils on: June 26, 2006, 03:27:54 pm
Mayor Di Ianni defends role of community advisory councils

Kevin Werner, Special to the Review
Jun 23, 2006

The idea of community councils is like giving a child a pacifier to subside the discontented child until a real solution
can be found. To quiet the child, manipulation of their real needs, though admitting in the moment they have on real
solution. Adding another quasi layer that reflects to old Regional Government, though in this situation members to
such councils will be appointed by the presiding Mayor. This appointed council will have minor influence and will
have no vote on issues that affect said communities.

Hoodwinked by the McGuinty and his little rat, Ted McMeekin including our distinguished Mayor Di Ianni who
is embedded in election profiteering, entangled in conflict of interest, over the Lister block with LIUNA contributions
to his election. Di Ianni who thrusts campaign words of transparency, McGuinty who promised to revisit amalgamation
along with McMeekin who vehemently opposed such actions by the previous Conservative Government. Now addressing
this issue with it’s time to get past this, as they turn their backs, handing out pacifiers with one hand, while continuing to
politicize their short comings, with the other hand deep in our pockets.

What do you think...?

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67  Provincial and Federal issues that effect Hamilton / Canadian Social / Political Issues / Liberal leadership- 2006 on: June 26, 2006, 01:01:18 pm
Ignatieff chides Tories over Caledonia

By Rob Faulkner
The Hamilton Spectator
(Jun 26, 2006)

“Liberal leadership”

Ignatieff said "I'm critical of the general silence of the federal government here,....it's crucial to strike a balance between
the rule of law and a "serious aboriginal claim ... that has to be respected."

Though I am not indoctrinated into one political party it must be said, that the history of native land claims have spanned all
political parties. For Ignatieff to beat the drum of the “rule of law” with respect to the native issue represents a benign rhetorical
statement considering the past historical corruption of the Liberal Party.

There is no doubt that Stephen Harper should have taken a greater active role with this issue but if the liberal’s foothold in this
campaign is solely based on criticism, it speaks volumes with regard to rebuilding a party that has been tied to corruption with
total disregard to our finances and with programs like gun control. If Ignatieff is the golden boy to elevate the Liberal Party into
the ranks of integrity, perhaps he should explain why his party failed to resolve such issues over the tenure in which his party was
in power and rather than simply being critical, expand on what he would do if elected.

If the foundation of the Liberal Party leadership race is based on issues that reinforce that governments are flawed, we are all
aware of such. Mr. Ignatieff, tell us what you would do...prove to us that you will follow through...give me back my country,
not Canadian ships flying foreign flags.

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68  Provincial and Federal issues that effect Hamilton / Canadian Social / Political Issues / Theft by Ontario Governments on: June 21, 2006, 03:16:08 pm
Theft by Ontario Governments

Caledonia may not be the only war zone that plagues this province as the back bone of rural and small communities
of Ontario view their intrinsic rights trampled into the background. The former Progressive Conservative  Government
under Mike Harris vetoed the democratic vote on amalgamation. The by election entrusted the freedom of the democratic
process, derailed because the results did not meet his dictatorial attitude. In spite of such despicable disregard for democracy
the Liberal party headed by McGuinty conveyed that his government would subscribe to open this issue a democratic
process. Though, once elected he violated his trust, not only did he shun his promise but divisively re-zoned thousands of
acres of Ontario lands, usurping owners of their historical right that were entrenched since confederation. Though insuring
that the Ontario government maintained an absolute right to determine the use of such lands for what was conceived as the best
interest of the public even though those interests may contradict the purpose of such re-zoning, “Green Space”.

This re-zoning rippled the right of land owners, crippling the historical right of farmers of severing a retirement lot. Devaluating
natural growth in small communities necessary to sustain local needs. With the swipe of a pen, without compensation, farmers
that has spent thousands of dollars maintaining streams and who worked a life time with long hours producing food with low
returns, with hopes that upon reaching the age retirement the sale of their land would carry them through till their final days.
The province unilaterally decreed narrow limitations and uses to such lands forfeiting such land to completive use. Consequently,
property values slumber amidst the fact,  many acres lay dormant due to low market prices. Though prior to this decree by
the province, it determined the need for a new Highway, “Mid Peninsula”. The potential of such was regarded by many as an
opportunity that would financially provide growth for both the rural and urban sectors. Though recognizing this would change the
face of  rural Southern Ontario. But like thieves in the night the province removed the competition for such land claiming for itself
the sole rights to determine it’s use.

In so doing the Province has placed it’s self in a conflict of interest, deeming such property as necessary for Green Space,
knowing previously that it intended to build a four to six lane highway through such, appears like devaluation before expropriation,
highway robbery. Have our democratic rights become so insignificant in our minds and hearts that lead governments to the conclusion
that they can unilaterally impose their will.....at least not in Caledonia Ontario.

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69  Provincial and Federal issues that effect Hamilton / Canadian Social / Political Issues / Why are rural landowners under attack? on: June 21, 2006, 12:21:33 pm
Why are rural landowners under attack?


Join the rural landowners, farmers and small business - to fight for democracy's return and a Canadian Bill of Rights -
not Government Wrongs. All these intolerable acts are the result of our lost property rights. The Landowners are
resolved to make Parliament restore "Our right to own, use, enjoy and earn a living on our private property" -
free from the unnecessary and intrusive urban regulations that have closed our sawmills, slaughtered our abattoirs,
broken the back of our family farms, threatened our maple syrup producers and clear-cut personal freedom and liberty
from our woodlots and lands.

In conjuction with:

    * Lanark Landowners' Association (LLA)
    * The Renfrew County Private Landowners Association (RCPLA)
    * Ontario Property & Environmental Rights Alliance (OPERA)
    * Hastings County Property Rights coalition
    * Glengarry Landowners association
    * Leeds & Grenville landowners association
    * Prescott/Russell landowners association
    * Dundas & Stormont Landowners association
    * York& Durham landowners Association
    * Simcoe County Landowners association
    * Conservationists of Frontenac & Addington
    * Kapuskasing Energy Regional Resource Association
    * Ontario Wood Producers Association
    * West Carleton Rural Association (WCRA)
    * Rural Council of OTTAWA
    * Water watch association
    * Milton rural Residents association
    * Rural Rights alliance
    * Alberta Association of Landowners for the Protection of Agricultural Land
    * Western Stock Growers
    * Ottawa Carleton Soil & Crop improvement association
    * Ontario Deamalamation Network
    * Ontario Deer & Elk Farmers association
    * GreenBelt Coalition

Contact Randy Hillier 613-267-6661 (randy@ruralrevolution.com),
Merle Bowes 257-7968, (mrbowes@sympatico.ca),

What do you think..?

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70  Provincial and Federal issues that effect Hamilton / Canadian Social / Political Issues / Crack houses rotten to core on: June 20, 2006, 02:59:47 pm
Crack houses rotten to core
spread to residential streets
By Susan Clairmont
The Hamilton Spectator
(Jun 20, 2006)

“A place where blood from past homicides still stained the walls, where teenagers turned tricks and the floor was littered with syringes
and maggot infested garbage. A place where cops were called several times every single day.”


“...health officials say the reason people turn to crack over powdered cocaine is largely down to cost. "It's a cheaper high," says Robin Clark-Smith, an administrator at a needle exchange program at the Bridgeport Health Department in Connecticut, US. A slab "rock" of crack in Bridgeport sells for just $5, while a bag of powdered cocaine goes for $20.”

Much like a casino, the house must have money. the poor and troubled with hopes of improving their lot in life spend their last $10.
in the hope for that big score...release from their impoverished pain while they enjoy the high of the role of the dice. Then they cry
as they hunger throughout the night. Crack houses, like casinos they need cocaine, follow the money, banked roles by those who
live in century homes, world wide travelers who live above the fray, sucking the juices from the week and from those who feel that
need to bury their pain. Trapped in a world of senseless meaningless looking for a way out of their pain, screaming for a five minute
high. Twisted by high rollers who feed upon these weakness but the high rollers are rarely scratched for feeding the imported white
powder. They float too high above with golden rings, embedded in legal threads of power where even human angels do not dare tread.
Though we see the base line of shattered lives....nothing will change if all we do is clean up the shattered glass....
The crystal pieces stained by golden rings.

What do you think..?

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71  Hamilton Ontario City Issues / General City issues / Stand and Scream on: June 20, 2006, 08:48:35 am
Stand and Scream
It’s only the beginning.....

“More than one bag of garbage? Pay $5.....the city will no longer pick up endless bags of yard waste.” Getting used to being
fucked by City Hall....renegotiating contracts...?  spending hard earned dollars for the highest rental fees for city hall space...
expending millions of dollars on an airport project without reasonable returns....funding HECFI with a million plus with is no possibility
of financial return...deeper and deeper we plunge into decay, with the highest taxes per house hold in the country, the greatest
rate of poverty.

The hype, the unresolved issues of amalgamation, sucking our tax dollars while providing nothing in return...When will the old city of
Hamilton wake up and realize those newly adopted towns have no issue with helping, contributing to Hamilton, soon you will understand
our cry....we pay and pay getting little in return....This City fails to meet one of it’s basic responsibilities collecting garbage....adding a new
cost called “green cart” adding millions of dollars in expenditure. Where, I say, where is the sustainable growth, where are the sustainable
new jobs... with 32% of the population , and increasing, leaving this city daily to feed their families with another 20% of the retired
population scrambling to sell their properties to escape an unsustainable life style, as to poor and trapped huddle in the rubble of a
downtown collapsing on it’s self....

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72  Provincial and Federal issues that effect Hamilton / Canadian Social / Political Issues / More of us, living better on: June 16, 2006, 08:45:31 am
More of us, living better
Jun. 16, 2006. 05:16 AM

“Say goodbye to sprawling suburban” say hello to higher crime, ghetto style living. The myth,  painting the corner convince store as
the employment center for kids, more like facilitating the drug trade. The truth is that the province is using intensification as a means
to squeeze more taxes per square foot. “Nearly 4 million more people are expected to make southern Ontario their home in the next
25 years, bringing with them 2 million new jobs.” Living in sardine cans, controlled like sheep claiming to save farm land when in fact
farmers are dyeing off. Cities like Hamilton who have squanders tax dollars in the past that has lead to such decay will applaud their
new found slaves. Considering the present unsustainability and with the introduction of 4 million with a potential of 2 million jobs....the
nature of these jobs are pie in the sky....the maybes of minimum wages, including the fact that within the GTA. mobility is already near
it’s peak....with such facts what the province is not tell, is how many new highways will be absorbing farm land....laying out plans for
for environmental friendly transportation, dealing with pollution and the short fall of electricity. Trapped in intensification like rats
when hydro fail's, a saturated population in little boxes without options in a country that has so much space, creating an illusion that
feeds their pockets and history of mismanagement, only the wealthy will sit outside the box while to poor will never see the sky line.

What do you think..?

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73  Hamilton Ontario City Issues / General City issues / The Lister Saga on: June 15, 2006, 09:54:47 am
The Lister Saga
in a Twist of Deceit....

Lister proposal shrinks...

On the other hand it’s all about politics, and the decaying building...that has been transformed as a symbol of indifference,
the constant reminder of this Cities squander. A totem pole that reflects years of  failed responsibility to basic fundamental
issues like poverty, honest distribution of public funds. The Lister saga bring it all to the forefront, the edacity to silence
councilors for voicing their opinions or searching for a better venue....resign, resign if you speak your mind... Perhaps, the
“new” Di Ianni-Liuna block will become the reflection of yesterday”s decay, the doorway to the future.


Setting aside what happens to the Lister block, what seems to the failing issue is long term sustainability, the preoccupation
with image. The failure to deal with the highest poverty rate; the highest tax burden per household, the resolution of amalgamation,
more importantly, transparency and trust of City Hall. Perhaps, if all the energy that has been spent on the Lister block were devoted
to the aforementioned issues the uniqueness of Hamilton would rise above the ashes of a sadly decaying downtown.

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74  Hamilton Ontario City Issues / General City issues / Sparks fly over the Lister Block on: June 13, 2006, 09:21:44 am
Sparks fly over the Lister Block
By Nicole Macintyre
The Hamilton Spectator
(Jun 13, 2006)


A passionate debate over the Lister Block

The trial of emotions, three divergent needs built upon each other. The Cities desire for “new” space, Hamilton’s
revitalization and Liuna’s desire for financial returns via the Lister block.  None of these issues by themselves are
unrealistic desires or needs, but tied together with political rhetoric propels the notion that these separate issues
can not stand on their own merit or are incompatible. The City has taken the position that it’s only redress to a
viable relocation is the high cost rental agreement with Liuna, without unilateral city bid for such that would provide
a realistic comparison. Secondly, the Lister block has torn the emotions of Hamilton for years in a Historical twist of
fate that has become the symbol of decay. To many, the Lister block is the rock that impedes the downtown revitalization.
Thirdly, Liuna’s desire to rejuvenate, rebuild the Lister block to a respectful and profitable accusation is within all bounds
of reasonableness. Perhaps, these issues need to be examined as seperate issues, the City need to seek “new” tenders
for it’s needs. Liuna must reacess it’s ability to find sufficent tennents at rates that are competitive to meets it’s objective.
The citizens of Hamilton need to be assured that they are getting the best value for their tax dollars and ponder the reality
of the need of sustainability for the long run.

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75  Hamilton Ontario City Issues / General City issues / The final hours, “The Lister Block decision” on: June 12, 2006, 01:42:24 pm
The final hours, “The Lister Block decision”

With the over priced rental agreement to Liuna, including the many short-circuited circumstances that streamlines this issue,
brings about the real dilemma with regards to Hamilton’s image. True enough, the Lister block bleeds history of decay
though the process of proposed changes seep a sense of manipulation and deception. A willingness to squander such
a high rental agreement to flaunt sealing tax payers for the next 15 years for $12.5 million including the cost of demolishing
the present City Hall.  When all is said and done... many will ponder what effort was truly expended into the costs of repairing
the present City Hall. Perhaps the cloud that enshrines Hamilton’s image still hangs over City Hall. Considering the flaming
promise of transparency form City Hall...this issue should be included as an election issue, with all the facts on the table. In
the final analysis it will be the tax payers who absorber the tab.

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