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 41 
 on: January 17, 2007, 10:32:03 am 
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City staff, running a golf course and...

Re: City staff take swing at sports parks
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
http://www.hamiltonspectator.com/breakingnews/breakingnews_1561695.html

This is a tenuous issue,  to which I will not, at this time, elaborate on many of the downsides
to city staff as management. However,  there is one issue that should be considered as it
will sooner or later, and that's the Winter Sports Park...that's predicted to cost the tax payer
$1.2 million over 10 years for possible enjoyment for Hamilton for 35 days...and that's a maybe.
There comes a time when value and practicality collide. I think it's time to find a better use for
this property that would provide sustainable financial returns to this City; and adding the $1.2
million dollars to a recreational environment to a sustainable activity that would be enjoyed
throughout the year... 

What do you think...?
 
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 42 
 on: January 14, 2007, 06:04:39 pm 
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A multimillion dollar lawsuit over the Red Hill Expressway...
To be dumped?

Re:Mayor wants to ditch lawsuit 'We need to get this behind us'

Mayor Fred Eisenberger wants to end a lawsuit against the federal government over costly delays to the Red Hill Valley Parkway.
He's lined up nine votes against the lawsuit, versus four supporters and three undecided. It's a reversal of the vote in 2004 when
a slight majority launched the suit.

The Red Hill Valley Parkway is scheduled to open later this year.
Hamilton Spectator File Photo
By Nicole Macintyre
The Hamilton Spectator
(Jan 12, 2007)

http://www.hamiltonspectator.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=hamilton/Layout/Article_Type1&call_pageid=1014656316146&c=Article&cid=1168555812612


A slippery slope of trust and accountability speaks loud considering past city council adamantly supported this venue. When one totals
the cost to which befell this City due to the Federal Government, summarized and approximately $37 million dollars the $230,000 already
spent on legal fees seem trite.  It's interesting that the dumping of, what was considered the only recourse, is attributed to. "such as
Brad Clark and Scott Duvall who question the suit's merits."The interesting fallout is that, "Several councilors want to hear from staff before
casting their vote." Considering direction on this issue has already been voted on...?

"Eisenburger says, his reasoning goes beyond the money, to the principal of healing wounds in the community over the controversial roadway." 
What this really means is that he is prepared to dump those additional costs on the local community...A city with the highest taxes, the highest
poverty rate with a downtown falling into rubble...but then he hopes to that tax increases won't serge beyond 3%....with the largest jump is to
be in the out lying areas, Stony Creek and  Flambourgh....and I ponder if he will remember that it was those areas that elected him...There are
times when you have to stand up to the plate and swing...with intent...It's truly time for Hamilton to stand for something.....or when it comes
down to the nitty gritty are we just going to hold out a tin cup and play the beggars role forever...?

What do you think...?
 
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 43 
 on: December 08, 2006, 10:09:21 am 
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Quarry growth "stunning betrayal"

Ontario cabinet OKs
expansion plan for
ecologically significant
greenbelt site

http://www.hamiltonspectator.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=hamilton/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1165531812322&call_pageid=1020420665036&col=1014656511815

By Christine Cox
The Hamilton Spectator
MILTON (Dec 8, 2006)

Environmentalists are outraged, is anyone really surprised? From the onset of this re-zoning, "Greenbelt"
has been designed to usurp individual rights, imbedding in province the total authority of excreting it's will
over property without the consent of the individual or of the community. In reality this re-zoning has little
to do with protecting the environment, it's a zoning that allows the Province to play politics with property
that it does not own. To be more direct, the provinces has further imbedded the fact that it is the land Lord
and that no one owns their property, we all have become tenants. Those that esteem to purchase a property
deed have simply become, "Glorified Tenants" with out rights. In fact the "Greenbelt" now violated by the
Ontario government has been nullified....the provincial government is in conflict with it's own bylaws.

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 44 
 on: December 07, 2006, 01:19:11 pm 
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Raw Milk / Pasteurized


In a world of high production, where money is the governing factor, the recognition that the intake
of hormones and medicated foods that drive high production of milk in to days world, entwined with
the high stress of dairy cattle society must balance the risk of probability. There is little doubt that
careful husbandry and ideal diets that raw milk could be produced that would meet the high safety
standards. The difficulty, as a society, would be the monitoring of each dairy herd to insure such
a standard. Over the past forty to sixty years the focus of the milk delivery system has been dedicated
to bulk safety that offers a society the optimal safety net to a product that is distributed to millions and
has the potential of having and adverse effect on thousands of lives. Perhaps one need to examine this
with an analogy. The use of condoms and safe sex; for a small percentage that are allergic to latex, the
benefits from it's use are far out weighed, rather than distributing or contacting aids.

The dilemma of choice is always the pragmatic stumbling block of a free society. Are the producers and
sellers of raw milk willing to accept full responsibility for their product, bearing all costs to health, if this
was to occur, including the control and damages should it be found to be the cause of an epidemic?

It is the authors intent as with any issue is to elevate such topics for discussion; the maintenance of democracy
is not acting or reacting in blind faith but rather a re-examination of issues that continually maintains checks
and balance to ensure our freedom of choice is preserved and is shrouded in the common good of all.


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 45 
 on: December 06, 2006, 01:12:00 pm 
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2006 Hamilton City Elected



Mayor Fred Eisenberger

VISSION




 Ward 1
Brian McHattie

VISSION




Ward 2
Bob Bratina

VISSION



 Ward 3
Bernie Morelli

VISSION



Ward 4
Sam Merulla


VISSION



Ward 5
Chad Collins

VISSION



 Ward 6
Tom Jackson

VISSION



Ward 7
Scott Duvall

VISSION



Ward 8
Terry Whitehead

VISSION



Ward 9
Brad Clark

VISSION



Ward 10
Maria Pearson

VISSION



Ward 11
David L. Mitchell

VISSION



Ward 12
Lloyd Ferguson

VISISION





Ward 13
Russ Powers

VISISION





Ward 14
Robert Pasuta


VISISION



Ward 15
Margaret McCarthy


VISSION


 46 
 on: December 06, 2006, 10:37:27 am 
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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"


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 47 
 on: November 30, 2006, 11:55:48 am 
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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...

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 48 
 on: November 29, 2006, 03:11:41 pm 
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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....?

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 49 
 on: November 21, 2006, 12:28:18 pm 
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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.


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 50 
 on: November 14, 2006, 01:33:21 pm 
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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.

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