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 on: November 14, 2006, 09:56:06 am 
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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...?

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 on: October 13, 2006, 04:19:16 pm 
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CAS to review if system 'failed' kids
Wed, October 11, 2006
Toronto 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.

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 on: October 12, 2006, 01:13:14 pm 
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Di Ianni Promises 1,000 Jobs

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.

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

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 on: October 04, 2006, 10:28:13 am 
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“Larry Di Ianni, Wet Behind the Ears”

Mayor to boost community councils

By Nicole MacIntyre
The Hamilton Spectator
(Oct 4, 2006)

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

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 on: October 01, 2006, 01:06:10 pm 
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“If all candidates where given equal opportunity in the press,
this election would be everything but a yawner.”

By: Diane Elms

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

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 on: October 01, 2006, 09:37:28 am 
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Election could be yawner
By Nicole Macintyre
The Hamilton Spectator
(Sep 30, 2006)


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....

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 on: September 29, 2006, 12:30:41 pm 
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Red Hill Expressway...


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

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 on: September 16, 2006, 04:02:38 pm 
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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

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,

Your vote is important!
Vote November, 13th

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 on: September 13, 2006, 03:17:34 pm 
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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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 on: September 10, 2006, 09:23:05 am 
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Political Dilemma

The focus on Hamilton’s political dilemma was expressed in several e-mail
views, that seem to express some, within this community.

“We have some good politicians but they don’t have a good handle of the overall picture”

“Cities used to be able to govern themselves though today we probably don’t need a City
Council because the Province has all the control”

“Cities like Hamilton are being coerced into fulfilling the needs of the province because
they is need of provincial funds, but never get enough to stand on their own. This
City has been beat up so bad that it is afraid to stand up to the Province. There is also
too much co-erosion with this City that leads to poor management, and only certain
sectors benefit from it’s wealth.”

“The truth of the matter is that we have not had good leadership in this City for years,
and when they get one thing right, they usually lose the benefit by screwing up, destroying,
or negating the benefits.”

“Hamilton people have a good heart but not strong enough to get involved, mostly
because they feel they are never told the whole truth.”

“Hamilton is a fragmented City, like Humpty Dumpty, and no-one knows how to put
the pieces together, it seems they make it worse by playing the game of divide and

“ I read all your stories on this site, I don’t know why I bother to comment because
it’s really pointless, these people live in a different world, and they don’t understand
how hard it is to make ends meet. The only time they think of the average person is
at election time. It seem all we do is pay for legal fees for all their mistakes, so what
is the point?”

Your vote is important!
Vote November 13th

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