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 on: August 14, 2006, 07:52:49 pm 
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Hamilton Sign Bylaw

“Rural areas not exempt from sign bylaw
Kevin Werner, Special to the Review
Aug 11, 2006”

“The cost is expected to be covered by higher permit fees.” Just another unwelcome
to doing business in Hamilton, Ontario. Rural areas that are already overburdened
with the agriculture base at a low ebb, while the price of fresh strawberries, corn
and other fresh produce will suffer as, foreign markets reap the gain.

Consider that the City is unable to attract a business base of sustainability, though,
having the audacity to impost further costs to the present business. Furthermore,
this will result in, “hiring of two additional bylaw officers at a cost of about  $150,000.
Just another tax grab, some small rural business have suggested that they will have to
consider hiring one or two less summer students....

Progress in the making...

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 on: July 23, 2006, 09:14:30 am 
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ADHD risks merit treatment
By Dan Marshall, M.D., Hamilton
The Hamilton Spectator
(Jul 22, 2006)

There are two major issues that are raised in the article that are misleading and negates most of the content.
“The U.S. Congress has acknowledged ADHD
as a major public health concern because of the
known consequences
of untreated ADHD,.....”

U.S drug company lobbyist are some of the highest financial contributing to the political arena. To use such remarks
as a foundation in support of drugging millions of children is irresponsible. Some of the major issues with children with
ADD are;
Parents not having the time to spend with their children. Expectations, family routines and structure were inconsistent.
Teachers improperly trained and or crowded classes and becoming  frustrated with the behaviors associated with the
need of these children. Poor and inconsistent communication between school and home, that Ritalin prolongs and
interferes with the development of neurotransmitters.

Another, real issue is that parents, many times are provided with the fact that there child's behaviors are as a result of
a chemical disorder. Parents and teachers make assumptions that, Ritalin will solve the problem. In many cases, the child
takes on this modi-operand, that they are not responsible for their behaviors, consequently behaviors deteriorate, this
attitude is also pervasive as many parents feel guilty because they don't spend sufficient time with their children,
due to many factors-
“Thousands of children take medications to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.” The reality that is ignored,
though thousands of children are pumped with medications, is the many other contributing factors, food and other
forms of environmental allegories, poor diets and the many social domestic and peer pressures including the revolving
door of instability of parents in the home. A society that is fixated on quick fixes, pill popping, that has become the wanted
magic fix all, rather than instilling responsibility, of course that would imply that as a society we need to spend more time
with our children. Perhaps in reflection, like our environment, that is so polluted, we have adopted the same methodology
turning our children into chemical sponges.

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 on: July 20, 2006, 12:18:27 pm 
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Rising Sun

How do you plead your Worship?
for the introduction Your Honor.
It’s my Worshipful wish to declare
judgements on oversights
defy the office of your Honor;
all should kneel and worship,
your contributions, petitions,
will save the lost souls...
Honor the most Worshipful.
Blessings and tidings will follow,

Your Honor...

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 on: July 18, 2006, 02:33:20 pm 
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Councillors' extraordinary end-runs defy logic
By David Ivey, Dundas
The Hamilton Spectator
(Jul 18, 2006)
Re: 'Merulla aiding suit against city' (July 13)
and 'McHattie asks province to stop Lister project' (May 31)

Perhaps, the clear perspective that councilors must contend with, is whether they support those who elected them
or the political agenda of City hall. Merulla, who has supported many city innovations and has contributed to the over
all well being of all Hamiltonians, is simply endorsing city responsibility. Property damage for which is the responsibility
of the City, an ongoing accumulation of damages that the city has failed to address, while collecting taxes for such.
McHattie, percieved responsibility towards the Lister project may not be what some want to hear, though the fact
remains, if elected councilors are to simply bow to the wishes of pressure tactics, they may as well sit at home collecting
city tax coins like mummies while nodding their head in the flow of political breeze.

Whether “there are sufficient monies in the city's budget to pay the damages and related legal costs” to failed city
responsibility is rather immaterial. The real question is, can local tax payers afford to pay their taxes for city services
that have failed and at the same time be expected to pay personal property damages to their property, for said services
that are not rendered. Coupled with the fact that they no longer can obtain personal home insurance for future incidences.

With billions of dollars thrusted into an airport with little or no finincial return, “What extraordinary action will the next
councillor initiate to thwart council's position, should she or he be dissatisfied by the way a particular issue is being
resolved?” While millions of dollars are flaunted for a new face lift on the Lister block, while the tax payers are being
flood out of their homes....Long live Hamilton in the rubble and  the swamps of hamilton’s flood plane...

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 on: July 13, 2006, 09:32:39 am 
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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?

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 on: July 12, 2006, 10:48:49 am 
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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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 on: July 09, 2006, 12:51:34 pm 
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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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 on: July 03, 2006, 08:11:21 am 
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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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 on: June 30, 2006, 08:55:39 am 
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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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 on: June 26, 2006, 03:27:54 pm 
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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.

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