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Danko and Whitehead Meet
Registered Ward 8 candidate John-Paul Danko met with incumbent Ward 8 Councillor Terry Whitehead yesterday; tweeting positively of the meeting and about Whitehead. Whitehead declared last week he will not be running for Mayor.
The current Ward 8 is now split between the new Ward 8 (where Danko is running) and a new Ward 14, with most of the current Ward 8 in the new Ward 14. This tweet indicates (at least to me) that Whitehead will be running for re-election in the new Ward 14. Asked about the meeting, Whitehead declined to confirm if it means he’s running in the new Ward 14.
(Photo above tweeted by Danko)
Penny Deathe Registers for Re-Election as Waterdown/Flamborough Trustee
Penny Deathe is seeking re-election in Ward 15 as Public School Trustee. Deathe filed her papers on Wednesday at City Hall. Deathe is an extremely close political ally of Ward 15 Councillor Judi Partridge. Partridge campaigned on Deathe’s behalf in 2014, which Deathe won by only 11 votes over Nick Lauwers. The race as was proxy battle between the Liberals and Conservatives.
With the latest polling numbers showing the Ontario Liberals facing a historic defeat in the provincial election, Judi Partridge is unlikely to become MPP at Queen’s Park. Partridge confirmed Wednesday night that she intents to seek re-election to City Council in Ward 15 if she is unsuccessful in the June 7 provincial election. (If Partridge is successful, Deathe can still register to run for the Council seat Partridge will vacant.
New Candidate in Ward 8
The Ward 8 City Council seat is looking to be an open contest with no incumbent, so we can expect a long list of hopefuls. The latest to register is Anthony Simpson. Our full list of candidates is updated with his name.
New in Candidate Websites
Ward 10 City Council candidate Ian Thompson’s website is now live, and he wants to you know he is a Property Tax Payer, with NEW ideas for a NEW era in the NEW Ward 10. His early platform planks including hiring two new police officers for each ward in Hamilton to focus on dangerous driving, more Neighbourhood Watch programs, term limits for City council, and fiscal responsibility – citing Council’s free lunch program as one of the first things he’ll cut.
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A significant application not just for the proposed density and height on the site, but as a benchmark for planning city-wide. Slate Asset Management’s application will be close to the escarpment height ceiling for the Downtown, however, the buildings are not in the Downtown Secondary Plan area, which is why this application is significant city-wide as it is judged under the new Commercial Mixed Use Zoning in effect across Hamilton.
The June 7 CoA agenda includes some interesting items.
The owner of 40 and 44 Main Street in Waterdown wants to sever part of 44 and merge it into 40 for a future development. This has drawn nearby opposition, the original March hearing was adjourned in the hope of finding agreement among parties.
I’ll pull staff comments on a package of 29 variances for the Foothills of Winona Phase II at 1329 Barton Street in Stoney Creek;
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The Public Record Live with the Graham Crawford Show
followed by the first TPR municipal election panel
Thursday June 14, 2018 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Corktown Pub, 175 Young Street, Downtown Hamilton
Juravinski Doesn’t Like School in His Backyard
More great reporting from Teviah Moro in The Hamilton Spectator, this on a report from the Advocacy Centre for Tenants which finds that someone must make $18 per hour to afford a one-bedroom apartment in Hamilton. Moro’s summary of the report, and a link to the full report can be found in his story.
(I’m not giving away the story because Moro deserves the web traffic to TheSpec, especially as he links to the original report, something journalists don’t do enough)
The East Hamilton Rent Strike continues, with it’s GoFundMe campaign having raised $7250 to assist with legal fees.
Judge warns Corrupt Hamilton Cop: You’re Going to Jail For A Long Time
This is just the latest revelation of wrongdoing within the Hamilton Police Service; with calls now being made for a Public Inquiry to be held to determine how deep problems in the police force are.
Patio Music Comes to Hamilton
The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry announced the death of Cpl Fred Engelbrecht Wednesday morning. Engelbrecht was one of the last two known living RHLI survivors of the 1942 Dieppe Raid. The Raid was Canada’s worst day of World War II and deeply scarred Hamilton. Funeral details have not yet been released.
Ward 2 City Councillor Jason Farr is holding a public meeting on the future of the maybe, but not really except for bids being welcome, for sale Waterfront Trust Centre.
The meeting is Monday June 4 starting at 6:30pm at the Hamilton Waterfront Trust Centre on Pier 8. The first 40 minutes is a tour, and then there will be 50 minutes for the public to share their ideas on future institutional uses for the site.
GO Transit Says Hamilton Downtown Trains Will Operate During CP Strike
*new* May 29
*new* May 29
*new* June 4
*new* June 12
Winnipeg Mayor Wants Council to Show Up To Work. Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman – who was elected in 2014 having never sat on Council – is calling for proper accounting of Council attendance as Winnipeg Council struggles with quorum issues due to a lack of Councillors showing up to work. Bowman and the deeply entrenched career City Councillors have regularly clashed this term.
TSN1150 Canada’s Worst Rated Radio Station. The latest Numeris ratings show Hamilton’s TSN1150 as Canada’s worst rated English language major market radio station, drawing only 4600 listeners during the average week. (There are CBC French radio stations with lower ratings as measured among English listeners)
Niagara Councillor Questions Pre-Election Councillors “Info” Flyers. A Niagara Regional Councillor is stating the obvious by questioning a series of pre-election Councillor “information” flyers being sent to “update” residents on the “achievements” of the scandal-plagued Niagara Regional Council. St. Kitts Councillor Brian Heit says the flyers cross the line into using tax dollars for campaigning. “We have to clean this up right now”. His fellow Councillors disagree.
Carlton Place Councillor Agrees to Apologize, Enter Diversion Program, Assault Charges Dropped. Noted in previous TPR Email Editions, the assault charges against Coun. Doug Black were dropped in exchange for an apology and entry into a diversion program. Council sanctioned Black and Mayor Antonakos for their altercation. The Mayor was fined nine months pay – three months for each violation of the Code of Conduct.
Windsor Resident Says Hospital CEO Shouldn’t Be Part of Setting Council Pay. A Windsor resident says the local Hospital CEO should not be involved in setting the pay of City Councillors as the hospital is seeking approvals to rezone a site for a new mega-hospital, she has filed a complaint to Windsor’s Integrity Commissioner. It’s a bit of a stretch to say the least, but it does get to the question of how should Council remuneration be set?
MISA Ontario. For an awesome logo for their conference here in Ontario.