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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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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
McMaster Students Union Provincial Election Debate. The riding of Hamilton West Ancaster Dundas is one of the most contested local races with areas that consistently swing with provincial trends. The MSU debate is on campus at McMaster University’s Student Centre. Details
*new* May 29
Hamilton Urban Forest Strategy. The City is holding a public consultation as it plans a new strategy for urban trees and forestry. This is an evening meeting at the Downtown McMaster Medical Campus Details
*new* May 29
John/Rebecca Park Public Information Session. The City of Hamilton is holding a PIC to unveil a new concept plan for the new Downtown Hamilton park, which is now funded for construction in 2019. The PIC is 6 to 8pm, at the Beasley Community Centre, 145 Wilson Street.
Inaugural AGM of Hamilton Transit Riders’ Union. TA group of HSR riders is trying to form an advocacy organization to effect change in how the HSR is operated, and lobby Council on how the HSR is funded. Details
*new* June 4
Future of the Waterfront Trust Centre. Ward 2 City Councillor Jason Farr is inviting the public to a 40 minute tour of the Waterfront Trust Centre followed by 50 minutes of public feedback opportunity on the potential sale of the City of Hamilton waterfront asset. The meeting is from 6:30 to 8:00pm at the Pier 8 Waterfront Trust Centre.
HWDSB Meeting on new North (Scott Park Site) Secondary School. The public school board is inviting the public to a meeting at Prince of Wales Elementary School to discuss the new school and proposed programs. Details
*new* June 12
PIC for Pumping and Water Storage Station for Elfrida Growth Area. An important meeting for the Elfrida Growth Plan as municipal water is required for the urban expansion. Details
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.