With so many residents appearing as delegations to Hamilton City Council in the last two years; either supporting or opposing  LRT; it was often difficult for observers to separate fact from fiction and rationality from emotion. With positions on the divisive project firmly entrenched, the phrase. “Don’t confuse me with the facts,” could apply to some on both sides of the issue.

One delegate, however, stood out from most of his peers by not only being unemotional, but also by coming to the meeting armed with actual data to support his position. Gaspare Bonomo, a mathematics professor at Mohawk College…

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This nation has in recent weeks roiled in expressed collective outrage at the change in living accommodation for one Terri-Lynne McClintic, convicted of first degree murder in the death of eight year old Tori Stafford.  Terri Lynne-McClintic, was reassigned from a penitentiary to an Aboriginal healing lodge.

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The municipal election in Hamilton has allowed for the airing of many important issues—taxes, poverty, especially the affordable housing shortage; urban renewal and many others– but no two issues have dominated the debate thus far as much as transit and infrastructure.

Hamilton has been in the throes of the debate over LRT for a decade now, although for roughly the first couple of years it was not so much a debate, as an orchestrated public relations campaign with the goal to persuade Hamiltonians that LRT was something they really wanted while at the same time persuading the provincial government that there was strong public support for the billion dollar scheme. It was a delicate balancing act because the necessary enthusiasm only really existed in a small group who saw LRT as an end in itself, and apparently still do; since there is little in the way of transit or economic uplift evidence to support it. In those early couple of years city staff spent tens of thousands of dollars on a massive public cheerleading effort…

Perhaps one day an aspiring PHD student in sociology, psychology, or really any of the “ologys” will be able to make some sense of the collective LRT mania that blew through Hamilton in 2008, infecting politicians, seasoned municipal bureaucrats, the social engineering class and the media. The only group that wasn’t significantly caught up in the euphoria was the beleaguered taxpayer whose enthusiasm for LRT was and is, largely a fiction arising out of a massive and sometimes deceptive PR campaign. One of the many definitions of public relations is “manufactured consent,” and as we point out elsewhere in this edition, that is exactly what happened in Hamilton in 2007-2008.

What was described as underlying “research” for some of the early, critical decisions on transit were nothing more than an exercise in inside baseball involving a group of mainly LRT enthusiasts. On the basis of sparsely-attended workshops, heavily promoted among the LRT fans and largely attended by them, we got the early rejection of Bus Rapid Transit, that up until then had been Hamilton’s primary…

The new Hamilton City Council that will be elected in October will have at least four new faces thanks to redistribution and incumbents choosing to move on. But unless there is some kind of seismic voter revolt, which frankly seldom happens, there will be familiar faces around the council table come November. Whoever is elected they will be called upon to make a decision on transit and infrastructure that will have far reaching consequences for years to come. We could go on about how successive Hamilton Councils were asleep while LRT zealots incrementally pushed the scheme forward step by step; alternately assuring council that the key decisions were yet to come, and then telling councillors they had voted on the matter 60 times and it was too late to turn back. The propaganda, junk science and outright lies about the benefits of this project are well documented. We have shown in this journal how the public consultation process was rigged from the beginning to eliminate more practical transit solutions from consideration. It culminated a…

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A coming-of-age movie alternating between should-see, and viewing with cautious recollection. The former because it’s emotionally authentic, the latter dredges up painful fears and insecurities of a 14-year-old which revive viewer memories of their middle-school miseries. Having established that, “Eighth Grade” is a splendid awkward coming-of-age comedy.

Adolescent issues are a blending of awkwardness, anxiousness and acne. You’re unsure of who you are as a person and unless you cultivate it, social media can shine a light into how “boring and unoriginal” your life truly is.

An observation by stand-up comedian and actor Bo Burnham (screenwriter/director), the film recalls that period in his life. It’s a hurmorous/bittersweet ornament focusing on  childhood emotional angst.  The narrative has a link to the digital generation’s obsession for split second contact with peers, an attempt to be someone who will be accepted by other teens you feel are constantly judging you.

Burnham’s cast is headed by 15 year old Elsie Fisher whose impressive resume includes voicing the littlest sister in the first two “Despicable Me” movies.  The actress plays Kayla, who’s grinding through the last few days of eighth grade. She lives at home with her single dad, and while they clearly love each other, they don’t seem particularly close. Part of that’s natural; part of it is because Kayla is socially awkward, and her dad’s not sure what to do about her.

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