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John Best had enjoyed a lengthy media management career, in television and radio and now print. As Vice President, News at CHCH in Hamilton, John oversaw a significant expansion of the news operation. He founded Independent Satellite News, Canada’s only television news service providing national content to Canadian independent TV stations. John is a frequent political commentator on radio and television, a documentary producer and author of a book and numerous articles on historical and political subjects. John is a past recipient of the New York Festival’s award for writing in the International TV category.

$12 Million invested in McMaster Biomedical Research facility

L:  Christopher Oelkrug (Fraunhofer), Co-director of BEAM; Bob Bratina, MP Hamilton-Stoney Creek; Mayor Fred Eisenberger; the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science & Economic Development; Filomena Tassi, MP Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas; Rob Baker, Vice-President, Research, McMaster University

Editor’s note: Due to an editing error, erroneous information appeared in the August print edition of the Bay Observer. Following is a corrected version. We apologize for the error. The federal government is investing almost $12-million to develop McMaster’s new Biomedical Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing centre. Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development made the announcement at …

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Civility: Bob Bratina’s maiden speech in the house of commons

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Editor’s note: on January 26 Bob Bratina, MP for Hamilton East-Stoney Creek delivered his maiden speech in the House of Commons. At the end of the speech was an exchange with Flamborough-Glanbrook MP David Sweet. In our view, the tone of this exchange should be a template for all elected representatives at all levels. Bob Bratina Hamilton East—Stoney Creek, ON …

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Optimistic Bratina sees a “Hamilton Decade” ahead.

A victorious Bob Bratina thanks supporters on election night. Photo courtesy CBC Hamilton

At a time when many people have retired Bob Bratina looks forward to his new role as a rookie MP representing Hamilton East-Stoney Creek. He heads to Ottawa, where he has secured an apartment within walking distance of Parliament Hill with two economic objectives. “I hope to help Hamilton capture its fair share of the infrastructure investments that will be …

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Déjà vu All Over Again…


Like many who are now of a certain age, I cast my first federal ballot in 1968. Over my adult life I have been fairly ecumenical (and as a member of the media for many years, discreet) in my voting preferences but it should come as no shock that as a 20-something in the Age of Aquarius that I voted …

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Pearl Company Zoning issue called ‘Municipal Bullying”

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Pearl Company owner Gary Santucci admits he has made some serious enemies on Hamilton City Council; which is the reason why he has been unable to resolve a labyrinthine 9-year zoning dispute around the three story former jewellery factory he owns on Steven Street. He believes certain councillors are improperly utilizing the full regulatory and legal power of the City, …

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City, Hamilton Waterfront Trust in $15 Million Sarcoa lawsuit


HWT, City councillors attended live music events, filing alleges The city and the Hamilton Waterfront Trust are being sued for $15 Million in the latest chapter of the ongoing dispute between the upscale entertainment complex, Sarcoa and its landlord. In a statement of claim filed last month with the Superior Court of Justice, Sarcoa alleges “negligent misrepresentation” and breach of …

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Karina Takes Ottawa

Karna Gould and Justin Trudeau on the campaign trail

credit Janet Bedford & the Oakville Chamber of Commerce

It wasn’t that long ago that Karina Gould was walking the halls of M.M. Robinson high school dreaming of the day she could do something to change the lives of millions of Canadians. At 28, Gould is the youngest person to represent Burlington in the House of Commons since Progressive Conservative Sandy Best was MP for the former riding of …

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Downtown Burlington Businesses Open Their Doors for the Fourth Annual Treats in Our Streets Halloween Event


Calling all Burlington goblins and ghouls to Downtown on Saturday, October 31st to enjoy the fourth annual Treats in Our Streets event. Families are welcome by businesses to trick or treat throughout the downtown, and take part in activities from 10 am to 1 pm.  Treats in Our Streets kicks off at 10 am at both Civic Square and Emma’s …

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The Sound of Music Festival is looking for volunteers. The festival, well into its 4th decade has a volunteer base of of more than100 year-round committee members and an additional 800-plus onsite volunteers. The Sound of Music Festival has provided a platform for emerging local artists to perform as well as bringing higher profile acts to Burlington. The Festival is …

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St. Thomas More hosts Halloween 4 Hunger Campaign

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This upcoming Saturday October 31st 2015, Sir Thomas More school will be hosting its 16th annual Halloween 4 Hunger Campaign in the school cafeteria. St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School hosts an annual campaign every Halloween in which hundreds of volunteers collect canned goods from the local community to donate to the Neighbour 2 Neighbour Center. Neighbour 2 Neighbour Center …

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