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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.

Would enforcement of existing law would eliminate need for bus lanes?

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There might be a way of eliminating the bus lane controversy in Hamilton—simply enforce existing legislation giving buses the right of way. If you spend any time in traffic behind a city bus you will no doubt have noticed a decal on the left rear corner  of every HSR bus—it’s a 12 by 14 inch sign urging motorists to yield ... Read More »

Burlington facing demographic challenges By DENIS GIBBONS

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Four decades have passed since Burlington became a city and the most influential municipality in the Region of Halton. But according to the Social Profile of Halton Region 2014 report, published by Community Development Halton, that position of power is slowly slipping away as a result of major demographic changes. The report says Oakville already has surpassed Burlington in population ... Read More »

Eric Cunningham remembered as a loyal friend, fighter for justice


I think I first met Eric Cunningham in the mid 1970’s at a house party in Oakville. I was just starting out in broadcast Journalism and he was a newly-minted MPP representing what was then called Wentworth North. A few years later when I was just getting my feet wet as CHCH news director, the MPP Eric dropped by the ... Read More »

BRT becoming the new darling in urban transit


Yet another transportation expert has weighed in on the transit debate with a challenge to the accepted wisdom on the merits of LRT. Researcher Steve Lafleur in an article written for the Frontier Centre for Public Policy–a  Winnipeg think tank, suggests BRT can bring about many of the touted benefits of LRT–at a fraction of the cost. Read More »



You may have heard a collective sigh of relief on October 27th as 11 incumbent members of Hamilton city council found themselves returned to office, along with former councillor and mayor Fred Eisenberger. Buoyed, some would say, by a combination of name recognition and voter apathy, and, to be fair, in some cases by the merits of their service; as ... Read More »

As he prepares to leave office, Bob Bratina offers some final thoughts on his term as mayor


Last Month Fred Eisenberger was elected mayor of Hamilton for a second term. Joining the new mayor will be four new councillors– Aiden Johnson, Matthew Green,  Doug Conley and Arlene Vanderbeek. Also last month, outgoing mayor Bob Bratina was acclaimed the candidate in Hamilton East Stoney Creek for the federal Liberal party. The Bay Observer sat down with Bob Bratina ... Read More »

An Array of unfinished business awaits the New Hamilton Council


As is often the case in an election year, as the election approaches, key political decisions are often punted to the new council. Sometimes it is done to avoid having to deal with a controversial topic at a time when the electorate is supposed to be paying close attention. But sometimes it is done because the measure being proposed requires ... Read More »

Memo reveals over-hyped LRT prospects for Hamilton

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Public and council were unaware of behind the scenes skepticism at Queens Park A February 2010 staff memo to then Mayor Fred Eisenberger suggests that contrary to what the public was being told, senior Queen’s Park officials were far from enthusiastic about committing funds for LRT in Hamilton. In fact they were not even prepared to commit to the Light ... Read More »

Tim McCabe on the record

CBC Hamilton staged a live mayoralty debate on October 15th at which there was some discussion about an interview Tim McCabe the former General Manager of Planning and Economic Development gave to the Bay Observer last fall. In it, McCabe talked about his role in landing the Canada Bread and Maple Leaf foods plants and his relations with the mayors and ... Read More »

Hamilton Public and Catholic School Board Races

Change in the air for Hamilton Wentworth District School Board Two Vacant seats and two acclamations on Catholic School Board Regardless of who is elected to serve as Trustee for the 11 seats on the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board, there will be significant change when the new board first meets. Seven of the current trustees have decided not to ... Read More »