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John Best

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.

Conference Board of Canada Further Downgrades Canada’s Growth Forecast

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Recession fears are dampened however The contraction of the Canadian economy in the first quarter of the year, lower oil prices, a near-record trade deficit and uncertainty in global markets have dimmed the growth outlook for Canada. The Conference Board of Canada expects the Canadian economy to grow by just 1.6 per cent in 2015, its worst showing since 2009. ...

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Hamilton International Airport Celebrates Cargo Centre Grand Opening

Official Grand Opening, Ribbon Cutting (L to R): Edward Minich, Board Member and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee, TradePort; Lloyd Ferguson, Councillor Ward 12; Ron Foxcroft, Chairman of the Board TradePort; Dean Allison, MP Niagara West-Glanbrook; George Casey, President & CEO Vantage Airport Group and Board Member TradePort; Honourable Liz Sandals, Minister of Education and MPP Guelph; Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, and MP Haldimand-Norfolk; Brenda Johnson, Councillor Ward 11; Wayne Marston, MP Hamilton East – Stoney Creek; Gord Johnston, Senior Vice President Sales Cargojet; Frank Scremin, President & CEO TradePort

Today, the Federal and Ontario governments joined with Hamilton’s Municipal Government, TradePort International Corporation and Cargojet Airways to celebrate the grand opening of the $12 million Air Cargo Centre at John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport. Joint funding of the 77,000 square foot facility was announced in January 2013 and will support the expansion of cargo operation at the Airport, ...

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Campaign expense compliance Audit bid fizzles


A number of minor violations of the Municipal Elections Act were confirmed by the Election Compliance Audit Committee, but none rise to the level that would warrant a full compliance audit. That was the committee’s ruling on a total of 7 audit requests filed against members of Hamilton City Council by Stoney Creek resident Vivian Saunders. In six of the ...

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Pre-election federal funding announcements result in dropping of Red Hill lawsuit

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A flurry of federal government spending announcements for the Hamilton area, plus the Federal government’s surrender of the 4 acre Discovery Centre lands on Pier 8 were apparently the triggers for the City of Hamilton’s decision to abandon its 11 year Red Hill lawsuit against Ottawa. A news release announcing the legal settlement as much as confirmed the quid-pro- quo, ...

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“NEWSIES” Review

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Disney's Newsies, directed by Jeff Calhoun at Papermill Playhouse 9/15-10/16/11
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Jack Feldman
Book by Harvey Fierstein
Based on the Disney Film written by Bob Tzudiker and Noni White
Choreography by Christopher Gattelli
Lighting Design:Jeff Coiter
Costume Design: Jess Goldstein
Set Design: Tobin Obst
Photograph © T Charles Erickson 

Before television, even before radio, newspapers were the ‘social media,” the primary source of information for the public. Back in the day “dailies” were hawked by street urchins shouting outrageous tabloid-type jabber unrelated to the headlines (“Extra, Extra! Read all about it….baby born with two heads!”). It was an attention getter, a selling point for these orphaned youngsters living in ...

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`My Signature “Peace”’


Suffering insomnia a few nights back I took a stroll down memory lane. I am 53 years old and have been in show business since I was 18. One of the lows/highs was when I first started taping a television show called `Chaps Comedy Club’ in downtown Hamilton in the early 90’s. I must say that when people begin to ...

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Getting a Vision for Hamilton to 2050

Getting a vision for Hamilton 2050 article

It’s been more than 20 years since Hamilton introduced Vision 2020—a set of guiding principles that would govern the policies and action of Hamilton’s civic government up to now. Vision 2020 was developed after a lengthy community consultation process. Its key message was that when planning we must consider the economy, the environment and social factors. Since then references to ...

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Local Job Picture Improving

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A Workforce Planning Hamilton report says in the second quarter of 2015 there were cumulatively 6486 job postings. This represents a 30% increase over the second quarter of 2014. For the same time period, Hamilton’s Census Metropolitan Area (including Burlington and Grimsby) unemployment rate was an average of 5.2% while Canada’s was 6.8%. The unemployment rate has been on a ...

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Volvo V60 Cross Country

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Before the spread of SUV’s, people got along just fine hauling all their daily needs in the trunk of a sedan, and their family members in the back seats. For people with big projects, or the hunter-gatherer spirit, a station wagon added more versatile space. Over the years of renovating our house, we moved lumber, drywall, rocks and plants in ...

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Potentially lethal strokes and heart attacks deservedly receive the lion share of headlines occurring concurrently or as complications of diabetes; however, there are several other diabetes induced ailments on the upcurve which dictate that we raise the level of awareness. 15% of seniors over 65 in this country are diabetic and another 10% ages 50 to 65 are also afflicted. ...

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