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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.

Bay Observer communication with Ontario Ombudsman


    Office of the Ombudsman of Ontario                                                            April 9, 2015 Bell Trinity Square 483 Bay Street, 10th Floor, South Tower Toronto, ON M5G 2C9   Dear Sir/Madam   For several ...

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Metrolinx open to bus-first approach to transit in Hamilton

Metrolinx CEO Bruce McCuaig

When Hamilton Transit Chief David Dixon presented his 10 year transit master plan to council last month, Mayor Eisenberger and some councillors expressed concern that the plan, which called for an immediate build-up of bus capacity would send a signal to Metrolinx that Hamilton did not want LRT. This despite the fact that the plan made it clear that the ...

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Going where Bettie Page never got


Watching Katy Perry shooting through the air with a comet trailing behind her at the Superbowl XLIX half time, I realized she reminded me of someone, but who? A chance trip to Steel City Video to return a movie provided the answer. There, tucked away in the B’s, between The Best of Me and the Boxtrolls was a Katy Perry ...

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A golden opportunity for transit clarity

lrt debate

Forget about the he-said, she-said news conferences that followed Mayor Fred Eisenberger’s meeting with Premier Wynne to discuss transit. It is time for Hamilton council to seize the opportunity to take charge of its transit future, hopefully in a spirit of pragmatism and seeking the best solution for the entire community. The solution might be as simple as allowing  city ...

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Queen’s Park LRT summit exposes Hamilton’s lack of readiness

LRT ham

It looks like some political fence-mending will be required between Hamilton and Queen’s Park following Mayor Fred Eisenberger’s  meeting last month with Premier Wynne to discuss LRT funding. The meeting was billed as an attempt to get some clarity around the amount of cash the province was willing to give Hamilton to fund transit. What ensued, however, was a pair ...

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Former World Bank head clears the air


One time IMF head, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, on trial in France for pimping and abetting prostitution has refuted charges that he is a sex- obsessed satyr and rapist. According to Strauss-Kahn he adhered strictly  to an almost Spartan regimen of four orgies a year. Details here:  

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Delta Secondary is slated for closure despite the expenditure of $5 Million on upgrades in recent years

A group of Hamiltonians critical of the way schools are closed in Hamilton has decided to develop a body armed with  independent knowledge to counter the various provincial formulae that are currently used to justify school closures. Hamilton activist Gary Santucci first became a vocal critic of the school closure process during the controversial demolition of the historic Sanford Avenue ...

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

bus yield

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 ...

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Burlington facing demographic challenges By DENIS GIBBONS

gibbons survey burl

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 ...

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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 ...

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