Home / John Best

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.

Hamilton transit picture still muddy

lrt debate

A fair criticism of Hamilton Council is that it tends to avoid taking action on tough, divisive issues until the very last minute. The stadium location is a prime example. Now in 2016 it appears council is prepared to tackle the issue of transit in Hamilton. Arguably council has already taken the first step with its approval of the Rapid ...

Read More »

Transit panel needs good information


If Hamilton councillors go ahead with a citizen panel on public transit it behooves them to make sure the panel has good unbiased information. There will be no shortage of LRT advocates making their case; we’ve seen them in the last go-round which resulted in $9 Milllion in public money being spent to promote both LRT and the B-Line route ...

Read More »

Same performance becoming tired


It doesn’t have the longevity of Agatha Christie’s the Mousetrap or les Miserables, but last month’s performance by the Hamilton Waterfront Trust in front of city council had a familiar ring. It started as it has several times in the past with a walk-on presentation with no advance agenda for council to see—this despite the fact that the HWT had ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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:  

Read More »


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 ...

Read More »