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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.

Wynne’s transit vision still lacking specifics


Premier Kathleen Wynne reiterated her government’s commitment to spend roughly $29 Billion on transit in Ontario over the next 10 years but told an audience at the Royal York Hotel that they would have to wait until the budget is released in May for more details. The Premier did promise to dedicate portions of the HST on fuel, as well ... Read More »

College newspaper fills news void


Today’s  New York Times has an article describing the latest twist in journalism. In Ann Arbor Michigan, the onlt source of daily print news is the University of Michigan student newspaper. Check out the full story here.   Read More »

A journey through the murky waters of the Hamilton Waterfront “Trust”


The Bay Observer has published several stories describing the operation of the Hamilton Waterfront Trust, and the special status it enjoys with Hamilton City Council. Since its inception the HWT has operated largely outside any public scrutiny while receiving sole-sourced contacts from the City valued in excess of $10Million. City staff admit that the practice has been to write cheques ... Read More »

Just the facts on LRT

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To paraphrase the old McCarthy-era witch-hunt phrase–“Are you now, or have you ever been an LRT denier?” After simmering on the back burner of public opinion for a few months the LRT issue suddenly re-ignited in Hamilton last month. Tracing the origins of the latest heated debate is difficult. It may have happened when LRT skeptic Mahesh Butani in a ... Read More »

Council LRT support evaporates


If the proposed Hamilton LRT project, with the current funding formula proposed by the Wynne Government were to be placed in front of council today, it would likely go down to defeat. With municipal and provincial elections looming, and heightened sensitivity to opinion at the ward and neighbourhood level, it appears candidates for re-election have realized the necessity of staking ... Read More »

Bratina retirement extends one-term mayoralty string

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With his announcement March 7th that he would not seek re-election, Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina threw the race for the city’s top job wide open. It also meant that Bratina becomes the 4th Hamilton Mayor in a row to either retire after one term or lose at the polls. Bratina’s move gave new life to the aspirations of undeclared candidates ... Read More »

What Metrolinx says about LRT in Hamilton


One of the challenges the average Hamiltonian faces in trying to sort out the LRT question is the explosion of facts and figures being cited to support opposing positions. In a recent article, Raise the Hammer’s Ryan McGreal –an LRT supporter writes: By attracting hundreds of millions of dollars in new dense, urban, mixed-use developments along the transit corridor, LRT ... Read More »

Laura Fortino, Hamilton’s Olympic hero


It’s not often anything or anybody associated with Hamilton makes the pages of the New York Times, but Friday’s edition talks about Hamilton’s Laura Fortino, who set up the winning goal in Thursday’s heart-stopping ladies’ hockey Olympic gold medal game. At the 8:10 mark of overtime Fortino, making her Olympic debut, first faked a shot on goal and then slipped ... Read More »

Board negotiating with itself

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The Hamilton Wentworth District School Board says it is willing to re-open discussions about a joint venture with the city of Hamilton on a school-plus-community-centre project in the stadium precinct. This only a few months after the same idea was firmly rejected by council by a 13-3 margin. Not only that, but one of the three who initially favoured the ... Read More »

Getting Politics out of City Hall?


They’re trying out a new rule at Hamilton City Hall. It’s still a work in progress, but apparently the way it works is that the mayor, and presumably other councillors, are not allowed to speak out on issues of public concern in an election year. Because you see, to do so would be “electioneering,” and God knows we don’t want ... Read More »