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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.

It takes courage

Ferguson CBC

To hear Coun. Chad Collins, you’d think the politicization of the appointment of the Chief of Police was something new. As if. Make no mistake—this isn’t about the distasteful practice of string-pulling to decide who should be Hamilton’s Police Chief–the only real issue here is WHO is pulling the strings. Coun. Lloyd Ferguson showed guts in casting the deciding vote ... Read More »

Something to think about as you vote


Here is a sampling of news releases received by Ontario media from the two leading parties in the last 48 hours alone: Lib: New Developments Cast Doubt on PC Voter Fraud Denials PC: We are incredibly disturbed by a piece of literature being distributed by Steven Del Duca, the candidate for Vaughan. The piece depicts Tim Hudak laughing and walking ... Read More »

Will Bay Area see any provincial election upsets?


In the 2011 Provincial Election of the 6 Bay Area ridings, only one race could be remotely described as being close—Burlington– where PC Jane McKenna nosed out Liberal challenger Karmel Sakran by just over 2,000 votes. In Ancaster-Flamborough-Flamborough-Westdale, Ted McMeekin defeated TV personality Donna Skelly by a comfortable 4,500 votes. The other races were blowouts—NDPer Monique Taylor delivered the biggest upset, ... Read More »

Ontario’s dilemma: Who do you trust?


When Kim Campbell was running for re-election as Canada’s Prime Minister in 1993, she was mocked for her observation that “campaigns are not the time to discuss important issues.” One wonders what she would think if she has been paying any attention to the Ontario Election. Let’s face it, election campaigns have always been more about the spectacle than substance, ... Read More »

Municipal Challengers: Think for Yourself


Looking at the Hamilton Municipal race at present there is a possibility of the largest number of new faces on council in memory. In addition to a new mayor, we will have new representation in Wards 1, 3 and 9 for sure. In addition there is a likelihood of a new face in Dundas if Russ Powers steps aside. There ... Read More »

Hamilton, GTAH neighbours flex political muscle at Brampton transportation conference

Hamilton City Manager Chris Murray calls for greater government collaboration on infrastructure

A municipal alliance of west-of-GTA municipalities was given a public unveiling May 9th in Peel Region. Formed in part in response to the cancellation of the Niagara to GTA corridor project, The Western Golden Horseshoe Municipal Network consists of Hamilton, Niagara, Waterloo, Peel and Halton. The group was formed in an attempt to persuade the province and federal government to ... Read More »

Motion to ban LRT debate sparks….er… debate


Hamilton’s LRT debate took on a novel twist when Ward 4 Councillor Sam Merulla introduced a notice of motion to stop all discussion of LRT by Hamilton City Council until after the June 12 provincial election. The Merulla motion read as follows: MORATORIUM ON LRT DEBATE UNTIL AFTER PROVINCIAL ELECTION COUNCIL MEETING – WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 2014 Whereas the City ... Read More »

Donors and volunteers erect turtle fencing on Cootes Drive.


Hamilton Conservation Foundation donors and volunteers are banding together to keep turtles off Cootes Drive this spring as they move from Cootes Paradise to nesting beds along Spencer Creek and back again. The Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) installed silt fencing along the Cootes Paradise side of Cootes Drive in 2012 with great success. The Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA), which owns ... Read More »

Coyotes sighted at Eramosa Karst Conservation Area

A coyote showing signs of protecting its territory has been reported in the Eramosa Karst Conservation Area, specifically in the north half along the Yellow and Orange Trail between the Pottruff Homestead and the Nexus Cave. Read More »

Sober second thought on LRT


Hamilton City Council is perhaps for the first time taking a critical look at the whole LRT question. Since the Provincial election kicked off both Premier Wynne, in a Burlington photo-op and Glen Murray, in a tweet have suddenly made clear what they have had so much trouble articulating in the past—namely that Hamilton WILL get 100% funding for LRT. ... Read More »