It’s amazing how the premier reaffirming her commitment to Hamilton’s rapid transit system is giving city council a chance to hit the reset button on the file, and their brains.
The usual councillors are rising from the ashes again saying we must consult with the people now that we have a commitment from the government.
(Many are still unsure of what we now have?)
Citizen’s panels, consultations; what’s all this public opinion talk?
Don’t get me wrong public speak is essential but shouldn’t we have consulted with the people before we picked an East/West LRT line, council voted on it, and went to government to ask them to pay for it?
Now that the money may be closer than ever, we have a city deeply divided on LRT, a divided council that killed a bus lane and a public that is lacking confidence due the way it has been all handled to date.
Some will blame the last Mayor, he did send mixed messages.
But excluding Mayor Fred Eisenberger and a few new young exciting council members it’s the same old fart show. Majority still rules.
Wynne’s transit promises could be another big windfall for Hamilton, just like the stadium was, if they survive that long.
My fear is once again we won’t get maximum return for our investment due to poor council leadership, just like the stadium.
How do we make sure that doesn’t happen, and Hamilton gets what it deserves?
Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger is meeting with Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne today.
What do you think the chances are of either one coming out of the meeting with anything more to say than vague generalities and promises to talk again?
City Hall said transit would be on the agenda but failed to add anything more.
I’m not sure what we are expecting to happen and I highly doubt they’ll be writing a blank cheque for transit funding.
The CBC asked the Mayor if the visit would need to address a possibly strained relationship between the two parties left behind by former mayor Bob Bratina.
I’d be far more concerned with the stained relationship left behind from yet another split down the middle council vote that has most wondering how we can manage BRT or an LRT when we can’t even manage a bus lane?
But call me crazy!
Talk is good, but sometimes cheap.
I have a feeling Premier Wynne will spend more time questioning the Mayor about a split, indecisive council that sends mixed messages, than opening her purse.
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The Mayor and the Premier will meet today. Will tomorrow be any different?
Like our discussion yesterday about backyard skating rinks, the kid’s birthday party is not like it used to be either.
Remember when a kid’s birthday party consisted of going over to a friend’s house for hot dogs and pin the tail on the donkey?
Now you rarely get to the kids house because the event is held at one of those play places filled with jungle gyms, slides and let’s not forget the bottomless pit of plastic balls that haven’t been clean since the first day it opened.
We hear news out of London England where a kid was holding their party at a ski centre.
When one of the kids didn’t show after confirming, birthday boy’s parents slapped the no shower with a $24.00 fee to cover the cost.
They want the friend to pay for not cancelling ahead of time which would have saved the hosts a cancellation fee.
This seems odd considering they would have had to pay anyway even if the kid did attend. He was the one who lost out.
I am not condoning standing up birthday boy, you should be more considerate.
But to charge for not attending will only guarantee the gossip will be more about the ‘cheapskate’ and not the ‘no show’.