July 19: Saving Sunset Garden, city indifferent to tragedy, LRT is only for developers and other couriers
We need to invest more in women and children
Earlier this week, Canada announced that 17.7 billion doses of the vaccine will be given to low- and middle-income countries. This significant contribution will save millions of lives in the future. I urge Canada to continue supporting those who need it most.
Beyond fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada can capitalize on this moment by investing more in resilient health systems that will pay off for years to come. If Canada completes its initial investment in the C $ 150 million Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF), resilient health systems could be built in low- and middle-income countries. to ensure the deployment of COVID-19 vaccines and prevent future pandemics. As an implementing partner of the Health Systems Connector, led by the World Bank and supported by the WHO, it is essential that Canada invest more in the GFF.
City indifferent to tragedy
The city has shown its indifference to the residential school tragedy by not demolishing the statue of Sir John A. Macdonald; but this statue, for example, is a simple idol, erected by corrupt and lost humanity even then.
Saving Sunset Garden is not NIMBYism
I took offense to a comment in the story about saving the Sunset Cultural Garden, claiming that the people trying to save the garden were NIMBY activists. I helped out in the garden and didn’t hear anyone express this point of view. The park has offered a quiet space to the inhabitants of the district and the gardeners who take care of it. The setting is beautiful and can be used by anyone. There are no other small parks in the area. I suggested that it could become a peace park bringing together and honoring many cultures. Moving it across the street to an area used for sports is not a solution. Bayfront Park is ideal for those in good physical shape or those with a vehicle. The Jamesville project will be accessible by several streets. Two streets meet at the Sunset Cultural Garden. On a busy weekend and at major events in Bayfront the traffic is horrendous. At these times, the best way to get in and out of Bayfront is on foot. People who buy a house there will not be happy if they cannot access their house on a holiday weekend. I am surprised that the city is interested in approving the increased traffic in this area. In the end, we will lose another small green space.
Modeling can be misleading
Thank you Harry Shannon and Lehana Thabane for reporting issues with the recent City of Hamilton letter on how the city is expected to develop. I’m not a statistician, but I immediately noticed the odd wording and limitations of the very binary questions (I also almost threw mine in the spam stack!).
Sad to think about the cost of creating this piece as it makes the results questionable from the start. How many consultants have we paid and how many?
Also, I doubt we will see an increase of 236,000 Hamiltonians by 2051. I could be wrong; but modeling and projections are “an imaginative description of real things” and can be spectacularly wrong. In 2020, “brilliant scientists expected 100,000,000 cases of COVID to accumulate within four weeks in the United States, doubling every four days.” This modeling led to very costly responses that were off target.
We civilians need the help of people like Shannon and Thabane to create and perform projections. Too bad their contribution is ignored.
Where is the electrification plan?
With the carbon pricing levels and other means of reducing our dependence on fossil fuels that have been touted recently, not much is said about how to get there.
Electrification of most of our transmission facilities is touted as the way to do this, but there does not appear to be a plan as to how the electricity will be produced. What plan do we have for the disposal of used batteries from our electric vehicles, since we now have a problem of disposing of nuclear waste from our current power plants?
Should we not prepare for the deadlines set by our government?
The Salvation Army should stay where it is
Enough with that “Not in my garden” (NIMBY) attitude. I hope the Sally Ann stays where it is in downtown Hamilton. Hopefully, when the well-to-do patrons of a glitzy event at First Ontario see the men across the street near the shelter, they’ll be prompted to consider helping. There are creative ways to improve the situation that don’t include hiding people like they’re ashamed. Let us not judge and rather live together as good neighbors.
LRT is not really a public transport project
I can’t be the only reader to notice that all pro-LRT editorials come from developers, builders, their trade associations and unions. I have yet to see support for LRT in the opinions of the HSR or other transit officials, the Drivers’ Union (ATU), or local transit advocates. It just confirms what I’ve always suspected that LRT is not actually a transit improvement project but a massive backdoor infrastructure grant to developers.