Yesterday, August 10, 2010 was quite possibly the most stressful day of the year in politics for Hamilton, Ontario. Not for just me, but the citizens, and mayor, and community council. We were on the National Spotlight. #hamont trending on Twitter, The Spec broadcasting live with upwards of 4000 people or more watching on UStream. It still might be archived on UStream, but be prepared to watch a 13 hour debate. I watched, listened, and almost had a heart attack while sitting in front of the computer listening to the whole debacle at throughout the day. I really wish I could have went downtown to City Hall. The City of Hamilton has been granted the Pan Am Stadium at the Municipal level with a 12-3 vote, a victory for West Harbour without tenants such as the Hamilton Tiger Cats. I’m hopeful it is enough for Federal and Provincial governments, and the Hostco Pan Am committee to agree for a go-ahead because the City of Hamilton will not have another chance in the next 80 years, or longer for an entertainment district that will get people to extenuate what we can have, and provide new business, and new local business strategy for the core.
The Mayor, and City Council need to patch up what relationship they have left with Bob Young and re-evaluate the West Harbour location in Hamilton, Ontario so the Tiger-Cats are left with great opportunity at West Harbour. There is room for re-mediation, and as much as the CFL is industry which brings both the City of Hamilton, and Bob Young money, we need both Professional Sport, and a West Harbour location to propagate what good we have at the Hamilton Harbour location. Even if Bob Young doesn’t agree with downtown renewal, there’s always Daryl Katz who could fulfill both Copps Coliseum, and the West Harbour location for entertainment. It’s obvious Hamilton has direction if visionary, and philanthropist and businessman Daryl Katz is interested in what venues the City of Hamilton has, and will have in the future.
Will Bob Young, and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats say yes to the viable stadium at the West Harbour? He and the Tiger-Cats only know until there is re-mediation with city council. And if there is no re-mediation, I think it’s time for Hamilton to move on, and get Daryl Katz into the picture so we’re not floating a boat in frozen water. City Council said yesterday that Federal, and Provincial governments and the Pan Am Committee still have over a month to decide on the West Harbour location and stadium.
I would love to say the decision was for the Hamilton Tiger Cats, but I really can’t. It’s for every one Hamiltonian out there. It’s a strategy for our city to propagate into doing something fundamentally better for industry in Hamilton, Ontario. The steel industry is gone, and brown-fields are here, and I don’t want them to stay. I want job re-growth in those brown-fields. Buildings erected, happy Hamiltonians that have prosperity for the jobs they will have and love. Different opportunities for different people, and industry not just for one person. Whether it be The Arts, Sports Entertainment, Concerts, we need a plethora of market at a foundational level to achieve what success we can achieve. We already have great educational institutions. How about keeping the people who are educated here? Let’s reclaim the legacy as an Ambitious City.
We, as Hamiltonians also have to realize that it’s not just about the West Harbour stadium. The velodrome, and multi-use purpose for both infrastructure initiatives. We could become a very large sports hub in Ontario if not North America since there is only one high performance velodrome in the United States. We can bring world class athletics to Southern Ontario, train athletes for what future we have and put ourselves on the road map for greater success. Healthly living standards, healthy institutions and organizations. We already have Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University, a vital educational foundation for doctors, nurses, and everything in-between. We will set Olympic standardization in what athletes look for.
I really think a professor at the McMaster DeGroote School of Business should really look hard into what Hamilton is doing, and come up with an analysis of what we will look like in the next 20 years. At 2015, when the Pan Am Games are here, five years, a quarterly mark for 20 year analysis. And a better analysis for a bigger analysis a century away.
A kickstart for revitalization has started, and it can only get better. Downtown renewal is brown-field clean-up, and sustainability, and a chance for Hamilton to once again create more industry in the core for foundation revitalization for healthy living. We don’t need Toronto business owners dumping, leaving toxic waste in our city only for us to clean it up. Hamilton is our city, it’s time to love what we have, what we will have and show what a community can be for the future.
The 80 good years were contingent of what Ivor Wynne Stadium (originally Civic Stadium) brought to the City of Hamilton since the Empire Games (Currently the Commonwealth Games) in the 1930s. Highlighting the success of Empire Games and current tenants, The Hamilton Tiger Cats a Canadian Football League team — Pink Floyd, and Rush also played there in the 1970s.