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Stop and Look in Today’s REAL ESTATE NEWS BUYERS GUIDE for your perfect home VOLUME 45 • NO. 15 • 50 CENTS Braden takes aim at incumbent during debate Liberal candidate claims Sweet failed to deliver on electric car plant BY MIKE PEARSON NEWS STAFF Liberal candidate Dave Braden accused Conservative incumbent David Sweet of ignoring a proposal for an electric car plant that would have brought more than 200 highpaying jobs to Hamilton. Braden made his comments during opening remarks of an all-candidates meeting held Monday at the former Dundas Town Hall in preparation for the May 2 federal election. Braden said he spent six years developing a consortium of auto parts companies which would come together, construct a modular assembly line and build the electric cars. The plan would have culminated in a THINK electric car plant for Hamilton, possibly located in the former Studebaker facility. Due to the government’s inaction, the plant chose to locate in Indiana, Braden said. Braden said he discussed the idea with then mayor Fred Eisenberger, the Hamilton Port Authority and McMaster University. Braden said he also received a funding commitment from the province, but the plan also required $35 million from the federal government. “We had an outstanding plan that had a basis, that I delivered on a silver tray,” said Braden. But after a 2007 meeting with Sweet, Braden said he was flatly turned down. “We went to them and we said we need the federal involvement,” said Braden. “We need about $35 million. That’s small potatoes.” When asked to discuss the 2007 meeting with Braden, Sweet initially declined to comment, citing confidentiality laws. See NO BUSINESS/Page 4 2011 ANCASTER NEWS • S I N C E 1 9 6 7 Your Easter Treatster! 357 Brant St. 196 Locke St. S. Hamilton Burlington 289.389.9785 905.681.7678 • THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011 Chamber honours top citizens with awards BY MIKE PEARSON NEWS STAFF Bob Mullen, Adrienne Wan and the owners of Ancaster’s Coach and Lantern Pub were honoured with the Ancaster Citizen of the Year, Youth Volunteer of the Year and Business of the Year, respectively. The annual award ceremony, presented by the Ancaster Division of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, was held on April 6 at the Ancaster Mill. Bob Mullen has more than five decades of volunteer service to his credit. He contributes more than 1,400 volunteer hours annually. Mullen is a 53-year member of the Knights of Columbus, past treasurer and financial co-ordinator of the Knights’ Lobsterfest and a member of the Ancaster Community Food Drive committee. Along with his wife, Audrey, Mullen volunteers twice weekly at McMaster University Medical Centre. “I really thank Ancaster for giving me the opportunity to do what I love best and that’s to help people out and make our surrounding community a better place to live,” said Mullen. Mullen was selected among three candidates for the award. Citizen of the Year nominee Mary Ann Leach chairs the Ancaster Heritage Days advisory board, as well as the Ancaster tree-lighting ceremonies. LIFESTYLE Mary’s liberation To completely understand the miracle experienced by the Jacobs family, you have to know where Mary was a few short months ago. Page 15 SPORTS PHOTO BY MIKE PEARSON From left: Citizen of the Year Bob Mullen, Youth Volunteer of the Year Adrienne Wan and Business of the Year winners Andrea Cassis and Mark Hodge show off the hardware. Barbara Gowitzke Waddell, a retired McMaster University professor, worked with all six municipalities of the former Hamilton-Wentworth to develop municipal antismoking by-laws. She was president of the Hamilton Council on Smoking and Health for eight years and president of the Ancaster Horticultural Society for five years. For four years, she served as director of District Six of the Ontario Horticultural Association. Youth Volunteer of the Year award winner Adrienne Wan has compiled more than 800 volunteer hours, including participation on the Ancaster Youth Activity Council, the Ancaster Community Food Drive, Students Taking Action Against Nicotine Deception, the student transition education program, Leadership in Action, Ancaster High’s 50th anniversary celebrations, World Vision’s Fill a Stable fundraiser, and several other events and charitable causes. See YOUTH/Page 3 Transportation plan goes to public works Monday There should be a big crowd in attendance on Monday when the Ancaster Transportation Master Plan is presented to the city’s public works committee. Members of the Preserve Ancaster Village Coalition have received approval to appear as a delegation at the April 18 meeting. The coalition has voiced its opposition to several components of the transportation plan, including proposed left turn lanes on Wilson Street and a roundabout at Wilson and Jerseyville. Critics of the master plan argue the changes will prioritize the movement of traffic over pedestrians. The transportation plan, support- inside ed by Ancaster Councillor Lloyd Ferguson and his advisory committee, will be presented with three proposed amendments, including the addition of two pedestrian crossings on Wilson Street during the plan’s detailed design process, removal of a proposed double-lane roundabout at Wilson and Rousseaux Streets, and a commitment to press the provincial Ministry of Transportation for a westbound link to Highway 403 from Main Street in Hamilton, Mohawk Road, or Golf Links Road in Ancaster. Monday’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. at Hamilton city hall, 71 Main St. W. Meanwhile this week, coalition member Henry Krukowski contacted The News to correct a comment he made during the April 4 Ancaster Community Committee meeting. During the meeting, Krukowski said city planning staff failed to place an advertisement in the Ancaster News regarding the Ancaster Transportation Master Plan. “That statement was based upon incorrect information and was therefore inaccurate,” Krukowski stated in an e-mail. “I offer my sincere apology to Councillor Ferguson, city planning staff and residents of Ancaster, and regret any inconvenience that statement may have caused.” Athletes of year Redeemer University College celebrates the accomplishments of last season by honouring its athletes. Page 41 INDEX Opinion Letters Lifestyles Food City SIdelines Sports 8 9 15 25 30 41 JRW MXQN" QHHG D ELQ"   

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