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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 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. 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 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 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, supported 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. 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In her acceptance speech, Adrienne credited her parents and grandparents, who continue to volunteer well into their eighties. "When I think of volunteering I think it's an opportunity to really serve the community and give back to others. So I think we should all challenge ourselves to do that extra stuff, to go out and help one another and change the world that we live in," said Adrienne. At the awards evening, Adrienne received a bursary towards her post-secondary education presented by Ancaster's two Rotary Clubs. Three other candidates were nominated for Youth Volunteer of the Year. Meghan Debicki is involved in several charitable initiatives at her school, Tapply Binet College in Ancaster. Last December, she organized the school's participation in the Adopt a Family program, an initiative which pairs schools with financially disadvantaged families in Hamilton's north end. Alex Fensham, an Ancaster High School student, is the current president of the school's video club. He helped to organize a REEL Canada film festival at his school and worked on Ancaster High's award-winning video for the Hamilton Police Safe Schools contest. COMMUNITY Get on the hunt for eggs The Ancaster Rotary Centre has been the proud host of the Ancaster Easter Treasure Hunt, a community celebration of spring and Easter fun with planned events and activities for all families. The 25th Annual Easter Treasure Hunt is scheduled to take place Good Friday, April 22 at the Ancaster Old Town Hall. Each year the event attracts close to 1,500 participants of all ages with a special treasure hunt for 500 children between 2-8 years old. The first hunt for children ages 2-4 years begins at 12:30 pm and the second hunt for children ages 5-8 years begins at 1:30pm. For information, call 905-5462424, Ext. 1698 or e-mail Cathy.Kohler@hamilton.ca PHOTOS BY MIKE PEARSON Clockwise from above: Citizen of the Year nominees included Barbara Gowitzke Waddell, Bob Mullen and Mary Ann Leach; Business of the Year nominees were represented by Ed Fothergill of Fothergill Planning and Development, Sherry Docherty of NIE Spa and Andrea Cassis and Mark Hodge of the Coach and Lantern Pub; Youth Volunteer of the Year nominees were Victoria Sullivan, Meghan Debicki, Alex Fensham and Adrienne Wan. Victoria Sullivan is an honour student and student council member at Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School. She has been involved in several charitable fundraisers such as the Halloween for Hunger food drive at her school, and served as co-organizer of the Out of the Cold fundraiser and Style by Sole, a campaign that provides shoes for children in third world countries. Business owners Mark Hodge and Andrea Cassis accepted the Business of the Year award for the Coach and Lantern Pub on Wilson Street East in the Ancaster Village. The award-winning eatery patronizes local suppliers and offers a unique dining experience in a 175year-old heritage building. The establishment supports many local causes, such as the Rotary Club of Ancaster, Ancaster Little League, Ancaster Community Food Drive, Ancaster Heritage Days and others. Other business of the Year nominees included Fothergill Planning and Development, which has played a key role in the development of the new Ancaster Fairgrounds, and National Institute of Esthetics (NIE Spa), which provides no-cost esthetic services to clients undergoing cancer treatment. COMMUNITY Support Lions craft fair The Ancaster Lions Club will hold its annual Spring Craft Fair on Good Friday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Marritt Hall, 630 Trinity Road. The Lions Cafe will be serving hearty food and beverages at very reasonable prices all day long. A bake sale table will be held to support cancer research. All proceeds will be distributed to local charities, organizations and less fortunate individuals. Visit www.ancasterlions.com for complete details. CORRECTION Page references were reversed for the continuation of two front-page stories on the Ancaster Transportation Master Plan in the April 7 issue. The News regrets the error and any confusion it may have caused. Enter the Heritage Days essay contest Elementary school children in grades six and below are invited to enter the Heritage Days school contest in recognition of Ancaster's 33rd annual festival. This year, entrants are asked to write a maximum 150-word essay which suggests a name for the newly renovated boardroom at the historic Hammill House, home to the Ancaster Minor Sports Association. Judges are looking for a name of a person with historical significance as well as a connection to sports in Ancaster. The winner receives a prize of $100 and an opportunity to ride in the annual Heritage Days parade on June 11. The Hammill House, built circa 1840 at the corner of Wilson and Church Streets, once housed a butcher and grocery shop, the town jail, Ancaster Township council chambers, the board of education offices and Ancaster Community Services at various times since the 1860s. The newly renovated building is now used as office and reception space for four minor sports organizations. Students are asked to submit their essays to their school teachers by April 29. Catholic elementary school ready on April 26 The desks are being arranged, the computers are being hooked up and cleaning staff are making surfaces shine at Ancaster's newest Catholic elementary school. Immaculate Conception, located at the Corner of Kitty Murray Lane and Garner Road, is set to open immediately after the Easter Monday holiday on April 26. The new school will relieve enrolment pressure at Holy Name of Mary School on Meadowlands Boulevard, which is currently operating well over capacity with 12 portable classrooms. Ha m i l t o n - We n t w o r t h Catholic District School Board chair Pat Daly said Immaculate Conception will initially consist of about 170 students. Enrolment will gradually increase over the next three to four years until the school reaches a capacity of 500 students. The move is expected to help Holy Name of Mary close six portable classrooms. Immaculate Conception will become Ancaster's fourth Catholic elementary school. 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"I asked him for a business plan and he never produced a business plan," said Sweet. "Any time there's an initiative here, you ask the Dundas Valley School of Art, you can ask Lloyd Ferguson around the Ancaster Morgan Firestone Arena, if it's a serious initiative then I'll take it. But I can't take something that's just an idea, uncosted, and say that we'll fund it," said Sweet. Braden said he provided Sweet an outline of the plan which included how much Braden's investors would contribute and how much funding the province would provide. "His behavior was pathetic, but, in fairness to him, he can't probably make a decision," said Braden. "I needed to get to a decision-maker. He is not allowed, as a puppet for the federal government, he's not allowed to make a comment. But he should have got me hooked up there fast." According to a company news release, the THINK City is an all-electric car designed for urban environments. It is capable of highway speeds and can travel more than 100 miles on a single charge with zero local emissions. The car is currently in production in Finland and sold in select European markets. THINK has plans to begin manufacturing the car in Elkhart, Ind. this year. At several times during the all-candidates meeting, Sweet received grumbles and guffaws from Liberal, New Democrat and Green Party supporters in the audience while speaking about job creation, scrapping the long gun registry and the "unnecessary and unwanted" election. More than 200 people attended the standing room-only debate at the old Dundas Town Hall. After the meeting, Sweet shrugged off the criticism. "Obviously, when you have a meeting like this you have some supporters you bring with you," said Sweet. "Sometimes they decide to ramp up the volume a little bit. But I stand by what I said. If you don't have a competitive tax jurisdiction, people aren't going to invest and it's those investments that create jobs." Limit interest rates NDP candidate Nancy MacBain outlined her party's focus on credit card reform, including a plan to limit interest rates to prime plus five per cent. The NDP also supports a reversal of corporate tax cuts coupled with tax reductions for small business, a national child care plan and strengthened public pensions. MacBain is a staff representative for Canadian Union of Public Employees 3906. In her capacity as a union representative, MacBain has represented part-time faculty and teaching assistants at McMaster University. She holds a masters degree in labour studies. Green Party candidate Peter Ormond also took issue with corporate tax cuts. "Why are we subsidizing the companies that are making the most money?" he said. Ormond advocated for a carbon tax shift that would tax polluters and reward conservation and green energy initiatives. During closing remarks, Ormond admitted that he has campaigned in the past for the Conservatives, NDP and Liberals. 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Bratina and corporate services general manager Rob Rossini reiterated they were "surprised" to discover the Ontario Municipal Partnership Grant from the provincial government totaled Call Judy today for a Test Drive! $8.15 million. Rossini said he was expecting a number close to $3 million, similar to what the city received last year. Councillors decided that half of money will be used to pay for some social services costs, while the other half will be put in an unallocated capital fund. Council still has to agree next week to the recommendation. Politicians could also use some of the $14.5 million in 2010 surplus money the city is expected to have to pay for the social services costs. "We're like Oliver Twist, always asking for more, please. It's about fairness. (The money) is a drop in the bucket for the province. They spend that on a coffee break." Coun. Terry Whitehead "We have been given sufficient funds from the province," said Bratina. The mayor remained reluctant to "badger" the Liberals for them to cover the $4 million, especially after the province has already given the city an extra $25 million for the Pan Am Stadium, and millions of dollars for other projects. He said he also believes "more things" will be given to the city in the future. Bratina was ready to approve the city's 2011 budget Thursday, after councillors managed to reduce the average tax increase to about 0.8 per cent, after agreeing to some strategic staffing cuts that will cost about $1 million. "We have been treated well by the province," said Bratina. "We can pass this budget today." Council has also asked the province to pay the $1.5 million in extra emergency medical service expenses Hamilton is expected to incur because of the restructuring Hamilton Health Sciences implemented Monday at McMaster University. Murray suggested councillors pay the $4 million out of the city's tax stabilization fund this year. 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Each ARC is scheduled to meet 14 times, plus four public input meetings, and there are 14 staff steering committee meetings for each group. The Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board deal with Watson and Associates, which is supplying the services of up to four consultants, calls for about $71,000 to be spent for each high school accommodation review, including an average of $1,789 for each meeting. The firm is making available senior consultant Daniel Del Bianco and up to three other employees. The agreement projects a total cost of about $215,000 over the course of the high school reviews, which wrap up in January. That total will probably ring in lower, because some of the $40,000 budgeted for support documentation will be done instead by staff, a board spokesman said. The board has also hired Jim Wibberley, a former HWDSB superintendent and Grand Erie board education director. His contract calls for a flat rate of $745 per day. 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HBA1441 Ormond shines over traditional parties Large partisan crowd shouts down incumbent at Dundas debate BY CRAIG CAMPBELL NEWS STAFF 7 � THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011 � THE NEWS � WWW.HAMILTONNEWS.COM Green Party candidate Peter Ormond came out swinging against the three main parties in Monday night's federal candidates debate at Dundas Town Hall. In his second run for the local Member of Parliament job, Ormond appeared to outshine first-time NDP candidate Nancy MacBain while scoring some points -- against Liberal candidate David Braden and incumbent Conservative MP David Sweet -- with a huge, but partisan, crowd squeezed into the second floor hall. Each of the four candidates had a large team of supporters, but Sweet appeared to be fighting uphill � at least early on � as his first answers were shouted down with cries 2011 of "lies" and, "What's that?," when he said he wanted to continue doing more of what he had been doing as a member of government. Polite applause followed many of his later comments. "We need a stable, national majority government," Sweet said. Ormond said the other parties are afraid of Green leader Elizabeth May's message, and that's why she has not been included in the national leader's debates. He stressed the Green party platform, and encouraged voters to read it. On health care, he noted the party's support for a national pharmacare program, providing low cost medication to Canadians. "Just throwing money into the system is not helping people," Ormond said. "We need to control drug costs." On protecting jobs, he challenged Sweet's reliance on McMaster University's Innovation Park, instead pushing the Green platform of focusing on the local community. He Wild Waterworks implements smoking ban The air at Wild Waterworks should be a little bit easier to breathe this coming summer. After four years of restricting smoking within the facility, a total smoking ban will be implemented within the grounds and at the main entrance area. "We promote Wild Waterworks as a venue for safe, enjoyable recreation," said manager Shane Ormerod. "It's important that we address those activities that are contrary to that objective." The move comes on the heels of a pending city bylaw that would see regulation of smoking in outdoor spaces, particularly where children are present, such as municipal parks, playgrounds and wading pools. According to a City of Hamilton Information report 77 per cent of residents are non-smokers, yet a national survey conducted in 2009 reported that 53 per cent of respondents were exposed to second-hand smoke on a sidewalk or in a park within the previous month. Guests who want to smoke will have the opportunity to exit the facility temporarily and go into Confederation Park. said knowledge-based employment isn't enough for the future. "We need to have some applied skills," Ormond said. Dave Braden He said politicians have been talking about transit for 30 years but achieved little. He suggested serious investment is needed in transportation that helps people. "We're looking at expanding an airport. Meanwhile we have potholes in the streets," Ormond said. MacBain said foreign ownership of Canadian companies needs to be carefully reviewed. "What happened with steel shouldn't have happened," she said. "All I've seen is more jobs go. Taxpayers deserve to know how their money is being spent." She said education and training needs more public money, and politicians should be cautious of corporate sponsorship. MacBain suggested more money should be spent on programs for youth and mentally ill rather than building more prisons. "Stephen Harper has failed to fix what's wrong with Ottawa," she said. "Ignatieff has given Harper a free pass without getting anything in return for you." Braden stressed his record as a municipal Nancy MacBain Peter Ormond David Sweet councillor and local small businessman. "I have a record of dealing with difficult issues most people would stay away from," he said. He called the Conservative party's form of government "regressive," and questioned its integrity based on being found in contempt of Parliament and other recently reported scandals. "Let's hope for a government that's more mature," Braden said. Meanwhile, Sweet relied on his government's record and his personal experience over the past two terms. He asked voters to "focus on what's right with Canada" and argued the Conservative government has funded some local social organizations to help youth, helped hire more police to deal with gang violence and human trafficking. He suggested hassling farmers and duck hunters about gun ownership was not the right way to prevent crime. 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