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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




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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.


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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-


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.”

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Youth volunteer winner inspired by parents and grandparents Continued from page 1 She is the second member of her family to win the youth volunteer award, following in the footsteps of her older brother, Justin, the 2007 award winner. Adrienne is also a member of her school’s badminton, tennis and touch football teams. 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.

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.

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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.

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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

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 capaci-

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.

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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.


ty 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.

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 for complete details.

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Continued from page 1 Sweet agreed to speak after Braden waived his right to privacy. “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. Today, he sees little difference between the big three parties. He was motivated to join the Greens out of concern for the future. “We need a citizen change more than climate change,” said Ormond.

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Hamilton may have to pay the $4 million in social services out of local taxpayers’ pockets this year. Mayor Bob Bratina said the provincial government isn’t convinced it should help the city after providing Hamilton with over $100 million since 2004 in social services funding. “The province is facing serious deficit issues,” said Bratina. “There is a difference of opinion (between the city and province).” Judy Dolbec, Bratina, city managHamilton Product Advisor er Chris Murray and Performance Lexus other finance staff con905-923-0232 ceded provincial staff haven’t been swayed by arguments that it should cover Hamilton’s social services costs. Bratina and corporate services general manager Rob Rossini reiterated they were “surprised” to discover the Ontario Municipal Partnership Grant from the provincial government totaled

$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. Still, councillors will continue to meet with provincial officials to pry money from them. Politicians have given them until the end of June to complete the job. The decision didn’t sit well with Ward 8 (west Mountain) Coun. Terry Whitehead. He said he believes the province is responsible for providing the money to Hamilton. “We are clearly letting the province off the hook,” he said. “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.”

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Consultants costly as school board accommodation reviews continue BY GORD BOWES NEWS STAFF

Hiring consultants to assist with high school accommodation reviews is costing Hamilton's public school board $2,534 per meeting.The entire process could cost upwards of $250,000. The figures come from the board's contracts with the consultants released after a freedom of information request by Hamilton Community News. The amount includes time spent working with staff, preparing documents and attending the 96 meetings associated with each of the three accommodation review committees (ARCs). 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. Wibberley's contract runs from October 2010 through December 2011, possibly ending sooner, the document notes. If he worked all 96 meetings, he would be paid $71,520. The board said he has missed three meetings so far. The consultants' work on the committees is backed up by several board staff and overseen by associate director of education Ken Bain. Bain previously said it is necessary to hire outside consultants because they have experience with new Ministry of Education guidelines for closure reviews that its own staff do not have. The board's manager of planning and accommodation left at the end of November and the new manager began in midJanuary. The contract proposal from Watson and Associates was submitted on Nov. 24, prior to the hiring of the new manager, the board said. The new manager has completed many of the support items Watson outlined in its proposal. The board has extended Watson and Associations' contract for its current reviews of elementary schools.







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Ormond shines over traditional parties Large partisan crowd shouts down incumbent at Dundas debate BY CRAIG CAMPBELL NEWS STAFF

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

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


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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

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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. Sweet said any pharmacare program has to be sustainable, and corporate tax breaks are necessary to create a competitive tax jurisdiction.

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Time to start anew Watching the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board in recent weeks, we can't help but wince as we witness the rift between elected officials and the public widen with each passing week. With the piling on of reasons for exempting Westmount from an accommodation review, chair Judith Bishop battling Parkview's principal at a public meeting and vice-chair Tim Simmons telling the Mountain high school review committee to stop questioning trustees' wisdom and get back to work, the board seems to be fumbling the ball at every turn. Add trustee-vs-trustee battles, questionable in-camera decisions and a general sense of arrogance, and it's no wonder the public is increasingly questioning if they are being properly served. It all began over a year ago with the start of the accommodation review committee (ARC) process, which requires engaging the public about which high schools need to close. Not everyone believes school boards listen to the public during such a review — there's a general mistrust of institutions and politicians that gets in the way of blind faith — but at least there was a chance the wisdom of a colTHE ISSUE lection of community members might be heard. Public’s lack of trust Starting out with a promover high school ise of total transparency, the closure process board has since exposed itself as hiding at least one OUR VIEW key fact from the start, coming up with an excuse for Board needs to find sheltering three schools from way to earn back the process rather than being public’s trust upfront with the reason. The board could have been forthright from the start, but chose to be opaque. Now, the public has lost faith in the review process. Take the special education, or vocational, schools for example. At the outset of the accommodation review committee (ARC) process, Mountain and Parkview secondary schools were included for their respective committees to examine. But early in the process, with the announcement by staff that special needs students will be integrated into regular schools, the board’s pre-determined intention to close Mountain and Parkview, regardless of the committee's recommendation, was excavated. In Westdale, parents are wary of the board's review of G.R. Allan, Dalewood and Prince Phillip elementary schools. They feel the fix is in for a new superschool at Dalewood as the city has already announced a plan to rebuild the recreation centre there. They see the review process as a farce, especially in light of the recent revelations regarding Westmount. In the ARC looking at schools in the lower city, there is a belief the money saved from shutting down area schools will be used to fund a new high school on the Mountain or in Glanbrook. And what about possibly redeveloping Westmount. No one believes the board has not thought about what to do with that school, which is ailing badly, after the review. It would be irresponsible if no one at the board has thought about how our tax dollars will be spent to fix up or replace the decaying building. If the board truly wants to restore the public's trust, it must make efforts to do so. It must go the extra mile and not worry about appearances or egos. For starters, it must capitulate on its heavy-fisted stance and restart the Mountain high school review, all cards in, and actually listen to what the public says during the process. Anything else is lip service to the board's claim of transparency. Trustees might argue they find themselves between a rock and a hard place, but they wedged themselves into that spot with obstinacy and by acting with impunity right from the start.





Monuments of recession in South Carolina I just returned from a week-long vacation in some pretty good courses and paid $150 total. Santee, South Carolina. The area is located $200,000 in reach between Columbia and Charleston, and is well Speaking of golf, the sixth annual Hamilton known as an affordable golf destination. Community News-Mission Services Charity Golf I drove down with my dad and his wife. It’s the Tournament is slated for May 5 at Hidden Lake first lengthy driving excursion I’ve undertaken in Golf Club. a long time. Over the last five years, we have raised more The last time I drove more than 12 hours in than $170,000 to help Mission Services carry out one haul, I was part of a crew of high its crucial mandate to help the less school buddies heading to Fort Laudfortunate in our community. erdale, Fla., for some spring break fun. This year, if all goes according to The route took us through New plan, we hope to top the $200,000 York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virmark in total funds raised. This is a ginia, North Carolina, and finally, huge milestone for our tournament. South Carolina. It’s about a 13.5-hour Mission Services often uses the drive from Hamilton, travelling at or slogan – for just $3.11 – in soliciting near the speed limit. donations to help provide hot, nutriSantee is a small town – about 800 tious meals to the needy. people – located just off the I-95 in the If we can reach our goal of topsouth eastern part of South Carolina. ping the $200,000 mark this year, MARK CRIPPS It sits on the banks of Lake Marion, that translates into 64,308 meals proMANAGING EDITOR the state’s largest inland lake. The vided to the homeless and poor in man-made lake was created in 1940s as part of a our community. hydroelectric project. We are still looking for golfers, sponsors and It’s a beautiful area, but one that bears the prizes for our tournament. scars of recession. It’s also an area where you see If you can help in any way or want to enjoy a the stark contrast between rich and poor. great day of golf for a good cause, I encourage Lining many of the gated golf courses in the you to visit and folarea are gorgeous homes with immaculate land- low the tournament link. scaping. But travel outside these areas, and you It’s agencies like Mission Services that work will see many people living in old trailers or bro- on the front lines to tackle Hamilton’s poverty ken down homes. issues. One telling sign of the impact the recession I’ve always believed in the old Chinese had on the area is the outlet mall just off the main proverb that if you give a man a fish, you feed drag (Highway 6). Built to accommodate at least him for a day. Teach him how to fish and you feed 100 stores, there are only three retailers currently him for life. selling goods. At Mission Services, providing hot meals is One day, we took a trip to a golf course locat- just one aspect of a broader agenda to impact ed about 25 minutes north on the I-95. I counted poverty in our community. at least 10 abandoned hotel/motels along the This long-standing agency also provides shelroute. Some were in pretty good shape; others ter and services for abused women, addiction were run down. They sit like depressing monu- counselling, employment and training services, ments to the impact the recession had on South community outreach and much more. Carolina’s tourism industry. The wide-ranging impact Mission Services While the U.S. unemployment rate is 8.9 per has in our community is the main reason I cent, it’s 10.2 in South Carolina. approached them six years ago with the idea to As for the golf, the economic situation in the partner in a charity golf tournament. area worked to my favour. I played five rounds on Hope to see you out on May 5.



Focusing on negative promotes cynicism If our party leaders were rodents, Tales From the Crypt, March 31. I was quite put off to see this headline in Hamilton Community News. When I became a parent, I learned that if you constantly focus only on the negative, children will act badly to get attention. And here was the managing editor indulging himself in a swarmy comparison of party leaders with rodents. I am getting really tired of this kind of cynicism that sets our expecta-

tions - and the lens through which we view politics - so low. It only reinforces voter cynicism and sense of hopelessness, opening the door to bad behaviour on the part of some, like the personal attack ads we've seen by the Conservatives in this campaign. Plus, it's intellectually lazy. Such writing reinforces a downward spiral of cynicism and voter apathy. It affects how we engage the political process and politicians. There are a lot of good

people in politics, but this current tone affects their capacity to engage with disengaged citizens. "What's the point?," people wonder. In the end, where does this leave our democracy? With people jaded enough to think contempt for Parliament is the norm, looking for a strong person to make it all go away — "unnecessary elections" and our democracy with it. Denise O'Connor Ancaster

Catholic students provided with tranportation based on priority I am writing to correct two statements in the article regarding changes to the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board's transportation walking distances policy. At the outset, I would like to indicate that it is my understanding that the incorrect statements were quoted directly from a report presented to the HWDSB. The report states that “the distance for public students in rural areas will continue to be 0.8 kilometres — half that for Catholic students.” As a result of long standing practices, the vast majority of students who reside in the “rural” areas within our (the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board) jurisdiction are provided transportation irrespective of how far they live from their home school. This is as a result of the priority we have and continue to place on student safety (e.g. lack of sidewalks in rural areas).

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The second statement which requires clarification is with respect to transportation provided to secondary students. (“By contrast, the Catholic board generally requires secondary students to take a city bus with exceptions for special needs students”). In a number of areas in our jurisdiction, we provide transportation for secondary school students. As well, we are in the process of reviewing secondary school

transportation in the hope of revising the policy in advance of the 2011-12 school year. Without commenting on why the authors of the report felt it necessary to include reference to the practices/policies of our board, it would have been helpful if they had called our staff to verify their information. Patrick J. Daly, Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board

Traffic proposal harms historic village This is an open letter to Ancaster Councillor Lloyd Ferguson. My name is Maggie Williams and I am an 11- year-old student at Rousseau Public School. I am writing because I am against the Ancaster Master Transportation Plan, and I hope you will support my request to preserve our historic village. My family and I moved from Toronto to Ancaster when I was six because my parents wanted me to grow up in a place where I could walk to school, ride my bike to friends’ houses and play outside. I’ve heard that you support widening the roads in front of my school on McNiven, in front of my house on Wilson Street and again on my route to school along Rousseau/Mohawk in order to stop traffic jams. I also heard that you support the introduction of two more traffic “roundabouts” on Wilson Street. It seems to me that these proposals will make traffic flow for cars faster and easier, but they will harm pedestrians, cyclists, local businesses, the environment and the character of our heritage village. I have some questions: • If cars are speeding up, isn’t this less safe for me and my classmates to cross the street? • Wouldn’t crosswalks or lights be

safer for pedestrians and cyclists than roundabouts? • If traffic moves faster won’t it make more people want to drive and lead to even more cars being on the roads? • How will road widening affect our environment? • How many of the trees that line the roadway will have to be cut down? • How many of the pretty island flower beds will have to be destroyed to accommodate more road space? • What does this mean for cyclists and pedestrians? • Are we going to lose existing sidewalks and bike lanes? My vision for our community is to have even more green space and to be able to walk or bike to places without having to worry about traffic. Shouldn’t we be looking for ways to improve physical fitness and help our environment? I want people to come to this area to enjoy the great things our community has to offer, not because it’s the quickest way to the highway. I want to live in a community where people will slow down to look at our historic village, stop and shop or take a nice walk and enjoy the beauty of our trees and gardens. Margaret Williams Ancaster

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McMaster — centre of excellence fo children? On Sunday morning, my daughter fell and injured her arm. She was unable to move it and we decided that she required some medical attention. We contemplated visiting St. Joseph’s Healthcare, where my daughter had been treated numerous times in a timely and efficient manner, but decided that McMaster, “the centre of excellence for children,” would be a better option if she required to see an orthopedic surgeon. Firstly, we had a very difficult time even finding the ER. The lady working at the information desk “Our anticipation was directing anxious parents carof a child-friendly rying very sick children to the ER. The journey was a maze and environment was quite a distance to travel with a quickly crushed as crying child. Our anticipation of a child-friendly environment was we entered a clinical quickly crushed as we entered a environment that clinical environment that looked looked like it like it belonged in a Third World belonged in a country. The waiting room was old and dirty and sick children Third World were lying on their parents, waitcountry” ing to be seen by a doctor. Ambulances were bringing in patients on stretchers and backboards through the waiting room for all of the scared sick children to see. There was not a children’s book in sight, no television, only a narrow hallway with some animal prints that parents were pacing with their sick children in effort to distract them during the wait. There was one triage nurse with another nurse trying to help out in a substandard facility. After waiting to see the triage nurse, my daughter’s elbow popped back in, but we thought that she should still be checked out. Four hours later, after waiting with a two-year-old, we were told she was the lowest priority and every patient who had arrived after us would be seen first as they were a higher priority. When I questioned the staff, I was told that the switchover had just happened — what a poor excuse. They have hyped up this hospital to be the centre of excellence. Nothing excellent was on display in that emergency room. A rapid assessment or quick-care area should be implemented in order to see the children with minor injuries to avoid these ridiculous wait times. These children do not need to be exposed to the very sick children. I observed very sick children in the waiting room, waiting for the health care that they deserve, for periods of time that are unacceptable by any standard. Parents do not visit the ER for fun; each parent there is concerned for the welfare of their child and should not have to wait hours and hours before their child is given the care and attention that they deserve regardless of the seriousness of their issue. After a four-hour wait with nine children still ahead of us, we decided to leave and follow up with our family doctor. Some families do not have this option and are forced to wait. It is a sad day for the children in Hamilton if this is what is deemed to be the centre of excellence for pediatric health care. Robert Welsh Hamilton

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Area-rating studies show tax increases in suburbs BY KEVIN WERNER NEWS STAFF

Hamilton councillors may be talking about compromise and cooperation to mitigate the effects of tripling suburban residents’ taxes, but some councillors are prepared to fight to keep the area-rating policy in place for now. Under at least four scenarios proposed by city staff based on an urban-rural geographical split, any changes to the current area-rating policy will see suburban homeowners’ taxes jump anywhere between 6.5 per cent for Ancaster residents to 16 per cent for Glanbrook homeowners, while residents in the former city of Hamilton will see their taxes drop by more than four “I know the sensitivity per cent. Under the Citizens’ of the issue. Nobody Forum recommendation for wants a head-on a three-tiered fire service collision. Compromise rate, suburban residents will needs to happen.” see their taxes rise from between 1.9 per cent for Robert Rossini Ancaster residents, to 9.2 per cent for Glanbrook homeowners. The forum, which introduced its recommendations about a month ago, also proposed to eliminate Ancaster’s sidewalk snow clearing service. City staff said eliminating the service will only mean a $4 savings for each household. Ancaster Councillor Lloyd Ferguson has called the forum’s recommendation silly, and will fight to keep the service. But if councillors decide to eliminate area-rating for transit, fire, culture and recreation, as a number of inner city politicians want to happen starting this year, then suburban taxpayers will see a jump in their taxes anywhere from three to four per cent. Hamilton residents would see tax cuts in every scenario that was proposed by city financial staff. Corporate services general Manager Robert Rossini said any area rating proposal includes ideas to mitigate the tax impacts by phasing in the increases over a number of years. After listening to the nearly five-hour presentation about changes to area-rating, councillors said they needed time to talk about such an emotional and fractious issue among themselves. “I want to bring us together,” said Ward 4 Councillor Sam Merulla, who has wanted to eliminate area rating, believing it has benefited the suburban areas since amalgamation. Councillors are also mindful that during the past municipal election, voters demanded they do something to cut taxes. They said, say councillors, Hamilton remains one of the highest taxed municipalities in the province. “Taxes are just too high,” said Mayor Bob Bratina. Flamborough councillor Judi Partridge, whose residents will have to absorb the second highest tax increase if area-rating is eliminated or reformed, said her homeowners can’t afford further tax hikes. “We have to get them down in a sustainable fashion,” she said. But Brenda Johnson, councillor for Glanbrook, which would have the highest tax hikes if area rating is changed, remained fearful of any changes council adopts. She would like to see a tax policy that would allow homeowners pay for what they receive in services. Councillors are expected to discuss changing area rating this week, with the possibility it could take effect in the 2011 budget. So far politicians have whittled the average 2011 tax increase to about 0.8 per cent. If councillors agree to a changed area-rating system, and phase it in over a period of five to 10 years, city staff say tax increases this year could be as high in the urban areas as 3.1 per cent for Dundas residents, to a low of 0.3 per cent increase for Hamilton residents. Other politicians believe they should gather more information, including conducting a municipal services delivery review before implementing such a comprehensive tax policy. Such a review could take anywhere from six months to a year. “I’m not married to my previous report,” said Rossini, referring to his 2009 area rating study. “I know the sensitivity of the issue. Nobody wants a head-on collision. Compromise needs to happen.”



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Preliminary hearing set for manslaughter accused BY CRAIG CAMPBELL NEWS STAFF

A three-day preliminary hearing is scheduled to start at the end of October to hear evidence against a Dundas man charged with manslaughter after a Remembrance Day event at the local legion branch. Richard Padunsky appeared in court Thursday morning with his lawyer, Dean Paquette, after a judicial pre-trial meeting last month. Paquette told the court a preliminary hearing is set to begin Oct. 31, continue on Nov. 3 and end on Nov. 15. Padunsky, walking with the help of a cane,

was quiet as his lawyer spoke briefly. An additional charge for failing to comply with bail conditions will also be spoken to on the first day of the hearing. A preliminary hearing is held in order for a judge to determine whether there is enough evidence against an accused to actually proceed to trial. Bill Terry, 69, died Nov. 13 after what Hamilton police called “physical contact” with another man at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch on King Street West in Dundas. Padunsky, 55, was charged with manslaughter and released on bail with several conditions.

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Tories back Skelly despite resignations over nomination of star candidate BY KEVIN WERNER NEWS STAFF

The Ancaster-Dundas-FlamboroughWestdale Progressive Conservative riding association will look at a May date to hold an acclamation meeting for Ancaster resident Donna Skelly to be its star candidate. Herman Proper, president of the riding association, said the next executive meeting for the association is tentatively scheduled for May 4 or the 11, which will be after the May 2 federal election. “We will determine what date to ask for an acclamation meeting and campaign kickoff (from the central office),” said Proper. The riding association last week cancelled at the last minute what was supposed to be an acclamation meeting in Copetown for Skelly, the CHCH television personality.

Proper said the riding association decided it would be better to have the meeting after the federal election was over. “We didn’t think it was a good time to launch a new candidate,” said Proper. He confirmed it was the riding executive that asked the central party to cancel the meeting. Cool down Proper said the delay in confirming Skelly as the party’s candidate will also allow the entire situation to cool down. “It gives us a little time to settle down,” said Proper. Proper said an acclamation meeting will be held. In other ridings, such as Hamilton East-Stoney Creek, the Tory candidate, Nancy Fiorentino, was appointed by the central party in a news release. He said since Skelly was anointed as the

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Visitors to Royal Botanical Gardens who are looking to brush up on their outdoor survival skills will get to do so April 16, 10 a.m. as celebrity survival expert Les Stroud will stop by to take part in the launch of renowned artist Robert Bateman’s Get to Know Contest. Stroud will be taking questions from guests and talking about the importance of getting outdoors and in touch with nature, the basis of the Get to Know Program, an inspiring conservation program developed by Canadian artist Bateman.

THE PROCESS This project is being carried out as a Schedule C project under the Municipal Engineers Association Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (October 2000, as amended in 2007). All requirements for Schedule C projects within the Study Area will be fulfilled. PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE Public consultation is an important component of the EA process. Accordingly, the first Public Information Centre (PIC) to receive public input will be held as follows: DATE: Thursday, April 28, 2011 TIME: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (open house format) LOCATION: Redeemer University College, Room 212 AD, 777 Garner Road E., Ancaster The purpose of this information session is to present alternative design concepts that address the identified transportation needs, and the evaluation criteria that will be used to assess the alternative design concepts. A second PIC will be held at a later date to present the evaluation of the alternative design concepts and identify the preferred design concept. The study results will be documented in an Environmental Study Report, which will be available for public review and comment upon completion of the study. Another advertisement will be published at that time, indicating where the report can be viewed. PUBLIC COMMENTS INVITED There is an opportunity at any time during this process for interested persons to review outstanding issues and bring concerns to the attention of the Project Managers. If you have any questions or comments, or wish to be added to the study mailing list, please contact: Ian Upjohn, MCIP, RPP Project Manager SNC-Lavalin Inc. 195 The West Mall Toronto, ON, M9C 5K1 Phone: 416-679-6289 Fax: 416-231-5356

Information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record. This Notice issued April 14 and 21, 2011.

das recently, praised Corrigan as a good candidate for the party in 2007. But he expects bigger things to happen with Skelly as the party’s preferred candidate.

“We have had a growth in membership. Our core is solid, and we are moving forward. We are supporting Donna Skelly.” Herman Proper “He did withdraw,” said Proper. “I’ve been told he agreed to step down.” Skelly, once acclaimed, will challenge veteran incumbent Liberal MPP Ted McMeekin for the riding. Despite the troubles the riding is experiencing, Proper said the party is behind Skelly, and he expects her to win in the provincial election this fall. “We have had a growth in membership. Our core is solid, and we are moving forward,” said Proper. “We are supporting Donna Skelly.”

‘Survivorman’ Les Stroud at RBG this weekend

THE STUDY The City of Hamilton has initiated a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) to address the transportation needs for Garner Road/Rymal Road and Garth Street in response to recent land use and transportation planning studies that have documented the justification for improvements in these corridors (see map for subject area). The purpose of this study is to develop and assess design alternatives that address the identified transportation issues along these roads.

Lorissa Skrypniak, MCIP, RPP Senior Project Manager Transportation Planning Environment & Sustainable Infrastructure Public Works, City of Hamilton 77 James St., North, Suite 320 Hamilton ON, L8R 2K3 Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 2732 Fax: 905-546-4435

party’s preferred candidate for the riding, there has been some tension created by people who backed Chris Corrigan, the riding’s 2007 candidate. Proper acknowledged that of the 20 executive members of the riding association, five have resigned over how the party selected Skelly. “There are a number of people who are Chris Corrigan supporters have been upset,” he said. Proper didn’t know if the members who resigned will return to the association. Proper reiterated the party’s position that Corrigan agreed to step aside to allow Skelly to become the candidate. Corrigan, who has been actively running as a possible candidate since last year, did not return an email for comment. Corrigan has not spoken publicly about the issue. Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak, and other party officials insist Corrigan “stepped aside” and was not forced out. Skelly, they say, was the only person to file papers to seek the nomination by the March 16 date. Hudak, during a news conference in Dun-

Children and youth will then have a chance to explore the use of watercolour and sketching for recording outdoor observations in a hands-on art activity then take a walk on the wild side to look for wildlife on Royal Botanical Gardens trails. The Get to Know Contest is open to Canadians 19 years of age, and this year's theme is This is My Forest, in celebration of the UN’s International Year of Forests. Students can make a submission in a variety of forms and can learn more about the contest at

SPRING THAW FLOOD PREVENTION TIPS As the city experiences milder temperatures heading into spring thaw with the increased possibility of rain over the next few weeks, the Public Works Department offers these precautionary measures that can be taken to avoid or minimize flooding impacts. • Keep catch basins in front of your property free from debris to allow for unobstructed flow. • Consider the installation of protective plumbing devices such as back-flow valves or sump pumps. • Ensure that sewer laterals are functioning properly through regularly scheduled maintenance. • Keep your eavestroughs clean. When your eavestroughs are blocked, the rain will pour over the edges landing on the ground next to your home. If you have cracks in the concrete wall of your basement or problems with your weeping tile, this water could enter your home. • Consider disconnecting roof leaders from the sewer system. Do this only if it is determined that neighbouring properties will not be adversely affected. • Consider installing window well covers to help keep window wells free from debris which can clog drains and cause basement flooding. • When landscaping your property, be sure that you don’t change the lot grading. Water should flow away from your home, not towards it. • Remember, gardens, plant material and trees absorb water. • Maintain the swale on your property. The swale is usually located on the property line between properties. A swale is a shallow trough-like depression that carries water during rainstorms or snow melts.

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Mary Jacobs set to share her inspirational story of Liberation with the public BY DEBRA DOWNEY

around. Every once in a while, she’ll take off “freehand,” but she always makes sure there is something to hang onto. To completely understand the miracle expe“I’m unstable on my feet, but I’m moving,” rienced by the Jacobs family, you have to know said Mary. where beloved wife, mom and grandma Mary But more importantly than getting Mary out was just a few short months ago. of her wheelchair, the Liberation procedure has For the better part of the past decade, Mary improved her quality of life by leaps and had been confined to a motorized wheelchair. bounds. She couldn’t take a step, she didn’t sleep well, “My sleeping has improved, my energy level she used a catheter, experienced is blown through the roof,” she said. poor memory and had little energy. “I can read again now; I used to Mary had upper body mobility but “I would spend this always fall asleep. The catheter I had she couldn’t use her left leg at all. money and more to for six and half years is gone, my She managed to play with her four memory is amazing. Before, I couldtreasured grand-babies, but her get back what I got n’t remember what I had for breakmovement was limited — no crawl- back, in a heartbeat.” fast if someone asked me in the ing onto the floor for a raucous game evening.” Mary Jacobs of blocks, no pushing a swing in the Mary has finished physiotherapy, park or playing dress-up. but continues to do Pilates and Multiple sclerosis and its damaging effects attends the exercise rehabilitation program were ravaging Mary’s once vibrant body, mind Mac Wheelers a couple of times a week. and spirit. She gets up and down off the floor all by her...That is until Aug. 27, 2010, when Mary trav- self, a feat she acknowledges is an “amazing elled to Costa Rica to undergo the Liberation accomplishment” that was impossible before treatment. Developed by Italian neurologist Dr. the procedure. Paolo Zamboni, the treatment involves a techMary continues to improve each day, to the nique used to widen narrowed or obstructed delight of her family. blood vessels, a condition known as CCSVI or “It was really interesting to watch the grandChronic Cerebralspinal Venous Insufficiency. kids when I started to be able to stand,” she The surgery is fairly simple; people around said. “When we played Wii, I always had to sit the world have experienced positive results. For down when I bowled, When I stood up one day, some, the improvement is immediate; others my grandson Kai just took off running, yelling, get a little better each day. ‘Mommy, mommy! Nanna is standing and For Mary, the change has been nothing short bowling.’ of breathtaking, miraculous really. “I think my greatest joy is watching the The day after her surgery, Mary wiggled her grandchildren as I do more things. This is new toes and lifted her legs from the bed. for Nanna, and it’s really exciting to see the “I would have accepted less,” said Mary of grandkids getting excited. They’re my pride and the operation’s results. “I was excited five hours joy.” after the operation that I could move my toes. I Mary’s next goal is to regain the independwas like a kid getting something for Christmas ence that comes with getting her driver’s that I wanted. It exceeded my expectations. I licence. It’s been 20 years since she has known thought I would be a little longer getting out of the freedom of getting behind the wheel. the chair.” “I won’t have to worry about DARTS or my Mary now primarily uses a walker to get husband being available to take me,” she said.

Join the Mohawk College Community Choir for its final performance of the 2010-11 season, Divine Inspirations, under the direction of David Holler with Christopher Dawes, organ, and solo performances by Lucy Bledig, Jennifer EnnsModolo, Rocco Rupolo and James Medeiros. The concert will be held at St. Paul’s United Church, 29 Park St. W.,Dundas, Sunday May 1, 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 general admission and $15 students/seniors. Call 905-526-7938 to reserve.



Volunteers needed Mary Jacobs is shown with granddaughters Mattea, 3 1/2, and Nikola, 1. Before the Liberation treatment, getting down on the floor to play with her grandchildren was impossible. “It will give me freedom, and that’s another part of liberation.” The Liberation treatment that got Mary back on her feet is not yet available in Canada, but Mary is a firm believer in its positive effects. “This procedure does something for an MS patient. A good number of people have gone, and they get back some quality of life,” she said. “I would spend this money and more to get back what I got back, in a heartbeat.” Mary Jacobs will share her inspirational story with members of the Rotary Club of Dundas during their regular weekly meeting, April 26 at the Dundas Valley Golf and Curling Club. The general public is invited to attend. RSVP to club secretary David Lacombe at 905-628-2658 by April 22.

Volunteers are needed for 6th World Conference on Breast Cancer to be held in Hamilton, Tuesday, June 7 to Saturday, June 11. For more information on the conference and a list of opportunities, visit and go to the Volunteer tab or call 905-5234664. A variety of volunteer opportunities are available before and during the conference.


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Ancaster Film Fest screens the Canadian documentary feature, Music From the Big House, on Monday April 18 at Ancaster Silver City at 1, 4 and 7:15 p.m. Box office opens at 12:15, 3:15 and 6:15 p.m. Non members pay $9 at the afternoon screenings and $10 at the evening screening. Rita Chiarelli, an award-winning recording artist, takes a pilgrimage to the birthplace of the blues, Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary a.k.a Angola Prison. She never imagined that her love of the blues would lead her

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There is a history of witches having red I acquired my, “Why not?” attitude working eyes. Well, Faithful Reader, I believe it to be and playing with those girls. the other way around. Red eyes make witchThere is, however, an element that haunts es of otherwise normal, friendly folks. I am me, has taught me a life-lesson about one of them. In spring my allergies tend to humanity. At one point during a meeting, cause my eyes to become bloodsomeone came to speak with me. We shot. I do not mention it when I am had no meeting room space at the in conversation, especially at the entrance of the school where we garden gate with a friendly stranger met. who has paused to comment on After several minutes of converthe garden. sation, I turned to observe the girls’ I am allergic to dusts and molds, game. To my horror, the girls’ circle F.R. — a discovery made more than now enclosed a girl, on the floor, 30 years ago. I have learned to live being kicked by the other standing with it because it has merely girls. To this moment, other than the become a part of life, like cold meeting with the patrol leaders, I HELEN BESWICK hands and feet. I am a potter who have never mentioned this shamelives in a house that is more than 100 years ful behaviour of decent, responsible young old and no doubt has some of its original girls. dust. I garden and drink red wine. I infreThere was no punishment. There was, quently become a temperamental witch through the patrol leaders, my assistant and when the pollen count is high. Now that you myself a deliberate attempt to overcome this know, beware. primitive action of “the group”, the herd, The old pine table that passes for a desk is “them against us,” the strong against the littered with small slips of papers, notes of weak that prevails when and where we least topics I leave there during the week, thinking expect it to arise. they might be useful when I write this column. At least a third are completely baffling and make no connection. “2011 is the Year of the Rabbit.” We can part with that one now, Hamilton Conservation Authority is invitdon’t you agree? The topic of “bully” has risen again. It sad- ing students to apply for one of two $500 studens me that in our centuries of so-called civ- dent bursaries for environmental conservailization we have not ever mastered the art of tion. The bursary is open to students currently being civilized. Being civilized is not the same as being tolerant and being tolerant does not attending their final years of high school in mean simply ignoring someone who dis- the City of Hamilton. Students also must portray strong acapleases us. More than 30 years ago, among the many demic averages, and have demonstrated parparts of my life, were some years of associa- ticipation, leadership or volunteerism in the tion with the Girl Guides. We were exception- promotion of conservation awareness and ally active, despite the fact I had four children the environment in the local watershed. All nominations forms, letter of reference at home, two of which were twins. I have many memories of the 333rd Oakville Girl and entries must be received by Friday, April Guides, many memories of great pride in the 15. For further details and for nomination girls who made up this newly organized company and the influence we had on each other. forms, visit

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Agency enriches lives through volunteerism Volunteer Hamilton operations co-ordinator makes connections BY DEBRA DOWNEY SENIOR EDITOR

Volunteer Hamilton operations co-ordinator Barbara Klimstra has exceptional skills at connecting people. Through leadership, education and advocacy Klimstra has linked organizations, businesses and individuals in embracing volunteerism for the past two years. She has connected people and organizations to successfully stage Volunteer Hamilton’s two largest fundraisers — All That Rock and the Community Builders Breakfast. And, on a personal basis, she has irrevocably joined Hamilton, Ontario, with Hamilton, New Zealand, on the Klimstra family tree. Established in 1963, Volunteer Hamilton has more than 40 years experience in facili-

tating and supporting volunteer activity. The organization has more than 130 member agencies, with the number always climbing, and about 10,000 volunteer opportunities currently available — everything from office support to driving, coaching and canvassing, mentoring and music.

“Although I have been asked the same question a lot of time, it’s a different person asking it.” Barbara Klimstra The mission All Lives Enriched Through Volunteerism guides Klimstra and other staff members who work at the downtown Hamilton office. Klimstra said there is no average age of people who use Volunteer Hamilton’s services. Clients could be teens looking to get their 40-hour community service credit, people


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Royal Botanical Gardens owes a great deal of gratitude to our hundreds of volunteers and exceptional Auxiliary now in their 50th year and our committee members for the thousands of hours of dedicated service over the past and previous years. Your commitment, passion and spirit as ambassadors is truly remarkable and help make the Gardens a spectacular and memorable place to visit.

TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER please call 905-577-7771 or visit RBG Centre, 680 Plains Road West, Hamilton/Burlington

who are unemployed but want to remain involved in the community or retirees hoping to keep active. “No day is the same. Every day is different,” said Klimstra. “Although I have been asked the same question a lot of times, it’s a different person asking it.” “I just love being here, helping people to connect to volunteer activities, and helping them find an opportunity where they know they are going to be helpful and useful, and a meaningful experience for them.” Along with connecting agencies and volunteers through the user-friendly website at, Volunteer Hamilton provides mentoring services, answers questions from the public and hosts workshops on a variety of volunteer-related topics. With funding from the City of Hamilton and the United Way, Volunteer Hamilton also runs two longstanding programs — Snow Angels, which last year connected 237 service recipients with 162 volunteer shovellers, and the Bay Area Leadership program at Mohawk College. Volunteer Hamilton representatives also visit schools and community groups to present Volunteer 101, a PowerPoint presentation designed to educate potential volunteers and agencies that need assistance. With today’s economic climate, Klimstra said Volunteer Hamilton is also thinking strategically by sharing space at 267 King St. E. with Hamilton Volunteer Probation Officers and the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion. With a spacious area open to the public, Volunteer Hamilton also makes its premises available to groups for presentations and special events. And with all these professional connecting skills, it comes as no surprise that Klimstra undoubtedly made the biggest link of her life the day she “connected” online from her native Hamilton, New Zealand, with a gentlemen from Hamilton, Ontario. He was looking for someone to talk to in Hamilton. Eventually, the pair sorted out the miscommunication over Hamilton, met and married. Before moving to Ontario, Klimstra worked in senior management at a major corporation in New Zealand. Because of her professional skills, Volunteer Hamilton was a


In her professional and personal life, Volunteer Hamilton operations co-ordinator Barbara Klimstra has exceptional skills at connecting people. “natural choice” to volunteer when she arrived in Canada. Klimstra volunteered twice a week, working reception and answering phones, before being hired as operations co-ordinator. “I love living here,” said Klimstra, adding Hamilton, Ontario, is a lot like Hamilton, New Zealand, in that the marvels of the city are often overshadowed by a nearby, larger urban area. “Hamilton, Ontario, like Hamilton, New Zealand, is a hidden gem,” she said. “Most people bypass them, but don’t pass by between Niagara Falls and Toronto. Call in to Hamilton and see it, it’s really a beautiful place.” For more information on Volunteer Hamilton and its services, call 905-523-4444 or visit

Ancaster Community Services would like to sincerely thank all of their wonderful volunteers for their generous contributions to the following programs:


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National Volunteer Week April 10-16, 2011 Volunteer litter clean-up crews saved city nearly $1 million last year BY GORD BOWES NEWS STAFF

A City of Hamilton beautification project continues to grow. Last year, 17,132 volunteers helped out during the Team Up to Clean Up campaign. They gave nearly 35,000 hours of their time and collected about

Habitat for Humanity Hamilton would like to say Thank You to the heart of our organization, our Volunteers. Through the work and dedication of an evergrowing number of volunteers that have helped Habitat Hamilton in achieving unprecedented success this past year as we continue to expand our homebuilding efforts.

Krystal Rice, Mohawk student, cleans graffiti on the pavilion of a local park.

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What can you do as a volunteer? Here are some examples of the variety of volunteer positions available through Volunteer Hamilton: organize events; fundraising; teaching, counselling; committee/board members; office support; boards of directors/committee work and other leadership roles; driving; coaching; referee/time keeper; canvassing; mentoring; companionship/friendship; recreation leader; clerking; maintenance/handyman; data management/entry; trainer/presenter; virtual

volunteering; volunteer from home; social media; arts, drama, music, writing; pet-assisted therapy; animal care; working in corrections/courts. Check Volunteer Hamilton’s online database at for hundreds of volunteer opportunities. The data base is compiled in partnership with the Community Information Online Consortium and Inform Hamilton. — Information courtesy Volunteer Hamilton.

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Thank you to our amazing Hamilton Health Sciences volunteers for their outstanding service.

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Day and the Great American Cleanup. It runs the entire month of April, though citizens can sign up at any time during the year to get their cleanup kit, which includes work gloves, refuse bags and graffiti wipes. To pitch in, register at

Helping People Help Themselves St. Matthew’s House is a place of hope where families, children, seniors and individuals most in need receive help to improve their capacity to participate in the community. St. Matthew’s House Provides: • Food & Basic Needs Assistance • Day care & Children’s Programs • Summer Camp Program • Seniors Supports & Programs • Supportive Housing • Transitional Housing • Supports to Families & Individuals • Homelessness Prevention • Special Needs Resourcing • Mental Health Outreach

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She said cleaning up waste and graffiti costs the city about $3 million a year. “Really, that’s money that doesn’t have to be spent,� Goodger said, but it will continue until people act more responsibly. During the launch of this year's Team Up to Clean Up campaign at the Tim Hortons at 969 Upper Ottawa St., Mayor Bob Bratina said once the public mindset changes, it will help improve the city's image. “We're never going to be at the point we want to be until the community is fully involved,� he said. This year, the hope is that 20,000 people will sign up to clean up their neighbourhoods. The Team Up to Clean Up campaign, sponsored by Tim Hortons and co-ordinated along with the Clean City Liaison Committee, is designed to coincide with Earth

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J^WdaOek Thank You Neighbour to Neighbour Centre wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our dedicated volunteers for their continuous support.

Help is just a neighbour away. 28 Athens Street, Hamilton, ON L9C 3K9 905-574-1334 all our Mission Services’ volunteers who make a difference in the lives of people in need in the community. You help us offer hope for today and opportunities for tomorrow.

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For information A huge THANK YOU to the members of the Junior League, our community about membership visit volunteers and partner organizations who together, dedicate thousands of volunteer hours each year to create lasting positive changes in our community! Are you interested in improving your community while developing your own potential? Don’t let the word “junior� fool you. Junior Leagues reach out to women of all ages.

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Two student representatives from the west area high school Accommodation Review Committee will spend a day at each area school to see first-hand how they operate. Allyssa Horning of Barton Secondary School and Judy Shen, of Westmount Secondary School announced their idea at a recent committee meeting, just a few days after members of the larger committee spent a Saturday touring Parkside, Highland, Ancaster and Westdale, the four schools under review. “Yes, we saw the buildings on Saturday, but that’s not what makes a school,� Horning said. She explained to really understand a school and how it works, the committee should learn how students operate within it and hear what thoughts about the accommodation issue students themselves might have. “As student representatives, we believe our job is to accurately represent the students,� Shen said, adding the visit will allow them to experience each school’s learning

and social environment and how the buildings are really used. Shen suggested the visit to Ancaster High would be helpful, after committee members noted on the earlier tour that it had a particularly peculiar design - because it was originally two separate buildings. “We want to see how Ancaster High works in action,� Shen said. The rest of the committee supported the idea, and the girls said they would prepare a presentation for a later meeting to share their findings. Dundas school board trustee Jessica Brennan and Ward 1 Trustee Judith Bishop were both particularly enthusiastic about the idea presented by two student leaders with no direct connection to the west area high schools. Each of the three committees reviewing secondary accommodation across the city include two out-of-area student representatives, but Horning and Shen are the first to take it upon themselves to visit each individual school in the review area to see them in operation during a normal school day and talk to current students.


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Peace activist Newcombe made Dundas community of world BY CRAIG CAMPBELL NEWS STAFF

Hanna Newcombe’s tireless work in support of international peace led to Dundas being named North America’s first mundialized community and its historic twinning with Kaga, Japan. Newcombe died Sunday, April 10. She was 89. As the co-founder of the Peace Research Institute in Dundas, Newcombe published and wrote for the scholarly journals Peace Research Abstracts and Peace Research Reviews. After escaping Prague, Czechoslovakia, with her family in 1938 and ending up in Grimsby, Newcombe met her husband, Allan, at McMaster University, where she studied chemistry. She and Allan both earned doctorates of chemistry at the University of Toronto. But the couple soon found their true calling – studying peace and the relationship between science and religion in that effort. It was Newcombe who first suggested the Town of Dundas pursue mundialization, officially proclaiming itself a community of the world with the United Nations. The movement was new, and Dundas became the first community in the Northern Hemisphere to receive the title. Dundas became twinned with Kaga, Japan, in an effort to realize world peace on a local scale. Newcombe’s death comes just three months after former Dundas teacher Julie Ashcroft died. Ashcroft helped create the Kids for Kaga student exchange program that has continued for the past 40 years. Newcombe was the 1997 recipient of the Pearson Medal of Peace, awarded by the United Nations Association in Canada. Other recipients include Stephen Lewis and Romeo Dallaire. Newcombe was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2007. Some of Newcombe’s writings can be found at

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HCA urged to discourage picnics at picnic hot spot BY RICHARD LEITNER NEWS STAFF

Success in promoting Hamilton as the City of Waterfalls is being blamed for traffic jams by Webster’s Falls on weekends, prompting calls to step up enforcement of roadside parking prohibitions and discourage all-day picnicking there. “We don’t Neighbours say want to turn car lineups to the park and people popular picnic spot overaway, we looking Dundas want to give have become “a recipe for tragedy” them because Fallsview alternatives. and Short roads are so backed up on warm-weather weekends ambulances and fire trucks can’t get by. As an interim solution, the Hamilton Conservation Authority plans to employ “tourist greeters” this Easter weekend to encourage visitors to park elsewhere when the main lot is full and offer free passes to alternate areas like Christie Lake and Crooks Hollow. It will also consider other longer term measures, like changing the main parking area’s configuration to improve traffic flow and possibly naturalizing manicured areas to discourage picnicking. Barry Thompson, whose Fallsview Road home sits across from the park’s entrance, said promotion of Hamilton’s waterfalls has noticeably worsened traffic in the past year as those coming for the view can’t find parking spots because of all-day picnickers. Frustrated motorists often pull into driveways to unload their gear or back onto lawns to turn around, he said, and he’s had people knock on his door to ask him to fill their water jugs. “It is impossible to enjoy your backyard when you know you should be out front to protect your property,” Thompson told authority directors, suggesting picnickers be directed to other parks. “By default, your current operation here has made you a neighbour who has lost control of your property,” he said. “We want the public to enjoy the falls, but we also want to enjoy our homes.” Authority chair Chris FirthEagland acknowledged vehicle queuing is a problem and said having tourist greeters is an easy, common-sense solution that avoids more costly ones, like hiring offduty police officers at $70 an hour. If approached properly, visitors will welcome being directed elsewhere, especially if they get a onetime free pass and avoid a lengthy wait. “We don’t want to turn people away, we want to give them alternatives,” Firth-Eagland said. “If you promote me in the right way to go someplace else today, I’ll love your organization, I’ll go someplace else and I might find that I like that place better because I’m not picnicking between cars, I’ve got Christie Lake all to myself.”

Councillor Brian McHattie said people can “love a park to death” and the authority should also consider more radical solutions like reducing picnic areas, including by letting portions return to their natural state. “Of course, you’d want to do that with a great deal of public con-

sultation,” he said. Councillor Chad Collins said the authority had similar problems at Confederation Park four years ago that were resolved with the use of private security, and he’s willing to consider hiring off-duty police officers. “I don’t want to turn people

away because I think that’s sort of sending the wrong message out, but I think we have a responsibility as a neighbour to not put our problems onto those who live around us,” he said. Chief administrative officer Steve Miazga said use of Webster’s Falls has increased dramatically

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Toni Quinn, 64, is getting ready for a challenging, 28-day trek to the world’s third highest mountain. Her mission is two-fold: to climb Kanchenjunga and raise awareness of Common Variable Immune Deficiency (CVID). Thanks to diagnosis and treatment, and unlike many people with CVID, Quinn maintains an active lifestyle. She said she is undertaking the extremely challenging trip to Nepal to raise awareness of CVID and help spare others decades of health problems and future risks for those with undiagnosed or latediagnosed CVID. People with CVID do not make antibodies to fight off bacteria and viruses. It is a genetic, life-long chronic illness that, Quinn said, often goes undiagnosed or is misdiagnosed.

“Enhanced public and physician awareness is badly needed to reduce the serious consequences of illness, disability and death associated with undiagnosed CVID.” Toni Quinn People with CVID get many infections, especially sinus or lung infections, that can be serious and even life-threatening. CVID requires treatment in the form of transfusions or infusions of antibodies from donor blood. Quinn, a retired pediatric social worker, does this at home twice a week. Antibodies from the blood of thousands of donors are pooled to maximize the variety and the broadness, of protection in each transfusion. Timely diagnosis and treatment, reduce life-long health problems and the risks associated with CVID, said Quinn. “Unfortunately, CVID frequently remains undiagnosed with serious, even dire outcomes,” she said. “Enhanced public and physician awareness is badly needed to reduce the serious consequences of illness, disability and death associated with undiagnosed CVID. Quinn said many family doctors have never heard of CVID, and specialists often seem unaware it may be the underlying cause of a variety of significant medical problems.

CVID is most often diagnosed in young people. Like Quinn, some people suffer life-long health problems but don’t receive diagnosis and treatment until later in life. Quinn, herself, was not diagnosed until the age of 62, in despite of a history of health problems. Quinn is confident she can complete the Himalayan trek by carrying out transfusions according to arrangements made with her health-care team. Quinn will also

take additional precautions dictated by the vulnerabilities inherent in her condition. Kanchenjunga is east of Mount Everest, on the Nepal-India border. Climbers will ascend around the west side of the mountain, from the sweltering lowland valleys to the north base camp, where temperatures will likely drop below freezing. For more information on Common Variable Immune Deficiency, visit

WASTE REDUCTION TASK FORCE (WRTF) PUBLIC MEETING The City of Hamilton is working with the WRTF to implement the Solid Waste Management Master Plan. You are invited to attend and learn more. The WRTF will hold its next meeting on: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at City Hall, 71 Main St W, in Room CH264. If you have any accessibility requirements in order to participate in this meeting, please contact Rźta at (905) 546-2424 ext 5252. Advance requests are encouraged to enable us to meet your needs adequately.


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It was a tale of two competing political rallies in Hamilton April 7 with the Conservatives and Prime Minister Stephen Harper avoiding the protests, while Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff embraced the demonstrations at his standingroom-only get-together at LUINA station. Harper, who arrived in Hamilton at 12:50 p.m. with a police escort, barely noticed the 100 United Steelworkers Local 1005 and student protesters on Main Street when he took the stage at about 6:15 p.m. at the Hamilton Convention Centre to reiterate his theme of creating jobs and demonizing a possible “ramshackle” coalition between the Liberals and NDP. During his 35-minute speech, Harper talked about providing a “strong, stable majority” to create

jobs, and provide tax relief to families, and seniors. The Liberals, he said, will only spend more money, and introduce “job-killing” tax hikes. “The choice is to have a ramshackle, incoherent, unprincipled, unstable coalition of Mr. Ignatieff, backed by the NDP,” he said. “What Canada needs is a strong, stable majority.” Harper tried out a few of his ideas that were revealed in the party’s platform the next day, including more investment in the north, reducing the deficit by 2015 by delaying costly programs and introducing the Conservative budget that was rejected by the three other federal parties. Harper, who was making his first visit to Hamilton this political season, was interrupted by a steelworker who shouted that jobs were being lost at U.S. Steel. Wayne Rae, president of United

Steelworkers Local 6200 in Welland, was immediately surrounded by reporters, telling them Harper’s Conservative government has done nothing to help Stelco and its 900 locked out workers. Rae said he would be voting NDP in the federal election. “He needs to hear from regular people,” said Rae. “The way things are going, the middle class is disappearing. And what U.S. Steel is doing in Hamilton is disgusting. (The Conservatives) have allowed the companies to come in and run roughshod.” Harper ignored Rae and continued his presentation. The tight security around Harper did not expel Rae, which has happened to others at previous Conservative rallies. Harper on Thursday apologized for his security throwing out a university student because she had posed for a photo with Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff.

“They did allow me to speak,” said a surprised Rae. “I thought they would toss me.” Ignatieff, making his eighth visit to Hamilton and second stop in less than a month, saw and heard the 50 or so steelworkers and other protesters at LIUNA, as he waded into an enthusiastic Liberal crowd at the entrance to the historical building. Attacked Harper Once inside, he attacked Harper for spending $30 billion on fighter jets, another $13 billion on “ mega prisons,” and for providing tax breaks to corporations. Ignatieff said he offered the “politics of hope,” as apposed to Harper’s “appeal to fear” about economic collapse, and political instability. The jammed LIUNA ballroom was a welcoming place for Ignatieff as he encouraged people to ask him questions in what was

described as unscripted questions from real people, as opposed to Harper’s rallies where visitors are asked to pre-registered and can’t ask questions. “I don’t have any idea what questions are going to be asked of me for the next little while,” he assured the crowd. “I am not an entertainer. I am not a comedian. I am an accountable public official and I have to be here and I have to answer your questions.” Hamilton Centre NDP MP David Christopherson, said despite both leaders’ attempts to bolster their fortunes in Hamilton, the NDP will keep their seats on the Mountain, Hamilton Centre and Hamilton East-Stoney Creek, said Christopherson. “We have been standing up for Hamiltonians on the issues,” said Christopherson, referring to his colleagues MPs Chris Charlton and Wayne Marston.


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10 dress fabric lengths: assorted weights, colours, designs. $100. Electric: FRIENDS IN GRIEF (FIG) Osterizer, plus 2 jars, $15. Offers Adult Bereavement Support Large kettle, stainless Groups - Widows and Widowers, steel, $15. Small kettle, new, $10. Steam/Dry iron Seniors, and suicide loss. $10. Hostess tray, 9x30" Ongoing monthly groups available; $15. Tapes: 50 figureWeekly groups begin April 12th. skating, 1996-2002 plus 20 TV stories: $2 each (in Facilitator training also available. 10 piece lots). CookPlease contact FIG for more info. books: All hard cover, col905-318-0059 our illustrated: 12 pieces, 10", $5 each. 5 pieces 11", $10 each; 5 pieces 12", 400-600 pages $15 each. "Bon Appetit", January-December 1980, 1,000 pages, $35. Books, needlepoint: Full colour plates, glass and colour Antiques & Appliances charts, 10x13". "DecoraCollectibles tive Needlepoint", "New World of Needlepoint", "Decorative Victorian NeeCOLLECTIBLE APPLIANCE dlepoint", "Antique FlowTOY SHOW DOCTOR ers", $15 each. "Ringstraszen SymphoGOOD FRIDAY, QUALITY RECOND. ny", (Vienna), German lanAppliances electric, April 22nd guage: 3 volume set. $35. backed by a full Michelangelo's "National Geographic" 2 year warranty. Traveller 1996-1998, in 3 1555 Upper Ottawa containers, $25. Adm $3 Door Prizes Call "The Doc" bookcase Mini personal clothing 10 am-3 pm. Sports Cards, 905-574-2474 washer. portable, electric, McFarlanes, StarWars,Pez, 12x12" $50. Back RejuAction Figures, Beanies, FURNACE, LUXAIRE new venator: 8-motor massagNon Sports, Memorabilia, (still in packaging), 80,000 er with percussion action Golf, Models, Gaming, BTU, mid efficiency, $670. and heat, $50. WWE, Hot Wheels, Dolls, Call 905-383-4856 905-679-4972. Die Cast Nascar, Barbies, MAYTAG, FRIDGE/ Toys, Sets, Vintage Cards Freezer Side x Side, 28 cu. 905-643-6883 ft. Excellent condition. Cost $3,000. $500. RANGE, 1940'S Moffat 905-525-6782 gas range, yellowish ceramic, great for displays, $170. Call 170 COLLECTOR plates, 905-383-4856 2 clear, $1 - $25, Good deal! For appointment to PAINTINGS WANTED, all WASHER DRYER Set, buy 905-388-3571. older art, watches, antiques and jewelry. Super Capacity White, $385, Stove $185, Dish905-679-2746 washer, $150. Maytag, SuPLASTIC MODEL kits, die per Capacity electric Dryer I have several 1000 yds. cast cars, slot cars and $185. Will separate. Of new Stainmaster & more! All at great prices. 289-337-1328 100% nylon carpet. Will 905-692-8100 do living-room & hall for Articles for Sale $389. Includes carpet, Appliances pad & installation (25 yds) CONTENTS OF house. Steve, 905-777-1170 2 5000 BTU Air condition- Call for appointment. King ers 1 yr old, asking $75 ea brass bed, framed prints, or both for $125 patio furniture, occ tables, etc. 905-648-8053 905-930-8785 Classified 905-526-3443

Articles for Sale CHESTERFIELD, THROW cushions included. Brand new. Paid $600, asking $250. Sony 32" TV, Vega Trinitron with stand. Like new. $200 905-538-1338 GLASS COFFEE table, Red Rose tea figurines, 1 large, 1 small wooden desks; 2 rowing exercise machines, antique rocking chair, antique clock, antique radio, brass fireplace screen with bellows, various size mirrors, gate legged table, 2 drawer wooden filling cabinet like new, 2 drawer steel filing cabinet, call George 905-336-0866


HOUSE CONTENTS Antique furniture- dressers tables/chairs/brass bed, pictures/frames, radios, records, tools, pot-belly stove Binbrook 905-692-0632

KITCHEN CABINETS All-wood, dove-tailed, soft close drawers, many finishes to choose from

Now up to 50% off. 905-928-6002

Articles for Sale

SOFA, RECLINING chair tv, cedar chest, 10" radial arm saw, odds-n-ends, best offer. 905-679-1911


COMPUTER REPAIR SHOP Refurnished Systems for Sale + Service, Repairs, and Recycling Corner of Cannon East and Ottawa, Hamilton

KR Systems 289-396-5864 WHIRLPOOL FRIDGE, good condition $200, entertainment unit, excellent condition $300 Call 905-692-1312 after 6 p.m.

Articles Wanted ALL ANTIQUES, TEAK and Rosewood furniture, paintings, wrist watches, jewelry, militaria, figurines, gold, coins and collectibles We pay top WANTED! cash! 905-979-4447

WANTED Trains NScale, Hornby, Tirang, etc. Diecast dinky's. Wind-up Toys, Tin Toys, Small Antiques 519-579-7947

Building Equipment/ Materials NEW FIBER Glass ceiling tile 2x4 $4/ piece. Call 905-923-1090

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Farmer’s Market

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Sunday, April 17th 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Auditorium and Mutual/Market Buildings, Woodstock Fairgrounds, 875 Nellis Street.


SEWING MACHINE, JENOME 9000, Embroiders and quilts. 150 regular and decorative stitches, several sewing feet, 3 hoops, quilting arm, 2 memory cards, manual, bobbin pedal, cover case. $1100 obo. 905-335-2721


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3 PIECE brown Leather Chesterfield, 2 matching chairs, 2 years new. Mint condition $1500. 905-573-6184

Sporting/Outdoor Equipment

PATIENT TRANSFER rails (toilet) and "stripper's pole", (for standing) as new, call Ted 905-387-6304

LINCOLN LINE ORCHARDS Fresh Crisp Apples, Gala, Golden, Courtland, Mutsu and Pears. Pies, and Sparkling Cider And preserves Everything for your Easter needs Tues - Fri 8am - 6pm Saturday 8am - 5pm 9764 Reg. Rd. 20, east of Westbrook Rd. 905-643-2205

Medical/Health Needs

LUXURY HOTEL mattress set. Brand new queen size, pillow top, mattress set. Left over from large hotel order. 722 coils. 2 inch pillow tops. 10 year warranty. Made by Restonic in Canada. 7 time Consumer Digest best buy winner. Regular retail $1399. Liquidation price 5 available. $490. Delivery available. Call or text 289-880-7980

NEW MATTRESSES Direct from Factory Queen Size Mattress & Box $ 239 All Sizes Available OUTLET FURNITURE & MATTRESS LIQUIDATION 931 Queenston Rd @ Lake 905-662-0538

SCOOTERS New & used. Best prices. TREADMILL, PRO-FORM Monthly payments. Free T10.0. Heart and body fat Trial. Call 905- 690-7368 monitors. $125. Please call 905-648-0982

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Brand new Walker w/large wheels, basket, seat & brakes, $95. 905-690-7368


Musical Instruments

1,000 GUITARS new from $49. *Amps $29 *Effects $29 *Private Lessons $13.50 *Drums $399. 20,000 + items. 905-318-7447 945 Upper James

AWA ADOPTIONS $150 Cats & kittens, Vaccinated Spayed/Neutered 905-547-4169, 544 -1053 Website:

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WOODSTOCK MODEL TRAIN SHOW & SALE RECORDS, 500, various genres, all good condition, $250. Call 289-700-5048

Farmer’s Market

Featuring Model Train dealers Railroad Memorabilia and at least 10 Operating layouts. Over 150 vendor tables. Ontario's largest Model Train Show Admission $5. For vendor space or information email: or 519-426-8875

ADJUSTAMATIC, ADJUST ABLE electric single bed, with remote control, vibration, excellent condition, $1500, 905-538-4122

New Bunk Beds

Golden Honey Solid Pine Wood. Twin-Twin $360, BEDROOM SET, queen, Twin- Double $460! Total delivered. 7 piece, British Columbia prices pine, 3 years old. Paid 226-749-3584 $2700, asking $1700 obo. TWO 3' X 6' Corian Marble 905-575-3010 Dining Tables, with chairs, like new, $1500 each. Call 905-529-2424 DINING ROOM Table, walnut, with 6 chairs, 7 years Jewellery old. $625. obo. 289-238-8385 MOVING SALE furniture, appliances, lighting, beds and more. Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10 and 16-17 from 10am to 12pm. 391 Stone Church Rd. E., Unit 14. Price range $20 - $450. Please Contact. 905-383-2480 1.03 CARAT, yellow gold SOFA AND chair, cream & diamond ring. Selling for Appraised at sage green print, $225. $5500. Black leather recliner $11000. 905-765-3903 $150. Both in good condition. 905-575-5058. Classified 905-526-3443

HAGSTROM GUITAR Mint condition. Comes with carry bag, tuner and extra set of strings. Asking $400. 905-730-4680

ID#: A12643055. "Whitley" DLH, 6 years old. SHARE THE LIFE OF A HOMELESS PET Hamilton/Burlington SPCA 905-574-7722

KORG PA1XPRO keyboard. This keyboard is a professional 76 note unit capable of recording and Dogs burning to a CD your vocals and music arrangements. $1,800. BICHON POOS dewclaws 905-945-3879 removed, 1st shots. 1 male, 1 female. Ready to Sporting/Outdoor Go! $500. 289-282-1188


BRUNSWICK HERITAGE Pool Table, 2 complete sets of balls, billiards/ snooker. Good condition. Call with offer. 905-979-6176

CHIHUAHUA Pups. 1 male/ 1 female, long coat, no Vet check or papers, $450 Negotiable, ready to go 905-788-3951 GERMAN SHEPHERD cross Black Lab. Beautiful, healthy, 3 month old. Ready to go. Call, 905-957-3725

ENFIELD 3 band Musket, good for shooter or re- LAB PUPPIES, Yellow, enactor. $750 obo. P.A.L $400. No Sunday calls. 905-957-0299 Please call 519-688-1890.

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SHELTIE PUPS! Beautiful, CKC, now ready! Home raised and very social. Vet check, shots and chipped. Health guaranteed. $750. Contact Shannon at GERMAN SHORT hair or pointer pups. CKC regis- 905-659-6527. tered. 1st shots included vet checked Home raised SMALL MALTESE also with kids $675. Scottie Terriers. 2 shots, dewormed, guaranteed. 519-284-4675 $550. 905-774-6859 GERMAN SHORTHAIRED pointer puppies one female STANDARD SCHNAUZER and one male available. PUPPIES. Born Feb 14. These are exceptional pup- CKC Reg'd Breeder. Homepies with mild tempera- raised. Parents onsite. ments and are easily Health Guarantee, microtrained. Puppies are from chip, shots, de-wormed, champion parents. Mother tails cropped, dewclaws. solid liver, and on site. Fa- $950.00. Deposit reqd. ther resides in New York. 905-934-8700 Both parents are certified hips, elbows, heart and TINY TOY POODLE, born eyes. Puppies are 13+ Valentine's Day, ready for weeks old, CKC registered, Easter, home raised, vetmicro-chipped, two sets of ted, cropped, dewormed, vaccinations and health 905-573-1826 guaranteed. Please ConWEIMARANER PUPS, tact. 905-388-9733 all shots, tails docked, CKC reg'd, ready now GOLDEN RETRIEVER/ lab pups - 12 weeks old, $1000. or best offer. 905-312-8209 1st shots. Great family pet. $350. 905-957-1641 GERMAN SHEPHERD Puppies CKC Registered. Vet checked. Male & Female. Ready to Go. 905-774-7847

GOLDEN RETRIEVER puppies, CKC, purebred, vet checked, generations clear. Guaranteed. And Shih Tzu puppies, same, male Champion sired. 905-689-5629 NEW FOUNDLAND puppies. Pure bred. 1st shots, vet checked. Microchipped. Available April 27th. Family raised. Lots of love. 519-443-8583 PUREBRED DOBERMAN pups, Euro Champion bloodlines. 4 weeks old, ready to go May 5. 2 girls, 3 boys. Tails, dewclaws, dewormed, 1st shots, microchipped. $900. Parents, pedigree on-site. $200 deposit. 905-930-8473 or

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CRAFT SALE Friday, April 22 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 10 Market St. S. Dundas Lions Community Centre Candles, Lawn Art, Wood Crafts, Jewellery, Florals, Stained Glass, Baby items, Handmade crafts, Used Books Admission $2.00

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MOM TO MOM SALE Peoples Church

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Saturday, April 16th 11 a.m. St. Paul's Hamilton United Church 42 Tragina Ave. N. Draw at 1 p.m. Baking, treasures, draws and prizes.

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Christian Education Marshall Memorial United Church, Ancaster wishes to recruit a full time Christian Development Facilitator to work as a key member of its staff. This innovative, outgoing and resourceful team player will assess educational needs and assist in the design, development and delivery of programs for children, youth and adults. Excellent teaching, communication and organizational skills are essential, as well as the ability to relate and work well with others in a diverse environment. Required: Post-secondary education; 2 to 5 years of related experience. More information concerning this position may be obtained at Resumes may be directed by email to or by mail to Search Committee Chair, c/o Marshall Memorial United Church, 20 Gilbert Ave, Ancaster, ON, L9G 1R4

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The Cambridge Times has an excellent opportunity for an individual experienced in print advertising sales or similar/related commission sales capacity The candidate we seek will demonstrate exceptional abilities in... ✓ Prospecting and closing customers with advertising sales opportunities. ✓ Cold-calling new or non-serviced businesses in Cambridge and related areas ✓ Creative thinking style and an ability to problem-solve ✓ Self-starter with loads of initiative who needs minimal direction ✓ High energy and a positive attitude ✓ Excellent verbal and written skills ✓ Literate in computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel ✓ Driven for success ✓ Excellent organizational skills This is a career position. You will be asked to produce results and devote the time and effort required to consistently produce improved results. The earning potential is far better than average. Remuneration includes: • Base Salary • Car Allowance • Commissions • Entry level account list • Bonus Opportunities • Benefits package and pension plan Post Secondary Education an asset but not a pre-requisite. Interested candidates are asked to email their resumes by April 22, 2011. Ted Anderson Regional Advertising Manager Cambridge Times, Forever Young, City Parent and Specialty Publications 475 Thompson Drive Cambridge, Ontario N1T 2K7 We appreciate the interest of all applicants; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted

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MALE SEEKS, lady. If you're a lady between 46-56, lovable, caring, trustful and truthful I'm looking for you. I want someone I can love, cherish and adore. If that's you I would like to hear from you. Family important. Please reply with picture to The Hamilton Spectator Box 174 Hamilton L8N 3G3 MALE SMOKER seeks petite lady between 46-56, Loveable, caring and truthful, young at heart, enjoys indoor swimming and hot tub. I am looking for you for long term. I want someone I can love and cherish, if that's you, I'd like to hear from you. Please reply with a recent full photo to: Box 179 The Hamilton Spectator 44 Frid St, L8N 3G3 ROMANTIC, MARRIED male, shift worker, 56, seeks an affectionate woman who is comfortable in a dress or jeans with heels who enjoys walks on the beach, candlelight dinners, dancing, cuddling in front of the fireplace, shopping, gardening, fiction reading, arts, for discreet daytime interludes. Reply to The Spec, Box 178, 44 Frid St., Hamilton, ON L8N 3G3 SWM SEEKS lady friend 65-70 years for companionship, outings and possible relationship. Reply to The Spectator, Box 176 L8N 3G3

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Adventures in Friendship Club for 50+ Singles. Mix 'n Mingle, food & laughs Wednesday Apr 20th 5:30 p.m.Whistling Walrus 1508 Upper James, Ham. 905-575-2805 AFFECTIONATE ROMANTIC, 64 year old seeking big plus sized woman. Reply to: Box 168, The Spectator, L8N 3G3

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Contact: Consulting Hypnotist Lin McMaster 289 237 5396 or email Registration & Lessons

Apts for RentHamilton Central

Rent to own very spacious 3 bedroom, 2 bath home, massive recreation room with fireplace and separate workshop area. Updated Special Services Apartments for kitchen, all appliances, Rent central air! 24hr message CAREGIVER RELIEF AND DUNDAS, RENOVATED 3 1-888-549-5557 COMPANIONSHIP. PSW bedroom one story home Bad Credit OK! with 14 years experience located near Hwy 6 & York specializing in geriatric Blvd. Finished basement, care. Andrea, garage, large yard, and 5 Own A Home 905-381-9553 new appliances. month No Money Down plus utilities. Suitable for Turning More Renters Health/Beauty/ mature persons. Into Home Owners! 905-525-7620 Fitness Over 1400 Families Apts for Rent-Burl/ Serviced to Date. BE SHY Waterdown



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Hamilton Mountain West. 3-4 bedroom home. New kitchen. Call 647-977-9403 24/hour message. All credits ok.

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Trucks & SUVs



1991 MAZDA 323. Excellent shape, auto. 65500K. As is. $1200. obo. 905-662-3578

2007 CHEV COBALT LT 4 cyl, auto, 4 door, pwr door locks, pwr windows, pwr mirror, cruise, tilt, am/fm cd with aux input, keyless entry, a/c, c/e 1994 MAZDA B3000, 3 li$7795 plus hst Gr Mills tre, 5 speed, runs, needs 2004 CHRYSLER 300M Auto 905 768 3353 some work. $800 obo. 149,000KM fully loaded, 905-662-7110 or leather, keyless entry, 2007 DODGE CALIBER 905-570-4739 heated seats +more. R/T AWD 4 cyl, auto cvt, all wheel drive, a/c, leather Asking $6,995.00 interior, heated seats, pwr Call: 905-961-0062 group, cruise, tilt, alloy 1993 CADILLAC Remote wheels, am/fm cd, keyless start, 20" chrome low proentry, c/e $11495 plus hst file tires. 4 tires on rims for Grand Mills Auto Centre Winter. $3,500-firm. 905 768 3353 289-260-4145


1997 TOYOTA TERCEL 4cyl auto ac 264K $1495 FIRM certified / e-tested DLR 905-664-5111

2007 MAZDA 3 4cyl 5spd air PW PL CD sunroof 94K 2004 MAZDA 6 GT, leath- $8950+ tx. 905-317-5920 er, sunroof, $6777 certi1998 GRAND Am GT V6 auto, loaded, brand new fied and etested call DLR tires. Looks & runs great. 1-888-488-8660 $1800 obo. 905-531-7883 2004 TOYOTA COROLLA 108K 5speed ac clean car 1998 HONDA Civic DX proof 1 owner cert/etest coupe. Automatic. Super $5999 + tax obo clean. 196K kms. $2500/ 905-512-8197 dlr offer. 905-308-0235 2007 TOYOTA COROLLA Why not sell no longer used items ce, auto, a/c, s.roof $55 with a fast working Classified Ad? wkly, 0 down! bad credit call dlr Call today...905-526-3443 o.k 1-888-488-8660 2005 MAZDA 3 GT Hatchback 4 cylinder, auto, 2008 CHEVROLET cobalt a/c, alloy wheels, tilt/tele- LT. Must Sell! Have a new scopic, steering wheel au- born baby and need a 4 controls, cruise, door car. Asking $8000 or 1998 JAGUAR XJR Super- dio best offer. Only 42000KM! charge, mint, rare, 145 keyless entry, pwr group, km's., chrome wheels. am/fm cd, c/e $10495 $8,900. Certified, e-tested plus hst Grand Mills Auto Centre 905 768 3353 call 905-304-1872

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1999 CHRYSLER Intrepid. 131,000 Kms. $1800. as is. Please call 905-388-4365 2000 FORD Taurus SEL loaded, leather, new tires, rotors, drums, pads. 275 km. Synthetic oil maintenance records. $2000 obo. 905-765-9291 2000 VOLVO S70, 4 door, automatic, champagne, leather, sunroof. $1500 as is. E-tested, 307,000 kms. 905-308-8435 2000 VW PASSAT GLS 6cyl fully loaded 225K leather/snrf $4500 + taxes. Certified/etested. Dealer 905-544-3104, 905-379-9354

2008 NISSAN VERSA S, auto, 1 owner, low km! $53 2006 TOYOTA Corolla CE wkly, 0 down! bad credit 49900 kms., cert., etest- o.k call dlr ed remote start, power 1-888-488-8660 locks, winter/summer tires, nice car hate to sell! $9500. 905-573-8008

2006 TOYOTA MATRIX XRS 6speed-fully-loaded pwr-snrf 129K X-clean, no accident, $9800 Cert/etdlr- 2008 PONTIAC G5, auto, 2001 NISSAN Sentra SE est+txs a/c, red, only $44 wkly, 0 Sport 4 Door automatic 905-309-9300or 905-379-9300 down! bad credit o.k call Sunroof CD loaded looks and runs Very Good. You 2006 TOYOTA YARIS 2 dlr 1-888-488-8660 Certify $2250. obo. firm dr auto CD AC certified 905-468-2315 etested $5499 + tx DLR 2010 TOYOTA COROLLA 2002 CHRYS CONCORD 905-741-5711 CE 4 cyl auto air PL CD 48K LX full load blk/w grey int. tx. wty $12,950 + 131K all orig special 905-317-5920 $3995 + taxes. Certified/etested. Dealer 9 0 5 - 5 4 4 - 3 1 0 4 , 905-379-9354

2007 HONDA ODYSSEY LX, $17999 or $85 wkly, 0 down! bad credit o.k call 2007 DODGE NITRO SLT DLR 1-888-488-8660 4X4, auto, $14999 or $72 wkly, 0 down! bad credit Classified 905-526-3443 o.k call dlr 1-888-488-8660

2003 BUICK REGAL LS only 100K 1 owner loaded REALLY NICE cert/etest $5295+tx 905-548-0757 dlr

2007 BMW 328I jet black, 1 owner, prem.pkg $128 wkly, 0 down! bad credit O.K CALL DLR 2010 TOYOTA MATRIX, silver, auto,$13777 or $58 1-888-488-8660 wkly, 0 down! bad credit o.k call dlr 1-888-488-8660

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2007 CADILLAC CTS black, sunroof, 1 owner, $92 wkly, 0 down! bad credit o.k CALL DLR 1-888-488-8660

1993 FORD 350 Diesel, auto, cube van. Previously U-Haul Truck. Runs excellent, lots of work to it brakes, new rad, tune up, two new rear tires, all new exhaust. Transmission rebuilt 3 months ago, both motor and tranny run 2003 PONTIAC Grand Prix GT, 3.8L, Leather 2007 CHEV. COBALT strong. Needs lower ball Interior, Fully Loaded, COUPE LT 1 owner, joints, box and body in exNew Tires, 170,500km, $7999 or $40 wkly, 0 cellent shape no damage. $2500obo, Call certified. $4500 OBO. down! bad credit o.k call Only 905-518-6544 dlr 1-888-488-8660 905-335-2715

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2009 DODGE GRAND CARAVAN, stow & go, $72 wkly, 0 down! bad credit o.k call DLR 1-888-488-8660

Motorcycles/ Offroad

What Deal! Must See! 2006 NORTHLANDER SUPREME 38FD with ALL amenities including hard awning and 8'x10' shed on site. Family Paradise Campground, North of Seaforth. Asking $35,900 519-273-7853

4 wheels Alignment $59.95 + tx Includes FREE Brake & Spring Inspection!



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To All Makes

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2007 KIA Sportage. 42,000 kms. Excellent Condition, one driver. $12,000 obo. 905-628-9582

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2007 PONTIAC TORRENT V6 auto air PW PL FWD 78K 1995 PONTIAC Firebird $11,950 tx. 905-317-5920 Convertible, red with power black top, grey leather Why not sell no longer interior, 6 cyl auto, clean, used items with a fast 210km, runs good. Rare car! working Classified Ad? $3995 firm 905-468- 2315 Call today...905-526-3443


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2006 LARSON 180 LXI V6 Penta, premium package, trailer. As new condition. $19,700. Thomas, 905-689-4155








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2008 FORD ESCAPE XLT, auto, 1 owner, $70 wkly, 0 down! bad credit o.k call dlr 1-888-488-8660

Quality with a warranty! Free in shop repair estimate on all carry in appliances. We also carry repair parts.

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905-574-4589 905-662-3871 2007 DODGE RAM 1500 QC 4x4, loaded $19777 or $95 wkly, 0 down! bad credit o.k call DLR 1-888-488-8660



2000 FORD E, 150 Cargo Van V8, 202,000km, good condition, original owner, NORTHLANDER certified $2900. 2008 Cottage Classic Park 905-961-8685. Model 14'x40'. Fully furnished, 2 bedrooms, 2002 TOYOTA SIENNA 7 passenger, quad chairs, sleeps 7-9, central air 2002 FORD Ranger, 138, fully loaded, 157,000 kms, conditioning and furnace, 000 km, certified, perfect all original. Special $6995. steel awning, insulated. + tax. Certified/E-tested. Parked in Sauble Beach in condition. 905-547-6463 DLR., 905-544-3104, Woodlands Park (can be moved). $72,900. 905-379-9354 905-538-0718.


2002 TOYOTA Camry XLE Silver with grey leather interior, power & heated seats, sunroof, CD player, automatic climate control, rear manual sunshade, cruise control, keyless entry, remote car starter. Second owner. Certified & e-tested. $8,000 obo. 905-522-6033.

2007 31' Citation Travel Trailer. Fully loaded, like new. At Gulliver's Lake. $20,900. Call 905-538-3409

1998 DODGE Dakota Sport Pickup V8, Auto, loaded, new summer tires, also includes winter tires w/rims. Looks and runs great, must see. 194K. Certified & etested $4995 obo 905-381-4432


2006 MAZDA 6 auto air PW PL PM PSeats remote start only 55K $11,700 + hst dlr 905-528-3500

Auto Parts & Accessories

1998 OLDS Silhouette Mini Van, extended. Leather, loaded, excellent condition. Certified, e-tested. $2750 o.b.o. 905-807-9577

2004 DODGE Durango SLT, 4 door, 4 wheel drive, black, excellent condition, leather, 132,000kms, $9,900 obo. 2005 DODGE GRAND 905-304-9967 CARAVAN, stow’n’go, $7444 or $50 wkly, 0 down! bad credit o.k call 2005 FORD Escape. dlr 1-888-488-8660 2005 PONTIAC CRUISER 2008 FORD FOCUS SE XKLT. V6 engine, low mileage. 93 K. Excellent condi4dr, 42K. Many Options. 2.4L 4cyl Signature Series $8300. 4cyl auto air PW PL CD Factory Warr. F.A. Depot tion. 905-765-1177 tx. $9,750+ tx 905-637-1044 104K $5750 + 905-317-5920 2006 KIA SPORTAGE 2007 DODGE GRAND 4 cyl, auto, pwr windows, CARAVAN SE 70Km Many pwr door locks, pwr mir- Luxury Options. Fact. Warr. rors, alloy wheels, a/c, F.A. Depot $10,750 + tx cruise, tilt, am/fm cd, key905-637-1044 less entry, c/e $9795 plus hst Grand Mills Auto Centre 905 768 3353 2008 MAZDA 6 GS silver, auto $11999 or $58 wkly, 2005 VW Golf 5DR Hatchback automatic 0 down! bad credit o.k call 139900kms+ Silver a/c dlr 1-888-488-8660 Certified and Etest, $6500 firm as is. 905 468 2315

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2008 FORD ESCAPE XLT Immac. 74K. Many Luxury Options. Warr. F.A. Depot $14450 +tx 905-637-1044


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Concrete & Paving

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Eavestroughs & Siding

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Home Renovations




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Flooring & Carpeting

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Call Fred 905-966-4580

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DECKS, BATHROOMS basements from design to completion ! ! ! I have many years of renovating bathrooms, basements and building decks. This includes framing, insulating, drywall (boarding), taping, painting, trim work (hanging doors, casing, baseboard), rough-in and finishing electrical, rough-in and finish plumbing, carpet installation, ceramic tile installation, hardwood floor installation. Available on Saturday and Sundays also. I have a long list of excellent references and many more photos available to show upon request. Please call Doug at 905-870-2882.

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Dundas Little Theatre closes its 50th anniversary Season with Vieux Carre by Tennessee Williams. The story takes place in a rundown boarding house in the French Quarter of New Orleans circa 1938. The action centres around the interlocking lives of the various residents — a tubercular, homosexual painter, a doomed young girl and her coarse lover, two aging ladies living in near poverty and the eccentric, irrepressible landlady. Filled with evocative memories and sharply etched portraits of its characters, these folks stand out because of their quiet dignity. Vieux Carre is directed by Jack Messinger, whose cast includes talented actors, Jared Lenover, Tamara Kamermans, Al French, Jennifer Blom, Maggie Thomas, Liz Inman, Chris Cracknell, Geneva Neale, Gabriel Pinto, John Hewson, Richard Halliday, Andrew Southam, Simon D’Abreu, Kelly Buldawa, John Rogers, John Strob, John Rogers and Andrew Southam. Performances take place at the Garstin Centre for the Arts, 37 Market St., Dundas, April 29 and 30, May 5, 6 and 7, and 12-14, 8 p.m. Tickets are $18, with $13 students/seniors discounts for Thursday performances only. For ticket information or to make a reservation, call 905-627-5266 or visit our website at or in person at Holden Florists, 44 York Rd., Dundas. Dundas Little Theatre is offering a special meal and show package for the Saturday, April 30 show. Buy early and secure a spot at the Winchester Arms Restaurant. Just add $25 to the $18 ticket price.

Food banks get quick deposit from City of Hamilton BY KEVIN WERNER NEWS STAFF

The city is once again providing $350,000 to the city’s food banks and Christmas Hamper program to help them survive the critical summer period. “We are trying to get the funds out immediately,” said Mountain councillor Scott Duvall. “We can hopefully relieve some of the pressure.” Some area food banks were seeing bare shelves early this spring, and were pleading for more goods from the community. The Mountain’s Neighbour to

Neighbour, which is conducting its annual spring food drive, needs about 60,000 lbs of food per month to feed about 1,110 families. The organization’s food drive ends April 22. “We’re really counting on this Easter Drive to get us through to the summer drive,” said Sara Collyer, operations manager at Neighbour to Neighbour. She said most of the food collected during the winter holidays is now gone. The Ancaster Community Food Drive ended in February raising 79,000 lbs and $8,000 in cash. Duvall had asked councillors last week to add the $350,000 to this year’s

budget. The money is expected to be paid for by the provincial government’s $8.1 million Ontario Municipal Provincial Partnership grant. There should be no effect on this year’s budget. Joe-Anne Priel, community services general manager, said the money will be provided to Hamilton Food Share, which will then distribute the funds to the community food banks. Hamilton came to the rescue of its food banks in late 2009, providing $100,000 for the Christmas Hamper program. Earlier in the year the city also gave the food banks $184,000 to cover the food banks for the summer.

Extra permits boost Crooks’ dam removal bill by $120,000 BY RICHARD LEITNER NEWS STAFF

The bill for the removal of the Crooks’ Hollow dam has jumped by another $120,000 because of more regulatory hurdles. Project manager Hazel Breton said about $70,000 of the extra cost will go toward a new Ministry of Environment regulation requiring a risk assessment on plans to dredge 5,000 tonnes of zinccontaminated sediment from the dam reservoir. Other requirements include a permit from the Niagara Escarpment Commission, and archaeological and heritage

assessments recommended by the Ministry of Tourism. The extra work boosts the costs at the design stage to nearly $400,000. The project had been budgeted at $1.1 million – already up from an original estimate of $945,000 – a bill being split between the city and Ministry of Natural Resources. “Are there any more surprises or will more money be required for this project?” Rob Pasuta, councillor for the area, asked as Hamilton Conservation Authority directors approved the new spending. Authority chair Chris Firth-Eagland said the requirement for a NEC permit

was unexpected because the agency had initially indicated one might not be needed. He said the Ministry of Natural Resources will be asked to pay for its half of the new costs. Late summer “We moved ahead without adding in the costs of some of the new permittings and now that project is on the table and it’s going well, with legs, these agencies have said we do require our permits,” Firth-Eagland said. If all goes as planned, the authority hopes to begin work in late summer, when water flows are low and there are fewer fishery issues, a staff report states.

The Beat rocks on for Theatre Ancaster’s classic spring spectacular Theatre Ancaster’s classic show of great ’60s tunes opens April 29 at 8 p.m. Tickets are moving fast, but theatre-goers can still reserve at 905-304-SHOW. The Beat Goes On: The Music of the ’60s will transport the audience back to the birth of the Stones, the Beach Boys, the Beatles and ageless songs like I’m a Believer by The Monkeys and These Eyes by Canada’s own The Guess Who. John Mamone is back onstage with good friend Jeremy Guther, who, like John with Volume Water, also fronts his own band, Trinity Road. Mamone will thrill everyone with his renditions of songs made famous by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons...Sherry, Walk like a Man and Big Girls Don’t Cry. “They are great songs, but singing that high is almost like gasping for air at high altitudes,” said Mamone with a smile. Guther will be featured in I Saw Her Again

Last Night by The Mamas and The Papas and on Sorry Suzanne by The Hollies. He’ll also join with Chantal Barrow on Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, that fabulous song from 1967 by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Paul Morse remembers wearing purple bell bottoms in the ’60s as a youngster. “They were so cool,” he laughed, “but just a part of my memory now...but the music...well, even 50 years later, that ’60s music still makes my pulse race.” Scott Bloxom and Dean Rooney are seasoned performers but newcomers to the Theatre Ancaster stage. Bloxom plays the very funny Austin Powers as the show’s emcee, but also makes sure he’s front and centre for some choreography. “I’m a dancer, and there’s just something undeniable about the power of the music,” he said.

The Beat Goes On opens April 29 at 8 p.m. with other evening performances on April 30, May 5, 6 and 7. One afternoon performance takes place on May 1 at 2 p.m. Personal selection of reserved seats can be made at the box office just outside the Theatre Auditorium in the West Wing Foyer of Ancaster High School, 374 Jerseyville Rd. W. at Meadowbrook. Adults $28. Seniors over 65, $23. Students and children $12. For more information, check or call 905-304-SHOW (7469).

Tracey Cain, centre, will be part of the Theatre Ancaster cast of the The Beat Goes On opening April 29, along with, standing from left, John Mamone, Paul Morse, Jeremy Guther, Dean Rooney and, seated, Jim Broadley. PHOTO BY TERESA MATKOVICH


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Taxi union requests city bylaw review as drivers strive to ‘fix up’ the industry BY CRAIG CAMPBELL NEWS STAFF

The union representing local taxi cab drivers has asked the City of Hamilton to review its bylaws regulating the industry in an effort to “clean up the dirt” that has plagued it for decades. Ejaz Butt, president of the Ontario Taxi Workers Union, met recently with municipal law enforcement superintendent Carmella Vidic to point out bylaws and enforcement practices that the union says are unfair to drivers. Butt said bylaw enforcement staff wasn’t even aware of a city regulation that requires dispatch brokers Hamilton Cab and

Blue Line to report information to the city annually, and has never been enforced. Vidic declined to be interviewed for this story. “I think our taxi industry is completely screwed up and the only way to fix it is if our bylaws are properly written,” Butt said. “If the bylaws are right and enforcement is properly done I think everything in the taxi industry can be fixed up. Everybody will make money, everybody will get their fair share.” He said city staff has long been influenced by stakeholders in the city’s two dispatch brokerages and multi-plate owners who lease or rent city issued taxi plates for more than $60 a day.

The city-issued taxi plates are controlled by a small group of individuals, many of whom are connected to one of the two dispatch brokerages, who have overseen a huge increase in the value of plates above what the city charges them in fees. Butt argues the city’s regulation and enforcement protects multi-plate owners, and dispatch brokerage companies at the expense of drivers who must work long hours to pay their leases or rent, dispatch fees, fuel and maintenance before they make any money for themselves. “They only victimize the drivers. In the past there was no representation of the drivers. The bylaws are in favour of the brokers

and the stakeholders and the owners,” Butt said. But the union, already certified by the Ontario Labour Relations Board to represent all Hamilton Cab drivers and awaiting a final count on a vote by Blue Line drivers, has asked the city to review all taxi industry bylaws and their enforcement. City staff recognized the many issues within the local taxi industry in 2001. A staff report recommended plate holders be required to drive at least five times a week for eight hours. Staff also recommended allowing only one plate per owner, a change the union also supports. No action was taken on those recommendations.



Despite the temptations to stuff this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget with additional spending, councillors instead looked to its reserves to pay for needed programs, preserving the lowest tax increase in Hamiltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s post-amalgamation history. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are trying to keep to zero as much as we can,â&#x20AC;? said Mayor Bob Bratina. As politicians creep closer to their April 27 budget deadline, they held off on adding another $3.5 million to the budget in enhanced spending recommended by city staff, while dropping the proposed average tax increase to 0.8 per cent. Councillors did approve $125,000 for food service workers training at the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longterm care facilities at Macassa and Wentworth lodges because if they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, the city could be fined by the provincial government. Some $30,000 was also allocated for the annual Re-Enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek. Councillors agreed to spend $350,000 to boost local food banks, but the money was taken out of the tax stabilization reserve. Politicians also agreed to spend $64,000 for the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rooming strategy, and $350,000 for emergency shelters. Again, the funds was paid for through the stabilization reserve. But politicians refused to spend any money for its street-tree trimming program, including $350,000 for this year. Councillor Brian McHattie said with the emerald ash borer threatening trees in Hamilton, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s imperative the program continue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we wait a year, we could be in significant trouble in 2012,â&#x20AC;? he said. Councillors also rejected a request to spend nearly $60,000 for the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art awards program, and refused to spend $87,000 to improve the office printing and supplies department. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not here to take the budget north,â&#x20AC;? said Ancaster councillor Lloyd Ferguson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m here to send it south.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;This whole process is to find savings,â&#x20AC;? said Flamborough councillor Judi Partridge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do support the arts. But this year at the door we all heard it, reduce taxes, create jobs, stop spending.â&#x20AC;? Even though the province rejected Hamiltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initial request for the $4 million in social services funding, the city received $8.1 million from the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund. Last year Hamilton got $3.1 million. The city is also expecting a $14.5 million surplus from the 2010 budget.

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Lloyd Ferguson Bratina and city manager Chris Murray said they remain in contact with provincial officials about the $4 million shortfall. Bratina praised the province for helping Hamilton recently, including providing money for the Pan Am Games stadium, emergency drop-off nurses and education funding. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have been given sufficient funds from the province,â&#x20AC;? he said. Councillors began this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget deliberations at an average tax hike of 2.6 per cent, and have slowly whittled it to 0.08. Still, there remains a few hurdles to clear before delivering their historic budget. Councillors have asked the Hamilton Police Services Board to trim its 4.47 per cent tax increase. In addition, politicians are hoping the money city staff has budgeted for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s labour settlements will be enough. Councillors have also asked the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s senior management team to slice at least $1 million from their non-union staff. Politicians remained behind closed doors April 11 for the majority of the day discussing personnel issues and labour negotiations, which have been difficult this year. This week councillors will debate whether or not to change the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s area-rating policy. Suburban councillors argue any tinkering with it will mean higher taxes for their residents and want to wait, while urban councillors say they want something done in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget.

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Redeemer hands out the hardware at annual athletics banquet Ashley Muller and Randall Brus honoured as top athletes Redeemer University College held its annual athletic awards ceremony on April 9. The ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of the past season by honoring the top individual performers as well as celebrating team excellence. The awards included the Male and Female Athletes of the Year, the Male and Female Scholar Athletes of the Year, Sport MVP and Rookie of the Year awards, Coaching Staff of the Year, and CCAA Academic AllCanadian winners. Graduating athletes were also recognized and two coaches with 10plus years of coaching were celebrated. The Male and Female Athlete of the Year awards went to Randall Brus and Ashley Muller respectively. Ashley Muller led the Royals women’s volleyball team back into playoff contention this year after missing out since 2006-2007. Muller finished the season in fifth place in the OCAA West in points and was invited to play at the OCAA All-Star game in March. Muller also walked away with the women’s volleyball Most Valuable Player award and was the Royals Athlete of the Month for November. Ashley also finished second in the OCAA West in aces and placed in the top 10 in points per game. Brus took home the Male Athlete of the Year award for once again establishing him-

self as one of the top men’s singles badminton players in the province. Brus finished second in the regional championships and finished just out of the medals at fourth place in the OCAA provincial championships, almost grabbing OCAA medals in back to back years. Brus was so passionate about his sport when he arrived at Redeemer three years ago that he begged the school to start the badminton program once again. He helped put the plans in place, and now leads the program into the future. The night was also highlighted with a new member inducted into the Royal Road to Victory (Hall of Fame) as Cross Country runner Jakob Van Dorp was honored as the 10th inductee. Van Dorp ran for Redeemer from 20032006. During his time as a Royal, Van Dorp won a provincial silver medal in 2003, a provincial silver medal in 2004 and a provin- From left, Royals Female Athlete of the Year Ashley Muller, Redeemer athletic director Dave cial bronze medal in 2005. He finished fourth Mantel and Male Athlete of theYear Randall Brus. in two consecutive national championships (2003 and 2004) and helped power Team Ontario to three consecutive CCAA team silver medals. His three provincial medals and Cyclists are invited to meet Lloyd Fair- replacing former president Andrew Iler. A three national medals make Jakob the most bairn, the new president of the National cycling team will arrive as a group at the decorated Redeemer Royal athlete ever. For a complete list of award winners: Cycling Centre Hamilton, during a meet and Ancaster Rotary Centre at 12:15, and the bargreet barbecue this Saturday. Fairbairn is becue will follow.

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Golden again Magic gold After a hard-fought game against the Niagara Rangers, the ABC Magic Major Atom boys claimed gold at OBAs. Back row, from left, coach Jen Barkans, Matthew Lancaster, Owen Taylor, Victor Bewsh, Carter Binkley and coach John Barkans. Middle row: Prosper Mbai and Jaxon CiraoloBrown. Front row: Nathan Bernardo, Gregg Hogg, Anders Intson, Deven Khindria and Brevin Clarke.

The Ancaster Avalanche Atom B team participated in the 18th Annual Hamilton Hawkey Tournament on April 1-3. The girls played hard and strong all weekend and captured gold against the London Devilettes. This is the girls’ second tournament win this season. Team members are Olivia Barone, Tia Chan, Emma Greenhough, Laurence Guay-Marceau, Lauryn Hamilton, Sophie Kuwabara, Samantha Milne, Ashley Mullen, Kara Nicholson, Candace Rees, Vienna Roberts, Nicole Carson, Anika Syroid and Deanna Wardell. Coaching staff include Mike Rees, Mike Mullen, Paul Hamilton and Peter Greenhough, with trainers Finola Foley and Joanne Milne.





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Avalanche Atom AE caps amazing season withTri-County Championship Seven months ago 17 hockey players came together for the first time. With them, they brought heart and determination. Sixty-one games later, one word describes them: clutch. Since then the team has scored 180 goals on the way to a season which included a 20 game unbeaten streak, tournament gold, tournament sliver, a divisional championship and ultimately a shot at the Tri-County Championships. Goaltending was the key to the series and was handled by Matthew Kong and Quentin DiBenedetto. They combined for an amazing nine shutouts in the regular season and would need to be on their game in the finals against a tough team from Centre Wellington. In Game 1, the defence played a prominent role as the teams skated to a 0-0 tie after regulation. The Avs defence of Angus MacDonald, Connor Lalonde, Dylan Dobbs, Aidan Muir, Liam Coffen and Jacques Gross stood tall at the blueline and offered few chances for the opposition. The overtime ended quickly as the line of Callum MacDonald, Marc Earls and Marshall

Dudzic netted the only goal of the game, giving the Avs a 1-0 victory and the series lead. Game 2 was moved to Centre Wellington and the Avs came out strong. The line of Drew Mainprize, Michael Arth and Joseph Sayej was flying with Sayej being robbed by a big pad save early on. The Avs gave up few scoring chances and sacrificed themselves throughout the contest as was evident when Andrew DeGroot took one for the team, blocking a hard slapshot late in the game. Down 2-1 with just four minutes left in the third, the Avs came up huge with two goals to win 3-2. Game 3 sported a large crowd at Morgan Firestone. And the Avs didn’t disappoint. Akshay Yusuf had two two assists and Cameron Lavell scored twice, including a Avalanche AE players and coaches celebrate the Tri-County championship. thrilling overtime winner, giving the Atom AE team a 2-1 victory and the Tri-County Championship. The team would sincerely like to thank everyone who came out to support them, The Hamilton Accessibility Sports Council sports for disabled athletes offered in Hamilmost importantly all of their sponsors. A special thank you goes to the two pre- is inviting the public out Sunday to see the ton. Such sports don't get a lot of attention, mier sponsors, Hair by Nature of Ancaster wide range of sports of which people with said Pavlovich. That's something the council, the seventh formed in the province under the and The Arthritis & Sports Medicine Centre. disabilities can take part. The recently formed council is Hamilton's ParaSport Ontario umbrella, is hoping to advocacy group and voice for those with change. physical and cognitive disabilities ensuring "There is a huge group of people here who equitable opportunities for participation in need a voice and we want to be that voice for recreation and sport. them and help them as we can," said State Realty Brokerage "We're hoping we can get people with dis- Pavlovich. abilities who don't get the opportunity to try There will be sledge hockey and bocce something, to come out and try this," said demonstrations at this Sunday's event and Olga Pavlovich, a Hamilton Accessibility the chance for people to participate. Sun1122 Wilson St. West Sports Council board member. "Come out day's session, which is being held in conjuncAncaster Ont L9G 3K9 and see what we have available in our com- tion with ParaSport Ontario, runs from noon SALES REPRESENTATIVES until 4 p.m. at the Huntington Park recreation munity." She noted there are more than 25 different centre, 87 Brentwood Dr.

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