Children’s diet and health
October 3 was Child Health Day. Recently, outgoing Mayor Fred Eisenberger spoke on Cable 14 about the importance of having vision in a leadership role.
A few years ago I heard the story of a little boy who came to school with a box of baked beans in his backpack. He had no can opener.
No matter how long we’ve lived in Hamilton or where we’re from, we’ve all been kids, including our leaders, and we’ve been lucky if we grew up with enough to eat.
I recently read that the province had a surplus of over $2 billion, and in another article that the City of Hamilton repeatedly failed to secure funding for provincial social programs.
We must redouble our efforts and include in our vision for our city, and make a determined effort to ensure that our children, the future Hamiltonians, always have enough to eat.
Last weekend we saw the tragic result of a football match in Indonesia. Spectators gathered on the field. Tear gas spooked the crowd and a mad rush ensued. More than 125 people died. We turn the dial to McMaster’s No Return, 2-3 thousand young crowded in a small area. At one point, smoke grenades were thrown into the crowd by revelers. The university spokesperson seemed pleased that the event was “less volatile” than last year. And thankful that more students didn’t participate. The university board must consider the definition of “negligence”. It becomes a prosecutable offense when there is a failure to take due precautions in doing something. The university “owns” this problem. Rather than step back and make it a Hamilton Police Department problem, they need to find a way to keep it on campus and organize it in a safe way. As it stands, after two straight years, there is no doubt in my mind that they are about to face major legal action due to serious injury or death. Am I an alarmist? Take a look at grieving parents today in Indonesia.
Vote to move forward
I watched the town hall debate between Andrea Howarth and Keanin Loomis and it reaffirmed why we need a new approach to running our city. Keanin has new ideas, a positive approach and an entrepreneurial spirit. Andrea is stuck in the past with the same old ideas and negative politics. She questioned Keanin’s legitimacy as a mayoral candidate, as he has only been in Hamilton for about 15 years and has dual citizenship. It was a slap in the face for anyone from another country who aspires to run for politics in Canada. Keanin is well-spoken, knowledgeable and ready to listen and adapt to changing situations. We also need a mayor who has the ear of our premier and who picks up the phone when called. Andrea Howarth and Doug Ford have had too many battles to make this a viable relationship with the province. It’s time for Hamilton to move forward, not back.
Congratulations GO-vaxx bus
I would like to send a shout out to the wonderful group of people on the GO-Vaxx bus in Eastgate Square on October 1st. Everyone on this site went out of their way to make sure my husband and I, both in our 80s, were comfortable and cared for with the utmost kindness. Thank you all.
Deadly Halloween for the Birds
It’s nice to see people get into the Halloween spirit this time of year with so many great displays in the courtyard. Unfortunately, fake cobwebs are often used for decorations, which are very dangerous for birds because they act like a net. Many birds are killed or seriously injured each year when caught. So please consider our feathered friends when setting up your decorations this year.
Bill 7 is discriminatory
Thank you for printing “There Is No Comfort in LTC Forced Transfers” (October 1) by Dr. Nancy Olivieri and James Turk. Please, dear Spec readers, watch and read this informative article written by a physician well known for his sense of integrity. She rightly points out that public hospitals have always provided rehabilitation, mental health, palliative and other care just as important as diagnostic and surgical procedures. What is particularly telling is that Ontario has the fewest hospital beds per capita of any province, yet our government has a $2.1 billion surplus.
The article states that Bill 7 is discriminatory and ageist. So true.