Category Archives: Hamilton flood

NEWS NEWS! ALSO MATT JELLY FOR WARD TWO!

Hey McMaster History Students have a lecture series going on and Hamilton cancels polling station there.  Also council tries to save itself from its own mistakes for arts?

Oh and one more thing, its election time and I want everyone out there in Hamilton to vote! Hamilton seems to have a very inefficent government based on taxing/ bylaw enforcing working businesses and letting abandoned buildings collect tax breaks. Everyone seems to be waiting for some big saviour, whether its walmart or redhill expressway to turn things around. I think Small business/ ordinary people can do a better job!

I know some people think voting is a joke but even if it is it’s a cruel one, ever wonder why Hamilton downtown is so bad? No votes!

That is why I just wanted to say this blog/site offically supports MATT JELLY FOR WARD TWO

Why?  The main reason is he’s done more for the city in the last year then I have seen from anyone else! He was organized garbage crawls/ Bylaw crawls in a effort to clean this city and get people into action on a concrete level. He’s discovered some nasty abandoned buildings that turned out held toxic chemicals. When did anyone else do this?

Also he’s new and I am not talking about him being young, Hamilton’s councillors seem to be in a semi-perminant state of suspended animation where all there opnions and ideas are all from a by gone era. Unacceptable!

Matt is one of the few with a actual background in the arts from being a musician/artist, I think he would add a fresh prespective to the lawyers/business people on council.

Hamilton deserves politicans who don’t just look at easy answers or think of quick solutions. Matt Jelly is passionate about civic issues and not just for artists or business people but for all people in this city.

I urge you to vote and vote for Matt!

EMERGENCY-SKYDRAGON MAY CLOSE!

Ok so I just came back from a meeting, still in progress, all about the Skydragon Centre and I want to update people on the basics.

They need roughly $270000.00 so that’s about 13,500 people giving $20 each in about 25 days.

(The $270000 is the morgage and about $25000 line of credit)

They also owe aprox $133000.00 on a second mortgage held by a private individual and owe about $80000.00 on bonds.  These two areas don’t seem to be concerned with their money being returned.

The teacher’s credit union hold’s the mortgage and its aprox 8% also with the $133000. (I am unsure if this is normal or not)

How did they get there, essentially they hit on a perfect storm of their mistakes and the areas changes. Skydragon was late on paying provincial taxes (as well as other bills from time to time) this I believe affected their credit history so dispite their good payment history the credit union let them know they would not renew the mortgage.

Also during the meeting it was let out that  Reardon’s Resturants lease was not renewed and that the parking lot across the street has been sold (this is rumor I don’t know how true this is.). If it is true, the recent sale of the Downtown Art Centre  maybe part of a bigger picture.

Employees at the centre talked about the lack of transparency and others discussed selling the building and starting again. Some expressed anger about the situation and at times the conversation the issue of the Pan Am games influencing this issue. Others felt the gentrification on James St North had also played a hand.

What does the skydragon need? More time! It needs time to find either a alternative mortgage lender/ private individual or simply people donating money.

While I personally feel the skydragon did make many mistakes in terms of paying bills on time, etc. I also feel it is worth saving.

The skydragon has a a small handfull employees and for a non-profit I’m pretty impressed. They continually have events and contribute to the vibrant aspect of the downtown scene in music and in art. One of the few green cafe’s in the downtown area. Also if it goes I don’t think its coming back.

While I may not agree with their message or past practices to employees I think the net positive gain is huge. (If someone told me it was either skydragon or 500 jobs I would choose the jobs but I don’t think this is the case.)

What You Can Do?

Give $20 dollars to Skydragon if 13,500 people do it they can save it.

Email the Mayor, City Council and the Hamilton Spectator.

Please Click Here for the City Council and Mayor’s emails

The Spectator’s Letter to the Editor

Hamilton Mountain News

Also Radio stations like http://www.y108.ca/ and also a million other things I can’t remember right now….

(If I have gotten anything wrong I am sorry this is kind of a rush thing but with a lot of fact, please correct me if I am wrong)

More Flood Stuff and other news…

So again congrats to Hamilton Artists Inc for getting actual funding for there building and also I am sure a special thanks to those awesome local private people who allowed them to have the building till the city actually coughed up the money.  Without them this would have been another missed opportunity for Hamilton to do some good/ actually do what a city should have done all along….

Anyways, more flood news, a couple is now forced to deal with living in a tent due to the water damage! Oh but wait instead of arresting the city council who allowed the craptastic designed expressway/ environmental craphole, they go for a easy target… Keenur while I am not a fan of his work I find it a little sad that Hamilton PD has to arrest some bad tagger and not the dozens of crack dealers operating openly! oh wait those guys may actually have guns or resist arrest… my bad graphitti is better to go after because it affects property values and besides people in the east end don’t have money/don’t vote/ don’t count right??

Quick City News

Ok so to sum up, its the long weekend and I will update some more probably tomorrow and a reminder Art crawl is next week! August 14!

More Flood Drama….. http://www.thespec.com/article/607923 Dorothy Vranesevic after getting a busy signal for hours. “I thought I had the wrong number or they don’t want to answer.” Seriously WTF??

Oh a little good news about the flood http://www.thespec.com/News/Local/article/610811

(Seriously didn’t the environmental assessment say anything about this?) Flood vicitms (of the Redhill Expressway) can call To reach the city’s 24-hour claims hotline call 905-667-3157

Kudos to Stonemason Paul Windsor also Michelle and Greg Czekaj of GAC Masonry who have offered to help out for Mike Colic’s totaled home!

Crazyness at the Embassy ….http://www.thespec.com/News/Local/article/610813

And on a nicer note, McMaster University is getting its handicapped students ready for the new year by one of the most pressing issues facing people in this situation in helping them find out where to catch the bus for Hess Village”

Also for all you movie buffs, the AGH is going to be having a film festival in September, you may want to get some tickets!