By Ryan McGreal
Published March 03, 2009
In response to the Hamilton Spectator's breaking news report that US Steel (formerly Stelco) is shutting down its Canadian operations (including its Hamilton and Lake Erie operations), Councillor Sam Merulla (Ward 4) just sent an email to local media that reads simply: "Let's build a stadium!!!!!!! [sic]"
Merulla was one of three councillors to oppose a city commitment to help fund a Pan Am Stadium in Hamilton.
Councillor Bratina (Ward 2) immediately responded, "This is not a matter for smug jokes."
Glenn Johnson of CanWest News Service replied to all, writing, "Would you two call each other instead of wasting everyone else's time."
This is not the first time that Merulla and Bratina have exchanged testy emails over the Pan Am Stadium proposal.
The US Steel closure of its Hamilton and Lake Erie operations could affect 2,100 workers, though the final total is not yet clear. So far, the company has already laid off almost 700 of its 1,700 wage employees in Hamilton.
Bill Ferguson, leader of the United Steelworkers Union in Lake Erie, reported to the Spectator that he heard the plant is closing "due to a lack of orders."
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