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Hamilton to Feature in TVO's The Agenda on Thursday

By Ryan McGreal
Published May 20, 2009

Hamilton doesn't get a lot of love from the Toronto-centric provincial or national media, but this Thursday's The Agenda with Steve Paikin on TVO will take a closer look at Hamilton in the wake of the US Steel closure.

The episode, titled "Hamilton Without Steel?" will air this Thursday, May 21 at 8:00 PM.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan writes a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. He also maintains a personal website and has been known to post passing thoughts on Twitter @RyanMcGreal. Recently, he took the plunge and finally joined Facebook.

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By Jelly (anonymous) | Posted May 20, 2009 at 16:40:39

This thursday is the 21st... I'd definitely like to check this out, any word on who the guests might be?

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted May 20, 2009 at 17:53:58

Thanks, Jelly. I fixed the date in the blog entry.

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By highwater (registered) | Posted May 20, 2009 at 20:51:08

Didn't Steve Paiken grow up in Hamilton? That might explain the attention.

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By hunter (anonymous) | Posted May 20, 2009 at 21:08:06

There was a great show on pbs tonight that covered several topics relevant to Hamilton and RTH.

Blueprint America: Road to the Future

Host and veteran correspondent Miles O'Brien goes to three very different American cities - Denver, New York and Portland, and their surrounding suburbs - to look at each as a microcosm of the challenges and possibilities the country faces as citizens, local and federal officials, and planners struggle to manage a growing America with innovative transportation and sustainable land use policies.

With roads clogged and congested, gas prices uncertain, smog and pollution creating health problems like asthma, cities that once built infrastructure to serve only automobiles and trucks are now looking to innovative new forms of transportation systems - like trolleys, light rail, pedestrian walkways and bike paths.

www.pbs.org/wnet/blueprintamerica/reports/road-to-the-future/overview/549/

Raise the hammer.

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By H Mag (anonymous) | Posted May 20, 2009 at 22:41:03


Guests include:

Jeremy Freiburger (Imperial Cotton Centre for the Arts)
Ron Foxtrot (Fluke Transport)
Murray Martin (Hamilton Health Sciences)
Someone from SISO - don't recall the name

There may be a few guests via satellite from former steel towns like Pittsburgh.

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By jason (registered) | Posted May 20, 2009 at 23:07:47

oh great. I can't wait to hear Foxcroft. Is he going to suggest that anyone else be 'put on medication'??

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By Rick (anonymous) | Posted May 21, 2009 at 00:25:33

A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Steve Paikin received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and his Master's degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University.

His parents own (owned) Ennis-Paikin Steel Limited, Hamilton

His brother is Jeff Paikin President, New Horizon Homes. He was part owner of the Bulldogs before being bought out. He bought, refurbished and put his office into the Tail Gate Charlie's building downtown.

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By Capitalist (anonymous) | Posted May 21, 2009 at 12:50:50

Thanks for pointing this out. If I had not seen it on your site I may not have been advised to toon in.

Steve Paikin has always plugged Hamilton when he gets the chance. The rest can go to hell.

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By Jelly (anonymous) | Posted May 21, 2009 at 16:58:18

Who do you mean by "the rest", Capitalist?

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By jason (registered) | Posted May 21, 2009 at 23:32:34

did anyone else notice the signature displayed on this show when they showed the email from Harry Stinson?

It finished with www.raisethehammer.org after Harry's name. Interesting.

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By hmag (anonymous) | Posted May 21, 2009 at 23:47:16


I think they were quoting him from an interview he did with Trey.

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By jason (registered) | Posted May 22, 2009 at 07:29:27

I was impressed with the whole panel. I don't know who the SISO guy is, but he was great. Really passionate and knowledgeable about Hamilton. And Foxcroft was also impressive. He even clarified his 'medication' comment. LOL

The video footage taken by TVO could have been better, especially considering that they shot it on Wednesday when the Gore, Hess and waterfront trails were packed with people. They pretty much stayed on King East in the International Village and Mountain Brow viewpoints.

All in all, good show though.

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By Capitalist (anonymous) | Posted May 22, 2009 at 09:48:19

Jason, I agree with all you above points.

Jelly, the people who know nothing about Hamilton, have never been here, and consistently dump on Hamilton - they can go to hell as far as I am concerned.

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By Jelly (anonymous) | Posted May 24, 2009 at 10:36:50

Agreed.

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