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Press Release: Our City, Our Future Campaign Launches

By RTH Staff
Published July 13, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hamiltonians call on City Council, Province to Reaffirm West Harbour Stadium Location for Pan Am Games

Hamilton, Ontario, July 13, 2010 - The "Our City, Our Future" campaign calls on Hamilton City Council, the Province of Ontario, the Pan Am Games HostCo and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to commit to a downtown Pan Am Stadium that helps build a city with a lively waterfront connected to local and regional transit.

Surprised and dismayed by the last-minute shift to an East Mountain location that meets none of the city's objectives, a diverse group of Hamiltonians has launched Our City, Our Future to send a clear message to decision makers: the Future Fund money must be spent on a legacy project that will grow Hamilton's economic base, enhance Hamilton's social fabric and enhance community life.

On August 10, 2010, Hamilton City Council will vote on the location of the Pan Am Games Stadium. The choice will send a message about Hamilton around North America. A West Harbour stadium helps build a city with a revitalized waterfront connected to local and regional transit. It will significantly and immediately increase quality of life in Hamilton, helping to attract and retain the best and brightest talent who seek progressive dynamic cities in which to live.

As citizens, we are putting up $60 million of our municipal Future Fund dollars toward this stadium. It's Our City, Our Future - and Our Money on the line - and we have the final say on where the stadium should be located.

We value the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and recognize that they have legitimate concerns about the team's economic viability in a new stadium. We are willing to work hard to help develop an innovative revenue model on new terms that allow for the financial success of the football club at the West Harbour location.

A motion asking City Council to reaffirm the West Harbour as its choice for the Pan Am Games Stadium will be introduced at the August 10 meeting of Committee of the Whole. We urge all who support a dynamic, progressive vision for Hamilton to go to OurCityOurFuture.ca and add their voice to the supporters for the motion, which will be sent to all decision makers involved.

About Our City, Our Future

This campaign is sponsored by Raise the Hammer and has been organized entirely by volunteers who want to see a successful, progressive outcome to Hamilton's Pan Am bid.

Link: http://OurCityOurFuture.ca
Media inquiries: Ryan McGreal, editor@raisethehammer.org

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By lawrence (registered) - website | Posted July 13, 2010 at 15:16:14

Great name, Ryan and kudos for you and the volunteers for taking the innitiative to put this together and allow the supporters of this location be heard at council.

I am still a bit at odds, but I would hate for the waterfront plan to go by the wasteside.

I will sign your petition, but I also believe coming from both sides, it's a click not to be taken lightly.

I think what it all comes down to, is community and which site best represents that vision on so many fronts.

This is a beautiful place (RTH) doing and fighting for great things. RTH is referenced everywhere these days. That's awesome. I also think as I stated on your last piece, the fact that Bob Young came to RTH, says something about the importance of this space in our community.

Cheers to you and your team and those that volunteer so much of their time to make a difference in this community!

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By Centrist (registered) | Posted July 13, 2010 at 15:26:26

Our Bodies, Ourselves

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By highwater (registered) | Posted July 13, 2010 at 15:36:12

Awesome! Sign me up.

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By MarkWhittle (registered) - website | Posted July 13, 2010 at 16:28:13

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By Centrist (registered) | Posted July 13, 2010 at 23:33:45

I'm against any proposed new stadium stadium site and the Pam-Am Games generally. The whole thing is a complete waste of energy and money.

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By lawrence (registered) - website | Posted July 14, 2010 at 13:21:07

300 Supporters exactly. That was fast! Imagine what you all can do in just under a month.

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By Scott McDonald (anonymous) | Posted July 27, 2010 at 17:32:31

Hess Village will be holding a rally for support of the Stadium on August 7 at 330 pm, about 4 hours before the Ti Cat game. Starting this week most of the bars will have banners with slogans in support of the WHS. And getting media coverage from both the spec and ch, there will also be speakers at the event as well. We were wondering if you would be interested in helping us spread the word, and perhaps come down and speak at the event. You can get ahold of me at : http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=812350095

Thank you.

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