Sports

Rally Planned To Support West Harbour Stadium

By Ryan Danks
Published July 30, 2010

Members of the West Harbour Stadium is OUR choice Facebook group have planned a rally on Saturday August 7, in Hess Village at 3:30 pm. According to the rally organizer, both Mayor Fred Eisenberger and Councillor Bob Bratina will be in attendance.

From the event description:

This is the best chance our generation is going to have to see the long neglected Waterfront, a hidden jewel of our city, finally be developed, and turned into a beautiful destination we can ALL enjoy!

The impact on the Waterfront, and the downtown, will be positive from both and economic, and quality of life perspective. The Waterfront site has the chance to be turned into one of the nicest civic waterfronts in North America, but it needs a massive development plan, spurned on by a catalyst like the stadium project.

Currently a toxic mess left over from dilapidated former industry has the waterfront area in a sad, even dangerous state. The waterfront will sit in this state for at least another generation without the millions of dollars needed to clean it up. Those millions should come from a publicly-funded project like this.

Picture going to a Cats game, or perhaps an MLS game or even a festival, at a stadium where you can enjoy the waterfront atmosphere before, during and after the event! Let's draw people down to our waterfront, and our downtown.

If we drop the ball here, and don't seize this great opportunity, generations of Hamiltonians will lose out. A healthy downtown, with an exciting waterfront accessible for everyone, is a recipe for Civic prosperity. Ask the people of Pittsburgh (a former steel town like Hamilton) how proud they are of their waterfront (and waterfront Stadium).

Ryan Danks is a Project Engineer for a wind engineering consulting company. After living in Stoney Creek for many years he and his fiancée are now enjoying all Ward 2 has to offer.

21 Comments

View Comments: Nested | Flat

Read Comments

[ - ]

By BlownByBreezes (anonymous) | Posted July 30, 2010 at 09:20:43

Why is Bratina speaking at the event? He's never made a public comment in favour of the West Harbour location. Is he going to use the opportunity to rant on about demolishing Sir John A. Macdonald in order to put a stadium there instead, or has he finally realized that doing so is utterly unproductive and just makes him look foolish?

Perhaps he's finally caught on to the fact that the vast majority of his constituents support the West Harbour location, and they're all fully aware that he's been an obstacle to making that location a reality.

Bob, the problem is that we're going to remember this come election-time, just like we're going to remember your lack of support for the creative catalyst project downtown. You're finally noticing which way the breeze is blowing, but we expect more from our representatives than being blown by the breeze. We expect leadership, pragmatism, and vision. Sadly, you've provided none of that on this issue.

Reply | Permalink | Context

You must be logged in to vote on this comment.
[ - ]

By frank (registered) | Posted July 30, 2010 at 09:28:32

BBB Bob has come out in favour of the White Star proposal at the WH location.

Reply | Permalink | Context

You must be logged in to vote on this comment.
[ - ]

By highwater (registered) | Posted July 30, 2010 at 10:18:38

^True Frank, but that was before the little performance by the Cats yesterday. He may have been swayed by that. Hopefully not. If he wants to run again, it would pretty much be political suicide to support the EM.

Reply | Permalink | Context

You must be logged in to vote on this comment.
[ - ]

By frank (registered) | Posted July 30, 2010 at 10:37:36

LOL by the Cats suggesting that they're throwing downtown a bone by committing $7million of our own money to the WH when the FF board has said all of it goes there? It'd take a seriously blind person (or one with their head so far up Bob's behind they have to rely on Bobby for "vision" cough cough HF :P) to not be infuriated by that proposal!

Reply | Permalink | Context

You must be logged in to vote on this comment.
[ - ]

By kourt (anonymous) | Posted July 30, 2010 at 11:50:47

Just wondering...does anybody know how many Hamilton radio show hosts have been formerly employed by the tiger cats...as game announcers for instance?

Reply | Permalink | Context

You must be logged in to vote on this comment.
[ - ]

By F. Ward Cleat (anonymous) | Posted July 30, 2010 at 12:36:11

"We've be had." "Set-up." "Hijacked," or whatever other term you might find fitting. From the moment the initial 'Bid Book' was submitted Hamilton was expected to invest $60 million from city coffers, almost twice Torontos contribution and ten-fold compared to most participating cities. In return for our large commitment we were granted the 'Premier' Track and Field events. So in return for our large investment Hamilton would be showcased in the 'Golden Horseshoe' PanAm Games. Hamiltons Waterfront Stadium built on remediated land with direct GO train access from the athletes village was without a doubt pivotal in winning the 'Toronto' PanAm Games. At this point in time with overwhelming support for the 'West Harbour' site the City of Hamilton proceeded. We purchased the properties and studied the site. Although we found challenges, nothing that couldn't be overcome, or so we thought. At some point the notion that we would need a 'Legacy Tenant' appeared, although we have since learned that a simple 'Legacy' (the facilities future use) would do. Today we find ourselves without support from our elected leadership and the President of the local football club assuming the leadership role. Not only is the process being 'Hijacked' our funds and city building plans are being dictated by an unelected individual and his private enterprise. "Not a Peep," from the Mayor or Council. Mayor Fred needs to stand-up and re-affirm our original commitment to host the PanAm Track and Field event at councils preferred stadium location in the West Harbour and put Hamilton back in control of our own destiny.

Reply | Permalink | Context

You must be logged in to vote on this comment.
[ - ]

By Pxtl (registered) - website | Posted July 30, 2010 at 13:04:12

Bratina still hasn't announced if he's running for re-election or not.

Reply | Permalink | Context

You must be logged in to vote on this comment.
[ - ]

By kourt (anonymous) | Posted July 30, 2010 at 13:18:12

Right on F. Ward Cleat.

No more pussy-footing around on this...the Mayor/councillors must show leadership and put and end to the "debate"...they need to issue as strongly and decisive a message as the Future Fund Board of Governors did >>> no money for east mountain. The decision was made and it's Pan Am Track & Field at the new West Harbour stadium. Done.

Reply | Permalink | Context

You must be logged in to vote on this comment.
[ - ]

By highwater (registered) | Posted July 30, 2010 at 13:35:10

You forgot to mention that our MPP's and our Premier stood by and watched while powerful men from outside our city: Scott Mitchell, Bob Young, Michael Fenn, and Ian Troop, stole our hopes and dreams. It was they who gave Bob Young the gun that he held to our heads. There should be hell to pay. Our council should not be alone in this. Our MPP's and our Premier should be standing up for us as well.

Comment edited by highwater on 2010-07-30 12:36:29

Reply | Permalink | Context

You must be logged in to vote on this comment.
[ - ]

By dissed/agin (anonymous) | Posted July 30, 2010 at 14:12:18

To all u hammers who make decisions/ especially the City politicians ( sorry some of them have never made a decision or contribution to our city's growth TW !)... please get your act together... we need to move into the 21st century,, geeeez... no wonder we are stuck in the sixties... make a decision and quit with hand-wringing and what-ifs
a simple AC / furnace technician

Reply | Permalink | Context

You must be logged in to vote on this comment.
[ - ]

By JMorse (registered) | Posted July 30, 2010 at 14:45:02

Are Bratina and Eisenberger going to the TiCats-Carmen's-EM circle-jagaff too? They haven't made their position firm on the issue. Is there an announcement expected? Why do we have to wait until next weekend? We're sick to our stomachs of waiting. We need to know if this has been worth so much of our attention already. Grrrr!

Reply | Permalink | Context

You must be logged in to vote on this comment.
[ - ]

By lawrence (registered) - website | Posted July 30, 2010 at 15:25:25

If he wants to run again, it would pretty much be political suicide to support the EM.

Perhaps why he will vote for neither side.

LOL by the Cats suggesting that they're throwing downtown a bone by committing $7million of our own money to the WH when the FF board has said all of it goes there? It'd take a seriously blind person (or one with their head so far up Bob's behind they have to rely on Bobby for "vision" cough cough HF :P) to not be infuriated by that proposal!

One thing the Cats are doing that the City isn't, is throwing proposals out there. They like EM and are trying to sell it, while trying to find some common ground.

EM can't 'win'. It's simply not an option. The City has to think of something and fast because at this point, they can't vote for WH either. Unless the Cats are just saying they won't play at the Harbour with hopes of an EM decision, but would come around given no other option?

This hidden 'data' does need to be brought to light sooner than later though.

Reply | Permalink | Context

You must be logged in to vote on this comment.
[ - ]

By Disgruntled (anonymous) | Posted July 30, 2010 at 17:38:37

I can't take the White Star Group seriously. I am a neighbor of the White Star Auto Wreckers site. 2 years ago when the stadium announcement was made I watched the derelict building, which use to be the front office transform into a half assed renovation to try make some financial value out of the property. I recieved a proposal about his condominium plan in the mail many years ago. I can't believe that this man has the financial backing to pull a stadium out of his ass. If it is built with as much skill as the renovation of his office we will all be in deep trouble. The tide turned on the west harbour and the owner of the white star land has a lot to lose if the west harbour is not picked. The website and the drawings are last ditch efforts to sway opinion.

Reply | Permalink | Context

You must be logged in to vote on this comment.
[ - ]

By jason (registered) | Posted July 30, 2010 at 17:50:19

The website and the drawings are last ditch efforts to sway opinion.

Compared to the Ticats, he looks like Donald Trump.

Reply | Permalink | Context

You must be logged in to vote on this comment.
[ - ]

By Hamilton (anonymous) | Posted July 30, 2010 at 19:38:37

Bratina is a disgrace. Hamilton remains a broken joke.

Reply | Permalink | Context

You must be logged in to vote on this comment.
[ - ]

By TnT (registered) | Posted July 31, 2010 at 00:02:02

How about some of our elected officials wading in. Has anyone heard Andrea Horvath lobbying the government on this issue?

Reply | Permalink | Context

You must be logged in to vote on this comment.
[ - ]

By highwater (registered) | Posted July 31, 2010 at 04:02:20

Our MPP's have been worse than MIA on this issue. As far as I'm concerned, they've been aiding and abetting the destruction of our hope for a better future. I guess they figure they'll save a ton by not giving us LRT. Not only am I boycotting the ticats from here on out, but if they don't intervene and stop this trainwreck, I'll be boycotting the provincial Liberals as well.

Reply | Permalink | Context

You must be logged in to vote on this comment.
[ - ]

By fried onions (anonymous) | Posted August 04, 2010 at 22:25:54

What side is Slick Larry on? Who knows. When asked for a yes or no answer he goes into verbal diatribe against Mayor Fred. Today on CHML he was asked which location he preferred.A simple yes or no. Again he skated around the question.So, Dianni and Macaluso get through on the talk show.Mercanti and Turkstra must have been tied up in strategy meetings and didn't get the memo to call in to CHML the official opposition to the west harbour.

Reply | Permalink | Context

You must be logged in to vote on this comment.
[ - ]

By jason (registered) | Posted August 04, 2010 at 22:58:43

fried onions. LOL. so true. CHML is a joke.
I'm not sure who I'll vote for mayor yet, but I'm leaning towards Fred now due to his leadership and willingness to not be bullied by a bunch of idiots on this issue. Larry has definitely lost any hope of gaining my vote by being too scared and indecisive to simply answer a simple question - "where would you like to see the stadium?" What kind of person is this? He can't even answer a simple question like that and yet expects us to trust him with overseeing our entire city??? Sorry Larry, but you've made a huge miscalculation by trying to mess around with this stadium issue and make it a political issue to your benefit.
Fred is the only one with any stones and will likely be getting my vote due to his strong stance in favour of Hamilton. While others look to play games with our future for their own personal or political gain, Fred is standing strong for my city.
Now that's leadership. It's going to come down to Mahesh and Fred IMO. I'll probably go for Fred just to avoid splitting any votes, but Mahesh has a world class campaign and a ton of ideas that should be mandatory for anyone running for mayor.

Reply | Permalink | Context

You must be logged in to vote on this comment.
[ - ]

By highwater (registered) | Posted August 05, 2010 at 07:44:20

I listened to Larry's call on CHML, and after being pushed and pushed, he finally admitted that while he had supported the WH in the past, it was "no longer workable". He wouldn't actually come right out and say "I support the East Mountain", but if he thinks WH is unworkable, it's hard to draw any other conclusion.

Reply | Permalink | Context

You must be logged in to vote on this comment.
[ - ]

By Jason (registered) | Posted August 05, 2010 at 08:13:29

One conclusion that is very easy to draw is that he's playing games with our future and won't make a solid stance on a major decision.
I heard the free campaigning, I mean call, too. 10 minutes of talking without actually saying anything.
Cmon Larry. You're better than that! Add some substance to the race like Butani instead of playing politics with our future.

Reply | Permalink | Context

You must be logged in to vote on this comment.
View Comments: Nested | Flat

Post a Comment

Comment Anonymously
Screen Name
What do you get if you multiply 5 and 1?
Leave This Field Blank
Comment

Events Calendar

Recent Articles

Article Archives

Blog Archives

Site Tools

Feeds