Revitalization

Horwath: 'Deep Concern and Disappointment' with Board of Ed Plan

By RTH Staff
Published February 27, 2012

Andrea Horwath, NDP MPP for Hamilton-Centre, just sent an email response to RTH in regards to the proposal to sell the Board of Education building at 100 Main Street West to McMaster, who plan to demolish it.

Here is the full text of her reply:

I share the deep concern and disappointment of many residents of Hamilton over the current proposals for the HWDSB new building and plans for the downtown McMaster Health Care Centre. The Education Centre and the downtown Health Care Centre provide Hamilton with a unique opportunity to increase jobs in our core.

Increasing the number of workers in our downtown will of course enhance opportunities for existing and new businesses downtown. Making downtown a place to live, work and play is not just a slogan it is a stated goal of our City and a vision we should all be striving for.

Three of Hamilton's largest public institutions can do the right thing, they can maintain green space on the mountain, they can grow our downtown and they can save a public building from demolition.

This is neither the time nor the place to consider simplistic or expedient solutions. This is the time to get creative, to bend to compromise, to remember our stated goals and planning principals for our core, and to listen to the residents and taxpayers of our City.

I believe that there can be a resolution that will grow our downtown, save our green space and stop another demolition, and leaders of these three public institutions need to go back to the table and work toward a plan that their stakeholders, the residents of Hamilton, can be proud of.

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By Pedro (anonymous) | Posted February 27, 2012 at 15:27:59

Good on Ms. Horwath and the NDP for calling this bad deal what it is. Time to start fresh with some actual community engagement.

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By H+H (registered) - website | Posted February 27, 2012 at 17:11:29

I want to thank Andrea for her email, particularly its clarity in terms of her position. A lesser leader would have provided a generic "let's all work together" response. Her position is direct, informed, and comprehensive. If only our other elected officials in Hamilton were so clear.

BTW, Council at the GIC meeting today voted to defer the swing space vote for a week.

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By SpaceMonkee (anonymous) | Posted February 27, 2012 at 17:12:41

Well, I've never voted for an NDP candidate before... never even considered it actually. Andrea Horwath's email has got my attention. If she can help to make a better deal happen, she's got my vote at the next election.

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By TnT (registered) | Posted February 27, 2012 at 19:04:35

I wonder if will swing a lot of weight with the NDP heavy ranks of the school board trustees?

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By mb (registered) | Posted February 27, 2012 at 22:03:08

Andrea who???

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By Mahesh_P_Butani (registered) - website | Posted February 27, 2012 at 22:21:41 in reply to Comment 74793

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By ScreamingViking (registered) | Posted February 27, 2012 at 23:12:20

That's great Andrea. There are options and compromises.

Now what can you do in your political capacity to help?

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By LRT_What? (anonymous) | Posted February 27, 2012 at 23:15:29

I wish Andrea would send such a loud & clear message regarding Hamilton's Light Rail efforts!
She's been oddly absent on that super important, PROVINCIAL file!

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By RenaissanceWatcher (registered) | Posted February 27, 2012 at 23:22:13

Teri Pecoskie of the Hamilton Spectator reports that the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board voted 8 to 2 tonight in favour of establishing a joint task force with Hamilton city councillors to look at possible downtown sites for the Education Centre and presenting its findings to the School Board in a month: http://www.thespec.com/news/local/articl...

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By Woody10 (registered) | Posted February 28, 2012 at 00:16:03

Maybe she should run for mayor? She could get a lot more done and would come in with some respect.

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By TreyS (registered) | Posted February 28, 2012 at 09:30:11

I agree. I'm trying to find something in there, but it doesn't say if any action is happening. It's boiler plate copy. I would like her to take our concerns to our Minister of Eductation, in person and plainly point out that the gov shouldn't be funding or supporting something that contravenes their own density/Places to Grow Act, destroys a good building and is just financially wrong for the tax payers.

And the response took a while, to be honest, her email has been included with all the board emails (Matt Jelly's pieces) with our blasts it took two months. And this is not new, this started in 2007, with an agenda to make the downtown not doable at all costs and come up with tons of excuses as to why they have to move to the mtn. It used to be all about the service vans remember that? I still don't know what is wrong with the current building and location, other than it doesn't provide enough easy parking.

This is one time I'm happy the City is taking so long with a project. There are so many elements that need to come together, we just need one to fail and the deal is off. Horwath can use her power with the ministry and with the NDP Board. We might not get the Health Centre but then again Mac still has Brailey's money and with that they are suppossed to build something downtown. Don't forget this will also make The Right House vacant. This deal is bad all around.

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By TheLaughingMan (anonymous) | Posted February 28, 2012 at 10:39:38

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By mystoneycreek (registered) - website | Posted February 28, 2012 at 13:30:25 in reply to Comment 74816

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By nobrainer (registered) | Posted February 28, 2012 at 14:02:30 in reply to Comment 74828

Are you being obtuse on purpose, it took that long because they took that long to go public with there decision.

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By DowntownInHamilton (registered) | Posted February 28, 2012 at 21:51:35

How did this email end up at RTH? Did someone from staff email her, or did she send it in on her own volition?

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By highwater (registered) | Posted February 28, 2012 at 22:23:45 in reply to Comment 74840

This was her reply to everyone who emailed her about the BoE.

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By grahamm (registered) | Posted February 29, 2012 at 01:40:55 in reply to Comment 74805

kudos to McHattie & Farr. Great to see someone that (hopefully) can effect the outcome acting!

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By DowntownInHamilton (registered) | Posted February 29, 2012 at 07:27:21 in reply to Comment 74841

Thanks, but that didn't answer my question. Was this a direct reply to an email sent by RTH staff, or did she send it to RTH staff as a new email?

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted February 29, 2012 at 07:31:52 in reply to Comment 74844

FTFA:

Andrea Horwath...sent an email response to RTH [emphasis added]

This is the same response she sent to others who emailed her about this issue.

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By DowntownInHamilton (registered) | Posted March 01, 2012 at 07:25:59

You still aren't answering!!!

Who sent the email. Did she reply to something sent to her, or send this in response to the feedback she was getting at large, or did she/does she monitor this site and send it based on what's been written here?

I don't see why this is so difficult to answer. I am probing because it will help shape my opinion - is she being reactive or proactive?

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted March 01, 2012 at 07:47:18 in reply to Comment 74914

I don't see why you're having so much difficulty with this. Of course Andrea Horwath's email response to RTH was a response to an email from RTH. Do you send email responses to people who didn't contact you?

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By Pxtl (registered) - website | Posted March 01, 2012 at 11:40:49

I have to say, up until this point I've been kinda disappointed in our Provincial reps' lack of engagement in our municipal issues. Obviously it's not really their purview, but the silence has bothered me. I hope that this is a new trend from Horwath et al.

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By Robert D (anonymous) | Posted March 01, 2012 at 22:33:57 in reply to Comment 74914

She sent this in response to me to something I sent to her.

Based on comments from others here, it looks like she sent the same response to everyone who sent something to her.

And as Ryan posted above, highlighting the word "response" in italics, (and as he's pointed out below) this was a response to an e-mail RTH sent her.

So she sent the same e-mail RESPONSE to everyone in RESPONSE to individual e-mails sent to her.

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By DowntownInHamilton (registered) | Posted March 01, 2012 at 22:36:53 in reply to Comment 74917

I guess this is what bothers me about this then. Like Pxtl says, the silence from anything above the municipal level on this has been disappointing, but not unexpected. One who is dialed in to the area (her local office is what, 2 blocks away from this site?), at least in my opinion, could be speaking by saying something in the media - be it at Queens Park, to Council, in the Spec, hell, even on a blog like this. Shouldn't an elected representative be paying attention to their riding? I wish that someone who is a member of government would be paying attention to the local picture. That's why it matters to me.

Sidenote: Was any of this sent to other members of provincial parliament, or to federal parliament members or parties?

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By DowntownInHamilton (registered) | Posted March 01, 2012 at 22:39:10 in reply to Comment 74941

Response can mean 2 different things: A direct response to something such as a 'new' message sent, or in response to all the furor raised over the BoE situation. A 'in general' response. Sorry for not understanding it the way as the rest of you (seems to happen a lot here).

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By Robert D (anonymous) | Posted March 02, 2012 at 09:36:39 in reply to Comment 74942

Well, if RTH used the same e-mail list I did, which was at the bottom of Matt Jelly's RTH article about his third video on the BoE situation (the one where he interviews Joseph Singer) then it was sent to the following people:

tim.simmons@hwdsb.on.ca, robert.barlow@hwdsb.on.ca, studenttrustee@hwdsb.on.ca, judith.bishop@hwdsb.on.ca, ray.mulholland@hwdsb.on.ca, todd.white@hwdsb.on.ca, laura.peddle@hwdsb.on.ca, lillian.orban@hwdsb.on.ca, wes.hicks@hwdsb.on.ca, alex.johnstone@hwdsb.on.ca, jessica.brennan@hwdsb.on.ca, karen.turkstra@hwdsb.on.ca, dlcouncil@hamilton.ca, lbroten.mpp@liberal.ola.org, ahorwath-co@ndp.on.ca, presdnt@mcmaster.ca, mattjelly@gmail.com

I believe the "dlcouncil" e-mail sends the message to the entire city council, it was sent to the area's Minister of Education L. Broten, and the President of McMaster University, as well as the HWDSB trustees (and Matt Jelly).

So it doesn't look like this was sent to one other member of provincial parliament, and no federal members or parties. That's IF RTH used the same list. They may have cast a wider net and sent it to more people. You'll have to wait for RTH's confirmation on that.

I'm not sure if other users personally e-mailed more MPs or MPs about the issue.

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