West Harbour Best from Social Perspective: Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction

By RTH Staff
Published August 06, 2010

An analysis issued by the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction concludes that the "West Harbour location provides a greater number of opportunities to promote social inclusion. However, inclusion hinges on more than location. It is also dependent on the accessibility of the stadium itself – to the public, to schools, to persons with disabilities - and to access jobs."

To reach their conclusion, the analysis looked at six factors and evaluated the two sites based on each:

Best Location
Social inclusion
West Harbour
Proximity to schools
West Harbour
Proximity to other recreational infrastructure 
Accessibility of location via various forms of transportation
West Harbour
Neighbourhood redevelopment
West Harbour
Creation of local and accessible jobs
West Harbour

The report points out that "Social inclusion has become an established best practice among international multi-sport events, including the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games, Vancouver 2010 Olympics, and London 2012 Olympics."

The full report can be viewed here.


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By nocontest (anonymous) | Posted August 06, 2010 at 09:29:12

I don't think I've ever seen such a complete case in favour of an issue. This social analysis just adds even more weight to a landslide of evidence in favour of West Harbour. I don't think Council can vote for East Mountain without a huge community-wide backlash at this point.

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By lawrence (registered) - website | Posted August 06, 2010 at 14:08:08

You guys see this?

I am an emotional guy. Some things make me cry I won't hide behind my emotional exterior. This video choked me up. Brought a tear to my eye but it was the memories made at Ivor Wynne displayed in this video. The history behind our team and the stadium, that brought on these emotions. The thought of saying goodbye to Ivor Wynne and yes to Go East mountain, also brought a tear to my eye.

Not all tears are good ones.

Perhaps Ivor Wynne does need to go (although I do not believe this), I truly and wholeheartedly do not believe the Go East Mountain location, is a 'Legacy Vision'.

Bob Young and his media team do know how to grab at the Fans heartstrings, but he did this video an injustice by mentioning Go East Mountain or talking about that site in general. That tv wood have looked better either at the harbour, or even better, a guy sitting in a leather couch with a big screen tv, sitting at the 50 yard line of Ivor Wynne watching these highlights, then getting out of his chair to sit amongst the stands at IW.

Man I wish I had media/videographer connections and access to IWS right now. I know as an artist I shouldn't be sitting back saying 'man I could do it better' because that is not who I am. But with this and the Cats opening day video, I do think the Cats are getting it wrong.

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By Mookie (anonymous) | Posted August 20, 2010 at 12:37:51

That video made you cry? It's horrible. It's contrived and manipulative at best. You're an artist? I cringe at what art you may be creating.

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