More RTH Sightings

By Ryan McGreal
Published February 06, 2007

Today's Hamilton Spectator has an op-ed by Tom Cooper about the role alternative media and blogs are playing in changing the political landscape in Hamilton.

It cites Citizens at City Hall (CATCH) and Raise the Hammer as two organizations that are "using electronic newsletters and web journals to keep Hamiltonians updated about happenings in local government."

While they cannot compete with established media outlets in terms of newsgathering resources, CATCH and relay focused, editorialized material that attracts web audiences interested in delving deep into policy issues. ...

CATCH particularly has had an interesting checks-and-balances impact at Hamilton council. Group volunteers routinely attend and transcribe council and committee meetings in their entirety, posting the detailed minutes on their website at

Read the rest here.

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 wrote a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. His articles have also been published in The Walrus, HuffPost and Behind the Numbers. He maintains a personal website, has been known to share passing thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, and posts the occasional cat photo on Instagram.


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