Comment 15598

By seancb (registered) - website | Posted December 11, 2007 at 19:17:18

Quick update... no need to contact the councillors directly as the city is already fighting against Trinity on this one. If you want to help out, see the following response from the city's lawyers:

Interested individuals/groups should attend the prehearing on January 15, 2008 - 10:00 am - OMB Room - 50 Main Street East (Old Courthouse). Each must decide what role they want to play in the hearing. "A PARTY" is the significant role. Parties participate fully in the hearing - call witnesses, attend everyday, cross examine other parties' witnesses etc. "A PARTICIPANT" plays a less onerous role. Participants usually nominate a spokesperson who reads from a prepared statement outlining their views/positions on the matters before the Board. Participants do not have to attend everyday and do not have a right to cross examine.

It is important to decide the level of desired participation before attending the Prehearing.

After the Prehearing, depending on what status interested individuals/groups obtain and depending on their positions, I will play a role in organizing those interests that align with the City's interests. I can't act as their lawyer. But, I can assist with procedural matters and strategy discussions on how best to present the City's case with the assistance of these additional interests. Again, depending on the results of the Prehearing, I would likely convene a meeting for those wishing to come in order to help with these kinds of procedural/strategic matters.

I hope this helps. Let me know if you need any further information.

Nancy L. Smith Senior Solicitor City of Hamilton Legal Services

(905) 546-2424 ext. 4641

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