Comment 76895

By CouldaWouldaShoulda (anonymous) | Posted May 14, 2012 at 20:26:04 in reply to Comment 76881

Well, as someone on the panel, even if you put aside the crux of my response (that it's absurd to make the claim about being the best place to raise a child), I approached the exercise as being from the point of view that it's the City of Hamilton that has that as its motto, so I would have focused on elements of governance that fall under the direct purview of the city. And (not wanting to start a fire here), education isn't one of these. I had considered it, but really, I didn't want to go down the path of 'lobbying the provincial government for more education funds'. (Ditto for bringing up the subject of LRT).

To me, acknowledging and accepting that there is a vast assortment of areas that the municipality is meant -and indeed, best suited- to deal with is perhaps the first step in maximizing our resources. It often seems to me that we reduce our potential by not taking proper ownership of these elements to the extent that residents fully understand them, too. For example, given some of the discussion I've witnessed over the past six months, the impending HWDSB school closures and the relocation of the Board's headquarters are certainly issues that haven't been understood as fully as they could have been.

As for the disappointment in not having as broad a spectrum of contributors on the panel... I think you should cut Teresa & Co some slack. They've been building this endedeavour for not that long a time now, and I'm sure that they will take the observations to heart. I think the article is a great contribution to increasing quality discourse in the city, helping to raise the overall level of debate.

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