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‘A new era’: Hamilton city council and first female mayor inaugurated after makeover election

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A new city council was sworn in Wednesday evening and Hamilton Mayor Andrea Horvath – the first woman to hold the honor – says it’s a new era.

“Tonight, we begin a journey of change,” he told a crowd of at least 400 people at the Hamilton Convention Center during his inaugural address.

“The challenges facing our city can be approached in two ways: reactively or thoughtfully.”

Horvath and 15 city councilors took the oath of allegiance. Nine of these councilors are new.

“I am grateful to be surrounded by so many unique and diverse voices at the council table, all of whom are passionate about making Hamilton the thriving city it is. This should be a success story,” he said.

The event included some remarks by Joseph Martin on behalf of the Six Nations of the Grand River Select Council, as well as appearances by the Spirit Bear Drummer and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada.

Two women are playing drums.
The Spirit Bear drummers dedicated a song to Hamilton’s first female mayor. (Bobby Hristova/CBC)

Horwath gave a nearly 20-minute speech, outlining a number of city issues and the new face of the council, including street safety, hate incidents and the creation of a public advisory committee within the first 90 days.

He said the biggest issue he heard on the campaign trail was the urgent need for affordable housing.

He said the council will work with non-profit housing organizations, private market developers and all levels of government to eliminate the city’s affordable housing waiting list to start projects.

Horvath also said more federal money is going to Hamilton to continue building homes.

“Safe, healthy, affordable housing is a fundamental human right,” he added.

Three men are holding a sheet of paper and reading.
From left: Ward 9 County. Brad Clark, Ward 10 County. Jeff Beatty and Ward 11 Coun. Mark Tedson read the Pledge of Allegiance. It was a first for Beattie and Tadeson. (Bobby Hristova/CBC)

It is unclear whether his vision and council will align with recently announced provincial plans.

The city already had a potential fight on its hands before the new council was sworn in, after the provincial government proposed the city expand its urban boundaries and remove parts of the green belt in Hamilton and Grimsby. The province says these extensions are needed to build more homes.

In a media scrum after the inaugural meeting, Horvath sounded optimistic about the situation.

“We have to work hard to make sure that any plan the province makes is responded to in a way that helps us build whole communities … it’s just like that,” Horvath told reporters. is something that I think everyone is committed to,” Horvath told reporters.

He said Hamiltonians viewed the green belt as a “sacred trust” and said councilors were “concerned” about plans to remove some areas.

“It’s not just about today, it’s about tomorrow,” he said.

A crowd watches the speech.
At least 400 people attended the first Hamilton City Council meeting on Wednesday. (Bobby Hristova/CBC)

Some councilors have said they are prepared to resist the changes and Horvath said the comments were “healthy”.

Horvath said the council has not been fully briefed on the province’s order and all the implications of the green belt plans.

As for Horwath’s staff, he said he is in the midst of hiring people and currently has an interim chief of staff who will likely stay on for about half a year before hiring a permanent one. will remain

Hamiltonians, past and present, are passionate about the council.

Some of those in attendance on Wednesday evening came from other cities to witness the historic first meeting.

Jose De Lima, a former Hamilton resident, said he drove from Cambridge to see the car because he needed to be there to see the new crop of politicians.

“The Hamilton race, provincially, I think, was the most progressive and forward-thinking council,” she said, adding that she first worked with Horvath when she was a member of the Ontario New Democrats. What was the work?

“New people on the council, but people who have been in the community for a long time.”

A person is smiling.
Jose De Lima is a former Hamilton resident and drove from Cambridge to watch the swearing-in. (Bobby Hristova/CBC)

Ashley Wilson, who lives in Beasley’s neighborhood and supports Ward 2 Coun. The Cameron Krutish campaign said she had arrived to show support and see new councilors who she hoped would bring about change.

“There are a lot of new faces around the table … they want to do things differently in terms of accountability,” he said.

Wilson, who is a member of the LGBTQ community, said it was meaningful to hear Horwath talk about the city’s fight against hate.

“It’s very positive for me… I’m optimistic,” he said.

The meeting, although largely formal, included confirmation of committee membership for council members.

Ward 2 County. Kroetsch is on everyone. Ward 1 County. Maureen Wilson and Ward 13 County. Alex Wilson is on all but the Municipal Heritage Committee.

The first full council meeting will be held on December 7 at 9:30 am.

Here are the councilors on the board and committees.

Audit, Finance and Administration Committee

  • Count Maureen Wilson
  • Count Cameron Krutish
  • Count Tommy Huang
  • Count Brad Clark
  • Count Jeff Beatty
  • Count Mark Tedson
  • Count Alex Wilson

Emergency and Community Services Committee

  • Count Maureen Wilson
  • Count Cameron Krutish
  • Count Narendra Nan
  • Count Tommy Huang
  • Count Tom Jackson
  • Count Brad Clark
  • Count Alex Wilson

Planning Committee

  • Count Maureen Wilson
  • Count Cameron Krutish
  • Count Narendra Nan
  • Count Tommy Huang
  • Count Matt Francis
  • Count Easter Pauls
  • Count John Paul Denko
  • Count Jeff Beatty
  • Count Mark Tedson
  • Count Craig Kesar
  • Count Alex Wilson
  • Count Mike Spadafora
  • Count Ted McMackin

Public Works Committee

  • Count Maureen Wilson
  • Count Cameron Krutish
  • Count Narendra Nan
  • Count Matt Francis
  • Count Tom Jackson
  • Count M. Francis
  • Count Easter Pauls
  • Count John Paul Denko
  • Count Jeff Beatty
  • Count Craig Kesar
  • Count Alex Wilson
  • Count Mike Spadafora
  • Count Ted McMackin

General Issues Committee

  • Mayor Andrea Horvath
  • Count Maureen Wilson
  • Count Cameron Krutish
  • Count Narendra Nan
  • Count Tommy Huang
  • Count Matt Francis
  • Count Tom Jackson
  • Count Easter Pauls
  • Count John Paul Denko
  • Count Brad Clark
  • Count Jeff Beatty
  • Count Mark Tedson
  • Count Craig Kesar
  • Count Alex Wilson
  • Count Mike Spadafora
  • Count Ted McMackin

Board of Health

  • Mayor Andrea Horvath
  • Count Maureen Wilson
  • Count Cameron Krutish
  • Count Narendra Nan
  • Count Tommy Huang
  • Count Matt Francis
  • Count Tom Jackson
  • Count Easter Pauls
  • Count John Paul Denko
  • Count Brad Clark
  • Count Jeff Beatty
  • Count Mark Tedson
  • Count Craig Kesar
  • Count Alex Wilson
  • Count Mike Spadafora
  • Count Ted McMackin

Kroetsch was also appointed to the Hamilton Municipal Heritage Committee.

Councilors were also assigned to serve on various boards.

You can find the full list here. Some of them include:

Hamilton Police Services Board

  • Mayor Andrea Horvath
  • Count Cameron Krutish
  • Count Easter Pauls

City Housing Hamilton Corporation Board

  • Count Cameron Krutish
  • Count Narendra Nan
  • Count Tommy Huang
  • Count Ted McMackin
  • Count Alex Wilson

Hamilton Farmers Market Corporation Board

  • Count Cameron Krutish
  • Count Jeff Beatty

Red Hill Valley Joint Stewardship Board

  • Count Tommy Huang
  • Count Matt Francis
  • Count Brad Clark

Hamilton Tourism Development Corporation Board

  • Count Tommy Huang
  • Count Craig Kesar
  • Count Mike Spadafora
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