Green motion has Hamilton politicians seeing red

Councilor Brenda Johnson

By Kevin Werner, Sachem.ca
A motion about endorsing a green economy for Hamilton had some politicians turning red during last week’s council meeting.  Ward 4 councillor Sam Merulla introduced a motion for the city to develop a green economy and to urge provincial parties and MPPs to “respect the importance of the Green Economy to Ontario’s economy …”  But the motion, which was described by Mayor Bob Bratina as a “great motherhood statement” embroiled politicians in a combative debate whether or not to accept it.

Stoney Creek councillor Brad Clark rejected the motion, arguing by backing such a vague “green economy” motion, the city could be endorsing such a complicated and emotionally-charged idea as a carbon tax, for instance. He also worried the city was delving into Ontario politics, and siding with a particular party’s agenda, especially with a provincial election less than two months away.

“We shouldn’t be allowing ourselves to getting involved in federal or provincial elections,” said Clark.

He said political parties and candidates could “misrepresent” Hamilton in the campaign.

“We should show our leadership by action,” he said, “not by advocating through political positions. I don’t even know what a green economy is.”

Stoney Creek councillor Brenda Johnson said the Liberals with its Green Energy Act has taken the decision-making powers away from municipalities,’ such as allowing wind turbines. She said the installation of wind turbines in Niagara, near Glanbrook residents, has prompted criticisms from homeowners in her ward.

Tim McCabe, general manager of planning, and Neil Everson, executive director of the city’s economic development department, said Hamilton has already incorporated green planning into the city’s economic strategy.

“We’re already doing it,” said McCabe. “It’s part of the corporate document.”

The contentious motion was approved in an 8-6 vote.

Merulla’s motion was prompted by a presentation by Bill Thompson, regional co-ordinator for Blue Green Canada, a partnership between the United Steelworkers and Environment Defense. It advocates for working people and the environment.

12 thoughts on “Green motion has Hamilton politicians seeing red

  1. Perfect example of U. N. Agenda 21
    aka Smart Growth aka Sustainable Development;

    …………citizens aware? My guess: probably not.
    Question:
    Does Council ‘really’ have a ‘tradition’ role anymore?
    Corporate document?
    Question:
    Pray tell……….What NGO ‘directing planning’ – at this municipality?
    UGH!
    OUCH!
    Nope! Move along – nothing to see here!

    Tim McCabe, general manager of planning, and Neil Everson, executive director of the city’s economic development department, said Hamilton has already incorporated green planning into the city’s economic strategy.

    “We’re already doing it,” said McCabe. “It’s part of the corporate document.”

    The contentious motion was approved in an 8-6 vote.

    Merulla’s motion was prompted by a presentation by Bill Thompson, regional co-ordinator for Blue Green Canada, a partnership between the United Steelworkers and Environment Defense. It advocates for working people and the environment.

  2. “I don’t even know what a green economy is.”
    That’s because the emperor isn’t wearing any clothes. Green economy is a term used to gain power for some off the backs of ordinary citizens, nothing more.
    Finally, we need more councilors, politicians and general people calling out these mindless drones.

    • If you see councillors – Brad Clark and Brenda Johnson today –
      Shake their hand! Thank them!

      Voted against! Bravo!
      Stoney Creek councillor Brad Clark rejected the motion, arguing by backing such a vague “green economy” motion, the city could be endorsing such a complicated and emotionally-charged idea as a carbon tax, for instance. He also worried the city was delving into Ontario politics, and siding with a particular party’s agenda, especially with a provincial election less than two months away.
      “We shouldn’t be allowing ourselves to getting involved in federal or provincial elections,” said Clark.

      He said political parties and candidates could “misrepresent” Hamilton in the campaign.

      “We should show our leadership by action,” he said, “not by advocating through political positions. I don’t even know what a green economy is.”

      Voted Against! Bravo!
      Stoney Creek councillor Brenda Johnson said the Liberals with its Green Energy Act has taken the decision-making powers away from municipalities,’ such as allowing wind turbines. She said the installation of wind turbines in Niagara, near Glanbrook residents, has prompted criticisms from homeowners in her ward.

  3. One more example of the attempt to take control of our democratic process by special interest groups and NGOs. People better wake up and realize that this is an organized campaign and start speaking up about it.

      • Barb,

        ……..Still in his pajamas, he peeked out his bedroom window, hurried downstairs………….(best part – imagine this guy in his pajamas)

        – bribery slush fund!
        Oh – No! No! No! – ……they were ‘accounting violations’! Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh,

        Mr. Siekaczek (pronounced SEE-kah-chek) says that from 2002 to 2006 he oversaw an annual bribery budget of about $40 million to $50 million at Siemens. Company managers and sales staff used the slush fund to cozy up to corrupt government officials worldwide.

        In its settlement last week with the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission, Siemens pleaded guilty to violating accounting provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which outlaws bribery abroad.

        Although court documents are salted throughout with the word “bribes,” the Justice Department allowed Siemens to plead to accounting violations because it cooperated with the investigation and because pleading to bribery violations would have barred Siemens from bidding on government contracts in the United States. Siemens doesn’t dispute the government’s account of its actions.

        Ontario Liberals roll out the red carpet to [add your own ending]
        p.s. Welcome to Ontario!

  4. With trillions of dollars at stake …for thin air, they are working every minute of the day.
    Media brainwashing is effective…..working so far

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