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pffftt come on guys, i don't lurk here to witness this kind of civility


Errr, care to provide a full bibliography that PROVES that you don't lurk here to witness civility or retract your statement?
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Ryan... first rule in PR/Politics

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2. Is never answer 'no comment'

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Shovel ready ------->
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Looks like the feds will start to parading around the province announcing what will get funded with the stimulus money soon.

I'm going to guess we'll get around $120-170 million worth of stimulus money.
How much infrastructure cash will Hamilton get?
Ottawa, province, set to release projects

June 05, 2009
Nicole MacIntyre
Hamilton finds out this afternoon what it’s getting from the provincial and federal infrastructure goodie bag.

John Baird, Canada's Minister of Transport, Infrastructure, and Communities, and George Smitherman, Ontario's Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, are in Oakville at 1 p.m. to announce a joint federal and provincial stimulus investment for Ontario communities.

Half an hour later, local politicians will gather at Bayfront Park to reveal Hamilton’s share of the pot.

The city submitted a prioritized, $400-million wish list that ranges from water projects to road repairs. Staff estimate the city could receive about $130 million based on population.

Mayors across the country have complained the government has taken too long to roll out the program that was meant to create jobs in rough economic times. 
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Hamilton gets $122 million for infrastructure

Nicole MacIntyre

Hamilton is getting $122 million in infrastructure funding from the province and federal government.

Local politicians gathered at Bayfront Park this afternoon to announce the funding envelope that is meant to stimulate the economy.

The money will be used for 14 projects, including $42 million for the water treatment plant and $25 million for a new emergency training facility on the Mountain.

No road projects were selected.

“This is not about filling potholes,” said Mountain MPP Sophia Aggeloniti. “This is about building legacy priorities.”

The city will also contribute a third of the funding, for a grand total of $183 million in projects. The work must be completed within two years.

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$62 million dollars worth of upgrades will be made to the Woodward Water Treatment Plant and Ferguson Pumping Station

$25 million dollar training facility.

Five of the city's recreation and community centers will receive a facelift worth over $40 million dollars, the largest share of it going into the Westmount Recreation Center.
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Hearing there's money for a VIA/GO Station as James St North. With the ferderal budget they did announce improvements to Hamilton's VIA service and I believe GO Transit got $90 million-ish today as well.
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Projects selected for stimulus infrastructure funding

* Upgrade of Woodward Avenue water treatment plant -- $42 million

* Sewage biogas project -- $30 million

* Emergency training facility and operation centre -- $25 million

* Westmount Recreation Centre -- $21 million

* Ferguson Avenue pumping station upgrades -- $20 million

* Lower Stoney Creek recreation centre -- $13 million

* Hillcrest Reservoir upgrades -- $8.6 million

* Kenilworth Reservoir and pumping station upgrades -- $6.8 million

* Stone Church Reservoir and pumping station upgrades -- $4.5 million

* Woodward plant energy retrofit -- $4.5 million

* Coronation Arena, public-private partnership -- $3 million

* Sir Wilfrid Laurier Recreation Centre rehabilitation -- $1.5 million

* Sir Allan MacNab Recreation Centre rehabilitation -- $3 million

* Lister Block energy retrofit$ -- 1.2 million
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it's awesome the province said NO to filling all the stupid potholes. I love how it makes our council look like morons.
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Me too. I know the roads are bad... they're bad everywhere. But they will be addressed in time through regular yearly budget alotments.
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Hamilton gets $120 million in stimulus funding

By Kevin Werner
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Jun 08, 2009

Christmas has come early for the city of Hamilton.

In an announcement June 5, the federal and provincial governments will be giving the city about $120 million in infrastructure funding. The money is part of the Conservatives $4 billion infrastructure stimulus funding announced this January, and the $408 million from the Build Canada fund.

“I am delighted,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger. “It’s an important job producer and it will knock down the infrastructure deficit in Hamilton and across Canada. This is a major accomplishment.”

Hamilton, Mr. Eisenberger confirmed, received between $120 million and $130 million.

Ontario municipalities are expected to receive about $3.4 billion, which will translate into nearly 1,400 infrastructure projects.

But Mr. Eisenberger said he had “no idea” when the money will flow to municipalities.

Government officials didn’t indicate when the fund will be provided to communities.

“Hopefully, as soon as possible,” he said.

Hamilton’s portion of the money will help fund about 40 projects, including $42 million for water treatment upgrades, traffic signal controls, a curatorial centre at Auchmar Estates, $25 million for an emergency services training facility at the corner of Stone Church and Nebo roads, energy retrofits of city facilities, including libraries, Hamilton Place, Copps Coliseum, upgrading First Place, Westmount Recreation facility renovations. No road projects were identified, even though councillors last month added millions of dollars of road upgrades to the city’s stimulus wish list.

Hamilton’s will have to pay about $65 million as the municipality’s share of the program. Each level of government contributes a one-third funding.

The city’s treasure, Tony Tollis, has said the city can afford the money without adding any debt to the municipality’s already high load.

The projects are expected to employ about 2,000 people, said Mr. Eisenberger.

Hamilton politicians had asked for almost 150 projects at a cost of about $408 million.

Municipal officials are also questioning the strict timeline criteria for the projects’ funding.

Projects are suppose to be shovel ready and completed by the end of 2011.

Mr. Eisenberger said the other big city mayors want the criteria change so that projects can be funded when the projects are completed, including if they go past 2011. He said because the money was announced in the middle of 2009, it doesn’t give the projects enough time to be finished under the 2011 deadline.

“The completion date is a barrier,” he said.

Hamilton politicians have also applied for about $84 million in stimulus funding for recreation facilities. Mr. Eisenberger said government officials did not indicate when the recreation and cultural funding will be announced.
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Projects selected for stimulus infrastructure funding

* Sewage biogas project -- $30 million
City fleet to run on ‘poop power’

June 09, 2009
Nicole MacIntyre
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http://www.thespec.com/News/BreakingNews/article/580464

Soon every flush of a local toilet will help fuel a city vehicle.

Hamilton is set to become the first Canadian municipality to produce biofuel for its fleet from human waste, thanks to a $30-million infrastructure grant.

“We can solve environmental problems and make money at the same time,” said Jim Harnum, senior director of water and wastewater. “Hamilton is being a leader.”

The technology, used in several European countries for decades, will allow the city to harvest methane gas from sludge instead of wasting the valuable resource.

The city must have the project done by March 2011.

Last week, the federal and provincial governments each committed $10 million to the new system. Hamilton will contribute the final one-third.

To start, Hamilton plans to increase its holding capacity for decomposing waste.

The city will also invest in technology that will crack open dead bacteria that have been used to break down solid waste.

Forcing the bacteria open allows energy to escape. The process will increase the energy recovery from 5 per cent to nearly 70 per cent.

After the additional gas is collected, a new purification system will separate the methane.

The biofuel will then be used to supply 110 water and wastewater vehicles.

Retrofitting vehicles will cost about $6,000 each, but Harnum expects $1 million in annual fuel savings will pay back the expense quickly.

The city also hopes to generate $1.5 million to $2 million from the operation at the Woodward plant, by expanding the existing biogas cogeneration facility that saves $1 million to $2 million yearly. The electricity and heat produced are used to power the facility.

Harnum said the long-term goal is to accept more materials, such as food waste and oils, to produce more energy for the power grid and fuel additional vehicles, such as city buses and garbage trucks.

“There are really economic and environmental benefits to it.”

Vladimir Mahalec, head of the Centre for Engineering Design at McMaster University, suspects more cities will invest in biogas systems as public pressure grows to reduce greenhouse gases.

“It’s going to become a very good solution for cities,” he said, noting the immediate benefits for Hamilton. “It will certainly help the city reduce its carbon footprint.”

Environment Hamilton executive director Lynda Lukasik applauded the initiative, jokingly describing it as “poop power.”

“It sounds to me like a positive investment in green technology.”

Lukasik added she hopes the city will be mindful of the neighbourhood around the Woodward plant as it implements its plan.

Hamilton is still trying to determine what to do with the sludge that’s left when the bacterial digestion process is complete. There’s been growing backlash to the current process of spreading the material on farm fields.

Lukasik said her organization is still advocating for the city to adopt a pollution prevention policy to limit contaminants in wastewater that comes to the plant for processing.

A city study has recommended a sludge incinerator, though council has yet to sign off on the proposal. A public meeting on the plan will be held June 22 at the Lakeland Centre from 7 to 9 p.m.
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Federal and provincial governments team up for $10.5 million for Hamilton
'Will make significant dent in our recreation deficit': Mayor

By Kevin Werner/News staff
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Jul 02, 2009
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The federal and provincial governments announced Thursday a combined $10.5 million recreation infrastructure money for a dozen projects across the city.

“We are making a significant dent in our recreation deficit,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger.

The funding, from the federal government’s Recreational Infrastructure Canada program and Recreation Ontario includes almost $600,000 for a new soccer turf at Redeemer College, $1.1 million for replacing Chedoke’s Twin Pad floor, $209,404 for the YWCA Hamilton’s fitness and aquatics renovation, and $1.1 million to retrofit the Rosedale Arena.

“This is so much more than bricks and mortar,” said Sophia Aggelonitis, Hamilton Mountain Liberal MPP at the YMCA in Waterdown. “It brings people together.”

Altogether, the city of Hamilton received funding for six recreation projects, with the Inch Park community centre receiving the largest funding allotment of $2.4 million for an arena retrofit and pool upgrades. Also part of the funding will be $1.1 million for new lighting and washrooms at Turner Park Sports field; and the Carlisle Area is scheduled for a $1.1 million arena retrofit.

“It will not only give this generation infrastructure they will benefit from, but the next generation as well,” said David Sweet, Conservative MP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale.

Hamilton is contributing $3.4 million in matching funds for the projects. The federal and provincial governments contributed $5.25 million each.

City Recreation Director Diane Lapointe-Kay, said the city will begin construction on the recreation projects as soon as possible. She said any projects that did not receive funding will be moved up on the city’s priority list.

Councillors in May approved an $84 million wish list to fund 26 projects, including high priority items such as upgrading Sir Allan MacNab Recreation Centre, Sir Wilfrid Laurier Recreation Centre, Hill Park Recreation Centre, Scott Park Arena, William McCulloch Park and expanding the Winona Seniors centre.

Ms. Aggelonitis, and Mr. Sweet, said the projects were selected by Hamilton city officials, and officials from the federal and provincial governments.

Other projects that received funding were $389,500 to expand and upgrade the Fifty Point Conservative Area’s campground project, and $609,680 for the East Mountain trail and public washrooms, both projects pushed by the Hamilton Conservation Authority; and $680,400 to improve the Sklodowska Community Recreation Centre, for the non-profit Marie Curie Sklodowska Association.

Under the funding criteria, a project had to be “shovel ready”, and must be completed by March 31, 2011.

Mrs. Aggelonitis said the money will start to flow from the provincial government by next week, while Mr. Sweet said the federal government will start immediately to pay for the invoices on the projects.

“ The main thing is we are creating jobs for the area with this stimulus money,” said Mr. Sweet. “We have (released) this money pretty quick to municipalities.”

Larger urban mayors, including Mayor Fred Eisenberger, have asked the federal government to extend the March 31, 2011 deadline since the money is only now being announced during the first week of July.

“That is still a concern,” said Mr. Eisenberger. “Everyone, and not just in Hamilton, will be challenged to get the projects completed.”

He said the Conservative government may be under pressure to extend the time frame for projects to get done.

Mr. Sweet said he could ask his government for an extension if a project seems to be having problems finishing on time. But, he said the projects should be ready to start construction almost immediately.
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“Shovel-ready” tops banned word list

The annual List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen's English by a Michigan university included such gems as “tweet,” “czars,” “sexting” and “app”


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Detroit — The Associated Press Published on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009 12:13PM EST Last updated on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009 12:19PM EST

In its annual effort to protect the Queen's English, a Michigan university is insisting that “shovel ready” be buried, “tweet” be tossed and all “czars” be banished.

Lake Superior State University shamed those and several other words and phrases Thursday when it released its 2009 List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.

It insists that “shovel ready,” incessantly invoked by the Obama administration to sell its $787 billion federal stimulus bill, dug its own grave. It forced its way into speeches and out of the mouths of the president and too many other politicians in past months.

“Stick a shovel in it. It's done,” seethed Joe Grimm of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., in his nomination to the university's Word Banishment Committee. Grimm is a visiting journalist at Michigan State University and a former recruiter and editor at the Detroit Free Press.

The exact age of the phrase isn't known, but it had been a quiet favourite of economic development types for at least a decade — a fondness that led a utility company in upstate New York to secure the shovelready.com Web site in the late 1990s.

“Shovel ready” became a clarion call for the White House during the past year as shorthand for the kind of taxpayer-funded work projects that had been through the design and permitting process and were ready to launch.

Still, its vigour waned from verbal wear and tear in recent months. It didn't help that some of the projects weren't quite ready for a shovel, the literal or figurative kind.

“When something dies, it, too, is 'shovel ready' for burial and so I get confused about the meaning,” wrote Jerry Redington of Keosauqua, Iowa. “I would suggest that we just say that the project is ready to implement.”

The phrase was joined in dialectical death on the Michigan school's 35th banned words list by, among others, “transparent/transparency,” “czar,” “sexting,” “tweet,” “teachable moment” and “app.” App — as in the iPhone's “there's an app for that” ad referring to the device's various applications — was preceded in death by “killer app,” which was banished in 2002.

Many other terms related to the federal stimulus — or the failing economy that inspired it — have been thrown into the semantic scrap heap for 2010, including “stimulus” (the more blunt “bailout” bit the dust last year), “toxic assets” and “too big to fail.” Apparently, failure was an option.

“Shovel ready” is survived by many other scrutinized phrases, including “death panel,” “low-hanging fruit” and “door-buster,” and none should assume immortality. The Word Banishment Committee doesn't shy away from executing its duties.

Mourners of fallen phrases can take heart. Those previously banished don't necessarily remain in the lexiconical hereafter. There is still life left, deserved or not, for “24/7” (which made the list in 2000), “it is what it is” (2008), “happy camper” (1993), “LOL” (2004) and “state of the art” (1993).
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I heard somewhere that "shovel ready" got it's root from Hamilton.
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"Cougar" was invented in Hamilton too.
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I heard somewhere that "shovel ready" got it's root from Hamilton.
Not surprised. They've been 'shovellin'' that shit since the DiIanni days.
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Looks like the feds and the province will pay to help Hamilton expand the Woodward Avenue treatment plant, total bill $1.2 billion. This mean there won't be any development freeze. By 2015 we should be having the best drinking water in Canada.

http://top100projects.ca/?s=woodward

Hamilton Membrane Bioreactor Facility
$500 million

Sector: Water/Wastewater

Location: Hamilton, Ontario

Key Players: CH2M HILL, AECOM (design)

Owner: City of Hamilton

Financing: Public – Canadian Ontario Infrastructure Program, Public Infrastructure Renewal Office, Canadian Strategic Infrastructure Fund.

Status: Scheduled for completion in 2014.

Project Details: The City of Hamilton has several challenges with respect to wastewater treatment including meeting future growth needs, managing wet weather flows from a large combined sewer system, and providing a very high level of treatment performance to meet requirements to delist Hamilton Harbour as an Area of Concern by the International Joint Commission. The existing activated sludge facility, Woodward Wastewater Treatment Plant, is being converted to a membrane bioreactor facility. When constructed, the membrane bioreactor facility will be the largest in the world by a factor of at least three times.


Woodward Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion and Upgrades
$700 million

Sector: Water/Wastewater

Location: Hamilton, Ontario

Key Players: AECOM, CH2M HILL (design)

Owner: City of Hamilton

Financing: The city is hoping for $100 million in federal funding and another $100 million from the province. It can finance the rest of the cost through increased wastewater development charges (they are proposed to double) and by continuing to increase water and sewer rates over the next several years.

Status: Scheduled for completion in 2014.

Project Details: Woodward Avenue WWTP, Hamilton’s main sewage processing station, will be expanded with a new 1,700-millilitre-perday pumping station and a new membrane bioreactor facility, which will be one of the largest in the world.
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