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Jennifer Keesmaat Talk Video Recording by Cable 14

By RTH Staff
Published January 20, 2014

If you missed last December's inspiring talk on The Ambitious City with Toronto Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat, Cable 14 has posted a video recording on YouTube.

The full video runs an hour and 47 minutes and includes moderation by Urbanicity publisher Martinus Geleynse and an introduction by Hamilton Chamber of Commerce President Keanin Loomis.

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By CaptainKirk (anonymous) | Posted January 23, 2014 at 00:06:59

Impressive and inspiring! I hope all of our councilors have seen this.

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By KevinLove (registered) | Posted January 26, 2014 at 18:30:56

Jennifer Keesmaat for mayor of Hamilton!

More seriously, I was truly impressed with Mrs Keesmaat in the video. She really gets it!

Toronto is truly fortunate to have her as Chief Planner.

What struck me the most was her "low hanging fruit" for Hamilton. Those two items would be:

1) Cycle infrastructure. 2) Children walking and cycling to school.

Those are two cheap and easy to do items.

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By Fred Street (anonymous) | Posted February 09, 2014 at 14:44:55 in reply to Comment 97211

Does Hamilton have a Chief Planner? The City's Planning and Economic Development department is apparently split into 10 divisions, but seems to have no visible hierarchy. All of the following could reasonably be said to fall under the jurisdiction of a Chief Planner:

• Community Planning and Design;
• Policy Planning;
• Development Planning;
• Economic Development; and
• Growth Management

Yet there is no sense of a grand vision or a guiding hand at City Hall. Just a revolving door of planners who may or may not have a modest amount of influence over projects they work on directly.

All could reasonably be

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted January 27, 2014 at 08:23:11 in reply to Comment 97211

Every time the HWDSB votes to shut down another local neighbourhood school, it also denies more children in Hamilton the opportunity to walk or cycle to school. Those children not only grow up with less opportunity for physical activity, but are also disempowered to build a mental model of where they live and navigate their own environment independently. Instead, they are passively driven to a distant institutional warehouse that better fits the Bizarro-World financial dictates of the Provincial school funding formula.

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