Comment 84990

By H+H (registered) - website | Posted January 09, 2013 at 16:05:31

Ryan - a brilliantly written piece. This thing goes from bad to worse. Here's an email I sent to all Councillors earlier this afternoon. Jason Farr, my own Councillor, has sent an email to his colleagues saying that he following up on their behalf. Sam Merulla also responded.

Councillors,

I'm pasting in a shocking statement taken directly from the Our Voice. Our Hamilton. website questionnaire. It has not been altered in any way, whatsoever by me. On that, you have my word of honour.

"Talk to people (Aboriginal, newcomer, low-income) who probably aren’t showing up in large numbers at events."

I hope you are as outraged as am I with the bias and ignorance shown in this statement. It goes well beyond the level of wrong photographs or not knowing what HSR stands for.

May I ask you to do something about this immediately?

This kind of egregious statement in an officially sanctioned questionnaire that purports to be by and for the City of Hamilton is disgraceful. It needs to be removed. The City of Hamilton is already dealing with the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Let's not add yet another issue to that file. In fact, I suggest that the site be taken down and fixed. As a taxpayer, I'm happy to support new methods of citizen engagement, but I will not support mediocrity, unprofessionalism, and prejudice.

Sincerely,

Comment edited by H+H on 2013-01-09 16:06:20

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