A Family Day Special: Let's take this opportunity to think about how we can expand our circle of family to think of Hamilton as a region, not a collection of separate, squabbling units.
By Mahesh P. Butani
Published February 15, 2010
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty will go down in history as the Ontarian who gave us a $25 billion deficit. The Next Generation will have plenty of time to figure how not to govern, as it waits for the trickle down effects of bailouts that promise a quick return to the way we were.
The man who also may give us Dalton Days has already given us our newest holiday, the Family day, sparing us some precious downtime in the otherwise harriedness of being Ontarians.
A free pass on a cold day in February to spend some quality time with our family; or to simply channel surf, read a book, slack up, reminisce about the good old days – or to start a bold new spring to-do list!
We could use this free pass to slide some new traditions in between our old ones – to expand our circle of family to improve our odds at economic success in the looming jobless recovery.
Everyone who has ever experienced being stuck in the gridlock on QEW knows that there are no solutions to this. There are only different ways of looking at it – if one wants to be really happy in life.
Another way of looking at our gridlocked life is not to add more lanes, but to reduce them by expanding our circle of family in our local area, our region. That means shrinking the lengths and widths of our roads to arrive more quickly to new local hubs within our region itself, for jobs and self employment; and to our revived district hub for those fancy nights and days out.
Something good needs to come of our amalgamation. After all, we are one big family now, after ten years of bickering!
What if some of our councillors finally overcome the narrower definition of a family? We do have some serious down time today – to influence and even rekindle our family relationships.
What if we were to actually begin to think like a big family today?
What if we are to start developing our rekindled regional family into many local hubs of self-employment and job factories – as visualized by the generation that is presently shadowed by the traditions of our old narrow definitions?
Maybe our cousins from Stoney Creek will only have to commute to Flamborough for employment, and our brothers from the lower city could find a job in our aunts new green businesses in Ancaster or Glanbrook.
Our uncle from Ancaster may even take a shine to the problems of his nieces and nephews in the lower city and come to their rescue by allowing the reduction of lanes, and slowing down their lives a tad bit for their aspirations to flower.
Who knows: after this family day, we may even begin to chip in for all our common expense equally – without asking for separate bills after diner; and we may even stop name-calling those who fail to yet understand the promise of having a single large family with one kitchen!
Much is possible in a large joint-family spread across our region.
But first we need to develop a to-do list this Family day, a simple, home grown strategy on how we can all sit around the same dinner table for a sumptuous meal in the Metropolitan Region of Hamilton.
I discovered an old approach to Living a Happy Life on a random blog stumble on the eve of our Family day!
"Random acts of kindness... but wait - What will I get out of it?" This, is indeed Hot on a cold February day in Hamilton!
Yes, the Spectator is not always what we kick it around to be – it is indeed more. Thank you, Tom Hogue, for pushing things up a notch.
Now, if only the media would learn to wear its passions on its sleeves, instead of hiding it deep in the web. Maybe it could ignite a renaissance in our city!
What is life without a bit of new tradition? Let us upload some new to-do's today into our Family day. Tomorrow, we will still have all the time to disagree.
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