Peter Hutton to Receive Environmental Award

By Ryan McGreal
Published June 03, 2009

The Environmentalist of the Year Awards committee is awarding Peter Hutton with the Betty Blashill Environmental Prize for lifelong dedication to environmental protection and social justice. I can't think of a more deserving recipient.

Peter helped found OPIRG McMaster and was an early member of Clear Hamilton of Pollution, the first local organization to raise awareness of pollution and a precursor to the Conserver Society of Hamilton.

He was also a founder of the Hamilton Disarmament Coalition, served for several years of the Ontario Environmental Network, and co-chaired the Ontario Coalition for Social Justice, for which he remains a member of the board of directors.

Today, Peter represents the Hamilton Social Justice Coalition at the Hamilton Roundtable on Poverty Reduction, is the treasurer of Hamiltonians for Progressive Development and the Hamilton Transit Users Group (where I have the pleasure of working with him as a coordinator), serves as a member of the city's Transit Steering Committee, volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail and is also involved with the city's low-income transit subsidy program.

The award is given in memory of Betty Blashill, "to honour of her exemplary behind-the-scenes work on behalf of many environmental organisations and her long term efforts to minimize her personal ecological footprint."

Peter will receive the award tonight at the 30th annual Environmentalists of the Year Awards Dinner.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan wrote a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. His articles have also been published in The Walrus, HuffPost and Behind the Numbers. He maintains a personal website, has been known to share passing thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, and posts the occasional cat photo on Instagram.


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By grassroots are the way forward (registered) | Posted June 03, 2009 at 11:42:10

Peter is also a member of the CAWDB (Campaign for Adequate Welfare and Disability Benefits) and was instrumental in getting the Peer to Peer Mentoring Project up and running.

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By Dogsend (anonymous) | Posted June 03, 2009 at 11:52:38

This is great news. Peter's an amazing guy, well deserving of this honor.

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By Congrats! (anonymous) | Posted June 03, 2009 at 13:31:41

For anyone to stand up for any of the issues Peter does (in THIS City, especially) is very, very deserving of such an honour.

Congrats, Peter! And may your contributions to Hamilton live on for many, many, MANY more years! Keep up the great work!

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By Capitalist (anonymous) | Posted June 04, 2009 at 15:45:10

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By zookeeper (registered) | Posted June 04, 2009 at 15:49:02

Hey Ryan, how soon until we get part 2 of the comment voting feature - hiding comments with big negative scores?

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By jason (registered) | Posted June 04, 2009 at 22:00:59

I didn't realize commies were so concerned with the health of fellow humans.

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