March 14, 2019 1:11 pm

City manager hire, Red Hill Parkway fiasco inquiry, safe injection sites all on deck at Hamilton City Hall

A number of major decisions are facing Hamilton city councillors following March Break, including the hiring of a new city manager.

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A number of big decisions will be facing Hamilton City Councillors, when they resume meetings following March Break.

City Manager Hire

That includes the hiring of Hamilton’s new city manager with a recommendation going before the general issues committee next Wednesday.

READ MORE: City manager recruitment continues in Hamilton despite concerns of gender equity and diversity

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Mayor Fred Eisenberger still isn’t saying how many people applied for the job, but he says the successful individual came out on top of a “good slew of candidates.”

READ MORE: Hamilton city manager Chris Murray resigns to take on same role in Toronto

Eisenberger adds that it was about 50/50 in terms of male/female and internal/external candidates.

Red Hill Valley Parkway External Review

A decision is also expected Wednesday about an independent external review into the withholding of a 2013 safety study that raised concerns about “friction” on the Red Hill Valley Parkway.

READ MORE: Hamilton politicians move forward external review into Red Hill Valley Parkway debacle

Several families who have lost loved ones in crashes on the highway have joined the provincial New Democrats (NDP) in demanding that review take the form of a judicial inquiry.

READ MORE: Hamilton New Democrat MPPs say judicial review the only way to handle Red Hill controversy

Opioid Crisis

Also next week, Hamilton’s Board of Health will be asked to further support efforts to establish a permanent safe injection site.

Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre on Rebecca Street operates a temporary site and has applied to the province for a permanent facility.

READ MORE: Hamilton council backs local bid for permanent consumption and treatment site

There were 60 Opioid-related deaths during the first half of 2018 in Hamilton, 28 per cent higher than during the
same period last year in 2017.

A motion is before the board of health that would direct the city’s medical officer of health to apply to the Ministry of Health
and Long-Term Care for approval to operate the permanent consumption and treatment site, and for full provincial funding of the capital and operating costs.


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