Hamilton seems to be grappling with the issue of hate activities in the city and it is rattling residents. Recently hate activists held another one of their high profile rallies in the city hall forecourt.
This prompted councillors to vote unanimously in favour of a governance model that will oversee the consultation process on the city’s anti-hate strategy. That model includes hiring an external project manager “with expertise and experience” related to hate mitigation.
Ward 3 Councillor Nrinder Nann also asked staff to consider having someone stationed at city hall on weekends who could field reports of hate incidents, adding that she’s heard from residents who feel there is a lack of support at city hall on Saturdays.
The anti-hate rally in front of Hamilton city hall on Saturday was attended by more than 100 people, including Mayor Fred Eisenberger and a number of city councillors.
During that rally, which was organized to coincide with weekly gatherings of yellow vest and far-right protesters gathering in the forecourt, a school bus displaying anti-immigration slogans pulled up onto the sidewalk.
Hamilton police spokesperson Jackie Penman said officers negotiated with the bus driver to leave the area peacefully and said there were no charges laid against him.
One person was arrested at Saturday’s rally for breach of the peace and causing a disturbance.
When the committee receives the next report in October, Ward 1 Councillor Maureen Wilson said the city needs to discuss “the elephant in the room”. -CINEWS