TRUTH, TRUST AND TRANSPARENCY

Establish a Culture of Collaboration

  • Introduce the reading of a Mayor’s Statement of Respect at the beginning of every council meeting to set the tone for a respectful, collaborative environment. 
  • Implement Anti-Racism, Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity, and Cultural Capacity Training as compulsory for the City Council and the City of Hamilton Staff.
  • Develop a pledge for all council members to sign as a commitment to behaving professionally, respectfully, and collaboratively and representing residents’ interests over their agenda. 
  • Introduce a rule that all council and city staff members must adhere to zero tolerance for bullying, abusive language or disrespectful behaviour, resulting in a ban from City Hall and a security escort if broken. 
 

Rebuild Community Consultation

  • Citizens deserve reliable access to the leadership at City Hall and do not feel engaged in the decisions made in their communities. Instead, we must reshape citizen engagement with City Hall by reimagining committee structures and participation opportunities, emphasizing proactive citizen engagement on transformative policy, and incorporating citizen feedback into all Council decisions.
  • Continue to expand the utilization and efficacy of the City’s Engage Hamilton platform to promote frequent civic engagement opportunities on critical Council decisions.

Strengthen Local Democracy

  • Host a Mayor’s town hall in every ward throughout the year to meet with residents, gather feedback and ensure every community has an opportunity to make their voice heard. 
  • Introduce a hybrid council meeting model where council meetings will be held in local communities such as Dundas, Ancaster, Flamborough, Stoney Creek and Glanbrook at least once a year to improve community awareness.
  • Continue to combat existing barriers against local democracy to improve engagement and collaboration across the City.

Truth and Reconciliation

  • Lead the City to actively collaborate with the community to encourage meaningful support and resources for Indigenous citizens and leaders and restore community partnerships and relationships.
  • Commit to implementing Hamilton’s Urban Indigenous Strategy. 
  • Commit to building supportive programming and recognition for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. As a community, we all must work towards change, and September 30 must be a day people observe, pause and reflect.