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The Graham Crawford Show

The Graham Crawford Show was created out of a belief that we need to talk about the issues and opportunities facing Hamilton in a way that generates debate and fosters understanding. The goal of show is to provide smart, progressive talk from regular panelists, subject matter experts, and personal observations. The show is posted weekly and always focuses on issues affecting you and the City of Hamilton. All of the people involved in The Graham Crawford Show do so because they believe that dialogue creates understanding. And the more we understand our city, the better we can all help it to realize its potential. All of the shows are recorded in downtown Hamilton in the studios of QED Media. Let’s talk Hamilton.
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Aug 29, 2016

This episode of the Graham Crawford Show is all about Adaptive Reuse - the practice of re-imagining heritage buildings and breathing new life into them. Creating familiar, yet updated streetscapes.

Too many developers see an old building as just old. Past its prime. Better destroyed than developed. But some enlightened developers, like our guest Steve Kulakowsky of Core Urban, look at an old building and see history and opportunity. And every great developer knows he or she can’t do it alone and that one of their most important partners is a good architect - like our guest Rick Lintack of Lintack Architects. And every finished adaptive reuse project needs clients who are prepared to buy or to lease space in a building that has some heritage - like our guest James Lefebvre of FirstOntario Credit Union. Between them, they contribute to a very lively discussion about big changes with familiar faces.

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The Graham Crawford Show with your host, Graham Crawford

Executive Producer: Alex Zafer

All shows are produced and recorded by Dave Beatty at Q.E.D. Media in downtown Hamilton.

Aug 22, 2016

Straight talk about the Councillor from Ward 8 and his so-called "report".

As you probably know, Ward 8 Councillor Terry Whitehead produced a 58 page ‘report’, and I use the term loosely, that was essentially a Googled grab bag of articles and documents related to LRT.

For me, what’s just as troubling as is the report’s content, is the report’s intent. Why would a Councillor choose to spend money from residents creating a report when we have professional staff and consultants who do that very thing for a living? Why did the Councillor choose not to ask staff to do this kind of anti-LRT research if he had misgivings about the validity of the data that was being used by staff, by Metrolinx, and by municipalities and higher levels of government throughout North America, Europe and most of the rest of the world?

I think we need to question Councillor Whitehead’s actions. Or, for that matter, any Councillor who would choose to do something similar.

In this edition of the Cityist, I list 10 things to question.

Click below and listen to the podcast.

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Graham Crawford Show with your host, Graham Crawford

Executive Producer: Alex Zafer

Produced and recorded by Dave Beatty at Q.E.D. Media in downtown Hamilton

Aug 15, 2016

There are many different types of public engagement in Hamilton. Sometimes, public engagement is part of a legislated requirement related to certain kinds of public projects where residents must be consulted in order for projects to meet provincially legislated requirements. Other kinds of public engagement are driven by a goal to understand what residents would like to see happen. Sometimes that goal is real. Sometimes, it feels more like theatre.

On this edition of The Graham Crawford Show, our regular Civic Panel, Maureen Wilson, Peter Graefe and Ryan McGreal, discuss public engagement. What’s working well. What isn’t. And what we could be doing better.

Link to the IAP2 Spectrum of Participation model as referenced in this episode.

http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.iap2.org/resource/resmgr/imported/IAP2%20Spectrum_vertical.pdf

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The Graham Crawford Show with your host, Graham Crawford

Executive Producer: Alex Zafer

All shows are produced and recorded by Dave Beatty at Q.E.D. Media in downtown Hamilton.

Aug 8, 2016

It’s still there. Just beyond the High Level Bridge off York Blvd. A secret garden that was part of the grand plan for Hamilton’s Western Gateway Project from the 1920’s.

It’s a fascinating story shared by our regular guest, Paul Wilson.

If you haven’t seen it, chances are you’ll want to after listening to this engaging interview with one of the Spectator’s favourite columnists.

Be sure to check out the historical photographs via this link that were part of Paul’s column from May 9, 2016.

http://www.thespec.com/living-story/6545580-paul-wilson-secret-garden-slumbers-at-city-s-front-door/

Paul Wilson The Secret Garden

The Graham Crawford Show with your host, Graham Crawford

Executive Producer: Alex Zafer

All shows are produced and recorded by Dave Beatty at Q.E.D. Media in downtown Hamilton. 

Aug 1, 2016

We invited the 4 Councillors whose Wards the new B-Line LRT will run through to sit down to discuss why they supported LRT, which they all do. Each of them was quick to accept our invitation.

This edition of The Graham Crawford Show features Councillors Aidan Johnson, Jason Farr, Matthew Green and Sam Merulla in what can only be described as a lively discussion about all things LRT. Their comments and insights are most definitely worth a listen. Hope you enjoy the show.

Four Hamilton City Councillors discuss LRT

Hamilton Light Rail Transit Committee for July 2016 [Live Video] Thanks to Joey Coleman and The Public Record

Click to Hamilton Light Rail Initiative for more about LRT

Click to the City of Hamilton website for more about LRT

Click here for a list of City of Hamilton Councillors Contact Information

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The Graham Crawford Show with your host, Graham Crawford

Executive Producer: Alex Zafer

All shows are produced and recorded by Dave Beatty at Q.E.D. Media in downtown Hamilton.

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