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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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Sep 26, 2016

THE REAL STARS OF HAMILTON’S WALK OF FAME

Here are two names you know. Eugene Levy and Martin Short. Both Hamilton boys. Both students at Westdale High School. Both well known as celebrities in the entertainment world. Some Councillors want to create a way to honour people like Levy and Short. That’s just fine.

But why do we want to celebrate people because they were born here versus celebrating them for what they did here.

When does celebrity become the hallmark of what represents us as a city? Why is it that we would talk more about someone who came from here, but who might not have contributed much locally other than perhaps being the celebrity draw for a fundraising event?

What about civic contribution? What about silent, unrecognized, civic volunteerism, year-after-year, that touches peoples lives in unheralded ways? That shapes a kid’s future. That helps a young adult believe in him or herself? That makes the lives of seniors just a little bit more comfortable? That makes living in our city easier, more fun, more rewarding? What about those people?

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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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Sep 19, 2016

The idea isn’t a new one. For decades, organizations have been encouraged to see things through the eyes of the people who use their services. What if all members of staff, all members of the Senior Management Team, every Councillor, the Mayor, and all of the contractors the City hires saw things through our eyes as they deliver the services they deliver? What if resident-centred thinking was evident in all interactions we had with our City? Our regular Civic Panel explores that simple premise.

Thank you to our regular Civic panel, Ryan McGreal, Maureen Wilson and Peter Graefe. 

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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. 

 

Sep 12, 2016

The other day, I was looking at some old photographs that had to do with my parents - Jim and Marie. The photographs were not of my parents, but about my parents. They featured friends of theirs who had taken photos of themselves sitting on and around a bench on the pier at Port Dover that my sister Gillian and I had commemorated in our parent’s honour after they died.

My parents’ friends were celebrating my dad’s birthday. They had tied balloons to the bench. I could read my parent’s names on the back of the bench in the photos. That simple act of memory and of friendship, meant a lot to me. It told me my parents were still being remembered years after they had died. And that got me thinking about Hamilton. And about benches. And about memories. Our collective memories. As Hamiltonians. So, I asked my Councillor, Jason Farr, if he knew if we had a commemorative bench program. What I found out is what this edition of The Cityist is all about.

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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.

Sep 5, 2016

This show is about doughnuts and Hamilton. Through the eyes and writing of journalist Paul Wilson in the Paul Wilson edition of The Graham Crawford Show.

We begin on Ottawa Street at the very first Tim Hortons outlet and work our way through some of the other Tim Hortons that both Paul and I remember in our lives - some of which are still there.

Why not pour yourself a coffee and ‘fritter’ away some time with us?

The Graham Crawford Show. Always fresh.

Read Paul Wilson's article in The Spec: http://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/5330111-paul-wilson-our-doughnut-museum-got-built-just-in-time/

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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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