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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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Jul 11, 2016
This episode of our ongoing Civic Panel series on the Graham Crawford Show we cover three separate, but linked, topics about Hamilton’s politicians, our Ward boundaries, and how we see our future as a City. Think of them as strategic underpinnings of a healthy and vibrant Hamilton. Perhaps even a city that is the “best place to raise a child and to age successfully”.
 
Listen as our regular panelists Maureen Wilson and Peter Graefe  respond to three questions:
 
 1. Why is Hamilton seemingly so politically balkanized and what impact is it having on our city?
 
2. Electoral Reform/Ward boundary review - what issues might they help us address?
 
3. What’s working well for us a City at the moment and why? Are we dreaming big enough?
 
All part of the smart, progressive talk we bring to you each week on The Graham Crawford Show.
 
Let’s keep talking Hamilton.
 
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 studios in downtown Hamilton.
Jul 4, 2016
This time on the Paul Wilson Edition of the Graham Crawford Show, we’re going into the Paul Wilson archives, although to the very recent archives.
 
We talk with Paul about a column he wrote that appeared in the Hamilton Spectator on October 27, 2015 called "A 10 Stop Trip Back in Time".
 
The column is centred around a Hamilton Spectator archival photograph taken in 1970 of a section of downtown Hamilton taken from the vantage point of the pedestrian bridge at the rear of City Hall looking north east toward Main and James.
 
Be sure to have a look at the photograph before and/or while you listen to the show. It’s a great slice of Hamilton’s past and our discussion mines the photograph for memories and stories about Hamilton’s downtown.
 
Let’s keep talking Hamilton.
 
Archive photo of downtown Hamilton Ontario 1970

A wealth of history in this 1970 photograph

This picture was taken in the spring of 1970 to show the excavation underway for the Canadian Football Hall of Fame next to City Hall. But there's lots more to look at in this snapshot of downtown past.

Click here to the original Spectator column by Paul Wilson for more photos

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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 studios in downtown Hamilton.
Jun 27, 2016

If you’re looking for direct, hard-hitting and powerful insights from experts about affordable housing in Hamilton, this is a Graham Crawford Show you simply must not miss.

Our three expert panelists share information and insights about what we’re doing well, what we could do better, and where we need to go in the future.

As challenging as providing affordable housing is, there is room for hope. And our guests provide it. One of the most thought-provoking shows we’ve done so far. Hope you enjoy it.

Thanks to our special guests:

Renee Wetselaar, Senior Planner, Social Planning and Research Council

Graham Cubitt, Director of Projects and Development, Indwell

Laura Cattari, Vice President, Canada Without Poverty & Campaign Coordinator, Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction

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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 studios in downtown Hamilton.

Jun 20, 2016

This edition of the Cityist is about leadership. Leadership of the municipal kind. The kind of municipal leadership I think most of us would like to see more of. When I started to put my thoughts together for this show, I found myself reflecting on what kinds of questions I’d been hearing from Councillors over the past few months related to LRT. In particular, I thought about questions I’d heard asked by Councillors of Paul Johnson, our senior staffer on the LRT file. Then, I asked myself a question. Do questions BY leaders raise questions ABOUT leaders? Think about that for a second.

Can we judge the skills and expertise of our Councillors by the quality of the questions they ask?

I think the answer is yes.

Thank you for listening to this edition of The Graham Crawford Show. Let's keep talking Hamilton.

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The Graham Crawford Show with host Graham Crawford

Executive Producer: Alex Zafer

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

Jun 13, 2016

This month on the Paul Wilson edition of The Graham Crawford Show, we start by talking about one of Hamilton’s past manufacturing giant, International Harvester and the recent column Paul wrote about some ex-employees and how they’re working to keep its history alive.

From there, Paul and I have a conversation about some of the other industrial giants in our history, most of which had plants along Burlington Street including one where I worked in the mills as a summer student - Stelco. Join us as Paul and I discuss industry, Hamilton and our disappearing history. 

Listen to Paul and Graham have a lively chat about the glory days of Hamilton's manufacturing history. 

--Read Paul Wilson's article on The Spectator web site here

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Graham Crawford Show, hosted by Graham Crawford

Executive Producer: Alex Zafer

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

Jun 6, 2016

This week’s Graham Crawford Show focuses on the biggest single infrastructure project in Hamilton in generations - LRT.

Our regular Civic Panel consisting of Ryan McGreal, Maureen Wilson and Peter Graefe take a strategic planning approach to frame our discussion. SWOT - Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities Threats. And PEST - Political, Economic, Social & Technological.

All in all, it makes for an intense, no holds barred discussion full of facts about Light Rail Transit and its implications on city building in Hamilton. You won’t want to miss it.

Let’s keep talking Hamilton.

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Host, Graham Crawford - Visit www.grahamcrawfordshow.com

Executive Producer: Alex Zafer

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

May 30, 2016
This edition of The Graham Crawford Show is a little different from some of the others you may have listened to already. In this podcast, Graham takes you on a little imaginary journey. A journey to a place that I think is pretty magical.
 
Project yourself into the future. Think 2025. Think Hamilton.
 
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Host, Graham Crawford
 
Executive Producer, Alex Zafer
Graham Crawford Shows are produced and recorded by Dave Beatty at Q.E.D. Media
May 23, 2016

In this edition of The Graham Crawford Show we talk city cycling with three terrific guests each of whom has a different perspective on cycling in Hamilton Ontario.

Listen in as Chelsea Cox, Director of Strategic Development for SoBi Hamilton, Dave Michal, who owns a motor vehicle yet chooses to bike to work and Gail Berberick who enjoys cycling as part of her retirement.

If you cycle to work, or work at cycling, you’ll enjoy their insights into how they use Hamilton’s expanding cycling infrastructure, as well as their opinions on what we need to see more of in the short term and long term.

SoBi Hamilton (aka Hamilton Bike Share) is the non profit local operator who keeps the Hamilton Bike Share system rolling smoothly. For more on SoBi and Hamilton Bike Share please visit https://hamilton.socialbicycles.com/

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The 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

May 16, 2016
In this edition of The Graham Crawford Show, we talk with Paul Wilson of The Hamilton Spectator during his monthly visit.
 
Paul reads his column “Barton Street is where the heart is for Thelma Gravis” and then shares some of the back story with me during the interview that follows.
 
You’ll soon see that Paul is as good at telling stories as he is at writing them. 
 
Here’s a link to Paul’s column about Thelma Gravis in The Hamilton Spectator:
 
http://www.thespec.com/living-story/6470552-paul-wilson-barton-street-is-where-the-heart-is-for-thelma-gravis/
 
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The Graham Crawford Show
 
Host, Graham Crawford
 
Executive Producer: Alex Zafer
Produced by Dave Beatty and recorded at QED Media
May 9, 2016
The first edition of The Graham Crawford Show is full of smart, progressive talk with two of our regular panelists, Maureen Wilson and Peter Graefe.
 
We talk in-depth about 3 in-the-news topics:
  1. The West Harbour Pier 7&8 Urban Design Study.
  2. Councillor Matthew Green’s encounter with a member of the Hamilton Police Service.
  3. The Bay Street Bike Lane and what it reveals about the working culture at City Hall.
I can say I gained new insights from our guests. I hope you will too. 
 
We’re providing links to some of the things we reference in our discussion so you can learn more about the topics. And if you feel inclined to encourage your Councillor to listen to all, or any portion, of the show, we’re also including a link to the City of Hamilton page where you can find your Councillor’s email address.
 
Hope you enjoy the show. Remember, we’ll be posting a new edition of The Graham Crawford Show every week.
 
Pier 7 & 8 Urban Design Study
https://d3fpllf1m7bbt3.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/media/browser/2016-04-26/pier-7-8-urban-design-study.pdf
 
https://raisethehammer.org/article/2932/west_harbour_pier_7_and_8_urban_design_calls_for_110000_sq_ft_of_new_residential
 
 
Councillor Matthew Green Questioned by Hamilton Police
http://www.thespec.com/news-story/6517752-councillor-matthew-green-files-formal-complaint-over-carding-/
 
 
Bay Street Bike Lane
https://raisethehammer.org/article/2927/transportation_staff_thrown_under_bus_for_doing_their_jobs
 
 
Contact info for Mayor and Councillors
https://www.hamilton.ca/council-committee/mayor-councillors/city-councillors
 
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Graham Crawford Show
 
Host, Graham Crawford
 
Executive Producer: Alex Zafer
Produced by Dave Beatty and recorded at QED Media
 
May 1, 2016

Hey friends.

This is Graham Crawford and I want to tell you about my new podcast, The Graham Crawford Show.

It’s a weekly show filled with smart, progressive talk. The show will offer a variety of options from regular panelists, subject matter experts, and personal observations - all focused on issues affecting you and the City of Hamilton.

We’ll have a regular panel that discusses current civic issues. The panelists are Ryan McGreal of Raise the Hammer, Maureen Wilson of the Useful Knowledge Society, and Peter Graefe, Associate Professor of Political Science at McMaster University. And I’ll have a special guest who’ll be visiting the show each month. His name is Paul Wilson. That’s right, THE Paul Wilson of Hamilton Spectator fame. Paul will drop by and read one of his columns and talk about the backstory. So, if you’ve ever wondered how or why Paul picks the stories he does, you’re going to love listening to Paul.

I promise not to pull any punches as I talk with guests and as I share my own observations about all things Hamilton. From affordable housing, to LRT, to the state of Public Engagement, we’ll provide you with information and insights on things that matter to you.

Executive Producer of the podcast is Alex Zafer. And the show is Produced by Dave Beatty. All the shows are recorded in downtown Hamilton at QED Media. If want to know more, be sure to check out the The Graham Crawford Show page at www.grahamcrawfordshow.com

Please join me for The Graham Crawford Show. Coming to a mobile device near you starting in May.

Please visit and 'LIKE' the official Graham Crawford Show Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/grahamcrawfordshow/ to keep up to date on the latest podcast posts.

Let’s talk Hamilton!
 
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Graham Crawford Show
 
Host, Graham Crawford
 
Executive Producer: Alex Zafer
Produced by Dave Beatty and recorded at QED Media
 
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