Friday, October 24, 2003

Call to Carmen's


Friday October 24, 7:30 a.m. Carmen's Banquet Centre The "Get Hamilton Moving Task Force" Annual General Meeting and �Celebration of the Valley�?????
Oh, please!
What would people celebrating the paving of a valley eat at a breakfast celebration? Crunchy concrete cereal? toasted bagel with asphalt and asparagus spread (whole wheat or sesame seed)? smog and pm10 granola (with organic raisins)? Flattened Flying Squirrel waffles?
What's to celebrate? Toothpicks produced locally from Red Hill Valley? Or the hoped for biggest hole ever blasted in the Niagara Escarpment Bio-Sphere reserve? The paving of paleo-indian burial sites? 44,000 less trees? More traffic, noise and pollution for the east end? Finally paving the last of 14 streams that coursed from mountain to the harbour?
Will part of the proceeds of the breakfast go to the Politician Development Programme's "Frapporti Fund" (award going to the council members most responsible for suing citizens for $100,000 in court costs, named after the rather expensive lawyer hired by the city)
Well, hopefully they'll be eating crow (figuratively speaking), but whatever they are eating, supporters of the natural Red Hill Valley will be there to share an alternative vision: a celebration of the earth and respect for the eco-system that is Red Hill Creek Valley. Placards, banners, noise-makers and musical instruments welcome!
The Elvis Direct Action Fan Club will be on hand to present a special Houndog award to Larry ("the legs") DiIanni* for keeping a bad 1950's idea** alive despite advances in education, science and culture.
And no celebration of the Red Hill Valley would be complete without the presence of THE RED HILL EXPRESSWAY MONSTER (eating your municipal and provincial tax dollars); A HOMELESS FLYING SQUIRREL and a WALKING-TALKING TREE.
DATE: Friday, October 24, 2003
PLACE: Carmen's Banquet Centre, 1520 Stone Church Rd. E. Hamilton
TIME: 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. - Continental breakfast
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. - Business meeting with guest speakers
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  Question period on the current status of the Red Hill Valley project

[Organizers of the breakfast announced that] THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS WILL PARTICIPATE: Bob Wade, Mayor, City of Hamilton / Stan Keyes, M.P., Hamilton West / Tony Valeri, M.P., Stoney Creek / Chris Murray, Director of the Red Hill Valley Project /

*DiIanni is the head of the Expressway Implimentation Committee and a Mayoral Candidate
**namely, the Red Hill Creek Expressway, first proposed in 1956, two-years before the hoola-hoop was invented
To enter there as a $5.00 cost - an rsvp deadline was set for September 30 - will they let people in who missed the deadline (since we just found out about this really weird event? We'll see...)

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