Hamilton will have a voice later this month when a Canadian delegation heads to Ecuador for what’s being called a “once in 20 years” housing conference.
Ward 3 Councillor Matthew Green has been chosen as city council’s representative at next month’s conference. He’ll take the place of the mayor who is unable to make the trip.
The delegation will headed by Jean-Yves Duclos, the federal minister of families, children and social development.
The majority of council, including Flamborough’s Judi Partridge, has voted to fund the opportunity using its general legislative budget.
Partridge notes that it’s a chance to “put Hamilton’s case forward” at a time when hundreds of families are on Hamilton’s social housing wait list and city-owned buildings are in need of millions of dollars in repairs.
She adds that Green, as a member of the CityHousing Hamilton board, is an appropriate choice to attend on council’s behalf.
The support is not unanimous. Ward 7’s Donna Skelly notes that “we’re strapped for cash” and she can’t support putting the initiative on the backs of taxpayers.