We are thrilled to start a new regular feature on ‘Pop The Bubble’ called ‘Six Questions‘. We will pose the same six questions to notable citizens across this amazing city to gain their perspective on Hamilton and the benefits of getting connected. Our first, inaugural Hamiltonian is none other than Ward 1 City Councillor Brian McHattie.

“Brian McHattie is in his third term as Ward 1 Councillor for the City of Hamilton.  As Councillor, he chairs the Public Works Standing Committee, is Chair of the Hamilton Conservation Authority, is President of CityHousing Hamilton, is an RBG Board member, and is co-chair of the Hamilton Community Energy Collaborative, a group working on peak oil and carbon reduction strategies. Brian was one of the authors of Hamilton’s Vision 2020 Sustainability Strategy, finalized in 1994.  Prior to being elected, Brian worked for Environment Canada on the Great Lakes Remedial Action Plans, focusing on ecological restoration.  As a volunteer, Brian is a Past President of the Hamilton Naturalists Club and co-founder of Environment Hamilton, a grassroots environmental protection organization.  Brian is a Registered Professional Planner and a member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and the Canadian Institute of Planning.”

McMaster is situated in Ward 1, so what better place to start than with our very own City Hall representative? Here is what Brian had to say:

1. Describe Hamilton in 5 words or less. 

Gritty, Beautiful, Friendly, Real, and Knowable

2. Why should McMaster students care about ‘popping the bubble’? 

Don’t miss what Hamilton is really about – stately heritage buildings, best urban setting in Canada, and leading edge community advocacy combined with accessible politics – make a difference opportunities to offset academic life

3. What do McMaster Students need to know about Hamilton? 

Any bus will get you downtown for fun and engagement; the place where the 850 km Bruce Trail was invented, with more trails and waterfalls per capita than anywhere; throwback roller-skating by the Bay accompanied by disco music and lights, watching 60 year olds blow past you! Can get anywhere in town in west Ham by walking, transit and cycling.

4. What are the best ways for students to get involved and engaged in the city?  

Draw up three issues you’re passionate about and lets work on them together. Help improve Hamilton by working with City Council. Link with your MPP and MP.

5. What is Hamilton’s Best Kept Secret? 

The views of the Bay and west Hamilton from the Chedoke Golf Course clubhouse (which also doubles as 1970s El Salvador in movies) after 18 holes on one of two tricky public golf courses in the less of the Escarpment.

6. Our blog has the ‘PTB Graduate List’ which has ten things students should do in Hamilton before they graduate. What would you put on the PTB Graduate List? 

1. Have your motion (packaged ideas/asks/passions) moved at a City Council meeting.

2. Help one person in poverty, one day live a better life as a result of your contribution.

3. Attend SuperCrawl now as you won’t get near it when the Torontonians figure out what they’re missing on James Street North.