Matt Jelly Receives Nomination for
Distinguished Citizen of the Year

 

 At the age of 28, Matt Jelly is perhaps the youngest Hamiltonian to ever have been nominated for this distinction by the Chamber of Commerce. Matt's great work over the course of 2010 put a spotlight on some of Hamilton's darkest problems. Thanks to his tireless and selfless efforts, good work is being done by the City and Ministry of the Environment to ensure the toxic sites he discovered are being cleaned up. Thanks Matt and congratulations!

A Statement of Support from Brian McHattie

 

Brian McHattie is the councillor for Ward 1, since his election in 2003. He has been a consistent champion of progressive issues in Hamilton, ranging from curbing urban sprawl, environmental protection and protecting built heritage. Brian and I have successfully worked together on a number of downtown issues, and he sent a statement of support today. Thanks Brian! 

"I have very much appreciated working with Matt Jelly over my years on City Council. He was part of the team that was integral to the protection and eventual restoration of the Lister Block, an iconic downtown landmark scheduled to re-open in 2011. Matt's leadership in profiling the plight of vacant buildings and derelict brownfield sites is appreciated by City staff and admired by those on City Council. Matt has a strong reputation for taking action and is a great asset to Hamiltonians."

Ward 1 Councillor Brian McHattie

 

Jelly Receives Labour Endorsement


Matt Jelly has received a key labour endorsement. CUPE Local 5167, representing City of Hamilton workers, has endorsed Jelly for Ward 2 Councillor.

“I look forward to working with all Hamiltonians. Workers in Hamilton have built our City and are key to rebuilding our City’s future. I thank the members of CUPE Local 5167 for their support” said Jelly.

Jelly Calls for Environmental SWAT team


October 12, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ward 2, Hamilton - Calling the delay and miscommunication in addressing toxic waste sites "unconscionable", today Matt Jelly calls for stronger action to protect neighbourhoods from toxic waste sites.

According to local reports, various agencies knew about the toxic waste issues at 245 Catharine Street since 2002. The same reports advise that inter-agency communication failed. It was only in the last months, under Jelly's leadership and advocacy that both the City of Hamilton and Ministry of Environment have undertaken enforcement action.

"For eight years various agencies have known about the toxic waste site at 245 Catharine Street North. The City of Hamilton even provided money to the owner for clean up. Yet, we are in a worse situation today than when this came to light in 2002. The time for delay and talking has ended; the time for action is long overdue" said Jelly.

Today Matt Jelly is calling for an integrated action plan to protect communities from toxic waste sites. Jelly's plan is:

An Environmental SWAT team - where agencies are mandated by law to work together

Transparency - Reports must be filed on the Environmental Bill of Rights so any neighbour can find out what is going on in their community.

Criminal Charges - Owners who flaunt the law must receive both personal fines and jail time for violating environmental laws.

Right of Entry - Municipal and provincial enforcement officials must be able to enter these sites with the weight of the law behind them.

"It is staggering to me that the environmental laws are so difficult to enforce. Criminal charges must be part of the tools to bring justice to communities. Only with personal fines and jail time, similar to what happens for water and wastewater operators when they violate the law, will we really see action on these toxic waste sites" said Jelly.

Jelly adds: "It is high time that agencies were mandated to cooperate, share information and work on joint enforcement. The lack of coordination and enforcement on the Catharine Street site has left the residents of North Hamilton at serious risk. This was not acceptable eight years ago and it is completely unconscionable today."

Matt Jelly is a resident of Ward 2 who is running for the Ward 2 seat on Hamilton City Council. Matt Jelly is a community activist and leader who is already working for Ward 2 residents with the successful By-law Crawl to fight neglect and demolition of heritage buildings and the highly notable Garbage Crawl to hold owners of toxic waste responsible for its clean up.

Matt Jelly - Already Working for Ward 2

Media Contacts:

Matt Jelly (289) 700-5359



Jelly Announces Campaign Team

 

Ward 2, Hamilton – Today, Ward 2 City Council candidate Matt Jelly announced his campaign team.

“I am thrilled to have such a dedicated leadership team working towards my election as Ward 2 Councillor on October 25th” said Jelly.

Matt Jelly’s campaign team came together to support his visionary leadership and election campaign for Ward 2 City Councillor. Jelly’s campaign team:

Mary Lou Tanner, Campaign Manager – Mary Lou Tanner is a passionate and committed Hamiltonian and award winning city planner. Mary Lou Tanner is the author of two major downtown planning studies which have been incorporated in Jelly’s platform – implementing the award winning Putting People First (the Downtown Secondary Plan) and Setting Sail.

"Hamilton can and has developed great plans for the future of our neighbourhoods- working with residents to collaboratively develop consensus on what is important to them- it is incumbent on City Council to take these plans and their implementation seriously." said Jelly.

“I am thrilled to be part of Matt’s campaign team. Matt’s leadership and vision for a better downtown as well as his support for Putting People First and Setting Sail are values we both share. Matt’s activism is a passion that continues a long tradition of Ward 2 leaders I have been honoured to work with” said Tanner.

David Macdonald, Communications Director – David Macdonald is the CEO of Air Whistle Media, a leading-edge Advertising and PR Agency. Formerly, Macdonald was Director of Development for Hillfield-Strathallan College. Macdonald has served on the board of many Ward 2 based not-for-profits including, Junior Achievement, Arts Hamilton, and the Hamilton Club.

“I have known Matt Jelly for 15 years and have watched him develop into a tireless advocate for downtown Hamilton,” said Macdonald.

Laura Ryan, Canvass Director - Laura was born in Hamilton and raised in the Burlington/Hamilton area. A McMaster graduate, Ryan has extensive experience in social and human services. Laura has been active leader on many union, education, work and community committees and projects.

“Matt’s heart and soul is in Ward 2 and the downtown community. Matt has a commitment to not only residents but our downtown businesses which is key to a thriving Ward 2” says Ryan.

In addition to Tanner, MacDonald and Ryan, Jelly’s team is rounded out by Shirley Molinaro, Volunteer Director and Ryan Danks, Sign Crew Director.

“Our strong team is one key ingredient to our success. Our campaign will drive to victory with hard work and Ward 2 residents and workers knowing I am in their corner and already working on their behalf” said Jelly.

Matt Jelly is a resident of Ward 2 who is running for the Ward 2 seat on Hamilton City Council. Matt Jelly is a community activist and leader who is already working for Ward 2 residents with the successful By-law Crawl to fight neglect and demolition of heritage buildings and the highly notable Garbage Crawl to hold owners of toxic waste responsible for its clean up.

Matt Jelly – Already Working for Ward 2

Media Contacts:

Matt Jelly (289) 700-5359