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Written by Rob MacIsaac
Published in the Hamilton Spectator 

CivicAction summit urges us to think big and think regional

As Hamilton continues to grow as an urban centre, it’s important that we take a central role in the regional dialogue. We cannot afford to be on the sidelines. Urban issues are now reaching across municipal boundaries and, as a member of this community and the CEO of ‎Hamilton Health Sciences, I believe the rise of the city-region will continue and we need to start thinking of ourselves in the context of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).

Every four years, CivicAction hosts a summit, convening hundreds of city-builders and leaders who represent the private, public and community sectors from across the region to chart an action plan to address the emerging urban issues of the GTHA. I challenge the leaders and residents of Hamilton to warm up, suit up and consider Hamilton’s voice in this important dialogue.

This year, the 2015 CivicAction Summit — Better City Bootcamp — will be held April 28 and will focus on five foundational issues at the core of the health and resilience of our people and communities. The issues are: Housing affordability: Matching seniors’ health care to housing options; Mental health support in the workplace; Childhood health: The importance of the “First 1,000 Days”; Infrastructure: Preparing for greater density and weather intensity; and Public space: For the health of our people and communities. For Hamilton, the bookends of life and ensuring good care for those most vulnerable in our community — the young and the old — is of paramount importance.

Read the full article here.