At its meeting last week, the Board of Directors (BOD) of the Flamborough Chamber of Commerce (FCC) decided to ‘Fight for Flamborough.’

The commission charged with a review of Canada’s federal electoral boundaries (which are often also adopted for provincial election purposes) recently released its interim report. It is recommending that the current boundaries of Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale be changed to exclude Ancaster, Dundas and Westdale while joining Flamborough with a broad rural loop around the ‘olde’ City of Hamilton with Glanbrook and even parts of rural Stoney Creek. The proposed name for the new riding would be ‘Waterdown-Glanbrook.’

The FCC BOD did not take a formal position about the new boundaries. Perhaps it makes some sense as it unites similar ‘communities of interest.’ However, the FCC BOD does take exception to the name ‘Waterdown-Glanbrook.’

The current riding name (Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale) was adopted during the height of the amalgamation wars over a decade ago. It was an attempt to preserve and celebrate community names as they were being merged with the former City of Hamilton into a new ‘supercity.’

True, Waterdown is a very important part of Flamborough. But it is only one of 16 different ‘settlement areas’ in this incredible ‘community of communities’ that we know and love as Flamborough. Accordingly, Executive Director Arend Kersten will make a presentation on behalf of the FCC to the commission in October, with a goal to change the name from ‘Waterdown-Glanbrook’ to ‘Flamborough-Glanbrook.’

Stay tuned!

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