Matthew Green becomes new executive director for civic inclusion centre
Outgoing Ward 3 councillor has already announced plans to try for federal NDP seat
Matthew Green has a new temporary job — executive director of the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion (HCCI).
Green, an outgoing Ward 3 councillor, plans to seek the federal NDP nomination for Hamilton Centre next year. Long-time MP David Christopherson isn't running again.
In the meantime, Green will head the non-profit, which advocates for diversity and equity. It's also the new home of the Hamilton Anti-Racism Resource Centre — a collaboration between McMaster University and the City of Hamilton.
"HCCI has a vibrant history of standing up for newcomers, marginalized groups and racial equality," said Green, who is Hamilton's first black city councillor.
"These principles are aligned with my own interest in addressing social and economic injustice in our region and ensuring that we create a more welcoming and inclusive city."
Green brings "passion and leadership" to the role, said Milé Komlen, chair of the HCCI governing council.
Green is one of four councillors who aren't running in the Oct. 22 municipal election.
Aidan Johnson, Ward 1 councillor, is the new executive director of the Niagara Community Legal Clinic. Johnson is Hamilton's first openly LGBTQ city councillor, and took a particular interest in transgender rights and Indigenous issues.
He gave a tearful goodbye speech at a council meeting Wednesday. He also quoted the lyrics to "Say Goodbye" from the film Muppets Take Manhattan.
City council, he said, is "kind of like the Muppets."
Robert Pasuta, councillor for rural Flamborough's Ward 14, isn't running again in the city's newly redrawn ward boundaries.
"I came here to try to get the respect of the rural people and agriculture out there," he said. "I think I've accomplished most of that."
Terry Anderson, Ward 7 councillor, also won't be back.
Anderson served in the role for mere weeks. He last served as an alderman about 20 years ago. Council appointed him after Donna Skelly became PC MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook.
"This is the last meeting of my term," Anderson said Wednesday. "Two weeks ago was the first meeting of my term."