Former Hamilton Mayor Promotes 'Community First' Online

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The official website of Hamilton community leader and philanthropist Chris Ecklund draws thousands of visitors a month. Those numbers look set to increase now that the site at has a new and famous resident columnist: former Mayor Larry Di Ianni.

The editor for local publication "Raise The Hammer" wrote in August 2005, "Say what you want about Larry Di Ianni: the man can talk." He can also write.

Di Ianni, who is currently a nominated Federal Liberal candidate for Hamilton East - Stoney Creek, has produced five columns for the website already. His debut article, which was published on September 10, argued that philanthropy has changed the face of capitalism, and provided examples of both local and international business leaders using their financial resources to "address major world issues that governments are not attending to, either because they cannot or will not."

Site visitors responded enthusiastically to his direct, informed approach, and more columns ensued. Drawing on his years of experience as a politician in general and Hamilton's mayor in particular, Di Ianni presented critical evaluations of the major party leaders at both the local and provincial levels, candidly discussed the much-publicized situation involving the Carpenters' Union and the city, and addressed the city's problems with developing adequate transportation corridors.

Larry Di Ianni is the perfect columnist for Mr. Ecklund's website, given their shared philosophy of 'Community First'. Mr. Ecklund, an entrepreneur and Hamilton business leader, has spent over $100,000 in personally funding Allison Park neighbourhood improvements, such as a splashpad for the children, as well as numerous annual community events. He also presented the Hamilton Tiger-Cats with the gift of a customized motor home for public and corporate functions. He has recently founded a new business development organization, Your Canadian Connection, whose purpose is to encourage entrepreneurs from the U.S. and abroad to set up shop in Hamilton. He is covering all costs associated with this venture. "The boost to Hamilton's economy is all the reward I need," he says.

What do you get when you combine a still-popular former mayor and an influential local business leader via the internet? A dynamic website that presents informed opinions, provokes serious thought, and above all, advocates 'Community First'.

For additional information, contact Chris Ecklund or Rose Keefe at 905-529-2770.


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