Bob Bratina

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His Worship
Bob Bratina
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Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina
56th Mayor of Hamilton
In office
December 1, 2010 – December 3, 2014
Preceded by Fred Eisenberger
Succeeded by Fred Eisenberger
Personal details
Born 1943/1944 (age 70–71)[1]
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Political party Independent
Other political
affiliations
Ontario Liberal Party[2]
Profession Radio Broadcaster

Bob Bratina is a Canadian politician who served as the 56th Mayor of Hamilton, Ontario. Prior to becoming mayor he represented Ward 2, which encompasses the city's downtown core.

Biography[edit]

Bratina was born and raised in Hamilton. He is of Serbian and Croatian ancestry.[3][4][5][6] After graduating from Delta High School, he worked with Dofasco for two years as a lab technician. Always wanting to work in radio, he found his first broadcasting job at CJCS Stratford in 1965 and went on to become one of Canada's most successful and versatile on-air personalities. Bratina was the morning show co-host with Shiona Thompson on CHML Radio in Hamilton, until September 2010, when he decided to resign his co-host job to run for Mayor of Hamilton. At times he has achieved record high ratings (BBM 22 Share) of all morning shows in Hamilton. He also re-introduced phone-in talk radio to CFRB, and achieved highest listenership (120 thousand per quarter hour average) in Toronto in his time period.

Bratina was also the play-by-play voice of Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and Toronto Argonauts for a total of 20 seasons, and never missed a broadcast for more than 500 games. He also broadcast McMaster Football and Basketball games, and was commentator on junior hockey broadcasts in Kitchener (CKKW) and Senior A hockey in Guelph (Regals).

The Balkan Strings featuring Bob Bratina, Hamilton Wingfest 2008

He is a member of the Football Reporters of Canada Hall of Fame, Queen's Jubilee Medal Winner for lifetime community achievement, nominee for Hamilton Citizen of the Year, Hamilton Mountain Citizen of the Year, member of GO Transit Board of Directors, Art Gallery of Hamilton Board of Directors, Theatre Aquarius Board of Directors, and HECFI Board of Directors.[7][8]

Mayor and musician Bob Bratina playing hydraulophone at the Hamilton Children's Water Festival, 2012 May 30th

Bratina is also an avid marathon runner (18 marathons, including Boston Marathon), Hamilton's Around the Bay Road Race (10 times, PB 2:07:07 age 45) 1/2 marathon 1:26; 10K 37:45; 5K 17:30 all after the age of 44.[citation needed] As a musician, Bob performs with the Balkan Strings Tamburitza Orchestra, playing brac, clarinet, saxophone and accordion.[citation needed]

Bob is married to Carol, a teacher, artist, and singer with the Balkan Strings. They have one son, Sam, a university student who has completed degrees at McMaster University and the University of Waterloo.[citation needed]

Municipal politics[edit]

Bratina entered the 2004 by-election created when the previous councillor for Ward 2, Andrea Horwath, entered provincial politics. Since being elected, he has fought for more citizen participation at City Hall, downtown revitalization and more integrity.[9]

Bratina has had some notable successes as ward councillor. His push to return rail passenger service to its historic location at James Street North has been approved and funded by the province. His concerns over high lead readings in city drinking water has resulted in a lead water service replacement loan program, which allows residents to replace their lead service line and pay for it through their taxes over a ten-year period. He also instigated a lead blood screening program for young children to determine if lead is entering their bodies at levels that may affect their health. He developed a plan to move idling buses from the downtown Gore Park area to provide better connections for riders to GO transit and other city bus routes. A new state-of-the-art community centre to service one of the city's neediest neighbourhoods will be constructed as part of the new Dr. Davey School in Beasley, in Hamilton's inner city. A $7 million infrastructure project at the GO Centre on Hunter Street will provide more train service for Hamilton commuters and better on-time performance. He was instrumental in moving forward the redevelopment of the Education Centre property into a project that may see a downtown McMaster Faculty of Family Medicine, a new public health facility, and potentially a new headquarters facility for the Board of Education. He has consistently been rated as one of Hamilton's most trustworthy politicians by readers of View Magazine. Conversely, he has been criticized for unprofessional conduct during his term on council, although the only support for this criticism was he once tossed a pen during a council meeting.[10]

Bratina did not run for reelection in October 2014, but says that he probably would have won if he did.[11]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hamiltonnews.com/news/mayor-bob-bratina-hoping-for-big-splash-at-canusa-games/
  2. ^ Steve Arnold (5 October 2011). "Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina endorses Liberals". The Hamilton Spectator. 
  3. ^ "Serbian hunting club oldest of its kind in North America". The Hamilton Spectator. 11 August 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Robert Bob Bratina elected Mayor of Hamilton". Retrieved 2011-07-06. 
  5. ^ "Canadian Croat Bob Bratina was elected as a mayor of Hamilton" (in Croatian). Nova TV. Kanadski Hrvat Robert Bob Bratina izabran je za gradonačelnika Hamiltona u pokrajini Ontariju, devetoga najvećeg grada u Kanadi s više od 700 tisuća stanovnika.("Canadian Croat Robert Bob Bratina was elected as a mayor of Hamilton in the province of Ontario, the ninth largest city in Canada with more than 700 000 inhabitants.") 
  6. ^ Sarjanović, Đurđica (2010-10-27). "Canadian Croat won the election in Hamilton" (in Croatian). 24sata. Kanadski Hrvat pobijedio na izborima u Hamiltonu 
  7. ^ "Official Web site: Bob Bratina". Retrieved 2007-12-02. [dead link]
  8. ^ "CHML Biography: Bob Bratina". Retrieved 2007-12-02. [dead link]
  9. ^ Bob Bratina: Issues and Priorities. Archived on Mar 27, 2009
  10. ^ Nichole MacIntyre, The Pencil is mightier than ... Hall Marks, April 13, 2007
  11. ^ "Bratina won't run for Hamilton mayor, but says he could have won". CBC News. Mar 14, 2014.