I will be attending the Mayor’s first State of the City address at the Chamber tomorrow morning along with a table of Hamilton Community Foundation staff and volunteers. Having delivered a bunch of these speeches in my previous political life and witnessed many others, I will be listening carefully for the hallmarks of good leadership: vision, passion, substance and a touch of self-deprecating humour. I am hopeful that he will take direct aim at the challenge of our generation: concentrated poverty. The Mayor must be conscious of the old adage that you get but one chance to make a first impression. Mayor Bratina will need the support and guidance of all us if he is to be successful in meeting the difficult challenges facing Hamlton. I wish him well.